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This episode was holy glory sandwiched between massively disappointing slices of homegrown sub-mediocrity. Look, I’m not going to pretend to have any objectivity whatsoever about that television special, because the Judy Garland Christmas Show was a Major Thing for me and my dad when I was growing up, and I mean, add Star Wars and oh my god, I was a gibbering mess of joy. But pretty much everything else, with the exception of the opening number? Offensive, OOC, or just plain boring.

There was – no plot. None at all, unless “let’s put on a TV show! And then sing a song unironically to homeless kids about thanking God you’re not dying in Africa!” counts as a plot, which, even for Glee, nope. Most episodes of the show now suffer from a pretty bad case of “characterization serves the plot,” rather than the other way around, but what was really egregious and unforgivable about this one was that the characterization didn’t even serve an actual plot, just a bunch of haphazard, derivative pseudo-emotional notes. Sure, Rachel’s been blindingly selfish before, and I can even buy her giving Finn a gift list, but materialistic? Really? And Sue Sylvester is the passive-aggressive moral high ground? Sure, Sue is manipulative, mean, abusive and downright violent, but passive-aggressive she isn’t. Her scene in the choir room felt so incredibly off to me. At least Finn “I’m giving you the gift of myself” Hudson was as in-character as ever!

The tone was all over the place, too. I get that Rory reading scripture was an homage to the Peanuts special, but it didn’t work at all, and it was so jarring, especially in contrast to the zaniness that preceded it. Sam commenting that the best of Christmas is in its combination of happy things and sad things was a nice sentiment, and one of the few notes that rang true to me. My sense is that the episode as a whole was trying to do exactly that, a kind of emotional mash-up of happy things and sad things - except it failed, imo, to achieve any kind of relatable cohesion.

I did unashamedly, unreservedly love that special, though. They recreated the Judy special’s aesthetic almost exactly; the writing was pretty on point for a parody; Chris did a great job, imo, of affecting Judy’s voice and OTT persona just enough so that he still sounded like Kurt; the overacting was hilarious; Mercedes looked STUNNING; also, that eggnog joke. Kurt and Blaine’s duet was gorgeous and adorable (seriously, what is it about holiday episodes that brings out the best in their voices?), and ngl, my heart did a little shipper pitter-patter during Rachel and Mercedes’s moments during “My Favorite Things.” Throwing Star Wars into that mix makes zero sense, but it’s the kind of chaotic King’s Cup combination that actually works for Glee. I just wish the special had been the entire episode.

Other things:

- If it weren’t for the fact that Rory looks like a baby to me, and is therefore pretty much a black hole of shipping interest, I’d be all over Sam/Rory, but as it is, I’m all about seeing Rory become hero-fixated on Sam instead of Finn. Maybe they could accidentally bump hands while rooting around in the popcorn during a viewing of Alien, and Rory would blush a lot, and Sam would pretend nothing happened, but inside he'd be suddenly super nervous and maybe a little excited.

- There’s just something about Sam and Mercedes grinning at each other that instantly produces these tiny, high-pitched happy shrieks out of my throat.

- Puck, you can’t watch the Yule Log because it is DECAYING ON YOUR HEAD.

- RIB+ really missed a golden opportunity to have Rachel as Princess Leia singing an ode to Life Day Christmas, complete with blank, stoned stare and weirdly angled head.

- Yeah, the Salvation Army plug was awful.

- I seriously cannot get over the fact that the line “Well, tonight thank God it’s them instead of you” was sung in front of homeless children.

- On a semi-related note, does anyone know if there's any fic with Will in an It’s a Wonderful Life scenario? I’d say I want the show to do that next year, but they’d probably botch it horribly, and I think it’d be way more interesting if we saw the way some of the lives Will’s ~touched might actually be improved if he’d never existed.

- oh shit the episode's ending wait HAPPY HANUKKAH

Date: 2011-12-14 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] milk-and-glass.livejournal.com
I just . . . I saw the issues with the episode, and this time, I didn't care, because the Judy Garland-like special was JUST TOO GOOD. Lea must have watched hours of Judy Garland to get that right tone of "stoned and happy!". And I loved Chris, and I normally do not :P I was basked in a warm glow of AWW THIS IS SO AWESOME.

But yes, the end scene fell extremely flat for me. Rachel was OOC with the materialistic list of Christmas stuff - she's arrogant and selfish, but not quite in that vein. But I am a huge fan of A Charlie Brown Christmas so I can't help but love all the references in it, and Rory, as baby-like as he is, is definitely growing on me whereas before I was like, " . . . What? What is he saying now?"

