Because Whitney Houston‘s loss is still so recent, there was never any doubt that the “Glee” tribute to the late singer would be anything but “So Emotional.” Aside from the usual suspension of reality that must happen when watching an episode from the FOX hit, the episode was pretty successful — it contained some gorgeous songs and continued to set up the mysterious post-graduation Season 4 for Lea Michele and the other seniors.
It helped that “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” opened with a chilling a cappella version of “How Will I Know,” though like Mr. Schuester, we’re wondering why the 17- and 18-year-old high schoolers were so obsessed with Houston’s death considering she had much larger of a pop culture presence way before they were born.
This tribute episode seemed a little more successful than the MJ outing, perhaps because it seems like the musical team took a few more creative liberties with the arrangements and made them their own, to borrow a phrase from “American Idol.” That said, some plot elements seemed a little shoehorned in and not all the songs were successful.
We weren’t too impressed with the dance remix of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” (though the choreography was stellar), nor with Blaine’s angry but all-wrong version of “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay.”
As for the plot: Kurt was TOTALLY in the wrong to be flirt-texting with some random dude when Blaine is adorable and transferred schools to be with him. No question about it. Glad to see the couple made up by the end of the episode (thanks in part to a gorgeous Chris Colfer-sung “I Have Nothing”), but it seems like there could be more spats in their future.
The other new development was the love connection between Joe and Quinn, which spawned an adorable duet of “Saving All My Love for You,” though it does beg the question: Why does Joe have to go against his Christian values to date Quinn? Yeah, she had a kid at a young age, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to jump between the sheets right away.
Finally, the episode did feature the show’s seniors more melancholy than usual over their impending graduation, but the thing we found most interesting was the fact that Brittany and Finn were filming Rachel and Santana’s duet of “So Emotional” — it totally gives more credence to the reality show theory for Season 4, something that seems quite fascinating, actually.
Best Song of the Night: “How Will I Know”
Nothing can beat this heartbreaking a cappella arangement sung by four of the show’s best singers. Even after watching the preview video more times than is probably healthy, we still got shivers/tears in the eyes/goosebumps and all that assorted stuff when it opened the episode.
Worst Song of the Night: “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay”
From the shoehorned-in dialogue to Blaine’s misplaced rocky growl over the dance beat, everything about this cover was just … off.
What did you think of the episode? Did it pay proper tribute to Houston’s legacy?