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Glee Review: Hit Me Baby One More Time

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Glee, you did it again. And I'm not referring to the stellar season premiere from last week. There was so much possibility for good things this week, but overall, the stories fell flat and the episode felt stretched too thin.

While "Britney 2.0" was fun, it proved why tribute episodes are just filler that serve only a moderate purpose.

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"Britney 2.0" had potential. The premise was great. Brittany S. Pierce has a meltdown and turned to her idol, Britney Spears, for inspiration. Yay for singing and dancing.

But tribute episodes are tricky. They can be done well, like the Lady Gaga example, or they can be done, well...not well, like both Britney tribute episodes so far.

Brittany started out as a caricature. She was the stereotypical, airheaded cheerleader found in every television show on which there are cheerleaders. The writers liked her, so they kept her around and made her figure more prominently into the series. I'm okay with that. Really. I like the character. But I don't like episodes like this that highlight a character for the sole purpose of doing nothing of importance with her at all.

She didn't grow this episode. Her character didn't change. Yes, she's being tutored so that she can graduate this year. Yes, she misses Santana. Yes, she's capable of pulling a Britney and orchestrating her own rise back to the top. We all knew most of this already, or could've known it in much less time than this hour took. Especially with everything else the writers crammed in.

There was entirely too much going on tonight.

Sam is suddenly the all-knowing empath of the glee clubbers, able to read everybody and know exactly how they're feeling and why they're doing what they're doing. He did it last week with Marley and this week he was able to read Brittany.

There was the lip syncing bit which served only to solidify the glee club's place at the bottom of the social barrel and give Will Schuester something to yell about.

There was "Jake's a player. Ooh! I know! This is a completely contrived story line! Let's sing 'Womanizer!'" Then there was Jake and Marley, with Jake coming to Marley's mom's defense in the cafeteria. But wait, Jake and Kitty are dating? Since when? Since just after lunch, apparently.

And oh, look! There's Puck! He's here to deliver a few lines to the half-brother he's meeting right now for the first time and then he's flying back to L.A. to live the dream as a pool cleaner. We'll trot him out the next time Will's having trouble getting through to Jake. (You can read Puck's words of wisdom for his half-brother on our Glee quotes page.)

Speaking of Puck flying to Ohio just to meet his half-brother, did you happen to catch Santana? If you blinked, you missed her. I appreciate that this is a show that has the potential to continue because of the revolving doors of high school. But I appreciate the characters we've come to know and love more. Will I be invested in the stories of the new kids eventually? Maybe. But I'm annoyed by the 30 second glimpses of the graduates. If that's all we're getting, I'd almost rather not get them at all. In this manner, their talents are largely unused and that's frustrating.

And that brings me to New York.

Last week, those scenes were my favorite. This week, they were out of place and forced.

There was no reason for Rachel to perform her dance routine to a Britney Spears song, and if they needed a sexy Britney song, there were plenty more to choose from besides "Oops, I Did It Again." Cassie July is right. Lea Michele is beautiful. But Rachel, as a character, doesn't have much sex appeal. And by much I mean NONE. Her icon is Barbra Streisand and she wore knee socks until graduation. While they've given her newer, older, more dramatic make-up, what is with the berets?

If the writers want Rachel to grow up and be sexy, don't force it on us. Make it happen. Put her in this new relationship with Brody (or don't, because that feels forced, too) and let her learn what life is like without Finn and the comforts of Lima, Ohio.

I'm disappointed tonight. I love Glee. I really, truly do. And usually, I can see the good in each episode. But aside from seeing Puck again and hearing him deliver a few one-liners, not in this one.

We're only two episodes in and if this over-stuffed tribute episode is a sign of things to come, I'm not sure I like what I'm seeing.

What did you think of "Britney 2.0"?

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I would've written a review saying the exact same thing! Britney 2.0 was a disappointment, and here i was urging my friends to watch glee again because the last season was so awesome.... hope they don't try to do something like this again....

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Disagree entirely. This episode was far better than the premiere. People should really stop bitching about the lack of screen time of some characters. This season actually has DIRECTION and I'm digging it. I'm appreciating Marley's slow buildup. This is all leading to her transforming into the new Rachel and becoming the show's next big star. I hope they keep it slow and let her naturally transgress into the spotlight. She's definitely a star though, no doubt about it. Jake's story is also very natural. I liked how it took time for him to join Glee club, although his conversation with Puck was way too rushed. They obviously have to make a few sacrifices due to so many stories. Even then, I'm okay with it. I wouldn't even mind if they focus on FInn's life in the Army too. A military number would be sweet. All in all, great episode. I love that the writers are actually putting together a story to tell and can't wait to see how this season progresses.

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"she wore knee socks until graduation"
So? That is not unsexy.

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The only thing i liked about this episode was that Puck and Santana were on there for a little bit of time

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4. I agree with the author of this review, seeing old Glee members for 30 seconds sucked, and again was out of place. First of all, Mr.Shue is a creep, how dare he just force Jake and Puck's meeting? And if that was not terrible enough, the whole dialogue between those two certainly was. They meet for the first time EVER and they only talk about Jake's behaviour at school...and for like 2 minutes? And we get to see 30 seconds of Santana? 5. Finally, about Rachel and the shower dude's relationship which could not be more forced...Glee, if you wanted to create more drama in that department, you should made Jesse a student at NYADA and while Finn is MIA, make Rachel and Jesse reconnect, cos boy did those two have great chemistry.

