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glee recapping: extraordinary merry christmas

Story(?)

I know that Glee is a musical – more than less – but that doesn’t mean when Christmas comes reindeer’n around that we can just throw the plot out of the way. Besides the fact that we heard more songs than The New Directions sang at sectionals, nothing else happened! I found myself not paying attention through parts of the episode, not fast forwarding through the commercial breaks, and even leaving the room WITHOUT PAUSING!!! If it isn’t that obvious by now, I really didn’t like the episode. I know Artie was hoping to make a “cult classic” but this may be more Santa Claus Conquers the Martians rather than The Star Wars Holiday Special.  Here are a few questions and complaints:

  • With Sue not being an awesome Grinch this year it was, kind of, thrown on Artie. I hate inconsistency…
  • Why wasn’t Brittany speaking?! Instant rating fail.
  • Kurt didn’t look that bad dancing with Blaine.
  • Did anyone really like Artie’s show? After Blaine and Kurt let us into their chalet I was pretty much done with it.
  • Since Sam had to play the role of the “Patron Saint” is he still going to try to steal Mercedes from her boyfriend?
  • I still don’t understand why people lose their accents when they sing.

Music

“All I Want for Christmas” – Mercedes (A)
All of the playful fun of an Old Navy ad without the assertion that you buy a sweater or cargo pants. This really made me want a Mariah Carey- themed episode before the group’s vocal core graduates.

“Blue Christmas” – Rory (B)
Please, oh please let Damian McGinty stick around. His voice is romantic and made for crooning. This performance wasn’t the jolliest of holiday classics, but the episode almost OD’d on cheer just fine without it.

“River” – Rachel (B)
Another, slightly melancholy, performance. Rachel was gorgeous and sounded amazing, as always, but just like Artie, I wanted something more.

“Extraordinary Merry Christmas” – Rachel and Blaine (C)
Blaine played off of Rachel, while Rachel played off of the crowd. Glee original songs have always been either a huge hit or miss for me, and unfortunately, this fell into the latter category. One thing I did love that had almost nothing to do with the performance? The holiday Cheerio costumes.

“Let It Snow” –Kurt and Blaine (B)
This is the kind of corny you can only get away with at certain times, the holiday season being one of those times. Anytime Kurt and Blaine scat together, while dancing around a fully furnished living room, I’m obligated to find it adorable.

“My Favorite Things” – Rachel, Mercedes, Kurt and Blaine (B)
I don’t think we’ve ever seen this group sing together, but I hope it won’t be the last time before the season ends. I almost forgot that before Rachel stole Kurt away, he was Mercedes’ BFF.

“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” – Puck and Finn (B)
Visually, the Star Wars costumes were a tad distracting, but overall this was really good. Blaine’s addition with the harmonica somehow fit. I don’t know what Artie’s complete vision was for this special, but I’m pretty sure this is where all of his ideas finally intersected.

“Christmas Wrapping” – Brittany (A)
Brittany sounded a little off, but, I love this song and I could watch this performance more than once. Although it kind of clashed with everything else that was going on and I would have preferred to see it in bright colors at another location, this was still one of my favorite performances of the night

Do They Know It’s Christmas” – New Directions (A)
The musical bow to wrap up a pretty full evening of performances and what makes this song especially meaningful? 100% of the proceeds will be given away, something charitable on and off-screen.

Quotes

“Holy crap, I’m dating Kim Kardashian.” Kris Humphries Finn

“You said you considered homeless people urban campers.” Artie

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thoughts on community: regional holiday music

Will’s P.O.V.

When I consulted my DVR the day before this episode aired and saw that the focal point was on glee club I expected more than few sarcastic digs about how Glee sucks. And as a proud “Gleek” with aspirations to get accepted into Greendale Community College I was more than torn when the mockery came about. I’m not not one to hold a grudge though so I can forgive my favorite study group because the laugh/mad as hell ratio was in their favor. My favorite moments from the episode:

  • Troy’s family being Jehovah’s Witnesses is super coincidental since Donald Glover’s family is too.
  • I don’t know about you all but I’m counting that performance as Childish Gambino ft. Abed.
  • Annie’s musical number reminded me of a very annoying Harley Quinn. Of all the perfectly perverse combinations one could make of Annie + Harley Community found the worst one. I kind of hate them a little for it.
  • What’s so hard to understand about regionals?
  • NEVER yell out Kings of Leon and not deliver. Because I’ll be mad and briefly think about removing my signature from the Save Community petition.
  • If Britta and Pierce were ever to sing simultaneously I will personally push Earth into our asteroid belt.

Nicole’s P.O.V.

Sarcasm and mockery are two integral pieces of the Community puzzle and tonight, Glee was completely slaughtered with the latter. It was bittersweet watching one of my favorite shows do one of my favorite things at the expense of one of my other favorite shows, but even that turned to sour when I remembered that this is the last new episode until…well…we don’t really know. So on that mildly depressing note, here are my favorite moments:

  • Troy thinking that Annie’s bubbie meant Annie’s boobie(s)
  • Greendale’s glee club had an Asian kid, but he was no Mike Chang
  • Corey Radison (Taran Killam, Saturday Night Live) as the sinister and exaggerated version of Mr. Schue
  • Glee club became a cult and Abed was the indirect leader
  • The writer’s didn’t half-ass this episode and either watch the show or did their research. For example, the piano player in the study room looked eerily like Brad Ellis from Glee
  • Pierce’s face during the baby-boomer Santa medley.
  • Christmas Annie’s voice was annoying, but it was great that she was given that outfit and sent to reel in Jeff. I’m sure all the male (and a few female) viewers appreciated that as well.
  • Shirley was lured in with Jesus and children.
  • Britta fixed everything by Britta’ing the performance.

I’ll miss moments like those during this indefinite hiatus. And somehow, Whitney will be back in January? I kind of hate you NBC.

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