October 2, 2012

Quick Thoughts: THE NEW NORMAL, "Nanagasm"

As much as I apologize for Ryan Murphy's approach to television writing, even I have to admit that it doesn't quite work in a thirty minute format because "Nanagasm" felt even more muddled than the zaniest episodes of Glee, Nip/Tuck and American Horror Story. True, he didn't write this one but his fingerprints were all over it.

I get that Jane needs to be humanized quickly because we all know the inappropriately sharped-tongued character has a short self life (i.e. Sue Sylvester), but I don't know if her having her first orgasm was the way to go about it. Now, I could get on board with the fact that she had lived this long with out having the big "O," and I'm all for women like Jane getting their grove back, but her plot line was just off for some reason. I guess I would've preferred to see her vulnerable side due to another contrivance instead of it being all sexified. But we got some growth after she was told off by the guy she hooked up with, so at least there's progress.

As for the rest of the episode, Bryan having mommy issues and not getting along with his mother-in-law was stale, but Andrew Rannells was pretty great throughout as we got to see his vulnerable side as well instead of the quippy cynic. And I'll admit it, that final scene where he called his mom choked me up a little bit.

Lastly, am I the only who feels like Goldie and Shania are just supporting characters in a show that should largely revolve around them? While Shania's California bucket list was cute, it was such a minor C-plot that it barely registered much like the surprise custody suit from last week.

So, much like last week "Nanagasm" was another decent episode of Glee thanks to its messy, all over the place structure but with the right amount of "aww" to distract the audience from how cluttered it really was. I know that sounds harsh, but it was supposed to be a compliment... I think.


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