By Jordan Walker
Those who had hoped the episode would be totally devoted to Gaga’s songs were left wondering “where’s the rest?”
Lady Gaga’s fans have had May 25, 2010 marked on the calendars for weeks now. No, Gaga wasn’t releasing a new album, a new single, or a new video. May 25 was the night when Fox’s smash hit “Glee” would take one of the world’s top recording artists and devot a whole episode to honor her music, her soon-to-be-legendary dance moves, and her unforgettable costume choices. But as the hour went on, we saw that Lady Gaga was merely a ploy to grab viewers to an episode that didn’t live up to the potential of what “Glee” usually delivers.
There were three points that made this episode bad:
1. The misleading hype about Lady Gaga’s influence on the episode.
For weeks now, the big talk surrounding “Glee” that Lady Gaga was going to have a show devoted to her music seemed to be a perfect fit. The cast usually performs both upbeat and slow ballads and intricately choreographed dance numbers. Those are synonymous with Lady Gaga, so an episode devoted to her was not just a perfect match, but a sign from a higher power that TV shows can actually deliver exactly what the audience wants! But overhyping something can be its worse enemy. Viewers expected to see some of Gaga’s biggest hits performed by the cast on the show, including “Telephone,” “Paparazzi,” “Monster,” and “Just Dance.” Unfortunately, we only got one dance routine based on a Lady Gaga song, which was a somewhat enjoyable rendition of “Bad Romance.” “Poker Face,” performed by Lea Michele and guest star Idina Menzel, was made into an acoustic version, and was great. But I expected much more.
2. “The Power of Madonna” episode gave us too much hope that the Lady Gaga episode would be phenomenal.
Madonna’s episode of “Glee” lived up to all its expectations and hype. The song choices, dances, costumes, and all-important storyline were exceptional. The episode featured eight songs from the Material Girl’s career, and the soundtrack from the show even reached number one on Billboard’s Top 200 album charts. I was expecting something along the lines of the Madonna episode.
3. No Sue Sylvester!
Sorry, but an episode without Sue is a definite no-no! That’s like having an episode of “Seinfeld” without Seinfeld! Sue Sylvester isn’t the star of the show, but Jane Lynch brings magic to an episode that you notice when she is absent.
It would be unfair not to shine the light on the meaningful parts of this episode. This episode revolved heavily around Finn and Kurt, and we got to see a homophobic side of Finn we haven’t seen before. Finn expresses to Kurt that his feelings for him are anything but obvious, and takes it too far when he criticizes Kurt’s decorating style, calling it “faggy.” It’s surprising the network would allow that word to be said on its show, considering that families watch “Glee” together. In probably the most touching scene of the series so far, Kurt’s father Burt (played by an Emmy Award deserving Mike O’Malley for this scene) overhears that Finn’s use of the term was directed to his son, and Burt gives him a speech that would bring a slight tear to anyone’s eyes. During this whole Finn’s mother/Kurt’s father romance, Kurt has been desperately seeking the approval and acceptance of his father. Tonight, Kurt finally got what he has been desiring: a sign that his father really does love him for who he is.
Being a fan of “Glee” is sometimes an exhausting experience. You expect to see a great episode, but when you come up empty handed at the end of the hour, you feel robbed, which is what happened at the end of this episode. People read blogs about “Glee”and think the show is so well-executed and perfect in every way, but in my opinion, this show still has to work on its week-to-week consistency issues. There will be a great show one week, and a lackluster episode the following week. But overall, it is still a great show.