IDK. I think this was MUCH better than last year's. And as for the Will/It's a Wonderful Life? You may have given me a plotbunny . . .

Date: 2011-12-16 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellydash.livejournal.com
Haha, I can totally understand brushing off the rest of the ep to focus on the special, because it really was just that great. I had a grin on my face the size of Kansas through the whole thing.

Agreed that, on the whole, it was much better than AVGC (although I'm firmly in a fandom minority on actually kind of sort of not hating that ep? Solely because it had a ton of Will/Sue and a little Will/Rachel).

If you decide to do anything with that plotbunny, I would love to read it!

Date: 2011-12-14 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pee-wee-2005.livejournal.com
WHAT?! THAT WAS AN HOMAGE TO THE JUDY GARLAND CHRISTMAS SPECIAL?! I HAD NO IDEA. Holy shit, as if I didn't think that could get anymore awesome but it just did.

I loved everything there Christmas special chose to be. Everything. That was the best cheese. Delicious. Lea and Chris fucking nailed everything. Giggling and cackling the whole way through that. Actually, the only thing I disliked about it was "Let It Snow." BICO must have just been one ginormous stars aligning perfectly fluke because every time Chris and Darren have sang together since then it's sounded bad. Stop singing together. Go away.

Puck getting upset over the yule log, I laughed so hard.

I don't know, I kind of loved the episode. A lot. Mainly just for the fact that it was embarrassingly, praise jesus, better than last years fiasco. I went into the episode knowing that it wasn't going to be anything but schmaltzy Christmas fluff, and that's what it was so I was content.

Sam Evans is better than everyone. I liked the Rory/Sam stuff. Damian is just too cute to function. "Blue Christmas," was purrdy. At least it wasn't Finn. His sainthood wasn't shoved down out throats like it was during last years x-mas ep.

I guess the materialism was too much even for Rachel, but all that stuff just made me laugh. Almost felt sorry for the poor boy. Almost. I mean, he had sex with her. It's what he gets :) That first gift was just so Finn, and that's what was funny about it. Maybe I'm just too stupid but because Rachel's vegan, smh still, was that gift really that insensitive?

Date: 2011-12-16 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellydash.livejournal.com
IT WAS AN HOMAGE. Like, the set is almost exactly identical to the set they used for the Judy special, the dialogue is a direct pastiche, etc. I was so happy.

Chris and Lea were absolutely made for that kind of parody, and it was so obvious they were having a huge blast doing it, which made it even more fun to watch. I actually really loved "Let It Snow"! Usually, I don't like the way their voices sound together on duets ("Candles" is one of the worst travesties this show's ever put out, tbh) but I thought they harmonized well on this one.

Rory and Sam's friendship is just adorable, and I really do hope we get more of them together.

I think I wouldn't have been as bothered by either of the Finn gifts if they hadn't come after multiple episodes of him being a giant asshole, tbh - so, to be fair, I'm pretty quick to rage at just about everything he does. On a comedic level, him giving Rachel the gift of a sow is hilariously off-note, and I did laugh, but really, after all this time, he can't figure out a present more suited to her than that? And Rachel was being pretty terrible to him, too - I just can't stand them together, and all their scenes this ep reminded me of that.

Date: 2011-12-16 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pee-wee-2005.livejournal.com
Same shit, different episode. I just don't understand how these writers can't see that what they always try to do with Finn doesn't work. When has a show had a main character that is so, so disliked by it's fandom? We are not going to brush aside every single time he's an insensitive dick just because he tries to do "the right thing." When that "right thing," is almost always for his own selfish reason. And no matter how hard they try, they do Finchel zero favors in us wanting them to stay together. That relationship is so toxic, they've done an OK job of not having them suck the life out of every episode like last season. But, with that being said I did like the scene when Finn gave her the real gifts, the star he gave her should have been named after her and not him, but the gesture was sweet.

I liked, "Let It Snow," a little more after seeing the number, but I think it's just the faster arrangement that I'm not very crazy about. Oh My God, "Candles," definitely Top 5 worst displays of pandering this show has done.

