Brittany & The Girls – Run The World
Sophy says: Heather Morris may not have the most interesting voice in the Glee cast, but damn the girl has energy, which is why she is so good at pulling this sort of stuff off, and why you could sort of believe, in Glee-terms at least, that Brittany would run for class president and win. Sorry, “whimsically hop and skip nearby” for class president and win.
Frankly I love seeing Brittany be the best unicorn she can be.
And also I love seeing Quinn do all those dance moves in her Sunday best. I mean. What?
Rin says: I accidentally spoiled myself for this song/performance by excessively refreshing the ‘faberry’ tag on tumblr. I’m a tumblr spy. Six seater table.
When it started I started ‘OMG-ing’ repeatedly and saying ‘IT’S HAPPENING.’ BECAUSE I SAW THE DANCING QUINN GIFS YOU GUYS AND OH MY GOD. <3 I just wish she’d dance in sunday dresses, cardigans (that had to be pinned) and boots forever! ‘Cause it’s just incredibly adorable.
I loved this performance. It was fun, full of spirit and just a balls-to-the-wall awesome routine? Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of girl power? They were totally all channeling Beyonce during this number.
“She was better than me.”
Sophy says: HAHAHAHAHAAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Rin says: Such a great one-liner. Honestly.
“I don’t have any clue what I’m doing down here, but I’m willing to learn.”
Sophy says: Alright. So having struggled my way through this episode, I looked upon this scene with wide-eyed and trembling joy, because it was so moving and relatively subtle, hey, at least there was one part of the episode that worked… and then Will started singing and it was all downhill from there. Like. 90 degree angle nose-dive. Black run. Really it just fell out of the sky like bird poo and splattered into my unsuspecting hair.
You guys, I’m not even a Will-hater and I hated him in this moment. Because it came off as so fucking pompous to sing a song like that at such a moment. Not to mention ridiculous. But then I don’t even know if it was really happening or supposed to be ~all a dream or some shit, because that creepy business with everyone singing in the white shirts and the jeans at the end and Will standing up the front singing at nothing, I don’t?
WHAT WAS THAT? THE OPENING CREDITS FOR THE MUSICAL EPISODE OF SEVENTH HEAVEN? HELP? HOLD ME?
It was so unfortunate too, because they were just beginning to redeem themselves from the season opener, where they treated Emma’s illness like an exclamation point on a sad, old joke about blue-balls. I mean, I hated that Will was insensitive and invasive enough to invite Emma’s parents for dinner without asking or even telling her. But I get it, this is Glee, and characters are routinely sacrificed to the plot. So I moved on. I was less than impressed with the Ginger racism stuff, because, well, it was just a bit stupid at the end of the day. But then it got poignant and interesting when we saw the truly nasty side of her parents, nestled like a blade in frothy silliness. In that moment I felt for Emma, for her whole little life spent dealing with anxiety the only way she could figure out how. And when she knelt down to pray and Will knelt down with her and admitted he didn’t know what he was doing but he wanted to learn? It was gorgeous.
So why oh why, did Coldplay have to go ahead and ruin it by turning it into this massively overblown, epic, Will-is-Jesus moment? Just. No.
Rin says: I like Coldplay. I love ‘Fix You.’ I DID NOT LOVE FIX YOU IN GLEE. AT ALL. IT WASN’T WORTH THE GWYNETH. IT REALLY WASN’T. It was really the worst possible way to use this song, because Emma’s illness isn’t something that Will can FIX. Maybe if the lyrics were, ‘I willllllll tryyyyy to….love and support you and help you through this,’ it’d work. But as is? No. I mean, I know songs can be interpreted in a lot of ways and can mean different things to different people, but COME ON.
AND REALLY. WHY WERE THEY ALL GLOWING AND WHITE AND CREEPY LOOKING?
Although I did enjoy our kids reactions to seeing their names listed in the play. That was pretty darn cute. Really sad though when Rachel had to find out by herself with no one hugging or congratulating her. SHE DIDN’T EVEN DO ANYTHING WRONG.
Um. This best scene is so a Rophy says No in disguise.
OKAY. But I did really love the Will/Emma scene prior to Fix You, because it was touching and showed the genuine love and care Will has for Emma. And this is the kind of stuff that made us all love Will/Emma at the start. I just wish they stopped it there. Glee doesn’t always have to end on a song you guys. It just doesn’t.
Sophy says: I should have known Gwyneth was behind this. Typical.
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
“Where has that patriarchy gotten us? Double digit inflation, economic free fall, oil spills, war in Afghanistan.”
Sophy says: I like it when Brittany is stupid-smart.
