My verdict on this episode: good, but not great, for the most part. The acoustic concept was clever in theory, but in practice, not so much. Sam's song choice was interesting; the story of how he was conceived to it was not, to put it mildly. I don't even want to know about Sam's
sex life, much less his parents'. Of the acoustic performances, "We Will Rock You" was pretty much a fail. For one thing, the song has "rock" in the title and to me, "rock" equals electric guitars and ripping off "Stomp" ain't gonna cut it. When it comes to that song, the more plugged, the better. However, Ryder's cover of "Everybody Hurts" featuring the newbies gitting slushied by the jocks was much better, as was ND's rendition of "For the Longest Time" at episode's end. Both songs are faves of mine, but since I didn't write them, while I prefer the originals, ala "We Will Rock You," if a remake is well done, like the latter two, then that's fine with me. Speaking of Ryder, his confession to being molested was powerful. If I didn't care about him already, that would have changed my mind; otoh, Kitty's confession to the same thing left me cold. The difference between Ryder and Kitty is that Ryder hasn't been a mean, heartless and racist asshole who deals with their own pain by making other people suffer. Beign hurt in the past doesn't give anyone the right to hurt others in the present. If Kitty had put Artie and Sam's ignorant asses on blast for their responses to Ryder, then I would have been impressed.
Getting back to Ryder, his honesty was refreshing, but Artie and Sam's treatment of it was disgusting, to put it mildly. Their "nudge-nudge, wink-wink" attitudes and the implicit double standards that come with them were equally offensive. If Sam's sister was assaulted by a teenage boy, Sam would change his tune at mash-up speed and so would Artie, for that matter. Fuck them both-and not in the good way. Marley's "his truth is his truth" comment, basically implying that Ryder's either lying, crazy or both, didn't help. Since Ryder had recently professed strong feelings for Marley, he deserved the benefit of the doubt from her. As for the "catfish" plot that has practically eaten the past few episode, didn't care then, don't care now, won't care ever.
Blaine's confrontation with Sue was mostly blander than expected. His admitting to Sue that he planned to destroy her was no more a suprise than the promo monkeys' bait-and-switch re "Nighbird" and Sam's interrgating Becky, Roz's being even crazier than Sue, or becky's confession about her part in the gubn incident, but what did
suprise me was Blaine's workout scene and pleasantly so. The curls, the abs and the ass were equally tight. To quote guest star Sarah Jessica Parker from the "fashion roadkill" episode of Sex & the City
, "Me likey." On the NYC side, I loved "At the Ballet." It tells a story, like most great songs do. I wasn't bored in the least. I don't see Santana as a ballerina, but seeing her dance with Little!Santana was sweet.
Edited by DollEyes, May 2, 2013 @ 2:05 PM.