September 28, 2012

Episode Review: GLEE, "Makeover"

So far, I have to say that "Makeover" was the funniest episode of the young fourth season, but I don't know if it was all that good. Does that make sense?

It's student president elections at McKinley High, and a lonely Blaine decided to run as a way to keep himself from feeling lonely now that Kurt's in New York. Since the only other thing Brittany can do besides be a Cheerio is be class president, she ran for re-election and picked Artie as her running mate. A disappointed Sam asked her why he wasn't picked, and she said it was because she didn't want it to ruin their friendship, so she pushed him onto Blaine. After a pointless debate, Team Blam was elected and a new bond was formed when Sam comforted the former Warbler after Kurt declined to take his victory call. Oh, and a bored Mr. Schue decided to get into politics by applying to a blue ribbon panel for the arts.

Change was also happening in NYC. Kurt somehow got an internship at (hey, it's Glee) and Rachel was bummed because she was still being picked on. He decided that the best thing for both of them would be Rachel's 100th makeover, so they snuck into his new office but was caught by the boss lady. Instead of firing Kurt, Isabelle Wright joined them in a number which magically saved her job. Apparently, that whole makeover session was magic for everyone because Kurt became one of Isabelle's confidants while it also gave Rachel the nerve to be the new version of herself who flirted with Brody before eating his face. Luckily, the make out session was interrupted by a surprise visit from Finn. Cue dramatic music.

Out of the first three episodes back, "Makeover" had the most jokes that landed and I found myself laughing more than I ever did during the first two. While I still think Brit's better in smaller doses, she had some good one-liners, as did Sam. The thing is, I was over the idea of student body president elections because it wasn't anything new. Now, Glee's known for repeating the same beats over and over again, so I shouldn't have been surprised that they did it again, but it wasn't as interesting the second time around. Thankfully, the show wrapped it up in one episode rather than spreading it across multiple ones like last season.

At least Glee used the elections as an opportunity to do some character work. We got to see a different side of Blaine as he struggled with being left being (just like we saw Brittany deal last week), and it was empowering to hear him say aloud what many of us have been thinking. He turned his life upside down for Kurt, and now his so-called boyfriend cannot take the time to be supportive. I used to cut Kurt breaks back in the day, but I'm actively rooting for a Klaine break-up next week because Blaine deserves better. Speaking of break-ups, let's go ahead and ax Brittana too since it's clear that Brit belongs with Sam (aka Everyone's New Bestie), and I did like their makeover scene in spite of the music. But more on that later.

Frustrations with Kurt aside, everything that happened in New York fell completely flat in my opinion. First off, let's just forget about the implausibility of Kurt getting an internship with Vogue because that wasn't the most unrealistic bit of the episode; Isabelle having a break down in front of him and confiding in him took that title. I get that the creators want to give Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson something to play, but they're really rushing the character development with them and I'm not buying it. Also, I'm officially on the anti-Brody bandwagon and not because I'm a Finn fan (well, maybe just a little), but that guy's such a phony tool who's trying way too hard. The guy put ice cream on HIS OWN NOSE! He needs to be punched in the junk just for that weak ass move. Look, he's hot and "nice," but we all know that he's a player who's going to break Rachel's heart, so why bother? And don't get me started on that trite ending.

On the music front: This may have been the first episode where I hated every musical performance. Not the songs, mind you, but the actual performances. I sorta liked "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," but we didn't need Blaine on stage. "Celebrity Skin" could have worked, but it's dreaminess made it feel cloying. Ditto for the mash-up in the Vogue office. As for, "A Change Would Do You Good..." let's just move on.

