Review of Glee ‘Britney 2.0′

Sophie Warnes

glee 2 300x225 Review of Glee Britney 2.0SPOILERS: Do not read this if you have not seen episode 2, series 4 of ‘Glee’

Glee is right back on form this week with another entire episode dedicated to Britney Spears. And the theme? Meltdowns!

It starts in style with Brittany (Heather Morris) leading the cheerios in an energetic routine to Hold It Against Me. Morris has always been the show-stealer when it comes to dance performances, and producers know that Brittany is a hit with Glee fans, so this episode really delivers.

After a ‘garbage’ performance (says Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch), Brittany is kicked off the cheerios and new character Kitty (Becca Tobin) takes over as Head Cheerleader. For the rest of the episode, Brittany is moping over her loss of status and identity – without the cheerios, and without Santana (Naya Rivera), she doesn’t really know what to do with herself.

Things come to a head when Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Joe (Samuel Larsen) are singing an acoustic version of Britney’s 3 - which is an excellent interpretation of the song - and Brittany attempts to shave her hair off. She leaves class and is accosted by Jacob (Josh Sussman), which pisses her off so much she hits him with an umbrella in another scene reminiscent of the real Britney. While this is going on, a boy is standing in the hallway crying “Leave Brittany alone!”, in a parody of Chris Crocker’s Leave Britney Alone video. So many Britney references in such a short space of time!

Brittany also endangers the Glee club’s reputation, as she insists that they mime on stage at the assembly pep rally. She lazily moves around the stage eating Cheetos and drinking orangeade, and it’s obvious that she’s miming to the song. They’re booed off stage and Will (Matthew Morrison) is understandably angry.

Other meltdowns in this episode come from Rachel (Lea Michele), Jake (Jacob Artist), and, surprisingly, Cassandra July (Kate Hudson).

Rachel’s little tantrum comes after Cassandra tells her she has no sex appeal whatsoever. She is determined to prove that in fact, she does have sex appeal – so she teams up with Brody and gets him to help her learn a routine to the song Oops! I Did It Again. Cassandra still doesn’t like it that much, leading Rachel to blurt out that she’s jealous of her students because they have their career ahead of them and she ruined her chances. Oh dear.

It transpires that ten years ago, Cassandra was performing on Broadway when a phone went off in the audience, sending her into a rage where she shouts at and threatens the audience member. It was filmed, put on YouTube, and she hints to Rachel that following this, she has never been cast in a show again. Ouch. No wonder she’s so harsh on her students!

Jake’s meltdown comes after some football players mock the dinner lady who is also the mother of Marley (Melissa Benoist). Jake tries to force them to apologise, and ends up fighting with them in the cafeteria. Will then takes him out and introduces him to his brother, Puck (Mark Salling). Even after a short pep talk from Puck, Jake’s reluctant to join the Glee club – but at least he knows his half-brother is there for him.

Aside from the meltdowns, this episode is a real plot mover. So much happens! Jake and Marley sing a mash-up of Crazy (Aerosmith) and Britney’s You Drive Me Crazy together in a scene that’s reminiscent . Sounds difficult to imagine but it really turns out well, surprisingly – Melissa and Jacob sound great together.

This episode has been interesting for character development – we learn a bit more about Cassandra’s history and why she’s being so tough on Rachel. We get a hint of a potential relationship between Marley and Jake (in spite of all the girls in New Directions warning her to stay away from him, through the song Womanizer). We also find out that Brody really likes Rachel. The episode ends on Rachel deciding to paint over her heart/Finn painting on the apartment wall as Marley sings Everytime. Does this mean Rachel’s willing to forget about him and move on?

Kurt mentioned he wanted to apply for a job at Vogue’s website – perhaps next week we’ll see him get an interview. Jake joined the Glee club eventually at the end of this episode, so there’s more good performances to look forward to. There’s also the small matter of the potential disqualification of the Glee club – surely Sue will be her usual cruel self and tell the National Show Choir Board that they mimed…

This Glee episode puts everything back on track and in the fast lane, with brilliant choreography, big numbers and great energy.

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