TV: Movie tribute marks the 500th song on ‘Glee’

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox
Rating: 5/5

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I must say that I am impressed. The performances were fantastic. The dancing was unbelievably amazing. Santana (Naya Rivera) was hilarious. When I saw the preview for the songs in film tribute, I honestly thought it was going to be terrible, but I was wrong.

Glee_all_the_world_h_2013Will (Matthew Morrison) dreams of him and Emma (Jayma Mays) paying homage to Fred Astaire’s iconic dance that defies gravity to “You’re All the World to Me.” Their duet was perfect, and their dancing was outstanding. It was a perfect tribute to the legend.

Will’s dream inspires him to assign the glee club a boys versus girls mash-off of songs from movies. In theory and in practice, this was a great idea. Though, I’m pretty sure they just do this about every other episode. The winning team will star in Artie’s (Kevin McHale) debut film. Oh, what a grand prize.

For its 500th musical number, Glee performed “Shout.” At first, I thought this was the worst idea the show ever had. Of all the songs in films you choose to do “Shout?” Really? However, it was a fantastic number that made me realize why they chose it – it is too dang catchy. Plus, the choreography was amazing – a trend on tonight’s episode.

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Snowed-in, Kurt (Chris Colfer), Adam (Oliver Kieran-Jones), Rachel (Lea Michele) and Santana – whose wit is top notch tonight – watch Moulin Rouge to pass by the time. Kurt imagines him and Blaine (Darren Criss) singing “Come What May,” which Santana reveals as the song they dreamed of singing to one another at their wedding. While it was performed quite well, I only felt the emotion in the song and not at all in the acting.

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Santana is quite adamant about her dislike and distrust of Brody (Dean Geyer) after she rifled through of all the drawers and closets in the apartment, finding $1,200 in cash and a pager, meaning he must be a drug dealer. Then she does this to show she’s serious…

 

I love her.

 

Finn (Cory Monteith) continues his attempt to get Will and Emma back together by dressing up like a ginger so that Emma’s parents will give him her hideout address. Ugh. I really hate Finn.

For the boys’ performance, they pay homage to Tom Cruise with a mash-up of “Danger Zone” and “Old Time Rock & Roll,” with some in flight suits and others in tighty whities. The girls performed the Moulin Rouge version of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” while dressed in Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress.

Both performances were amazing and made me reminiscent of the first mash-off on the show, back in season one. Besides, having Sam (Chord Overstreet), Jake (Jacob Artist) and Ryder (Blake Jenner) half naked is always a plus.

Adam is quite adorable; who doesn’t love a Brit? Kurt, if you don’t want him, I do. To help Kurt get over Blaine, Adam proposes going to the sappiest love movie to make it their movie. Why can’t every guy be like Adam? I’ll just go sit in a corner by myself now.

Will goes to Emma and brings the glee club along to sing “In Your Eyes,” John Cusack style – boom box and all. I overwhelmingly hated the glee club joining in but then loved when he shooed them away so he could talk to Emma. The two decide to start over because Emma felt like she didn’t know who Will was – that’s why she ran away. Oh really? You don’t know him. That is the worst excuse ever.

After more snooping, Santana found Rachel’s pregnancy test, so she asks her about it. Rachel simply cries into her shoulder. I hate this. If she does end up being pregnant…

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Jake tells Marley (Melissa Benoist) the truth about the Valentine’s Day week. To make up for it, he sings “Unchained Melody” and the two parody the famous Ghost scene. That scene is awkward no matter who is in it. Stop.

The scene is all together annoying until Marley imagines Ryder singing to her and kissing her as well. Wow. That is messed up. Overwhelmed with guilt from the real kiss that happened after Valentine’s Day, Marley tells Jake that Ryder kissed her and that she let him. Jake storms off.

As usual, Will says everyone won the competition, but the glee club literally freaks out and yells at him for always doing that. I laughed more than I’d like to admit. Whoever wrote that scene deserves an A+.

Finn finally tells Will that he kissed Emma. Instead of hitting him, Will glares and walks off. Oh, that is so much better than if he had simply punched him. I’m excited for their weird relationship to implode.

For a phenomenal finale, the glee club performs “Footloose” and shows their incredible dancing abilities. The choreography was more than fantastic; it was one of the best performances they’ve ever done. Not to mention the fact that the vocals were superb as well. Plus, the cuts to the cast goofing around were hilarious and adorable.

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