Glee Music: Episode 8 Furt
Jonathan reviews the music from Episode 8 of Glee.I love Glee not because it's a perfect show, but because it's a bold show. However, being bold means that sometimes you hit a bulls-eye and sometimes you miss the target completely. As a tried and true Gleek, I'm not afraid to admit that, for me, last night's episode missed the mark.
Last week, I praised Glee because its music was enhanced by the context of the episode. This week in "Furt," it appeared to me that the episode was hindered by a couple of the music choices. In the case of "Marry You" and "Just The Way You Are," the creators seemed to have fallen back on the occasionally used "let's pick our music based on how relevant the title of the song is" model, which rarely works.
Don't get me wrong: the Bruno Mars' covers are great, and worth multiple listens. And I was glad to see Jane Lynch and Carol Burnett shine together in "Ohio." In fact, their duet (along with Matthew Morrison's cover of "Sway") turned out to be the most relevant of the evening.
Yet, during Burt and Carole's day of holy matrimony, I couldn't fully connect as the New Directions kids sang lyrics like "who cares if we're trashed, got a pocket full of cash we can blow/shots of Patron/and it's on girl" and "is it the look in your eyes/or is it this dancing juice?/Who cares baby, I think I wanna marry you." Even though it's a loose one, the song inadvertently references Kurt and Blaine's "marriage isn't sacred to straight people, so why can't gay marriage be legal" conversation from last week, but feels awkward here during Kurt's dad's wedding.
It was nice to see Finn dedicate "Just the Way You Are" to Kurt, but did he forget that he was giving a best man speech (he didn't even acknowledge Burt!)? And why was it offensive and bullying for Sue to call Kurt "lady," but when Finn sings directly to him the line "'cause girl you're amazing, just the way you are," Kurt beams from ear to ear? Considering that Sue has been infinitely more supportive of Kurt's homosexuality than Finn (particularly emphasized in this episode), it's confusing at best.
What do you think? Is "Furt" your new favorite episode, or were you somewhat underwhelmed like me?
Jonathan is the managing editor for www.GleekReport.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @GleekReport.