Date: 2011-12-14 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merkintosh.livejournal.com
Honestly, the show should have been forty solid minutes of that B&W special. I was laughing from the title sequence all the up until Rory ruined everything with his random moral lesson about Jesus. Except for that, it was cute, cheesy, campy, biting, yet incredibly funny. It's not like Christmas episode really count anyways so why not go full hog and have two tiny minutes of set up before jumping into the special and making the viewers' hour that much more awesome?

The rest of the episode was such a major letdown in comparison that it saddens me. What was up with Sue randomly shaming them for not showing up when it was obvious by the end that they could do both? Was this some random reverse evil plot on her part? IDGI. And the Finn/Rachel relationship is a total dead end nowadays. There is nothing to be mined from that pairing beyond sadness and despair.

I like to imagine that Kurt fixed up the set the night before and had Blaine stay afterwards so they could screw on all the flat surfaces they could find to really make it their "Bachelor chalet". I also like to imagine there's a reality a sit-com b&w show exists about that wacky couple Kurt and Blaine and their friends. Imagine all the amazing things Rachel and Mercedes are doing in that universe. I like to think of them as a 50s-style Edina and Patsy.

Date: 2011-12-16 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellydash.livejournal.com
That special was so amazing in every way imaginable, and it fit so well with what Glee is at its best, imo - zany, silly, campy, sharp. Even the songs were perfectly contextualized! Why couldn't we have more of that and less of Finn and Rachel reenacting the terrible selfish people version of Gift of the Magi ;______;

What was up with Sue randomly shaming them for not showing up when it was obvious by the end that they could do both? Was this some random reverse evil plot on her part? IDGI.

I guess it isn't Christmas without a little shame from the character with the least moral ground of anyone on this show to stand on? idk, that made absolutely no sense to me whatsoever.

I like to think of them as a 50s-style Edina and Patsy.

Chris Colfer would approve HEARTILY of this, and so do I. ♥______♥

Date: 2011-12-15 12:35 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I gave most of the dumb stuff a pass, because Christmas!episode, but yeah, if I had been watching for any sort of plot and character continuity, I would have been bothered by all the same stuff you were. Thoughts:

*It usually bugs me when the show gets self-deprecating, because I'm like, "If you know what you're doing wrong WHY DON'T YOU FIX IT?", but it made me laugh this week, for some reason. The robot pants broke? SERIOUSLY? Oh, whatever, you dumb show. I guess I was feeling generous. LIKE THE BABY JESUS OR SOMETHING.

*I cannot believe Sue didn't use this opportunity to renew her vow of vengeance against the Glee Club. (The election's over, so she needs another excuse, right? *eyeroll*)

*As much as I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooved the Christmas special, I wonder how it played with people who a) don't love '40s and '50s style musicals, and b) aren't ridiculously enamored with this cast. Like, *I* could watch Chris Colfer and Lea Michele mug at the camera all day, but I wonder how casual viewers reacted to it.

*Oh my god, the Star Wars. Finn's copyright infringement speech. GOLD!

*So, Rachel's characterization was totally out of nowhere, but when Finn gave her the star named after him, I said, out loud (and this is something I rarely say about these two), "Oh my god, you douches are MADE for each other." Because that? Is something Rachel *would totally* do. Like, I love her, but seriously. And I know my statement is patently false, but at that moment, their mutual selfishness met on the astral plane.

*I had forgotten how terrible "Do They Know It's Christmastime" is. And, I mean, it's already terrible, but then WHY WOULD YOU SING THAT IN FRONT OF THE PEOPLE YOU WANT TO HELP?!? WHY?!? By that point, I was on my second gin and tonic (I've started drinking during the show, which is probably why I've been fairly positive about it the past few weeks), and I have to admit, I started laughing. A lot. Because it was just SO BAD that I had to pretend in my head that it was a parody of this kind of thing, and not a sincere expression of it.

I do sometimes wonder if Ryan Murphy and co. are smarter than we think they are, and they're totally trolling us by presenting these completely cheesy and ridiculous and kind of offensive sequences ("Imagine" comes to mind), but I am sadly fairly certain they are not.

Date: 2011-12-15 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lennoxave.livejournal.com
Whoops, forgot to log in. Yo.

Date: 2011-12-20 06:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellydash.livejournal.com
*As much as I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooved the Christmas special, I wonder how it played with people who a) don't love '40s and '50s style musicals, and b) aren't ridiculously enamored with this cast. Like, *I* could watch Chris Colfer and Lea Michele mug at the camera all day, but I wonder how casual viewers reacted to it.

