"A Very Glee Christmas" Reaction/Review


This week's "Glee" review is going to be a little different for one reason: I hate Christmas music. I'm sorry, but I do. Firstly, it's not my holiday and never has been. Secondly, a decade spent working in retail (including six Christmases at a mall) helped me develop a Pavlovian hatred for anything related to this season. Call me a Scrooge, or a Grinch, I'm fine with it. But I'm not going to review the songs this week, because it wouldn't be fair to the show since my grades would be unfairly influenced.

As for the show itself, it was amusing, but it definitely fell into the category of "Glee" episodes that have pushed the boundaries of plausibility, and sadly, the love of my life, Brittany S. Pierce, was at the center of it all.

I accept Brittany's casual stupidity and the humor that comes with it, but her belief in Santa and the dedication of everyone around her to maintain that illusion went beyond silly into the realm of pitiful. On some level, Brittany's belief in Santa was a metaphor for the childhood innocence we all wish we could recapture at times, but it was treated way too literally in this episode. I didn't even feel sad for Brittany, I just was embarrassed for her (ok, maybe I felt a little sad for her when she was taking down the decorations at her locker, but that's because I just want to comfort Heather Morris and make everything better for her). And as popular as Brittany is, there's no way she wouldn't have been savaged by the non-Glee kids for her continued belief in Santa.

Still, despite all that, the moment when Artie walked with his assistive device (that showed up as a "Christmas miracle"), was pleasantly sweet. I'm not going to say it made my heart grow three sizes, but it didn't suck.

Prior to that, my favorite moment in the episode came when Finn "officially" broke up with Rachel, because it was a much needed character moment. Up until that point in the episode, Rachel had just been annoying him, and doing the whole "OK, you're going to take me back now, right?" act, without actually taking responsibility for her actions (remember, she kissed Puck). It reminded me a little bit of Oz and Willow, after Willow had kissed Xander in Season 3 of "Buffy". And just like they eventually got back together, I expect Finn and Rachel will too, but it didn't need to happen this week.

As for Sue's story, well, her cartoonish super-villainy was taken to absurd levels in this episode. Sure, it was a "Grinch" parody, and probably needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but it just made me shrug and ask "really?". Then, in true "Grinch" fashion, she got a redeeming ending. For a second, I was worried that it was going to be a little too sappy, but when Will opened the present and it was a set of clippers, that was perfect.

I'll be honest, I felt much worse about this episode until the last seven minutes or so, but the various endings had just the right touch to the them. It wasn't the best episode of "Glee" this season, not by a long shot, but it wasn't the worst either, and for someone like me who really doesn't like Christmas music, that's saying something.

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