All the awesome songs by the Warblers will soon be available on one awesome album, coming out next month! Woo! I've been recently growing ever fonder and fonder of the Darlton Academy boys, and I know for sure this album will finds its place right next to my other Glee CDs.
Here's a little extra bite. It's a whole new song performed by Darren Chris and the Warblers and it'll also be in the album. As far as I know, its world premiere was like an hour ago! Ah, what a treat. (And I can't wait to see that in an episode... I began to drool a bit just now.)
I don't have much to say about this episode. I didn't like it very much. It was okay and I can't name any particular aspect that I didn't like, but it was just a bit... blah. (I have now disliked(/not very much liked) the episodes 10, 13 and 15. The pattern is a bit too frequent, don't you think? Oh well, the episodes in between (and after!) compensate quite efficiently.)
Ms Holly Holiday is back! She's returned to McKinley High as a sex educator. And boy, aren't some of the Glee kids in the need of some education on that area. Then there is a little spark between Will and Holly and Emma gets a bit jealous and thus Carl does too. There are repeatedly scenes from the meetings of the selibacy club, meant for students and as Emma puts it, also for others "terrified of the hose-monster". Lauren and Puck think about doing a sex tape, but as they find out it would count as child pornography, they too join the selibacy club. Santana and Brittany try something knew and actually talk about their feelings. Meanwhile in Darlton, Blaine marks that Kurt might also be in need of that particular kind of education.
Let's check out the songs now.
Holly's idea of sex education is performing Do You Wanna Touch Me, in a pretty provocative kind of way. But it's pretty fun and Mr Schue does some priceless faces and as I've probably said before, every episode of Glee should just be about Brittany's dancing. No one can get tired of watching that!
Animal is actually a very listenable (yep, coined another word) and dancable, but first when I saw it in the context of the episode, I was too distracted by the weird setting and the screaming school girls and the foam and, most of all, Kurt's 'sexy faces'. Oh lord, for a moment I though they were being serious, but thank god they weren't. Besides, Kurt CAN do sexy, 4 Minutes, anyone, hellooo? But I loved how Blaine (steaming hot, as one would expect) kept glancing at Kurt, like "er, WHAT?".
Kiss, then... All I have to say is that Mr Schue looks pretty hot with some eyeliner on. And that it just looks a bit off when the woman is taller than her dance partner. Sorry, Will.
Landslide is a beautiful song. And I surely will learn to like it after I get over the context... I'll get to the whole Brittany/Santana business later. (And a 17-year-old girl can't sing about getting older!)
Afternoon Delight lets Emma and Carl sing and oh how I've missed those voices! But it was over way too soon, it was actually a very nice performance and I love how they perform it in such an innocent way, not having an idea what they really are singing about. Haha.
The love triangle square that includes Holly, Will, Emma and Carl is getting pretty interesting! Though I disliked Holly a bit for getting in the way of Wemma, I know it'll happen eventually, so let's just enjoy the bumps along the way. So, Holly and Will are now officially experimenting the winding path of romance, and Carl and Emma's marriage is kind of on the edge, after Emma confessed that she is very confused about her feelings towards Will. I'm looking forward to seeing what'll happen with that. But hopefully we'll see Carl again because I like the character and John Stamos's voice.
Kurt's awkward sexy faces attract Blaine's attention and he urges Kurt to explore his sexuality. Kurt admits that the whole area kind of terrifies him and he rather just puts his hands over his ears and goes LA LA LA than actually talks about it. So Blaine goes to see his future father-in-law Burt and quite bluntly suggests that he should really talk to his son, because the poor fellow is a bit lost.
And then they have The Talk! Yay! I've been looking forward it since in Duets Burt said he's so not ready to have it. And it was an awesome scene, as you'd expect. Maybe not quite reaching the legendary status of Seth and Sandy Cohen's Talk once upon a time in The O.C., but still (aww, that clip made me want to dig up some old dusted DVDs... good times, good times...). Burt might have felt awfully uncomfortable talking about such matters, but I think he said all the right things, in that wonderfully blunt, down-to-earth kind of way he always talks. Go Burt, you're awesome.
Finally, let's go over the Brittany/Santana thingy. In the episode, basically, Santana tells Brittany that she loves her and wants to be with her, like, for real (even though she's scared to think what others would be talking behind her back), and the reason why she's been such a bitch is that she hasn't been honest about her feelings. Brittany responds by saying that Santana means a lot to her, too, but she also loves Artie and can't leave him. And thus Santana learns that opening up never does anything good!
