Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Glee "Blame It On The Alcohol" Reaction/Song Review
OK, first things first, "Santittany" cannot happen. It's Brittana. I'm all about those two getting together, but if/when it happens, it needs to be the latter name. "Santittany" doesn't roll of the tongue at all.
As for the rest of this episode, I thought the depiction of the drinking among the kids was beyond over the top, to the point of completely losing the message. It made for an entertaining watch, but there was an underlying unease throughout my whole viewing process, particularly in how quickly Rachel went from never having had a drink to basically being a budding alcoholic. For the vast majority of the episode, it seemed to be sending the message that so long as nothing bad happens, bringe drinking is totally fine, and sometimes even the bad things that happen are OK.
I did think Finn's breakdown of the drunk girl archetypes was 100% spot on, and seeing the girls fall into the various roles was so random and hilarious. And the thing is, they totally nailed the right role for each girl. Obviously, Stripper Brittany was my favorite, but the way Finn brought it full circle to needy girl drunk Rachel was incredibly well done.
Also, we did get a glimpse of Rachel trying to put together her original song for regionals. And, wow… I really hope those lyrics are a VERY rough draft of the Glee original song, because those were… umm… bad. Finn called Rachel out on the song not being "emotional", but he could have just straight up said "this blows." And the Kurt-Blaine-Rachel love triangle went as predictably as possible, right down to Blaine actually referring to himself as "100% gay" after his non-drunk kiss with Rachel.
Still, while I may not have enjoyed the episode on the whole, I thought there were some great one-liners.
Figgins: "Just listen to any pop hit by Key-dollar sign-ha."
Will: "You mean Ke$ha?"
Sue: "There's no one lining up to coach glee clubs because it's a sucky job for losers."
Brittany: "It's alcohol awareness week"
Santana: "Precisely. And I am AWARE of how much fun alcohol is."
Burt: "I don't know what two guys do when they're… together. Ya know, I sat through that whole 'Brokeback Mountain.' From what I gather, something went down in the tent."
Brittany: "Ke$ha's been a cultural icon for weeks, and I really wanna do her music justice."
Santana [to Will]: "If you don't drink, what will you have to live for?"
OK, on to this week's songs.
Don't You Want Me? - C
I was kind of excited about the prospect of a Blaine-Rachel duet, but Blaine really overpowered Rachel's vocals in the chorus, and I didn't think Lea Michele did a great job with the few solo lines she was given.
Blame It - D
I think this song is pretty stupid, and honestly, it really sends the exact opposite message of a song that would be performed for "alcohol awareness week" -- something that Mr. Schuester at least brought up. The performance was solid enough, but I thought it would have worked better if they'd stuck with the "drunk in the hallway" theme, as opposed to cutting to the auditorium performance.
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - D
I don't think I've mentioned this in any of my previous Glee reviews, but of all the musical genres out there, country is the only one that I can't listen to at all (Kenny Rogers aside). I also think a call-and-response duet with Dot Jones is a waste of Matthew Morrison's talents, especially considering how underused he's been lately.
TiK ToK - D
Hey, it's my least favorite song ever! I really want more Heather Morris, but not like this. It was even stupidly auto-tune'd like the original, which makes NO sense for a live high school glee club performance, but whatever. The only redeeming thing about this (aside from Morris's dancing) was Figgins's continued mispronunciation of Ke$ha and his hilarious hand dancing during the performance. Oh, and I did laugh when Brittany puked on Rachel, but Santana puking on top of that was unnecessary.
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