Other Odds and  Ends
  • Blaine in "Advanced D&D Club" was classic. Was him as a wizard a reference? Something to think about.
  • If I were Brittany, I would've forgotten that I dated Artie too. Why couldn't he have graduated?
  • Did anyone else feel like Will was supposed to represent Ryan Murphy? Thanks to The New Normal, Murphy has no problem fictionally inserting himself into his shows.
  • Speaking of Ryan Murphy, both of his shows took a swipe at Treme this week. What did David Simon ever do to him?
  • But we got self-deprecating Glee, which we all know by now is my favorite flavor of the show.
  • Real talk, Will taking a break wouldn't be the worst idea. Maybe they can bring in Zach Woodlee as a substitute glee coach.
  • The Pimp and the Gimp! I'd totally watch that show.
  • Blaine's debate speech was the only good thing to come from "Prom-asaurus."
  • Sorry, Finn but Sam's officially my new favorite character.
  • Blaine went from super hero sidekick (Robin) to full-fledged super hero (Wolverine or Cyclops) in one episode. Man, Ian Brennan really stretched his writing muscles for this one.
  • So, predictions on which couples kaput? Finnchel? Kaline? Wemma? Brittana? All of the above? Honestly, I'm pulling for the latter.
  • "What's a debate?"
  • Artie: "What is your favorite color?"
    Brittany: "Filipino. They're very hard workers and family's very important to them."
  • "Separation of power! Woo!"
OK, after thinking about it, I might have been too hard on "Makeover." Most of the laughs did compensate for the third of the episode that bored me, so there's that, but also nothing really monumental happened (sans Finn's return). Usually, I don't need Glee to be gangbusters every week, but this one felt like a wasted opportunity for some reason.


Unknown said...

The 'Makeover' episode of 'Glee' was a complete INSULT to anyone
who has ever tried to break into the magazine or fashion industry.

Even with all the connections and experience in the world -- it would be
next to impossible to land a job that amazing (especially after having
confessed that "in four years" you'd hope to remain there "part-time").

Even if a person actually followed the proper procedures and channels -- they
could not even get an internship at 'Better Guns & Ammo' as easily as 'Glee'
so FALSELY portrayed Kurt Hummel "somehow" managing to do at 'Vogue'.

And worst of all -- the audience is expected to IGNORE the FACT that Kurt
is supposed to be a 3-month's prior HIGH-SCHOOL grad who was on the
wait-list to get into his local OHIO community-college -- and, yet, without a
college-degree (ex. fashion merchandising, fashion design, magazine copy,
etc) or even a single college-credit -- our young 18-year old kid, who hails
from some small town located "in the sticks" of Ohio (the "fashion capital
of the world" -- oh wait, I'm sorry, just like everyone else on the planet --
I keep mistaking Lima, Ohio for being Paris, France ... my apologies) as
he simply email's "various pix of his ebay-purchased and hand-made outfits"
(or as they referred to it on the show, his online "resume" ... give me break).
Glee failed it's fans in it's handling of storylines ranging in everything from
domestic-violence to outed-athletes ... and now it insists on insulting it's fans
-- in making it appear that a person can fail their audition TWICE -- yet STILL
get accepted into NYADA (while the one who had nailed the audition in flying
colors, is rejected); that a high-school senior would apply to only ONE
college; and that a person can move to NYC -- get a large apartment
-- and within days to weeks of their arrival, manage to get what
would be THE MOST COVETED internship in the world
of fashion or magazines via emailing pictures of outfits.
What a pathetic portrayal of life after high school.
In the media world the term "jumping the shark" is used when
a television program has run out of steam and creative ideas
-- and -- in a last-ditch effort to maintain it's fan-base --
decides to throw in one totally-preposterous storyline.
It seems to me that the 'Glee' has clearly managed to "jump the shark"
with the ridiculous Vogue-internship storyline of the 'Makeover' episode.
-- and by doing so -- may have managed to strike the final nail in it's coffin.

Marcos said...

@ J Smith
While I'm not going to dismiss your reactions to the episode, I found parts silly and implausible but not insulting. Plus, every show's had these kind of moments, so picking on Glee seems a bit unfair.

For example, I'm sure Jane By Design was far more egregious than Kurt getting a magical internship. And one of the best shows ever, Friday Night Lights, lost credibility with me when Tami Taylor went from a high school guidance counselor to Dean of Admissions for a little Ivy without the proper education and experience.

Again, you're entitled to your opinion, and while I didn't love the Vogue storyline, as a fan Glee didn't fail me because it's not supposed to be realistic by any stretch of the imagination and it worked within the world the show's created. It's supposed to be relatable, but not a depiction of real life because at the end of the day it's just a silly television show that shouldn't be taken so seriously. And like I said, every show's guilty of doing something that's wholly unbelievable.

Either way, thank you for reading and commenting. It was fun taking a look at someone else's perspective.

Unknown said...

The Friday Night Lights story line
does sound just as unrealistic. :)

Marcos said...

Yeah, it was my "Vogue" moment.

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