Tuesday, May 3, 2011

'Glee' gets a case of the Mac

For the first time "Glee" devoted an entire episode to a single album, the classic "Rumours" by one of my all time favorite bands, Fleetwood Mac.
Considering all the backstabbing and inter club dating, I'm surprised it took them this long to discover the similarities.

With so many fantastic songs to choose from, this episode could have been one of the strongest of the season. Yet, it got bogged down in high school drama. While the musical numbers were strong, (and let's face it, how could they not be) the rest of the show was uninteresting and uninspired.

I don't know what's going on with "Glee" this season but it seems to be two steps forward, four steps back. Ryan Murphy needs to be careful, because the show is getting dangerously close to "Heroes" territory.

Sue has become a caricature and half the kids have become unlikeable, which means once the musical novelty wears off, there's nothing left.

About that music, one of highlights of this episode was the return of Kristen Chenoweth as April Rhodes. Apparently her all white stage version of "The Wizard of Oz" was a bust, so she's back to convince Will to take her life story to Broadway.

Fortunately, she also sang a great rendition of "Dreams" with Matthew Morrison. Don't act like I'm the only one who grabbed a blanket off the couch and twirled around the living room, wait maybe that was just me.

In the end all the drama led to the revelation that Sam's family is having a tough time and is living in a cheap motel. It felt like a cheap trick to pull after all the relationship roulette. Especially since Sam has been an undeveloped character so far.

All in all the plot was uninteresting, while the musical numbers were top notch. However, if the show continues to stay unbalanced, it will become stale and predictable.

Musical Highlights:

"Songbird" displayed a vulnerability that Santana rarely shows. Naya Rivera is one of the unsung heroes of the show.

"Go Your Own Way" introduced Lea Michele's rock star side and had me wondering why she wanted that d-bag Finn. She's way too good for him.

"Dreams" was a perfect duet for Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison. Their voices blend beautifully.

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