Rin says: I just get the impression she thinks she’s running for the President of the United States. And it’s the best.
Rophy Says No!
All of it. All. Of. It.
Sophy says: Okay I’m just going to take a deep breath right here and try to calm myself down before I begin.
What was this even? We were doing so well this season and then it was like Glee just completely reverted to being that show that ignores all previous episodes when writing new ones. I mean.
We did this already. We did this and we kissed and made up and moved on.
Does no one remember that episode last season where Rachel and Mercedes hashed out this exact issue and came to a place where they could love and support each other without petty jealousy getting in the way? A place where Rachel encouraged Mercedes to shine and Mercedes dropped the whiny, insecure, diva crap she had been pushed into by Lauren Zizes?
So why are we doing the exact same thing, except that this time it’s her boyfriend pushing her into her whiny, insecure, diva crap? Oh yeah and this time she’s not dropping it? Instead she’s flouncing off like a spoilt child when given a wonderful opportunity by people who are being more than fair to her??? Oh and she’s joining the rival team. Because Mercedes is a self-absorbed bitch of a baby these days. Sorry if you didn’t get the memo. It’s Glee, after all.
And from Rachel’s point of view, please. We had a great moment in the season premiere in which she was shown to learn that even though she was the biggest fish in her small pond, there was some scary-ass competition out there in the real world of professional performing arts. Isn’t that enough of an ‘I’m not the best’ storyline for her? Especially because she is the best where McKinley is concerned.
Mercedes has a fantastic voice, and she does what she does and she does it well. Rachel is someone who has been blessed with immense natural talent and has honed the fuck out of it with hard work. She has way more levels she can go to as a performer than Mercedes does, because she has striven for those levels, and the fact is that she is far better suited to Maria. To pretend Mercedes is better than Rachel is a joke. To have Rachel pretend Mercedes is better than her… that’s just a joke that isn’t funny. The lol’ing above was fake and tinged with bitterness in case you hadn’t noticed.
Also since when is Mercedes being glamorous something to gasp in shocked delight over? Because…
And all little black and blue dresses aside, when has she not been a strong and glamorous, performance-wise? It’s what she does? I would have been gasping in shocked delight if Mercedes had come out and sung something fragile and homey. With a tambourine. As it was she just did what she does and she did it well. This was not epiphanic stuff.
Rin says: I don’t know how to deal with this. The way they’re dragging Mercedes through the mud and having Rachel getting caught up in it too is INFURIATING. Like Sophy said, we’ve BEEN there. NUMEROUS times. And there has been hugging and love and understanding over and over again and it’s been lovely (TAKE ME OR LEAVE ME is another example). Now? I can’t for the life of me understand why they’re trying to go there again by making Mercedes look like an even BIGGER and UNGRATEFUL bitch than anyone has ever before. And why were they pairing her quest for dominance with her constantly not committing to the booty camp? She’s late, she’s sick, she’s got a sore ankle. What was that even? If she complains and under-commits enough she’ll get the role? Uh? No?
And don’t even try to bring up that bullshit about them not wanting to ever hurt Rachel’s feelings. That was pure bullshit, because Rachel has paid her dues many times over, as well as being the main target of abuse and insults throughout the history of Glee. And a lot of that has come from Mercedes herself. So, I don’t quite understand what they were trying to say with that. And acting like Rachel gets handed everything isn’t going to get her anywhere, because we all know Rachel lives and breathes musicals and Broadway. Is Broadway even Mercedes dream? Do we even know? Is she putting herself out there trying to get into NYADA?
I don’t know. All of it is ridiculous to me. I hate that this is what they’re choosing to do with Mercedes. I was all for more of the secondary characters, because they deserve it. But if they’re just going to be downright unpleasant then I’m not really a fan.
Sophy says: YES YES YES. ROPHY SAYS NO NO NO.
Honestly if they wanted to go down this route with Mercedes they should have thought of that before they resolved everything so neatly for her last season. I’m just so disappointed that they finally start giving Mercedes an overarching storyline and it’s this.
Sophy says: Sigh. Way to ruin a story line that had potential by rushing the fuck out of it, Glee. This plotline should have commenced in this episode and progressed through to at least mid-season. As it was, all the gooey dancing with his mum and creepy Dexter-ish apparitions from his father, and the imaginary angsty head-in-handsing from Tina? None of it was earned. The entirety of Mike’s backstory was introduced in this episode. If you want people to care you need to build these things up? As it was I was just kind of laughing and cringeing and watching through my hands, and it’s a real shame, because when Mike’s father first appeared I felt so pleased that a minor character was getting developed and really excited to see where it would go.
