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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.

Jacob Artist on Glee
"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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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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I'm officially in love with Jacob Artist, I love his voice. What

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Cassie July is my icon that I want to keep watching because her moves and songs bring it.

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Cont. What if Jake had wanted to meet Puck on his own terms? What if he did not want to meet him at all? Also, I doubt Puck is interested or wealthy enough to drop everything to buy an expensive plane ticket to meet some half-brother he never knew about and give him advice for problems he only heard about through his high school glee club coach for 2 minutes. Completely unbelievable and somewhat pointless imo. Again the original glee kids are mostly ignored so the writers can "develop" the duplicate new characters. Ugh. I'm done.

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I keep watching Glee with the hope that it will get better, but I feel like I am continually disappointed. There's no central plot (other than the always present MUST WIN AT NATIONALS looming haphazardly somewhere in the distance). The writers had a great opportunity with exploring Brittany's emotions after having everything go poorly for her - long-distance relationship, no longer head Cheerio, terrible grades, being held back, friends that have moved on, etc. And they made her just some caricature of Britney Spears. They could have really explored Brittany more in depth, getting the viewers more invested in her character, but completely blew it. The Brody/Rachel simmering relationship is completely predictable. Kurt is mainly used as a plot device for Rachel, when they could show more of his struggle to survive in NYC as well. The part with Jake and Puck was unbelievable. First off, it's unprofessional for Will to force a meeting between the two brothers. What if Jake had wanted to meet Puck on his own terms? What if he did not want to meet him at all? Also, I doubt Puck is interested or wealthy enough to drop everything to buy an expensive plane ticket to meet some half-brother he never knew about and give him advice for problems he only heard about through his high school glee club coach for 2 minutes. Completely unbelievable and somewhat pointless imo. Again the original glee kids are mostly ignored so the writers can "develop" the duplicate new characters. Ugh. I'm done.

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It was just plain awful. I was hoping for something like Brittany 1.0. Rachael was not the least bit sexy. I kept hoping for numbers like the one Santana and Brittany did in 1.0. Just started watching Glee again this year, but if this is the caliber of the shows, don't think it will last long.

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I honestly don't expect too much out of Glee, so I feel comfortable saying that despite dismal expectations, I agree with this review in its entirety. Unequivocally. I was pleasantly surprised by the premiere. I actually enjoy the new characters even though I admit they are pieces and /or carbon copies of other characters. This episode didn't do it for me though. Bored me to tears. Aside from being fundamentally opposed to Britney Spears getting one tribute episode let alone two..they threw random stuff at is with no cohesion whatsoever. I Loved seeing Puck again,but I was under the impression the brothers meeting would essentially be Jake's arc for the season. Not poorly, inexplicably, and quickly thrown in for a minute in the second episode. And yeah recycled stories galore. Complete concurrence with this review.

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Sam is oobviously the new Finn. They are trying to make him kind of dumb but full of great advice and morals. I feel like Sam was never this dumb. The one thing that's weird is that santana dumped sam for Brittany and now Brittany could dump Santana for Sam. Interesting

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I also agree that while marleys has got a great. Live there is no emotional depth. Everytime by lea Michele would have been gorgeous and made way more sense. I actually wasn't a fan of Blaine and Artie's song. Their voices sounded bland together. The only song I will buy on iTunes is the crazy mash up

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Bob R. Brittany's character is bisexual. So it's a bit offputting that you want to put her in a box and only have her date females. Each character is supposed to be relatable and for bisexuals watching television they want to see a girl whom they can relate too. High school bisexual girls date males and females and rarely have long lasting monogamous relationships. Especially a girl as promiscuous and ditzy as Brittany. As for blaine I've said from the beginning that Darren Kriss is terrible at acting gay. He has more chemistry with all the girls then with Chris. If they want gay couples on the show, the Create realistic ones. Plus I've read spoilers and know their relationship is rapidly about to come to an end. Plus I just love drama and love when hot people hook
Up. Thanks though.

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@Serenity: it's normal the new character are like the old ones. It's High School drama. you can go to any high school in the world and you will find the same characters.

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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