<i>Glee</i>'s Heart's a Drummer
|Written by April Yorke|
|Thursday, 10 December 2009 12:43|
Last night's fall finale of Glee (our top new comedy pick) was exactly the whirligig of drama, comedy, and singing that we've come to expect. While Glee may pretend that it's a parody of musicals and after-school specials, as Troy would tell you, it's actually a show that uses singing and comedy to disguise exactly how depressing it really is. Of course, music and laughter are necessary components for most humans to make it through their banal-to-soul-crushing days, so who can hold it against the 12 students that make up McKinley High's show choir? It's the best part of Santana's day!
In thinking about how awesome last night's entry was, though (and it was awesome), the very things that made it awesome also got me thinking about some stuff they should really straighten out before the show returns April 13 (yes, April 13. Try to hold it together). Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, and Ryan Murphy, could you meet me over at camera three?
Okay, that's better. Three things:
All that said, I really did love last night's episode, especially given that "Don't Rain on My Parade" is probably one of my favourite songs and fits Rachel to a T. Just, you know, do your audience a favour work on that other stuff over the break. And give Artie more solos. Or Puck just one.
Offside: When Finn yelled, "Why do I always have to be the bigger man?!", did anyone else reply, "Because you're freakishly tall?"
Updated: I seem to have forgotten to explain where I was going with that whole "heart's a drummer" bit (besides "Don't Rain on My Parade," that is). Though the two shows are on very different wavelengths and of very different qualities, I often mentally compare Glee to Friday Night Lights. Last night, when Will appeared in the locker room to talk Finn (wearing his letterman's jacket) into saving the choir at sectionals, I started thinking about Schue as the more touchy-feely version of Coach Taylor (he would most assuredly give you a hug or something), which made me wonder who Finn's corollary is. Over the course of the first season, Friday Night Lights demonstrated that Coach had already molded Jason Street into a man much like himself. Over the next two seasons, he tried to mold both Matt and Tim with varying results. Since we don't know anyone from previously years of show choir, Finn could well be our Jason, Will's first attempt to mold. Even so, I think he's much closer to Matt, a young man with a hardscrabble background who serves as the show's moral compass and its beating heart. After all, Corey Monteith is a dummer.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2009 06:04|