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A bad bromance as “Glee” goes Gaga

May 26, 2010

IGlee-Ep120_Sc15_0035Lady Gaga’s presence was stamped all over Fox’s “Glee” Tuesday night as the kids of New Directions explored their self-identity.

This week, Finn Hudson was caught in a bad bromance with Gleemate Kurt Hummel. It was a bad day for Finn as his homophobic prejudices toward Kurt surfaced upon hearing that he and his mother would be moving in with the Hummels and that he’d be sharing a room with Kurt, who has had a not-so-secret crush on him all year. Finn learned his lesson though after a lecture from Dad and came to Kurt’s defense (wrapped in a signature Gaga red rubber dress) just as Kurt was about to get a beating by football bullies who were not down with the Glee club’s new look: “If you want to switch it up, go from Gap to Banana Republic.”

HGlee-Ep120_Sc15_0564Elsewhere, Rachel Berry realized that Vocal Adrenaline coach Shelby Corcoran was her biological mother. (Did anyone else feel old upon hearing that Rachel was named after Rachel Green on “Friends”?) Mother and daughter tried to bond, but it didn’t work out as they realized things weren’t that simple after so many years. They parted ways, but not before a requisite duet: a fun, ballad-esque rendition of “Poker Face”.

Meanwhile, Principal Figgins issued an edict against goth-wear to Tina Cohen-Chang, stating that “American teens are coming down with a serious case of Twilight fever, transformed from normal children into vampires obsessed with the occult.”

Who knew Asian vampires would be such a hit? Tina’s little theatrical, fanged moment at the end made the subject a Twitter trending topic for hours (much to the delight of Glee-watching “Vampire Diaries” fans who are still mourning the deaths of the show’s two popular Asian vampires).

Speaking of Twilight, what did you think of that little jab at Kristen Stewart?DGlee_Ep120-Sc16_010

“Glee” has been criticized for its heavy handed lectures on values and life messages. This episode, titled “Theatricality”, was no different, with its focus on tolerance and self-acceptance. As Kurt explained, “I’m proud to be different. It’s the best thing about me,” and Finn — after a mostly angst-filled hour — said at the end, “…We’re all freaks together. We shouldn’t have to hide it.”

With only two more episodes left in the season, are you still loving the show? Or is the hype “killing its genius”?

The Globe and Mail’s TV critic, John Doyle, wrote this week, “With this show we are witnessing the monster that is over-exposure eat alive the sweet, guileless talent that simply wanted to succeed.” He noted a marked difference between the show’s first 10 episodes, which were made before its success, and the new ones, which he argued have become “annoyingly self-conscious.”

Fox has already ordered a third season of Glee, even before the first season is over. Are they jumping the gun? Let us know what you think.

Caption: (Top) L-R: Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Dianna Agron, Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, Naya Rivera and Matthew Morrison. ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Taylor/FOX
(Middle) L-R: Dijon Talton, Mark Salling, Kevin McHale, Cory Monteith and Harry Shum Jr. ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Taylor/FOX
(Bottom) L-R: Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, James Earl III, Max Adler. ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Rose/FOX

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