“Psst! Sue! I don’t really know how to tell you this . . . but your HIGH BEAMS are showing . . .”
Could there ever POSSIBLY be such a thing as TOO MUCH MADONNA? The Verdict is still out for me on that one. But one thing is for sure, Glee definitely put this question to the test, during last night’s episode . . . With a total of EIGHT musical numbers from the Madonna catalogue, and countless other Madge songs blaring in the background throughout the episode, there was literally little room for anything else during the hour. In fact, the plot took SUCH a backseat during “The Power of Madonna,” that I felt less like I was watching a musical teen dramedy, and more like I was at concert featuring my favorite Madonna cover band . . .
In terms of the musical numbers, Glee TOTALLY outdid itself last night! I have NO DOUBT that the show’s inevitable Madonna-themed album will remain in high rotation on my iPod for perpetuity. And, as if that wasn’t enough, some of the costumes and choreography on these numbers were (dare I say it) BETTER than the original music videos on which they were based! Here were my four fave performances of the evening . . .
1) Express Yourself
The first singing number of the evening, was a Girl Power-Infused, Pastel-Colored, Beltfest, that would have made the Divine Miss Madonna, herself, PROUD! Sure the “rationale” behind the song, “BOYS are MEAN, GIRLS RULE!” was a bit cliche and juvenile, but the flawless performances by our female Gleeks, more than made up for this. Once again, while, unfortunately, I can’t show you the musical number in its entirety, you can at least listen to it, HERE . . .
2) The Borderline / Open Your Heart Mash-up
While, the on-screen chemistry between Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff is admittedly sizzling, there is just something about the screentime she shares with Cory Monteith, that is incredibly honest and sweet. Plus, now that these two have that sort of “unrequited love” thing going for them again, I may just have to go back to rooting for this couple to “re-couple.” The “story” behind the mash-up, is that Rachel has just admitted to Finn that she is still dating Jesse St. James, star of Vocal Adrenaline, and the Gleeks’ arch rival. Finn sort of/ kind of tries to be supportive, but more or less just ends up sulking. (After all, don’t all boys only want what they can’t have?)
I imagine the number was supposed to be a sort of dream sequence, taking place jointly in the minds of both characters. Otherwise, the Madonna music video-attired class mates bustling around in the background, and the LOUD SINGING IN THE LIBRARY . . .
(Really Glee? Again? McKinley High doesn’t have other places for its students to break into song . . . like, say . . . THE BATHROOM )
. . . would just be completely bizarre. You can listen to the lovey-dovey, brooding fabulousness HERE . . .
3) Like a Virgin
Not to toot my own horn or anything . . .
. . . But I TOTALLY called the use of this song, the minute Emma “came out” as a “Big Ole Virgin,” during last week’s episode. In terms of a natural and seemless meshing between storyline and singing, “Like A Virgin” clearly won the award last night. Three virginal Gleeks: Rachel, Finn, and Emma, all decided to do the DEED last night, with their respective sort-of significant others Jesse, Santana, and Will. Only Finn actually did it. (But he lied to Rachel, and said he didn’t.) Conversely, Rachel DIDN’T DO IT, but told Finn that she did.
Emma also didn’t do it (not quite sure WHY though . . . of the three relationships on-screen, this one seemed the healthiest, Will’s Man Sluttiness aside). However, she DID decide to get “counseling” for her problem. (I’m assuming when she says “problem,” she’s referring to her OCD, and not her Virginity, as the latter is SIGNIFICANTLY easier to “kick” than the former . . . just saying. Also, it would kind of be a dick move on Will’s part, to refer Emma to a counselor, just so he could get laid . . . ). Anyway, here’s the song . . .
4) Like a Prayer
Sure, the finale ensemble number had no correlation to the episode’s storylines whatsoever. But, in this case, it sort of didn’t have to. It just worked. I LOVED how Kurt and Mercedes got oodles of solos, during this episode. After all, my girl Mercedes kind of had a point when she griped that, lately, all they have been letting her character do is “belt the high notes at the end.” (Something tells me — with these two now on the Cheerios, and a romantic storyline for Kurt on the horizon — that we are going to be seeing a lot more of this dynamic duo, in the coming weeks.)
Oh, and are any of you ACTUALLY buying that Jesse St. James transferred schools and joined the Gleeks, just to be with Rachel (who he really just met), and not to please his Nazi Vocal Adrenaline Glee Coach, Ms. Corcoran?
A close (and very smart) friend of mine commented on how IDIOTIC Will Schuester was for BLINDLY going along with this. And I think she has a point. On the other hand, in a SANE world, who in their right mind would go so far as to TRANSFER SCHOOLS just to commit an undercover Glee Sting Operation for your coach? REAL PEOPLE in the REAL WORLD simply wouldn’t even consider this an option to be concerned about. Then again, this IS a school where teachers rufie their principals, so that they can blast Madonna through the speakers during school hours . . .
. . . so maybe Mr. Schuester should have seen this one coming . . .
Speaking of Shady Glee Narc D-Bags, in addition to seeing Kurt and Mercedes in the forefront, during the final song, it was nice to see Jesse St. James withering away in the background. Two weeks and that dude is already starting to grate on my nerves . . .
In other news, we FINALLY learned the source of Sue Sylvester’s obsession with berating Will’s hair. Apparently, following the release of Madonna’s 1986 True Blue album, Sue, then “age 6” (I’m thinking more like “age 16”), tried to bleach her hair and had a terrible accident, as a result. This Hair Catastrophe has forced Sue to keep her hair short, ever since. So, when it comes to Will’s highly-gelled coiff, Sue is simply jealous. While this surely sucks for Sue, I can’t help but agree with Will, that her current ‘do is TOTALLY Florence Henderson!
A Very Brady Haircut!
Well, that’s all I’ve got! See ya next week, Gleeks!