(originally posted 9/13 via tumblr)
Let me preface this by saying I’m typically all aboard the “Glee can do no wrong” train. The Beatles episode, however, just didn’t do it for me. It had its moments of “wow” but it also had an overwhelming amount of “eh” and “NOOOO” moments.
Part of this comes from my recent obsession with studying the history of the Beatles. Some of it honestly probably comes from my feelings of denial about Cory’s passing. Some of it I feel was purely just because it’s not a great episode.
I really enjoyed the engagement. After reading some people’s tweets… I might be one of the only people who enjoyed this part of the show. Not so much the story line (because come on, do they really need to get engaged as YOUNG guys… NO they don’t), but the scene, it worked for me. Seeing everyone together for this may or may not have brought a few tears to my eyes. Side note: WHERE WAS PUCK?
Rachel opens the show with picking up where we left off with her “Funny Girl” auditions. She says some lines, eavesdrops and the sings “Yesterday”. There was so much emotion behind the song, so much more than just an audition that didn’t go her way. It was still hard for me to handle. It was probably because it was the first cover of the night. I didn’t like it. When I watched the performance a second time, I felt better about it.
But giving everything a second chance didn’t help other parts of the show. Kitty and Artie singing “Drive My Car” should never happen again. Never. Again. Please.
While we’re on the subject of “never again” let’s add “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”. And “I Saw Her Standing There”.
I don’t know if it was the arrangement, the voice or just the visuals that were with these songs (okay, let’s be honest, it was probably a combination of everything), but I just didn’t enjoy them. Even the story lines that went along with the songs, it wasn’t on point for me.
I don’t like Kitty and Artie as a couple. I do not like it, Sam I Am. It’s awkward and uncomfortable for me. Some people think it’s oh-so-adorable, but it’s really not. GLEE STOP FORCING EVERYONE TO DATE GLEE MEMBERS. There is obviously life outside of Glee… but as an audience, we assume there isn’t, at least in a romantic world.
I also really don’t like how dominant Sue is. I was really digging that Sue took the blame for Becky last season and sort of disappeared… and then BOOM, she’s principal now. I wasn’t a fan of the McKinnley High take-over she performed… I guess I’ll just have to wait and see where producers are going with it.
As far as the episode as a whole, I just couldn’t get into it. My only hopeful that episode 2 will focus more on what I liked- Rachel and Santana being struggling actresses, a little less Sue, a little more with the high school scene… and if I’m lucky, maybe Puck will make an appearance.