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Glee: The Power of Madonna – Review

April 25, 2010 5 comments

Power of Madonna

Despite completely disregarding the plot in the favour of a themed episode,  the cast of Glee pulled off Madonna’s numbers with unsurprising vigour and flare. Although we saw Quinn with a conspicuously absent baby bump, numerous cringe-worthy “female empowerment” talk efforts from Mr. Schu, the fairly painful plot device of the still-virginal Emma being told by Will yes, she is officially crazy and needs help (well, she did run from his house with no shoes on), and a definitely major-cringe moment of the boys singing “What It Feels Like For A Girl” around the piano discussing exactly what the song title suggests (which should definitely become a deleted scene on the DVDs), I still liked this episode. A lot.

Because this episode was supposed to be different (it did involve twice as many musical numbers as in a regular Glee episode), I think I can find it in my heart to forgive the show for its more ridiculous (and lack of) plotlines. I find that Glee is at its best when it’s ready to make fun of itself and not take itself seriously, which I definitely saw in this episode (note the blasting of Madonna throughout the school corridors because Sue is blackmailing the principal even though he didn’t actually sleep with her. Seriously, it’s stuff like this that I just lap up.)

The story loosely follows that it was revealed the girls in the Glee club are feeling extremely put-down by the misogynistic attitudes of the boys, and are in desperate need of a little Madonna female-empowerment dose.

What followed was an episode of pure musical fun. Taking matters into their own hands, Rachel, Emma, and Finn (who’s like basically a girl anyway) decide to lose their “V-card” to their various significant others, namely Jesse St James (total bad-boy. Oops, you didn’t see that one coming?), Will, and Santana. Simultaneously revealing to us what transpired to each of them that night with Madonna’ s “Like a Virgin” helpfully playing in the background to remind us what we are watching (but don’t get me wrong, I smiled for every minute of it), it is revealed who carries through with the deed. Somewhat grossly undermining the entire concept for the episode, the only one to actually lose the Big V is Finn, the male in the situation. Hmmm…

As far as the less-important plot developments go, Artie and Tina are pretty much back together (am I the only one who actually finds Artie just a little bit creepy? No? Ignore me, then), Sue’s parents were Nazi hunters (I just love it when they throw stuff like that in, and you’re like ‘WTF’?), Mercedes and Kurt join the Cheerios because they don’t get enough solos (although that was only a matter of time. And I have to say, I thought it was the most Madonna-assed move of the entire episode), and Jesse St James transfers to McKinley High permanently (or until it’s discovered that he’s a mole for Vocal Adrenaline. Oh, no, did I just reveal too much?)

Anyway, you know that with wonderful performances (read: Sue Sylvester’s Vogue music video), amazing voices, the cast just couldn’t go too far wrong. That’s not to say the episode didn’t have its issues, but, so long as this was only  a special and we’re back to actual plots next week, I think we can safely say that the ‘Power of Madonna’ indeed did make us that much more Hung Up on Glee (and yes, I did throw that joke in).

Catch Glee on FOX Monday’s at 9.

Spoilers on the Lady Gaga episode coming up (um, yay!), Jenny’s absence on Gossip Girl, and Grey’s/Vampire Diaries below.

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