What a letdown

New Directions performs in "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Oct. 26 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Pictured L-R: Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Amber Riley, Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, Heather Morris, Harry Shum Jr., Naya Rivera, Chord Overstreet, Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale.

Earlier today I was talking with my friends about tonight’s “Rocky Horror Glee Show,” and a lot of us thought we’d be rather disappointed with it. We thought that with all the hype surrounding the episode, it would be nearly impossible to live up to expectations.

And I’m afraid that was the case here.

It’s not that it wasn’t good — because it was, although it didn’t meet the usual Glee standard — it just wasn’t nearly as good as everyone hoped it would be.

I can’t explain why the episode felt so wrong to me, but it did. It may have just been that I felt pretty let down. All the build up and publicity made me think it was going to be fantastic, but it wasn’t. At all. It wasn’t even as good as most of the season has been so far.

My main issue with the episode was the Mr. Shue/Emma/Carl thing they was going on throughout the episode. First of all, since this episode was in honor of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” I think they should have made that the main focal point of the episode.

Will (Matthew Morrison) directs the glee club in “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Oct. 26 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Second of all, it was really creepy, and it made me start to dislike Mr. Shue. He’s never been one of my favorite characters — I’ve always found him to be a bit melodramatic and “mushy” — but tonight he was even worse than usual. His flirting with Emma was totally out of line, seeing as she’s dating Carl (who I really like). And apologizing for it in a little two-minute soul-bearing session didn’t make it any better.

Also, before the episode aired, I loved Glee’s rendition of “Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me,” but after seeing Emma and Will perform it, it wasn’t nearly as fun. Just disturbing. Brittany and Santana watching from the window didn’t make it any better.

However, it did have some good aspects: The intro was especially well-interpreted, although it was cut too short in my opinion. It lived up to, if not surpassed, the original song, and the lips were perfect. Also, I’m loving Emma and Carl; I think they make a really good couple, plus he’s helping her to overcome her OCD, which is huge. (But you know it’s not going to last. They’re going to figure out a way to get rid of Carl and get her back together with Will, and when that happens I’ll be so mad.)

Finn (Cory Monteith, L) and Rachel (Lea Michele, R) perform in “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Oct. 26 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

But overall, the episode was kind of a disappointment. I think the producers were setting themselves up for failure, taking on something so huge. And it stinks, because I was so excited for the episode, and it turned out being mediocre.

There will be yet another two-week break for Glee, with the next episode, “Never Been Kissed,” airing on Nov. 9. Make sure to watch on FOX 43 at 8 p.m. Maybe they can redeem themselves for the mess we were given tonight.

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Rocky Horror Glee Show

Chris Colfer behind the scenes in "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Oct. 26 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Glee is going to be so awesome next week!

In anticipation of the “Rocky Horror Glee Show,” I’ve been listening to the music from the episode (which by the way, is on Youtube now, so go listen) for the past few days, and I even watched the original movie, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” on Netflix.

If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly suggest you see it because not only is it totally hilarious, it gives you a lot of background knowledge for the upcoming episode.

I went online to read about the episode, and found out who is playing which character from the movie (it’s going to be in the form of a school musical, so characters will be playing actual roles). Here’s a quick little list:

Frank N. Furter – Mercedes (what?!)

Janet – Rachel

Brad – Finn

Riff Raff – Kurt

Columbia – Brittany/Tina

Magenta – Quinn/Santana

Eddie – Mike (and also Carl? I’m not quite sure about this)

Dr. Scott/The Criminologist – Artie

Rocky – Sam

I think everyone’s pretty well-cast, with the exception of Mercedes as Frank N. Furter. That’s probably the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard, and I think it will be really… strange. I love Glee, but I think the producers really screwed up on that one. Also, having multiple people cast as one character is also kind of weird. But I guess we’ll see how that works out.

In addition to the list of characters, there’s also a list of the songs being performed:

“Science Fiction Double Feature”

“Dammit Janet”

“Hot Patootie”

“Sweet Transvestite”

“Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me”

“Over at the Frankenstein Place”

“The Time Warp”

I’ve listened to all of those, and they’re all pretty much great, especially “Science Fiction Double Feature” and “Dammit Janet.” I feel like they really did those songs justice. Also, “Touch-a,  Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me” was really good, and it was performed by Jayma Mays (Emma), who we’ve never really heard that often. However, I found “Sweet Transvestite” to be really, really weird. Obviously it was sung well, but it’s just so strange …

Brittany (Heather Morris) performs in “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Oct. 26 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Oh, there is one other issue with the songs that I feel like I should mention: the lyric changes. They’ve changed some lyrics, which, judging by a lot of the comments on Youtube, has made a lot of people pretty angry. I agree that’s kind of stupid (changing “transsexual” to “sensational” was especially dumb, seeing as one of the main characters is, well … a transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania), but I guess it can’t be helped. They need to keep up ratings, and if that means making a few minor changes to lyrics, so be it. Oh well.

I am 100 percent positive that “Rocky Horror Glee Show” is going to be absolutely fantastic. It sucks not having Glee this week, but I think this huge episode is going to make up for it. I feel like such a fangirl right now, but I don’t care, this is just so cool!

Make sure you watch Glee next week. Tuesday night at 8 p.m., on Fox 43. You will be so sorry if you miss it. In the meantime, go listen to the music on Youtube, and watch the movie!

P.S. Ryan Murphy was recently approached by Fox about directing a remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show. He hasn’t said whether or not he’ll accept the offer, but if he does I’ll definitely be seeing that, too.

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