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Glee: I Am Unicorn

Brittany: “Out of all the kids in this school, I think you are the biggest unicorn.”

We Are Unicorn

What is the plural noun for unicorns? Seems like I need to know it for Season Three of Glee! Brittany, herself a massive unicorn (or possibly bi-corn), recognised how strong Kurt had to be last season through all the bullying, and tried to make him embrace his uber-gayness. Of course, there is such a thing as going too far! Kurt’s discomfort with the posters and with what he overheard while eavesdropping on the directors suggests that maybe he doesn’t see himself as quite as gay as everyone else does. Thankfully Daddy Hummel was there to explain that Kurt won’t ever be mainstream rom-com hunk material, and he shouldn’t feel like he needs to be. Unfortunately, it was too late to stop Kurt getting rather injured when his Shakespeare scene went wrong. While I can understand Rachel getting the giggles when it came to kissing her friend, Coach Bieste should know better – as a muscly, hirsute woman she should be more sensitive to people struggling with gender roles. On the other hand, it was very funny!

More unfortunately, the final nail in Kurt’s rom-com coffin came when he saw Blaine’s audition, and how the judges reacted. Blaine is also a unicorn, but managed to stay true to his gayness and his nature as a performer while still exhibiting the masculinity that the directors were looking for, for the role of Tony. For any gay guy who hasn’t got that masculine side, it can be difficult to accept. We know Kurt’s had issues with his sex appeal (or lack thereof) before, but this time, the guy he previously turned to for help is not only his boyfriend, but the guy who’s about to get the lead in the school musical instead of him. What’s gonna happen, dun dun duuuuun?!

Don’t Mind Doing it For the Kids

I hope I’m not alone in saying – Shelby, why are you here? Is it to sing duets with Rachel, then making her do her sad face when you refuse to be a mother to her? Or is it to make Puck and Quinn go all m/p-aternal, then make them do their sad faces when you refuse to let them be full time parents? Perhaps it’s the rather dodgy plotting and characterisation of Shelby from Season One, but I can’t sympathise much with her situation, and the way she’s been reintroduced this Season just seems like she’s going to stir up a whole bubbling pot of trouble and then vanish again. How about agreeing to start a second glee club at McKinley High? How could that end well for anyone? One silver lining of her reappearance was that Puck became a whole lot more likeable in his strong desire to be a good father in whatever capacity he can. On the flipside, it seems Quinn has become even more of a wing-nut. Does she need reminding that she gave her child to Shelby because She, Quinn, wasn’t ready and able to be a good mother? Does she think that chain-smoking and lunch money stealing make for good maternal traits? Does she think that it would be at all healthy for Beth if Quinn and Puck got full custody, thus depriving the child of her actual, effective mother whom she’s already bonded with? Thanks for the wake-up slap Mr Shue, it was much needed, but I think Quinn needs a few more.

Loved

- Brittany is simply a fantastic person. One who has clearly watched K$sha's video for "Blow" very often.

- One of Kurt’s posters had the slogan “Ride the Rainbow”…. SO wrong! Thankfully Brittany didn’t go with the draft version with the unicorn being on top.

- Fun Sack contents: Teletubby, rainbow flag, badge, Silence = Death sticker, unicorn, ruby red slippers and copy of Burlesque. Not quite what's in MY Fun Sack, but still impressive Brittany.

- Becky’s right – Mr Shue IS sexy when he’s angry!

- Finn is now working for Burt in the car-fixing shop – wow, they really were father and son waiting to happen, huh?

- The Mike and Mr Shue dance classes were great fun – I’m glad that Mike is able to contribute more and Finn can get some more confidence about his own abilities (or lack thereof!)

- Two episodes, two solos for my favourite new main character. I also love Blaine for his obvious discomfort at being asked to read for the role of Tony and thus possibly dash his Kurty-pie’s hopes.

- They’re sticking with the songs from musicals, and this was the fewest songs in any episode of Glee to date. I didn’t clamour for more songs, but I do hope we get a different genre of music next week.

Didn’t Love

- It seems like the gay-related plots on Glee are always the strongest. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does seem like the writers are much better when they’re sticking to subjects they know.

- Mr Shue is cool with a second glee club at McKinley? Why?

- Shelby. At least she can sing.

