One thing I forgot to add from the entry on Episode III: that last song they did, “What if God…” is a terrible song and ruined the ending to a pretty good episode. And why were they all dressed in white?
Anyway, on to Episode IV, “Dueling Duets.”
One of the problems the show ran headlong into after the mid-season break last year is that they let song dictate show. One guess as to why…anyone? Yup, MONEY. The producers or Fox or the bloodsucking executives who wear suits and have board meetings and run focus groups about which of Kurt’s outfits work etc., know that they are making a dump-load of money off of iTunes sales so they push for more songs. A friend and I were talking about how strange it was for Puck to just start singing at the start of Episode III because he wanted to keep with his tradition of doing songs by Jewish artist. Ok, the song was cool and Puck is pretty hot (that was a comment by my friend and not me…honestly), but really what was the point?
Episode IV seems to have done the same thing where they crammed the 40 minutes full of songs, most of which I did not know because they’re show tunes (would have been helpful to have Spencer to provide reference), and another pointless one with Finn and Rachel.
They also tried to cram in too many little plot points and sacrificed the overall plot. Here’s the list:i. Finn and that girl he’s with. Finn and Rachel conniving to throw the contest and have Sam win. Turns out they didn’t even have to throw it because everyone voted for themselves meaning all they had to do was vote for Sam and Quinn and mission accomplished.I can’t wait until Finn dumps Rachel. Who wants to put bets on when it happens?
ii. Santana and Brittney “break up” because Santana “needs ta get her Breaksticks on.” There’s another sassy phrase, “I wanna get my (insert object here) on,” that was tired before it even woke up. It also seems to me that Brittney and Santana are the kind of couple that see other people, so why would it matter that they have other partners?
iii. Brittney’s realization that she’s a sl*t. We all know she’s dumb but come one! Manipulating a kid in a wheelchair who I bet three pairs of those gloves with no fingers, he’s a lot smarter than her. But I suppose it would be difficult for a guy to pass up singing a duet with a girl if you’ve never sung a duet with a girl before. Poor Arty. The guy just can’t catch a break. No legs, no girlfriend, no virginity.
Wait, did I just realize there were two story lines about Brittney? Maybe they’re the same plot but whatever way you look at it, too much Brittney. It’s a case of taking a static character and sort of giving her a bit more but not quite enough to make us want to see her as a main star. She should stick to dancing.
iv. The Asian Couple who can’t sing. I like that Mike character because he doesn’t say much and is a wicked dancer. No we get to hear him sing, or kind of sing with Tina who apparently can’t sing either. Funny idea and they put the right amount of time into it but not a big fan of that “song.”
v. Sam and Quinn. This was good because we got to see a bit about what Sam is like (kind of a dork so he fits right in) and more importantly, we get to see Quinn again for really the first time this season. Good use of her emotional anxiety around relationships but because of a bunch of the other crap in the show, their little story line got cut short. Not they’re a couple? Maybe? Or just went on a date with others to come?
vi. Kurt’s loneliness. I actually thought this it was decent the way they showed Kurt’s aggressiveness, which makes sense because he’s what? 16? and the way his father dealt with it (good thing they’ve made him more of a character this season). I don’t get the big flashy number though. Perhaps they should have left him out to emphasize the loneliness then have him have his little bonding scene with Rachel and their song. Just a suggestion.
That’s it for Episode IV. Still would like to see more of Schuester since teachers are way cooler than students but hey, there’s still way too many episodes to go because, well you know it, tv sucks.