Amie

2. The selection of Britney songs sucked this episode because a) they chose her most awful ones, and b) the ones that weren't awful as they came out before her third album, those were sung by the wrong characters AND the songs did not connect to the story line at all. Marley knows Jake for two episodes and he already "drives her crazy" and her "Everytime" was just weird and out of place. "Hold it against me" and 3 - again, why?! 3. Rachel's "Oops I did it again" was not sexy at all - the whole number was bad, bad choreography, Rachel barely did anything, except pose. Watch the "Power of Madonna" episode where the girls did "Express Yourself" - now there Rachel was sexy.... 4. I agree with the author of this review, seeing old Glee members for 30 seconds sucked, and again was out of place. First of all, Mr.Shue is a creep, how dare he just force Jake and Puck's meeting? And if that was not terrible enough, the whole dialogue between those two certainly was. They meet for the first time EVER and they only talk about Jake's behaviour at school...and for like 2 minutes? And we get to see 30 seconds of Santana? 5. Finally, about Rachel and the shower dude's relationship which could not be more forced...Glee, if you wanted to create more drama in that department, you should made Jesse a student at NYADA and while Finn is MIA, make Rachel and Jesse reconnect, cos boy did those two have great chemistry.

Amie

Wow, Glee, really? You are barely getting back on your feet and already such a bad episode? Ok, the writers need to finally figure out what is it that Glee should be this season because everything feels so out of place: 1. The new characters are barely interesting and the show does not spend time showing how the new and old members are getting along...the scenes at McKinley High feel like a the show taking a commercial break from what is happening with Rachel. Like, " In other news, Puck met his half-brother Jake, thanx to Mr. Shue and gave him a 30 sec talk on what he should be like?! Why don't we see how Tina feels about being silenced again? Are we just supposed to expect that everyone is all happy and glee in that club? 2. The selection of Britney songs sucked this episode because a) they chose her most awful ones, and b) the ones that weren't awful as they came out before her third album, those were sung by the wrong characters AND the songs did not connect to the story line at all. Marley knows Jake for two episodes and he already "drives her crazy" and her "Everytime" was just weird and out of place. "Hold it against me" and 3 - again, why?! 3. Rachel's "Oops I did it again" was not sexy at all - the whole number was bad, bad choreography, Rachel barely did anything, except pose. Watch the "Power of Madonna" episode where the girls did "Express Yourself" - now there Rachel was sexy....

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I liked this episode but as it had been doing this for the last 3 seasons there's nothing the opens your eyes to how high school life is. Everything is too exaggerated to the point of fiction. Hopefully the writers can do something better next week cause I'd hate to tune in every week just to listen to some renditions. Kate Hudson's talk about her career was inspirational and dark especially on how she talked about life not having second chances that, for me, was pure gold. Hope we see more of her. Keep her for the entire season if you have to and make her freaking sing and dance!

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Al don't even bother commenting if you're going to spell "aweful" wrong. (Its awful). I for one liked this episode. Womanizer was really the only forced # to me. The rest fit in decently well with the story. Ssn 2 sucked hard and 3 sucked about as much because they ran out of story, but it looks like these fresh faces are exactly what Glee needs. Everyone can agree that ssn 1 was the best by far and I think the music is finally getting better again and the story line is becoming more linear. We don't have to sit and be subjected to Rachel and Finn fighting and making up and being constantly reminded that Kurt and Santana are gay and struggling with it. It's finally some fresh new stories. And I for one enjoyed seeing Santana and Puck. I wish it had been longer but instead of complaining about the brevity I enjoyed the moment. Britney 2.0 was a good episode and I can't wait for next week. Now if they would just get Sue back on center stage we'd be all set.

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@Allie701 I agree with you. But you were kinder than I. This episode was aweful. I can't tolerate Spears music anyway. If it wasn't for Cassandra and Puck this would be unwatchable. I have never been able to understand one word Britanny says without rewinding it. I can take Britanny and her idiocy for a short period of time. The whole cause of Finn and Rachel parting the way they did and Finn's need to redeem his dad's name by enlisting then be out of contact just to give Rachel space is bunk. The NY classes with Kate Hudson and Whoopi are interesting no need for another contrived guy to make Rachel feel more sexy. It is pointless. I don't have the need for a hottie guy on my screen t make NY Glee interesting. Because it isn't.

Glee Season 4 Episode 2 Quotes

Well that was just garbage. Garbage wrapped in skin.

Sue

Brittany: My name is Brittany S. Pierce, and I finally know how Jesus feels in his house way up at the North Pole because I am on top of the world. Senior year was awesome and now I get to relive every minute of it. I'm head Cheerio, vice-Rachel of the Glee club, and now I'm planning a Middle East style sham election that will install me as senior class president for life.
Blaine: Brittany, who are you talking to?
Brittany: I thought I was doing a voice over.

Glee Season 4 Episode 2 Music

  Song Artist
Glee-cast-hold-it-against-me Hold It Against Me Glee Cast iTunes
Glee-cast-boysboyfriend Boys/Boyfriend Glee Cast iTunes
Glee-cast-womanizer Womanizer Glee Cast iTunes
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