September 28, 2010
The latest episode of Glee was jam packed full of Britney Spears- or, Britney Spears as induced by laughing gas. New Horizons' ditziest member Brittany enjoyed something of a breakout performance, though she retained plenty of her famously daft one-liners to keep things comical.
Yes, leave it to the nitrous oxide to pave the way for Brittany's breakout show. In the dentist chair, administered by guidance counselor Emma's BF Dr. Carl (played by John Stamos), she goes into a stupor, hallucinating that she's in the shoes of Spears' most memorable outfits. They were all there: the nearly see-through VMAs gown (with snake, I might add), the skin-tight red plastic getup... that showed up too. And might I add, it's refreshing to see Brittany getting some solo time for once. While it's no surprise, she's got a really great voice as well.
So the Britney/Brittany episode goes. All of a sudden, Britney Spears appears in the waning haze of another character's hallucination, imparting a few nuggets of wisdom before dissipating again. Naturally, the club doesn't want to pay tribute to Britney, and Kurt gets especially loud with Will. Later, when Will gets in the dentist chair, Dr. Carl breaks it down, asking him to back off Emma. They reach an understanding, and Dr. Carl tells Will to loosen up, offering him a jar of candy and saying that's probably the reason he never made it with Emma.
Of course, Rachel gets in on the fantasizing fun next, taking a stab at Britney's "Baby One More Time." Unfortunately for Lea Michele, she's a little too heavy on the pout and not savvy enough with the dance moves. I had hopes that the episode wouldn't get swept up in another Rachel-centric fury, since the new voices are a breath of fresh air. But... it looks like Rachel is adopting a Spears wardrobe and upping the sex appeal, so I guess we can throw that out the window. So far the episode seems to be revolving around the mesmerizing effects of dreamboat John Stamos and the underlying desires that Spears provokes. And where's Sue Sylvester?
Next Will takes some of Dr. Carl's advice and tries to woo Emma with a shiny new corvette, but all of a sudden his ex-wife shows up!
posted by Justin Starling (CIT) at 10:25pm | link
Stream Six Glee Songs On Demand
Britney Spears fever is coming to McKinley High, and you know what that means... New Directions is taking her hottest songs to the next, Gleetastic level. We've got all of the tracks from the episode available to stream right here. Check 'em out and then download your favorites on iTunes, because face it. We all love rocking a little Britney on the go.
posted by Justin Starling (CIT) at 4:39pm | link
Glee has already paid tribute to Lady Gaga, and Tuesday night's episode was inspired by the music of Britney Spears. Which artist's music should Glee highlight next? According to a survey conducted by Metrolyrics.com, it's the King of Pop. Out of over 20 thousand responses to the Metrolyrics poll, 43% said that Michael Jackson should be next to get the Glee treatment, which would make him the first male star to have that honor.
posted by Nikita Palmer (CIT) at 11:08am | link
September 21, 2010
So the season opener of Glee is behind us, and it did not disappoint. The show kicked off with a somewhat jarring tabloid-esque sequence which found the Jewish character Jacob (with a menorah-like microphone in tow) doing an expose on "Glee's Big Gay Summer." It gave the audience a quick recap of what the characters at Mc Kinley High have been doing since last season (and also offered a tongue in cheek nod to last season's discovery that auto-tuning was sometimes utilized). The show got right back on course though, as Kurt spoke up to the afroed Jacob, only to immediately be doused with tomato juice by a school jock.
GLEEks then got what they were looking for, as Sue Sylvester and Will Schuester appeared, as usual, having an intense argument over auditions to their clubs. Where the conniving Sue wants to restrict potential Cheerios, Will wants to have an open door policy. It's good to see the same old dynamic between the two. From there, the two are called into Principal Figgins' office, where amidst news of more budget cuts, the butch Shannon Beiste is introduced as the new coach of the football team. Sue, mad at losing funds to the pigskin team, won't have any of it, and proceeds to get up in Coach Beiste's face, accusing her hillbilly parents of trying to impregnate the tailpipes of various offroad vehicles.
However, the newcomer stands her ground, proving that she's also capable of hurling a few insults, though they're nowhere near as scathing as Sue's. "You're all coffee and no omelette," Beiste tells her.
Will then addresses the group, psyching them up for nationals by telling them that they're in the Big Apple. The group realizes they need to recruit new members to create a "wall of sound" for any hope of beating rival team Vocal Adrenaline. And then the moment we've all been waiting for, as New Directions takes to the schoolyard to sing Jay-Z's "New York." Slowly, people start to catch on, tapping feet and grooving to the tune.
With Coach Beiste in place, Will and Sue forge an alliance in hopes of derailing her efforts to bolster the football team. They try to make it as friends, but almost immediately something feels awry.
The new additions to the cast keep coming as Finn, after posting masculine sign-ups in the locker room, hears a fellow football player singing in the shower.
posted by Justin Starling (CIT) at 10:20pm | link
While there were plenty of cliff-hangers to end Glee's amazing first season, GLEEks everywhere are dying to know which direction the hit show will turn next. While New Directions lost at regionals in last season's finale, the group now has an even higher goal- defeating their rival club Vocal Adrenaline in Nationals.
Other questions remain- will New Directions coach Will Schuester end up with the shy, OCD-afflicted guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury, or will his estranged ex-wife reenter the picture? There's also plenty of drama among the group. Rachel and Finn could potentially end up together, or not.
However things pan out, it's likely that show creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are going to keep audiences guessing. Stay tuned here for episode recaps and highlights from each episode.
posted by Justin Starling (CIT) at 5:01pm | link
One of the most highly anticipated shows to return to TV this fall is none other than Glee, the sensational, Emmy-winning series that casts a spotlight on a high school glee club at the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio. With a cast featuring plenty of Broadway vocal talent and seasoned comedic vets like Jane Lynch, the show's fans (affectionately referred to as Gleeks) are waiting with baited breath for New Directions (the glee club's name) to serenade us once again.
Glee, which had a big night at the Emmys back in August, is promising to infuse some fresh surprises into the new season, along with more outstanding songs and guest stars. While the show's creators haven't revealed exactly what will transpire this season, more than a few rumors and teases have hit the web.
posted by Justin Starling (CIT) at 12:22pm | link