Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Glee - "Extraordinary Merry Christmas": Perspective

Did New Directions really just sing "Do They Know It's Christmas," a song about starving kids in Africa, to a homeless shelter? In the original Band Aid version, it was Bono who sang the odd line "Well, tonight thank God it’s them, instead of you," a line meant for you, the listener, to feel lucky that you're not a starving child in Africa. It was a troubling line even in the original, and here, it's unforgivable. The gift that New Directions is giving these down on their luck homeless folks is... perspective?

Meanwhile, I'm always curious how they portray Rachel during Christmas episodes, being Jewish, and it's pretty varied, schizophrenic, inconsistent. This year, she's a greedy shrill who's all about getting full Santa. Not that we need another series to carry the Chrismukkah torch, but aside from a funny quip from Sue, there was little in the way of the sometimes awkward Jewish perspective of this time of year.

Playlist: Glee - Episode 3.09
1. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (Mariah Carey)- Mercedes [mp3]
2. "Blue Christmas" (Elvis Presley)- Rory [mp3]
3. "River" (Joni Mitchell)- Rachel [mp3]
4. "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" (Original)- Rachel & Blaine [mp3]
5. "Let It Snow" (Vaughn Monroe)- Kurt & Blaine [mp3]
6. "My Favorite Things" (from The Sound of Music)- Rachel, Mercedes, Kurt and Blaine [mp3]
7. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" (Bruce Springsteen)- Puck, Finn [mp3]
8. "Christmas Wrapping" (The Waitresses)- Heather Morris [mp3]
9. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (Band Aid)- New Directions [mp3]
*10. "Santa Baby" (Eartha Kitt)- Santana [mp3]

*Didn't make final televised edit...

Previously: "Mashoff" (Episode 3.07)

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