Unfortunately it went in a rocket, straight to MASSIVE CLICHE TOWN. I just. The whole thing was too much. There’s the repressive parent who wants to kill the kid’s dream, and then there’s the permissive parent who had their dream killed and blah blah same mistake I made blah blah. Glee really missed an opportunity to do a storyline with substance here about parents who wish the best for their children but don’t quite know what the best is. Or maybe they do know, sort of, somewhat. Because maybe it’s a grey area that should be so glibly and dully resolved with ‘Follow your heart’?
Meanwhile, kudos to Harry for learning to sing. Or for his skill in singing badly previously?
Rin says: I’m kind of annoyed how this episode is named Asian F, and Mike Chang’s story was resolved in a total of like, 5 minutes. OH HERE’S HIS DAD! OH MIKE STRUGGLES A BIT. DANCES. SINGS. OH HIS MUM! OH DANCING, OKAY WE’RE ALL HAPPY NOW.
I just can’t get behind it, because I see what it could have been — a pretty moving and actually quite relatable story line. I mean, I would have been shedding tears if it was done properly, but I wasn’t. I was left feeling like I wanted more than that, because I can relate to everything else on this show, but it’s more in a vicarious manner. This was something I could actually see as having gone through in my own life, and it’s not often that I feel like I see my own experience presented on TV. I don’t sing or dance (I mean, I do, but not well), but I was always more creative than academic — and if you want to choose the creative path you always have to excel at it. I was blessed in that my parents weren’t the stereotypical Asian parents locking me in my room until I got into medical or law school. The pressure was there though, constantly. And it wasn’t until I graduated in the top percentile of my class with my degree that I felt like some of that was alleviated. And that’s still kind of an academic achievement.
I just wish it was handled better. The moment when Mike dances with his mum was cute, but not enough. If it has been further down the road and a resolution to at least a few episodes of conflict the impact would have been much greater. Sigh.
Sophy says: In an episode that contained a pleasing ode to girl power courtesy of Brittany S Pierce, it was extra depressing to see Mercedes, and to a lesser extent Rachel, relying on their boyfriends to guide them. The image of both girls looking anxiously up at the boys in the wings was a bit nauseating, frankly.
Also Mercedes’ boyfriend is a little bit smarmy and a lot pointless so far. They should have just recast Sam.
Rin says: THIS WAS SO URGH. She’s Rachel Fucking Berry. Stop making her into a damsel in distress.
Sophy says: RIGHT. Rachel has had some damselly tendencies in the past, but not with respect to her talent. I mean, come on. And anyway she’s been growing and evolving. Can’t you let her grow and evolve Glee? No? Of course not.
Also this is probably more of a Sophy says no, but whatever…
This sort of thing is the reason I spent a good portion of my life thinking I hated musicals and kind of side-eyed opera for that matter. The old sing-talk. When it goes on too long it just makes me cringe. And also it’s really dull musically. So. Ner.
Head In Hands
“You always zig when I think you’re about to zag. And I just, I love that about you.”
Sophy says: OH THEY ARE SO CUTE. I CANNOT. The flowers! And the zigzag quote!
Rin says: I was so relieved that Kurt was going to be supportive and loving to Blaine, despite what the end of the last episode suggested. I feared that they were going to go on a huge wave of jealousy and petty petty bickering, but they didn’t! It was Naomily flowers and cuteness instead! Yay!
Sadly everyone else seems to have gotten on the jealousy train.
BUT BUT BUT. LOOK! Rachel and her big gay rainbow flag are on display. <3
Sophy says: BAHAHAHAHAH A THOUSAND TIMES MORE PRECIOUS.
And also Rachel/pink seems to have become a thing. Interesting.
Rin says: OMG YES. Rachel has such an affinity for pink now. It’s kind of amazing.
OH AND LET’S NOT FORGET. SHE WANTED TO SING ‘I FEEL PRETTY’ YET AGAIN.
I only have one thing to say to that.
Sophy says: That is literally the best thing I’ve ever seen.
“My son got an A minus on his chemistry test. An A minus is an Asian F.”
Sophy says: HAHAAH I TOTALLY GREW UP IN A WHITE AZN HOUSEHOLD WHEN IT COMES THIS STUFF.
Rin says: So true You’re way more azn than me.
Sophy says: Much, much more azn. /Giles
Quinn Glory Shot
Since she was mostly lobby art, we figured we were allowed more than one shot.
Sophy says: YOU KNOW WHAT QUINN RHYMES WITH?
Sophy says: THAT’S RIGHT, RIN! QUINN RHYMES WITH SPIN!!
Rin says: It also rhymes with Rin.