I’ve tried really hard to focus on what is good in the reviews that I do, however, as a famous person said, “you can’t polish a turd.”
After watching the biggest football game in existence and one of the biggest sports spectacles on the planet, why would the writers of Glee throw together a scattered, cliched, hack of a show for the big 2011 kick-off? As Rob Cordrey would say (were he still anywhere in tv), “I mean come on!”
I don’t even know where to start? Oh wait, how about at the start which set up the episode to be about Sue’s loss of emotion for cheer leading extravagance which was quickly pushed to a slightly amusing side-plot. The the football players and glee club guys started fighting, again, because that’s just what they do. But this time, Karovsky gets more camera time and becomes, what? another main character on the show? Since the writers decided to give him a little more dimension he must be which would add another personality to an already over crowded show. So to stop the fighting and “bring the school together,” Schuester and Biest decide to have the jocks and singing dorks perform a number at halftime.
Then it just gets ridiculous.
The football players get into it after one rehearsal and Karovsky starts filling out his application for the Royal Winnipeg School of Ballet, which he then rips up because he gets a slushy in the face from the mullet gang (hockey players from the early 90s I suppose?). Football players quit, team is going to fold, girls decide to play (but only lie down on the field), there’s a brief and pointless scene of the Warblers singing something, they play the game, Finn gives a speech, Puck gives a speech, halftime thriller show, players come back, team wins.
I wonder if anyone on the Glee production team has ever seen a football game or has been to writing and editing camp? (I’m sure this exists somewhere)
I felt a little embarrassed for the actors and how they were asked to force their way through these “really intense scenes” where they confront so-and-so about “being real” or “there’s more to life than being popular”; scenes we’ve all seen what too many times already in this show. I felt like I was watching one of those bad videos about “teen life” you have to watch in Career and Personal Planning. “Now class, what should the brutish football player do about his confused sexuality other than violent outbursts?” Every actor must spend a lot of time practicing getting thrown into a locker, or pushing someone into a locker because it happens a lot.
Finn tries and succeeds in holding it all together which is ironic since he tried to hold the episode’s crumbling story line together as well. The football stuff was too cheesy and way beyond even tv possibilities and the part with Sue seemed like a different episode altogether. The Warblers serve no purpose other than to fill in an eight-part harmony hip-hop song once in a while. Kurt is pretty much sidelined since he offers little to the group vocally and is no longer a unique personality like he was with the glee club.
The Quinn/Finn thing was the only bright spot on the turd that way Episode 11 and I suppose the other good point is that things can only get better from here as the show moves headlong towards “Regionals.” It was disappointing to wait for this only to have it be weak sauce but I’ll get over it because I only wasted 40 minutes…and I guess another 20 writing this blog.
…one other bright spot, their half-time show was better than the Super Bowl’s half-time show. What I wouldn’t give for another wardrobe malfunction.