I think this is a great point, and some of the reviews I've read of the episode seem not to appreciate the special for what probably amounts to those reasons. Todd VanDerWerff at the AV Club thought it was completely, totally awful, which makes me bristle in massively defensive ways, but I guess I can see not really enjoying it if the special didn't hit your cheese buttons. Honestly, if I didn't love watching those two be hilariously silly, and if I didn't adore old-fashioned TV specials, I might not have had nearly as big hearteyes for it.

I totally laughed at the robot pants breaking, too. Honestly, I'm way more okay with Glee being terrible with things like that if they just acknowledged that it happened, even in a throwaway line, because at least then I don't feel gaslit, you know? And that ReWalk was a hilariously ridiculous plot device (I'm still not exactly sure how Shannon managed to get it in the first place), so a ridiculous wipe-away works for me.

Honestly, I need to start drinking while watching the show, too. It sounds like you've found the best way to get through it by far, and considering some of the spoilers I've been reading, I think I'll need a few G&Ts to stay sane!

Date: 2011-12-15 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] themillersson.livejournal.com
I've seen a lot of negative reactions to the episode and, okay, I get that the parts with actual plot were beyond offensive and I'm doing my best to repress any and all memories of "Don't They Know it's Christmas," but the holidays special and everything associated with it made me way too happy to care about the other twenty minutes or so.

I mean. Star Wars, Judy Garland, retro cheese, hilariously bad acting, Mercedes in the PSA part, the credits ("no relation"), camp out the wazoo, and what might have been the dirtiest throwaway line they've managed on Glee. There was almost literally nothing about that part of the episode I didn't like - except Rory's reading of scripture, and I'd have been able to forgive that as a Peanuts tribute if it had been worked into the actual plot differently, or if Rachel, Kurt, and Puck had looked a little less enthralled. I am so using "holiday roommate" someday in the future, though. If someone gets the reference, they probably wouldn't care anyway.

And oh my god, Kurt and Rachel during that entire sequence. I just want Chris and Lea to do a cabaret act where they get drunk and impersonate various divas together. I was getting Carol Channeling flashbacks in the best way possible. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGjxgwUufWY)

I'm pretending that the rest of the episode doesn't exist, outside of Rachel's frantic, hurt attempts to get "invited to Kurt and Blaine's Christmas," the collective boyfriend fail of the locker room scene, and the bit where Kurt is ratting his stepbrother out to Rachel. And the costuming, because Lou was on fire this episode (other than whatever the fuck Kurt was wearing in that choir room scene).

Date: 2011-12-15 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] themillersson.livejournal.com
Also, Finn's gifts: after the bit about how he'd be watching over her all the time, I literally said out loud, "Oh my god Finn you are a fucking creeper." He and Will need to bond over their mutual creepitude again.

Date: 2011-12-20 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellydash.livejournal.com
The special really was enough, overall, to make up for the rest of it. At this point, all I really want from Glee is for it to make me laugh and feel feelings that aren't rage, and the combination of Star Wars + Judy + Lea and Chris's faces + Mercedes's everything + those intro credits et. al. basically made me clap my hands with immense amounts of joy. I'll call it a win, overall!

Holy cow, I hadn't seen Carol Channeling before and it was HILARIOUSLY DELIGHTFUL and made my evening, thank you so much. ♥ What kind of spreadable product do we need to send to Ryan to get Chris and Lea to do this on the show?

Finn and Will should duet on "Every Breath You Take," tbh.

Date: 2011-12-15 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grimorie.livejournal.com
On a semi-related note, does anyone know if there's any fic with Will in an It’s a Wonderful Life scenario? I’d say I want the show to do that next year, but they’d probably botch it horribly, and I think it’d be way more interesting if we saw the way some of the lives Will’s ~touched might actually be improved if he’d never existed.

I will pay people in wheelbarrows of breadsticks to read this fic!

. I get that Rory reading scripture was an homage to the Peanuts special, but it didn’t work at all, and it was so jarring

*nods* it really brought me out of the scene. It was just so out of place and I can't help staring at Rachel and Puck being so prominent in the scene when Rory is forcing them to listen to a passage in the bible. It just really rubbed me wrong.

Date: 2011-12-20 08:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellydash.livejournal.com
I want to read that scenario in fic too! There's so much that could be done with it - if Will doesn't exist, then does that mean glee club never exists? And if so, what happens with the kids? Who's Sue's main target, if there's no Will? Does Emma marry Ken?

