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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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Once again don't care about the new York stuff, I love Brittany I hope santana come back soon,and I like marley she is cute and not annoying like Rachel I think that Jake and her should get together.

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Excellent perceptive review. I totally agree that Rachel has no sex appeal. She is earnest and determined, but definitely not sexy. The music was not inspiring, in fact it felt like a whole lot of other episodes. I would like to know why Brittany always speaks in a high pitched nasal mumble, almost impossible to understand. I hate to say it, but Jane Lynch was the most sympathetic character of the night. She behaved the way a teacher should. (Don't get me started about Principal Figgans' speech; that was just appalling.)
All in all I have begun to think Glee has lost its way.

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What happened to Rory? Not that I care much, but I thought he was coming back this season. I'd almost rather see more of the original cast and less of New Directions. I can't seem to get invested in the new kids. But I thought Brittany was great, as usual, in this episode!

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I noticed Dianna Agron's name isn't in the opening credits anymore...does this mean she is no longer on the show? When did that happen?!

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Was that Martin Landau with the cell phone. Make him turn out to be Brody's grandfather and give him a part where he has MS. July murdered as in Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Brody is too attractive to be available. Somewhere in New York there's a woman who still considers him her boyfriend and probably another back home. If Rachel hooks up with him let her learn the truth in a week.
Britney can't go long without sex, but Sam should resist. If they consummate its time for her to get AIDS (and I hope she does.) That would be great for Heather and might save lives.

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I totally dislike the new characters. The show is lacking the energy and vibe this year that it once had. The "new" Rachel stinks, she is no match or even a close second for the actions and singing Lea Michele used to do on the show. STOP THE TRIBUTES for Spears for crying out loud. She herself is a train wreck, why idolize her. The writers are going to really need to step up their games to keep loyal followers from deserting the ship, forget new ones from hopping on. Just sayin"

Deann

...than waiting for Finn, whom I bet has moved on. Rachel should move on, too. And Cassie is loathesome, a horrible teacher and not at all what performing arts school teachers are really like, at least to my knowledge. I really miss Mercedes and Santana, never more so than when I have to listen to the new crop of singers, most of whom are pretty dull.

Deann

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that I just do not like the Jake Puckerman character at all. I don't like the actor who plays him, because I don't think he is at all attractive, nor do I feel he's talented enough to warrant a place on this show. I sincerely hope Blake, who won the Glee Project, will swoop in and basically remove Jake from the Glee club and the school. I know that Blake is talented and has a gorgeous voice because I watched him through all the eps of Glee Project 2. Meanwhile, I also think the gal playing the new Rachel has zero energy, and her voice and presence isn't half as strong as Lea Michelles. She's boring, basically, and never is that more apparent than when we get to see Rachel and Kurt in NYC, though we've not really gotten to hear much singing from Kurt yet, much to my sorrow. And I agree that having a second Brittany tribute ep was a huge mistake. I do like Brody, though, and I think Rachel would be better off having an affair with him rather than waiting for Finn, because Finn has moved on, and she needs to not live in the past. I loathe Cassie the teacher, but we are supposed to hate her, so no big deal. I really miss Mercedes and Santana, but I don't miss Brittany at all. She was so dull and stupid in this ep, it was nauseating.

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Sadly, Glee is a shadow of what it once was. It's almost painful to watch and I'm just about ready to give up on it. Everything seems so contrived now. The whole Finn joining the Army to redeem the good name of his father made no sense. How does him being in the military change his dad's service record? It was just a way to split he and Rachel up (they were just too damn happy)so she would be a free woman in NYC. And there is no uncertainty whatsoever about what is going to happen between her and Brody. They both look like they are about to jump each other's bones every time they get together. I fully expect them to end up in bed by the next episode and it will be "Finn who?" as far as Rachel is concerned. I will be very surprised if this isn't this show's final season.

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I'm officially in love with Jacob Artist, I love his voice. His Duet with Melissa Benoist was awsome.

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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