When Glee first debuted, one of the things that made me love it despite it's love of itself was the fact that when cast sang, it was just that, singing. They didn't step out into a fantasy sequences to act out a scene's story. Now, I enjoy the occasional fantasy number, but more as juxtaposition to something grounded in some sort of reality for the most part (see Skins, Pushing Daisies and countless other series). Since their hiatus, Glee has gone to the well on these so often, they're no longer special and are increasingly becoming distractions.
Which brings us to "Loser" on tonight's episode of Glee ("Funk"), a song I love and thus found myself conflicted watching it all unfold (pun unintended). And that's just a symptom of the disease that Glee contracted on it's break, one that demands its "did you see that?" moments over storytelling. Music used to a wonderful byproduct of the experience, but now it is the product first and foremost while the occasional character connection seems less a byproduct than an accident in the midst of a chaotic story. So now we fly headlong into next week's season finale at regionals, and they really have to stick the landing to make me want go down this road for another season.
Playlist: Glee - Episode 1.21
1. "Another One Bites the Dust" - Glee Cast (Queen version)
2. "Tell Me Something Good" - Glee Cast (Chaka Khan version)
3. "Loser" - Glee Cast
4. "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" - Glee Cast (James Brown version)
5. "Good Vibrations" - Glee Cast (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch version)
6. "Loser" - Beck
7. "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)" - Glee Cast (Parliament version)
Previously: "Theatricality" (Episode 1.20)