Rachel and Puck being featured during that piece of scripture was pretty off-putting to me, too - and it boggles me that yet again, there was no real discussion of Hanukkah at all. Sure, Hanukkah isn't a terribly important Jewish holiday, as far as those go, but the white-washing of its existence and likely significance to those two wasn't cool.

Date: 2011-12-15 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sceptick.livejournal.com
Yeah, I really can't say too much about the ep. I didn't hate it? I didn't really love it either, tho. It was very meh for me, with the exception of the Star Wars stuff. And Mercedes' everything.

Bad stuff:

- Yeah, materialistic Rachel wasn't working for me. I see her more as the grand gestures type, so like, wanting Finn to help her recreate that scene from Elf where Zooey Deschanel gets up and sings and looks pretty and is on television, or something ridic like that. But flipping out over jewellery? That's not really Rachel's thing.

- Finn's gift, in the end, was super IC and douchey, but I'm fairly sure it was meant to come off as romantic :/

- WHY THE SALVATION ARMY. OUT OF ALL THE CHARITIES OUT THERE DOING WORK, WHY THE SALVATION ARMY?

- THAT SONG. THAT SONG.

- The whole Jesus thing didn't really fly with me. It was just sloppy and hamhanded, narratively. (Sidenote: I was having a conversation with a guy today and he started talking about how we're all God's children and the fact that faith is diminishing in this world disgusts him, and I'm just sitting there like... welp. Don't mind me, atheist over here. Enjoy your coffee, dude. In the end, I told him something like "well, those are your beliefs and I respect that, but I just don't share them. No hard feelings." Random anecdote over, okay, on to the good stuff!)

Good stuff:

- SAM/MERCEDES I MEAN HELLOOOOOOOOO GORGEOUS FACES PLS SMUSH TOGETHER NOW. Although, whatever happened to the bf? Didn't make a huge amount of sense, but I'm willing to disregard it for the sake of S/M.

- CAN WE TALK ABOUT SAM? BECAUSE I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SAM. I've seen a lot of people complaining about Sam being super self-righteous and irritating in this episode. I can see where they're coming from, because he was a little judgmental this episode and stuff. But the thing is, and maybe this is just my read on the scenes, it looked to me like he was just projecting all the hell over this charity stuff. It makes a ton of sense, and so honestly I just felt all of the Sam feels while watching. I mean, he's been there, and it has inspired him to help. And yeah, he gets a little angry when no one is going to come with him. Because that was him, you know?

Oh and also he had me weeping into my hankie (not really but you know what I mean) when he was empathising with Rory over not being near family and how hard it is. Just. Sam. And mfy i want Rory to hero worship Sam too. And Kurt can take them aside and tell them about the Salvation Army, and then Sam is like, shit no I'll find somewhere else. Only it's Lima Ohio and they don't have anywhere else, so he... idk. He comes up with one of those crazy ass Glee schemes. Maybe he has the entire glee club learn how to knit (Puck is a pro, obvs) and then they knit ALL the things and hand them out on a cold street corner singing something fantastically inappropriate. (Inappropriate but not as blatantly weird and offensive and srs bsns as Do They Know It's whatever.)

- The black and white was pretty fantastic. I'm not as over-the-moon as most people seem to be, but it was still hilarious. Chris and Lea killed it, for sure :DDD

- I'm js, Sam should have been Luke. And Han. At the same time. Alternately, I would've been down for Mercedes as Han and Sam as Luke, or vice versa. That said, Finn is definitely just entitled and whiny enough to be Luke, although Luke was never as much of an asshole as Finn is. (Puck's hawk should've been Chewie.)

Date: 2011-12-20 09:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellydash.livejournal.com
I think the episode's wearing a little better on me overall, as the week's gone by. Maybe that's the Christmas spirit kicking in? idk, it definitely wasn't objectively good, as far as episodes go, but honestly the only time this season I can think of that I've been really, really impressed with this show is the transition between Santana running from Sue's office and into the RHI/SLY number, so "good" doesn't seem like an applicable standard anymore.

Rachel's materialism was awful, and made her seem massively unlikable. I've always been really impressed with the way Glee (and Lea, who deserves a ton of credit here) have made this character, who could/can be insufferable, a really lovable and sympathetic person in a lot of ways, despite her selfishness and ego. Not so much this week.

