KT just wants you to express yourself.
GLEE: 1.15 “The Power of Madonna”
This plot was so rambling, I don’t even know where to start. And while I’m all for girl power, the thing about how the boys don’t treat the girls very well had the distinct flavor of a Very Special Episode.
However… I do think that the music, and especially the “Vogue” homage made this a very special episode in the non-euphemistic sense. I loved the girls’ version of “Express Yourself,” and Mercedes and Kurt were fabulous on “Four Minutes.” They’re right, I think, about how underused they are, and they both have amazing voices — Kurt’s high line in “Like a Prayer” was gorgeous. I hope the show plays out the results of their joining the Cheerios, too, which could lead to interesting places.
Speaking of the Cheerios, I loved their first number with the stilts. Very cool to watch. And I loved seeing that Becky Jackson is still on the squad and still hanging out next to Brittany.
And speaking of unexpected new members, I’m both extemely suspicious and a little excited about Jesse St. James joining New Directions. Santana says she should know about spies (ha!), and I think she’s probably right about Jesse. On the other hand, Jesse does have a better voice than Finn, so I’m thinking this is not all bad. Cheers to Finn for being gracious in the end — though I liked Jesse’s line about having a sing-off for Rachel’s affections, as though that were a natural thing do to. Maybe in Vocal Adrenaline, it is.
I wasn’t a big fan of the “Like a Virgin” number. For one thing, I thought it was put together in a weird way. Each couple was wearing similar colors, and the cuts from one couple to the next were pretty quick. I don’t want to say that it was hard to keep track of who was romancing whom… but it kind of was. And partly I think I was squirming because I feel so differently about those three couples. Will and Emma – consenting adults who seemed comfortable with each other — I’m okay with. Jesse and Rachel, I’m not — she looked so scared, and I prudishly think she’s too young, even though somehow Finn and Santana bothered me not at all. Maybe I was okay with it because she was? Or possibly my double standards are just as bad as everyone else’s.
Which I guess brings us back around to the boys trying to figure out “What It Feels Like for a Girl,” which I found uncomfortable in the Very Special Episode kind of way. Ditto for Artie and Tina’s scenes — I want scenes for them, I do, but can they be not ridiculous? I do kind of like the way Kurt considers himself one of the girls, though.
And I did enjoy Sue throughout the episode: her obsession with Madonna, her story about damaged hair and Nazi-hunter parents, and her inevitable decision that Sue Sylvester is a unique, empowered individual all on her own. Good fun.