- Kurt’s studded shirt. Too weird and medieval. Where do they find this stuff?

- Sugar Motta needs to give up singing right now. Oooh, that would give Shelby an excuse to leave, yay!

- No matter how popular Kurt gets, those unicorn horn on the forehead posters he made Will get defaced. You know what I’m sayin’?

Glee Against the Music

Somewhere from West Side Story performed by Shelby and Rachel:
Beautiful rendition, and if this was supposed to be challenging for Rachel, I didn’t buy it for a second! Pertinent lyrics too. Grade B

I Am The Greatest Star from Funny Girl performed by Kurt:
Ooh. Sorry Kurt, but that’s not a patch on the original. Maybe it’s that it’s such a talky song, and newcomers to Funny Girl wouldn’t really know what Kurt’s talking about, but despite it being a smashing vocal performance this fell kind of flat for me. The scaffolding started off as a plus, but then when the moves became more acrobatic I found it too unbelievable. Grade C+

Something's Coming from West Side Story performed by Blaine:
What with some of the West Side Story songs already featured I reckon they might not actually put on the show. Despite that, Blaine definitely deserves to be cast as Tony after that performance. It wasn’t just a great vocal, he really acted the song too. Plus, check out those triceps! B+

Quotes for Gleeks

Rachel: “Mr Shue, I glad you’re so concerned with our special needs members, but what about me?”
Classic Rachel!

Kurt: “I don't know what to say.”
Brittany: “That happens to me all the time. My lips move and only dust comes out.”

Burt: “You're gay. You're not like Rock Hudson gay. You're really gay. You sing like Diana Ross and you dress like you own a Magic Chocolate Factory.”

Sue [to Emma]: “Are you still at freakishbonyginger@gmail?”

Beiste: “In college, I was in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. I played the Forum”

Kurt: “I wanted toned down.”
Santana: “This is toned down. In the original, the unicorn was riding you.”

Puck: “I haven't had a drink since we talked. Except beer. And I did some research. Napoleon? Turns out not just a dessert. He was a real dude.”

Sue: “First, smoking kills. Second, it really does make you look cooler, doesn't it?”

Beiste: “He owned that song like it was his prison bitch.”

Kurt: “I know what you're thinking, but I got written permission from the woman, herself . . . Rachel Berry.”

---Quote of the Week--- Brittany: “We're gonna call it Kurt Hummel's bulging, pink, fun sack.”

Three out of four giant cheques that have solved our toilet paper problem. Wipe Away!

5 comments:

  1. Not to be nitpicky, but the craziness of Glee's West Side Story is killing me! For one thing, Rachel is COMPLETELY wrong for Maria. Maria is supposed to be a very high soprano, with no belting at all! Also, Maria doesn't even sing Somewhere. It's part of the ballet and some rando dancer sings it. Secondly, Bernando and Officer Krupke are not singing roles. In the movie Bernardo has some lines to sing in America, but in the play he only sings in group numbers. However, Riff has a few solos! Why couldn't they have made Blaine try out for Riff? I don't want to be a total musical theatre geek/stickler, but this lazy writing and lack of research is getting my goat!

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  2. It feels like they're going too heavy on the drama and too light on the music. It's making me a little uncomfortable.

    Rachel's duet with her mother was actually sort of creepy. They just look and sound too much alike. :)

    I usually love anything Kurt does, too, but despite his incredible athletics and great voice, I don't think he was able to pull off "I'm the Greatest Star."

    Blaine is perfect for Tony. Anyone could see it.

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  3. I had been wondering if Vocal Adrenaline had won Nationals yet again. Knowing they placed second basically guaranteed New Directions will go all the way this year, which every viewer knew coming into this season. Jesse St. James truly was the star of that group. I was disappointed, but not surprised, that Blaine declared himself to be a junior. Ridiculous reveal considering it was obvious last year that Blaine was older and wiser than Kurt. Although, the writers have definitely softened the character these past two episodes. He seems to be placating Kurt at every corner.

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  4. Well they promised less songs so I guess 3 songs might be the norm. I want more though and it was kinda strange to end on a solo number rather then a group thing like almost always.

    I wonder who won nationals if not VA. Still i hope we'll see them at regionals along with the Warblers.

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  5. Kurt should audition for the Maria role.

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