Okay, so. This storyline felt a bit weird to me. Mostly because Santana and Brittany have both always been light, mostly comical characters, without any too serious storylines and, so far, their 'thing' had been just a long-running gag in the show, referenced to once in a while as a joke, and nothing else. And when Santana suddenly wanted to start talking about feelings, it was just... strange. Although Naya Rivera played the emotional scenes very well, I felt I wasn't watching the awesome Santana I had finally grown to like during season two, because the contrast to the ultimate bitch was just too great. Sure, it's nice to get some meat around the character, but that, for me, was just too radical.
...Not to mention that I like the ultimate bitch much more than the weepy, emotional, I-love-you-forever Santana. If all that awesome bitchyness is really caused by unrequited love, then Brittany, please stick with Artie at least till graduation, because I need my weekly fix of mean, sarcastic comments.
But yeah. Let's see how this developes. I'm all for Santana finding love at some point, as long as it doesn't make her a bore.
Rest of my thoughts:
- In the first scene Brittany is wearing a shirt with that particular bird pattern. I just bought a dress with that same pattern! Ah, I'm so hip now!
- Holly's excercise clothes, on the other hand, aren't that hip.
- Sam to Artie: "Pretty cool that our girlfriends are such good friends, right? I wish you and I were that close." Aw, the boy doesn't have an idea what he just hoped...
- Brittany when Quinn claims she got her hickey from a curling iron: "The key is to use the curling iron in a bathtub to keep it from getting burned." And the others, slightly taken aback: "...No."
- Finn and Quinn are an item again. But not yet publically.
- Sometimes I feel a bit sorry for the guys of the orchestra! The things they are forced to witness! And no one ever even talks to them. Nor gives them any lines. Next season, I want that George Harrison-haired guitarist to become a series regular!
An amazing episode that we've already seen! Again, I'm so late.
I like watching panels like this, with almost the whole cast. Every now and then they just start giggling and they basically look like they're having too much fun to call that work. This particular video includes some pretty hilarious moments with Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Jane Lynch, Darren Criss, Heather Morris and so on. There are also some MINOR SPOILERS. For example, Chris lets something slip, but as he says, "oh like you didn't know".
Click here for more Glee cast year book photos! They're quite adorable. Jayma Mays especially!
And it's kind of funny how you recognize the 'high school types'. Some better than others, though. For example, it's sure as hell that Chord Overstreet was a huge douche. No offence, dude, but that face just literally screams DOUCHE.
Okay, it is a bit ironic that as I begin to write the post about the episode Blame It on the Alcohol, it's 4 PM and I'm sipping wine. Just to be clear, afternoon wine is not my usual habit. It's just that my flatmate poured me a glass (or a cup, a plastic cup... classy!) and I couldn't say no. And it's just a glass so I guarantee this will be a very civilised and formal post. Or not. But I'm not going to blame it on the alcohol!
... Unlike our friends at McKinley, who get a little tipsy. Or, let's be honest, wasted. Like really wasted. I've been waiting for an episode like this for ages. Teens party, they drink and they do stupid things while doing it, so it's a bit unnatural it took Glee so long to bring the matter on the table. But, better late than never. And I, myself, am a big fan of this episode. Let's have a closer look, then.
Rachel's dads are away for the weekend, on a Rosie O'Donnell cruise. Puck immidiately spots an opportunity and suggests she should throw a party for the Glee kids. Rachel, surprise surprise, refuses the proposition, but as Finn gently criticizes the song she's writing about her headband - called 'My Headband' (and let's just say, it was very refreshing to hear a song without the auto tune) - she decides to, in Finn's words, do a little livin', to be able to write better songs. And so, The Rachel Berry House Party Trainwrack Extravaganza is officially a go.
It doesn't begin in a very promising way. Rachel is wearing a weird dress and she hands out drink tickets so everyone can only have two wine coolers. Then she lets Puck break into her dads' liqour cabinet, and... there they go. Everyone gets wasted, except for Finn, who's driving, and Kurt, who's trying to work his charm on Blaine. This is where Finn introduces us to the five drunk girl archetypes (funny he knows a word like that): 1) the weepy/hysterical drunk (Santana), 2) the anger girl drunk (Quinn, Lauren), 3) the girl who turns into a stripper drunk (Brittany), 4) the happy girl drunk (Tina, Mercedes) and 5) the needy girl drunk (Rachel). (Did you find your archetype? I did. I'm four of those.) Rachel doesn't like her categorization, so she decides it's time to play Spin the Bottle. And they do.
And she gets a little smack out of it. The bottle spins and she is ordered to kiss Blaine and I don't know if they see fireworks, but they kind of get into it more than one would expect, knowing his sexual orientation. Can we blame it on the alcohol? We'll see about that. Anyway, we do get a nice Rachel/Blaine duet. Don't You Want Me is a nice song and so is the performance. It's refreshing to see Blaine out of his Warbler uniform and them both more loose than usually (thanks to their blood's alcohol level).
