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Glee – Recap/Review – Britney 2.0

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Britney 2.0

Original Air Date: Sep 20, 2012

Alyssa – Associate Staff Writer

There is something symbolic about painting over a name on a brick wall, and recreating the downward spiral of a famous celebrity. There is also something entirely predictable about a Glee tribute episode. Usually it devolves into a self-indulgent escapade where RIB attempt to cram as many songs as possible by the artist into an hour, without nary a thought to story development. Brittany was the main focus of this episode and sadly it only showcased the incredible dissembling of a once funny character into a painful caricature.

It’s Britney (with crayons)

I didn’t enjoy the forced attempts at humour that Heather Morris was dishing out this episode. Brittany as a character was initially portrayed as a clueless blonde who was miraculously still attending high school. She was funny in small bursts. But having her in the spotlight now just made me acknowledge how insulting her character is. What humour is there in a girl who pretends she’s too dumb to acknowledge how hurtful her remarks her and whose sound effects for a internal monologue is a lullaby? Is it funny to showcase how little Brittany cares about her education that she writes her answers in Crayola and simple drawings? The rest of McKinley treat her as a simpleton with barely two brain cells to rub together and any laughter from that situation has faded. Really what value does Brittany as a character, divorced from her relationship with Santana, have?

Essentially Brittany mimics the downfall of Brittany in a haze of Cheeto dust and attempted head shavings in order to resurrect herself from the bottom to the top. Sam inexplicably is the only one who figures out her plan and the two bond over being blonde and being unable to spell ‘here’ properly. I don’t know why the writers want to drag down Sam Evans to Brittany’s level but I hope they correct that at once because one Brittany is more than enough to fuel my ire.

Revamped Puckleberry Finn? Please.

Rightfully predicted by one commentator last week, Glee decided to have Marley want to date Jake who is apparently dating Kitty (another character whose a waste of pixels). I would have appreciated a little bit more build up between Marley and Jake before they started “hanging out” but whatever. I’ll pretend the lingering looks were subtext. I actually grew to like Marley a little better this week despite the horrendous attempt to recreate the Puckleberry scene from Season One’s ‘Mash Up'(I can’t believe they went there. Do not mess with my OTP writers. Just don’t). She played the naive, hurt high schooler well and got rid of her atrocious hats.

Jake displayed the same vulnerability that made me love Noah so much. Speaking of, the original Puckerman made his way to Ohio so he could talk some sense into his little brother! MARK SALLING! That was the only reaction I had because while the sentiment behind Puck’s words was fitting, I didn’t understand why he wasn’t more reactive to meeting a brother he had never met for the first time. While I enjoy me some Mark Salling his appearance wasn’t necessary other than to highlight that Mr Schue doesn’t have any influence on his students. In any case Jake finally joins the Glee club at the end while Noah returned to LA to be an awesome pool cleaner.

Rachel and the wall

New York was predictable but it was worth it for the last few moments at the end. Cassandra doesn’t think Rachel is sexy enough to dance the tango so Rachel ropes in Brody to perform a routine to prove her wrong. Cassandra rightfully points out to Rachel that she’s okay and Rachel flips out, pointing out that Cassandra’s crazy stunts on Broadway cost her career (something which I doubt Rachel wouldn’t have known about if she was staying true to character) and she’s taking it out on her students. When Rachel comes to apologize Cassandra reveals that she’s toughening up her students for the intense scrutiny and criticism of the stage.

Brody brings orchids and tells Rachel he wants to kiss her (no duh). I liked Rachel painting over Finn’s name. Brody represents a new version of Rachel that’s emerging in New York as opposed to the insecure, unsexy Rachel that clings to Finn. I hope the end of Finchel is neigh.

The Songs

The best

3 – This stripped down version was adorable!

Crazy/You Drive Me Crazy – Finally something Marley can do that Rachel cannot – sing bubblegum pop. I enjoyed this duet and Jacob Artist continues to wow me.

The okay

Boys/Boyfriend – This mash up kind of grows on you. Frankly I think Artie and Sam should have sung this together, rather than Blaine.

Oops…I Did It Again – Rachel didn’t really dance, did she? Also Lea Michele and Britney isn’t a match made in heaven (see her cover of Hit Me Baby…One More Time as reference).

The meh

Gimme More and Hold It Against Me – Positives were Heather Morris danced. Other than that eh.

Womanizer – Autotune much?

Everytime – There were a few shaky moments. I preferred the original. Britney conveyed a deep vulnerability that Marley didn’t.

What did you think of this episode? Was it just filler? Did you enjoy having Brittany in the spotlight (and reiterating scissor Skype)? Did you get a better feel for the new characters? Give me your TwoCents below or over on Twitter!

Next Week: Makeover

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