OF COURSE WE CAN TALK ABOUT SAM ASDSAKSLJSASDF. Sure, he was definitely judgmental, but I'm completely with you on this one; the charity stuff is personal to him, and of course he's going to want to prioritize that over making a TV show, especially when that kind of production isn't something that's up his alley. He's not Rachel, or Kurt, or Mercedes, or Tina, or Mike, in that performing isn't one of his ultimate goal. Man, this episode could've been a lot better if we'd gotten to hear some more from his perspective, or seen Sam and Quinn deciding together to go help Sue, or conversations between the kids about Doing the Right Thing or whatever.

Sam is Luke at his best and Finn is Luke at his worst, tbh.

Puck's hawk should've been Chewie.

EXCELLENT CASTING DECISION. A+.

Date: 2011-12-20 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sceptick.livejournal.com
I just don't like how Glee sacrifices consistent characterisation in favour of the storylines they want to push through. I mean, it's not like they had to have that storyline in there. What purpose did it serve? If they'd just reworked that storyline to fit with Rachel -- yes, selfish, yes, oblivious to other stuff, but materialistic? That just felt like it came outta the left field. They do the same with Sue on a weekly basis, and with most of the other characters, too. It's incredibly frustrating :/

SAAAAAAAAAAAM. That's absolutely what I think, yes. I mean, the fact that he went all judgey isn't exactly admirable, but everyone has flaws. I've always seen Sam as someone who just enjoys music, and that's why he joined Glee, not out of some burning desire to perform and to win competitions, so of course he would choose to help out at a homeless shelter, given his own experiences, over acting in a Christmas Special.

See, there's that thing with the characterisation again! I buy Quinn choosing to help Sam, because they seemed like good friends after all the cheating drama last year, but Sue? They got in that little explanation about Jean or whatever, but just -- Sue is such an interesting character, and they're letting her go to waste. If we could've just seen some scenes with them, I think that would've felt less shoehorned in, tbh. I mean, can you imagine Quinn and Sam's faces when Sue first arrived?

Sam is Luke at his best and Finn is Luke at his worst, tbh.

ACCURATE.

My unpopular opinion

Date: 2011-12-15 05:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nonsensesqrd.livejournal.com
I thought it made sense for Sam's character to volunteer with the Salvation Army. Chances are his family volunteered there with their church or got help from them when his family became homeless.

The part I hated was Rory reading the Bible. As a Christian I was offended by that part. lol. I mean I get that it was supposedly a tribute to the Charlie Brown Christmas but it didn't work and just felt like religion was being forced in because ~ Christmas.

I also hated the end. The episode should have just been a 40 min b&w variety show/start wars/judy garland special with more songs and Puck Puckerman teaching them all about Hanukkah.

Re: My unpopular opinion

Date: 2011-12-20 09:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellydash.livejournal.com
Yeah, you're probably right about it making sense in canon. I can see Sam wanting to volunteer with them for those reasons. Just - there didn't seem to be any awareness on the part of the show that they were implicitly promoting a homophobic organization, which really came across poorly.

The episode should have just been a 40 min b&w variety show/start wars/judy garland special with more songs and Puck Puckerman teaching them all about Hanukkah.

This is a first-rate opinion and you should feel great about it. Especially that last part. Now I'm craving an episode where Puck narrates the story of Hanukkah and the glee kids act it out (with singing too, ofc).

Date: 2011-12-15 06:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elva-barr.livejournal.com
Puck, you can’t watch the Yule Log because it is DECAYING ON YOUR HEAD.

+1000 ♥

I mean, let's be real, I love the episode because I'm pretending that it starts and ends with their Bachelor Chalet show, and I have so many feelings about that, I cannot properly express them in words. I think this is the first time that I've really been into Blaine as a character, and I'm not sure what that says about Darren's acting, but it worked for me, so I'll try not to question it. Everyone was spot-on in that scene, from crazy-eyes Rachel to Mercedes' deadpan, to Kurt's perfect Lucy "oops" face at "oh no I forgot to turn on the oven." I want that spinoff now, damn it.

Except for the Sam/Rory, that can stay, too.

Date: 2011-12-20 09:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellydash.livejournal.com
Tbh, I thought it was hilarious that Darren didn't seem to be acting much differently during the special than he does as Blaine normally, while Lea and Chris were super stylized. Says a bit about Darren's acting, I think! (And I say that as someone who really does enjoy Blaine, and finds him hilarious/pretty adorable a lot of the time.)

Oh, gosh, Kurt's Lucy face. ♥______♥

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