That Rachel so openly shows her interest towards a guy, who she very well knows is also the crush of one of her best friends, can be blamed on the alcohol (yes, I will use that expression for at least five more times). But then comes the morning after, which you'd think she'd spend bashing herself for the stupidities she's commited, but nah, she just informs Kurt that she will go for it: she want to date Blaine, and so she will. Nice, girlfriend.
Kurt also has a talk with Blaine and is quite shocked to find out that the guy who he always looked up to for his confidence and assurance is getting a bit bi-curious. The poor boy doesn't quite know who he is so he wants to experiment. This pisses Kurt off and he gives an anti-bi-speech, which is not all very rational, but I'd blame it on the alcohol fact that the last thing he wants is Blaine to date his friend, or a woman, or anyone else other than him. Anyway, Blaine gets a little upset, and walks out on Kurt with a witty oneliner: "I'd say bye, but I wouldn't wanna make you angry." Touché.
Then Kurt has another talk with Daddy Burt, and again, I'm not sure if I'm on Kurt's side. They talk about house rules and stuff and then Kurt says Burt should 'educate himself', so that he could ask his father about relationship matters as any other teenage boy. What does he mean by that, I don't know. But Burt looks a bit confused for a reason. The thought has occured to me for a few times now, that pretty much every storyline of Kurt's has something to do with him being gay. And yes, I know it's an important matter and I have really loved most of those storylines, but it might be refreshing to see him do and talk about something else, just for the sake of the character.
At McKinley's they're having an Alcohol Awareness Week, because Principal Figgins is worried about the students using so much, um, 'gigglejuice'. The Glee club is assigned to perform a song, highlighting the dangers of teen drinking. Their first choice: Blame It (On The Alcohol). Which is such a cool number, my favourite of the episode. The combination of red and black always looks cool and Artie and Mercedes bring it. But Mr Schue thinks the song glorifies the sinful act of getting drunk, so they have to come up with something else.
Once again, Mr Schue talks the talk, but doesn't quite walk the walk. Beiste invites him to a night out, and they put their cowboy hats on and have one or two too many and ride bulls. And sing a duet, One Bourbon, One Scotch And One Beer. The song won't be on the top of my playlist, but it's cool to hear Beiste sing, I love that gal! Back in Will's place they have a drunken chat about how drinking isn't necessarily that bad and exchange some casual I Love Yous. Aw, I think I've found my new favourite Glee BFFs!
When Beiste is off, Will begins to grade some papers ("A+, A+, A+... That's how I roll.") and then commits the ultimate drunken sin: he drunkdials to Emma. And first it's quite sweet but then he says he wants to get crazy and that he was riding a bull and thinking of her. Um, didn't know you had such a dirty old man inside of you, Mr Schue.
For the school assembly, they finally choose to perform one of the most annoying songs of the recent years, Ke§ha's Tik Tok. But I actually liked it! Because of two things, mostly: 1) Principal Figgins's introduction: "... the hit single Tik and also Tok, by raper Ke-dollar-sign-ha..." and his silly hand moves during the song. Aw, gotta love him! 2) Heather 'Smoking' Morris! Helloooo, girl, nice dance moves! That bouncy split! Whoo! The performance, as all of their school assembly performances, ends in a minor crisis, this time involving a lot of vomit, as Brittany and Santana get sick. (I expected them all to puke in turns, á la Stand by Me and the pie eating competition.) Brittany's feeble attempt to save the situation is: "Everyone drink responsibly." Everyone expects they'll get thrown out from school, but Figgins is only very pleased, as 'the special effects' scared the students so much that the drinking problem is now solved. Achievement!
Finally, Rachel attacks Blaine on a coffee house and gives him a big kiss to prove that they have chemistry, with or without alcohol. Turns out Kurt is right, as Blaine's cheerful and blunt reaction is this: "Yep. I'm gay. 100 % gay. Thank you so much for clearing that up for me, Rachel." Lesson learned: some things CAN be blamed on the alcohol.
Rest of my thoughts:
- "Kurt's been blackmailing me ever since he saw my browser history." Aw, I love the Furt union. I want more brother moments!
- Rachel: "It tastes like pink!" The girl should become a professional wine taster.
- Brittany: "Ke§ha has been a cultural icon for weeks and I really wanna do her justice."
- Will's public humilation is really very humiliating. I feel for the dirty old man.
- Rachel is now very excited, because she has now been in 'a relationship' with a man who turned out to be gay, and this apparently is song writing gold. I sure hope the actual songs will turn out okay, and maybe a bit better than My Headband. The songs are already available, by the way, but I haven't found the courage to listen to them, because I have a sneaky feeling they'll be horribly cheesy and boring. But we'll see.