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Oddly mature teens and oddly immature adults sing about their feelings.

Glee: Silly Love Songs

by Za’chary Westbrook

2 out of 5

SILLY LOVE SONGS

Show leader Ryan Murphy is back in the writer’s chair trying something that Glee hasn’t even made cursory efforts at in quite a while: making the songs relevant to the story. That’s the thing about traditional musicals, where a real play would have subtle and nuanced dialogue coupled with acting communicate the characters’ feelings, a musical just has them sing about it. This has given us My Favorite Things, People Will Say We’re in Love and All I Ask of You. This also gave us Lea Michele’s show-defining performance Take a Bow in the first season. After a long absence, Glee tries it again. Sort of. Continue reading

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Glee: Sue Sylvester Shuffle

by Za’chary Westbrook

2 out of 5

THE SUE SYLVESTER SHUFFLE

Fox’s critically-acclaimed guide on how not to write a TV series is back! Fresh off Ryan Murphy’s ego-trip pissing match with the Kings of Leon, the “brains” behind Glee pull out every stopper for a “we are so much better than you” soapbox worthy of a West Coast rapper’s debut single. From the word go, the creators are giving absolutely everyone the middle finger by phoning in their first musical number and they continue not trying from there. Continue reading

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