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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Solo duets and love triangles

Will (Matthew Morrison, C) assigns Mercedes (Amber Riley, L) and Santana (Naya Rivera, R) a duet in the "Duets" episode of GLEE Tuesday, Oct. 12 on FOX.

This week’s episode, “Duets,” wasn’t Glee at its best, but it did open up a lot of new, interesting plot lines.

As the title suggests, the club performs duets, with the winning duo receiving a free dinner at Breadsticks — a restaurant that, apparently, is legally obligated to provide an endless amount of breadsticks. And who can resist all-you-can-eat bread?

Of course, this is the week that Sam finally joins Glee. At first, he partners with Kurt (who has a bit of a crush on Sam, being convinced that he is gay), but Sam later joins Quinn, leaving Kurt to sing his duet solo. Go figure.

Obviously, Rachel and Finn are partners, although they plan to throw the competition to raise Sam’s self esteem. Tina pairs with her boyfriend Mike Chang, much to the envy of Artie, who partners with Brittany. Brittany joins him not because she particularly wants to, but to get back at Santana.

Ultimately Quinn and Sam win, and they begin a relationship with each other after their date at Breadsticks.

Yes, it was a somewhat complicated episode, perhaps because of all the new story lines: the Artie-Tina-Mike and Sam-Kurt-Quinn love triangles, as well as Rachel trying to be “a good person.” (While I love Rachel, I’m not sure she’s capable of that.)

Maybe because there was so much going on, I was left confused some of the time. For one thing, Puck is apparently in jail now. (???) I don’t know when or how this happened, if I missed something in the past episodes — now that I think about it, I don’t quite remember him being in “Grilled Cheesus” — or if they just decided to leave it unexplained for now.

Despite the business of the whole episode, I did enjoy it — although maybe not as much as some previous episodes. The music this week was great, a nice combination of current and classic. “Lucky” and “Le Jazz Hot!” were my two favorites this week; “Lucky” because it’s a very relaxing song and it went fantastically with Quinn and Sam’s voices, and “Le Jazz Hot!” because Kurt was absolutely fabulous. I did feel really bad for him though, because he had to perform alone. I think it’s a theme that will continue with him throughout the season.

Next week, we will all be “Glee”-less. The big Halloween episode is coming up afterward, so I suppose they’re building anticipation. So watch “Rocky Horror Glee Show” two weeks from now, Tuesday, Oct. 26, on Fox 43 at 8 p.m. It’s (obviously) a Rocky Horror Picture Show-themed episode, so you know it’s going to be good.

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Boobs McGee demoted

Coach Beiste (guest star Dot Jones, L) and Sue (Jane Lynch, R) go head-to-head in Principal Figgins office in the "Audition" premiere episode of "Glee" Sept. 21.

After lots – and lots and lots and lots – of build up, the second season of “Glee” kicked off Sept. 21 with the episode “Audition.” The new season introduces a few new characters, Sunshine Corazon, Sam Evans, and Coach Beiste.

Sunshine, played by Filipina celebrity Charice Pempengco, is a foreign exchange student who is not only shorter than Rachel, she also (gasp!) has a pretty fantastic voice. Needless to say, she will be filling the much-discussed role of Rachel’s rival.
Chord Overstreet (I can’t help but mention how awesome that name is) plays Sam Evans, a transfer student who, despite his musical talent, refuses to join Glee so as not to become a social pariah.

And of course, let’s not forget The Beast. Also known as The Panther. Also known as Shannon Beiste (pronounced beast – “It’s French”), the new coach of the football team, who’s responsible for slashing the Glee club/Cheerios budgets. She’s played by champion arm-wrestler Dot Jones.

There are more characters coming, because as I’m sure we’ve all heard, John Stamos will be appearing as Emma’s dentist/love interest. Also, I’ve been hearing about another character similar to Mercedes, although I can’t confirm it yet.

I can’t even put into words how excited I am about these new characters. I have a feeling they’re going to make this season very interesting.

Obviously after all the loose ends of last year’s conflicts were tied up in a neat little bow, there had to be a lot of new plot lines introduced. A lot. It was almost ridiculous. I’d love to recap all this new drama we have to look forward to, but there’s so much it’s impossible.

But some things never change: Everyone still hates Glee club. That’s why Sam wouldn’t join and why the Glee-clubbers are still getting slushied in the hallway. And that is also why the Glee clubbers need to do well in nationals this year, which take place in New York. I know we’ll be hearing more about this as the season goes on, so I’ll leave it alone for now.

As for the music in this episode, it was amazing – completely, utterly amazing. Per usual. There was a good variety, ranging from current, more pop-ish music (“Billionaire,” “Empire State of Mind,” “Telephone”), to the musical classics (“Listen,” “What I Did for Love”). And as always, all of the numbers were performed brilliantly.

“Billionaire” introduced Sam’s talents well – I think I like his voice even more than Finn’s or Puck’s – and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a really catchy song.

And as for Sunshine’s “Listen” – holy cow. Holy. Cow. I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of Charice before, but it is astounding to hear a voice like that come from such a tiny person. I was blown away.

I thought “Empire State of Mind” was pretty good; not my favorite, but certainly not bad. Who knew Artie could rap so well?

The only song that I didn’t really care for was “Telephone.” I like the song normally, but those weird, robotic noises shouldn’t come from two girls dancing around in a bathroom. Had the producers left it alone and un-edited, it would’ve been a lot better.

And also, am I the only one who thought Rachel getting all up in poor Sunshine’s ear was really, really creepy?

Overall, I feel like they couldn’t have started off Season 2 any better. Not that it was flawless: The cruelty exhibited by some of the characters, particularly Mr. Shue and Rachel, was surprising, to say the least. I mean, we can expect that from Sue, but Rachel and Mr. Shue should be above that. Maybe it was just a quick, one-episode thing; I really hope this won’t keep up, but I guess I’ll have to see.

Despite those few setbacks, the show was great. It was as hilarious as ever, with so many quotable lines it’s astounding (in fact, I have “You’re all coffee and no omelet” as my status on Facebook right now). I just about lost it when Brittany said she spent the summer lost in the sewers. Oh, and I’m positive that “Boobs McGee, you’re demoted to the bottom of the pyramid” will go down in “Glee” history.

Catch next week’s episode, “Britney/Brittany,” at 8 p.m. Tuesday night on FOX 43. The episode will be Britney Spears-themed, centering around Brittany, and featuring a cameo from Britney Spears herself.

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