Review of Glee ‘Sadie Hawkins’
This series blog is following the Sky 1 broadcast schedule of ‘Glee’ in the UK.
This episode was originally the first episode of the year after last week’s Christmas-themed episode, and the writers have outdone themselves this time with their shark-jumping storylines that come from absolutely nowhere.
Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), with the help of her Too Young To Be Bitter club, arranges a Sadie Hawkins dance for the school. A Sadie Hawkins dance, for those who don’t know, is supposedly an empowering school dance where the girls can ask out the boys. Why this is necessary is beyond me, but it’s an opportunity for the writers to use Tina, who is just about the most underused long-standing cast member in the whole show.
Finn (Cory Monteith) invites the girls to ask out the boy they like through the medium of song, and through the most cringeworthy performance of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s I Don’t Know How To Love Him, Tina asks out the guy she fancies. Which turns out to be Blaine (Darren Criss). You know, the first overtly gay character and the one who has only ever dated and shown interest in men. She is then surprised when he turns her down – ever so politely, I might add. I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry at how awkward that scene was. There is definitely some shark-jumping going on here. It’s nice for her to get a solo, as her voice is definitely good enough and we don’t hear enough of it – it’s just somewhat embarrassing that it’s put Tina in a situation which is so bizarre and unbelievable in the context of the Glee world. Everyone knows Blaine is gay.
Later, it turns out that Blaine has a crush of his own – on Sam (Chord Overstreet). Which is perhaps more believable – Sam’s like a loveable puppy; who wouldn’t fancy him for a brief moment? Sam and Blaine’s bromance thus far has been pretty sweet, so this is not out of the blue. Talking of Sam, he’s convinced that the Warblers have cheated by using steroids. I’m not sure how using steroids will make you sing and dance better, but this is apparently what’s been going on at Dalton since Blaine left. It’s also not clear how the Warblers’ cheating will even help the New Directions, seeing as they were disqualified because Marley (Melissa Benoist) fainted. I just hope that show choirs in real life aren’t disqualified in cases where there are medical emergencies.
This week was a good week from a performance perspective – those ones unenhanced by illegal substances, at least. Marley asks Jake (Jacob Artist) to go to the dance by singing Tell Him. The costumes are beautiful, the choreography is cutesy, twee, and well-suited to the Sixties pop song. This is the kind of performance I love. Later, at the Sadie Hawkins dance itself, the boys perform TLC’s Scrubs – again, a great performance which fits in the context of what’s going on. The girls of McKinley High definitely don’t want no scrubs.
But the star performance of this episode has to be the girls’ rendition of Bruno Mars’ Locked Out Of Heaven. Unique (Alex Newell) is back on form, strutting her stuff and showing her sass on stage. The singing is excellent, the dancing great. At the chorus, the crowd goes wild. I particularly liked the foot stomping at the climax of the song. This would have been a sectionals-winning performance, if only they hadn’t gone with Gangnam Style. If only Kitty (Becca Tobin) hadn’t made Marley ill.
Speaking of which, Kitty now appears to be dating Noah Puck (Mark Salling). At least, she took him to the dance – he agreed in order to keep her away from Jake. Apparently Jake can’t resist Kitty enough to stay with Marley when she’s around. It’s all very strange, and Kitty is another one of those characters who seems to only work as a plot device, rather than an actual rounded, believable character. The fact that she encouraged Marley’s bulimia has been pretty much glossed over by the rest of the group. On top of that no one really seems to have noticed her moving from irritating popular girl into genuine psycho bitch territory.
Meanwhile, in New York, Kurt (Chris Colfer) is struggling in his first week at NYADA. In the spirit of trying to make friends, he seeks out all the groups he can join and spots one called Adam’s Apples. He’s approached by new character Adam (Oliver Kieran Jones), who sees him looking at the advert.
Adam is charmingly foppish and British to boot – he also runs Adam’s Apples, and convinces Kurt to see them perform Baby Got Back. Glee’s version of the song caused something of a stir in America when this episode aired because of the similarities between it and Jonathan Coulton’s cover of the Sir Mix-A-Lot Nineties tune. Saying this, the song is unusual and quite sweet really. The Adam’s Apples are not quite all apples, though – they are a mixed bunch of fruits if truth be told – and I’m not sure how much Kurt can really envision himself dancing alongside them.
Rachel and Brody (Dean Geyer) are now officially an item. He turns up late for dinner at hers, profusely apologising and blaming the train. Then he gives her some spiel about being okay waiting in the cold because he gets to see her – yawn – and then hurriedly says he’ll move into the neighbourhood to be nearer. Wait, what? “Isn’t that a bit weird,” I hear you say? And then, never minding the fact that she lives with Kurt and that she’s known Brody for all of three months, she invites him to move in. Right. Well onto next week then…
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