Unless you’re on “Glee”… In that case, you can go back as often as you want, as long as you are a major character from the original cast. That’s what we saw in “Glease” anyway. That’s not to say that there weren’t good parts of “Glease.” There was good, there was bad and there was ugly.
Understated references: When Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) stormed out of Principal Figgins’ office, it was to the uber-dramatic strains of “Carmina Burana.” That music should always play when Sue leaves a room. There was also a sly “Silence of the Lambs” comment from Kitty (Becca Tobin). Serial-killer movie jokes are always good.
Perfect “stupid” dialogue: For example, Finn’s (Cory Monteith) winning analysis: “What is ‘Grease’ about? It’s about fixing cars!”
“Beauty School Dropout”: No one could have played the Teen Angel better than Blaine (Darren Criss). Honestly, if ever a man were born to play that part… Add in a solid musical number and towering silver curler headdresses, and this was easily the best performance of the night.
Kitty’s Rizzo moment: Yes, Santana (Naya Rivera) came back to play Rizzo in the actual play, but it was Kitty who more perfectly channeled the insecure cattiness of the role during “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee.”
New York: Whatever problems there may have been with “Glease,” none of them happened in New York City. The lighting, tone and style of those scenes seemed to be from a different — and better — show. And every once in awhile you can really see why Kate Hudson has been nominated for an Oscar.
Eyeliner: What was going on with Lea Michele‘s makeup? Don’t they have people to fix that?
Never forget, this is a musical: It was 11 minutes into “Glease” when the first chords and singing voices began. That was far too long, especially when the show is full of great music like the “Grease” soundtrack.
“Greased Lightnin'”: Yes, it is hard to sing an emotionally riveting song about a car. But the boys of “Glee” could have tried a little harder, couldn’t they? At least this performance makes us appreciate the true talent of one John Travolta.
The bulimia story: If it were going anywhere, Kitty’s attempts to make Marley (Melissa Benoist) bulimic were horrifying. If it were not going anywhere (as it apparently was not), why all the mean spirit? Is Kitty a psychopath?
“You’re the One That I Want”: It’s a good song. The performance may have been great. Too bad the frenetic camera work distracted from appreciating anything.
And the ugly
This episode, in which the new members of the “Glee” cast are showcased in a high-quality musical, should have focused on their stories.
It didn’t. Instead, we got more of Rachel and Finn. More of Kurt and Blaine. More of Santana and Brittany. Oh, and Mercedes randomly wandered through.
Was there any purpose to any of these characters being a major part of “Glease”? No. At the end of the episode, every relationship between the older characters remained the same as it had been before. The only result was stolen airtime from the newbies.
As Rachel herself said, the story “doesn’t really have anything to do with us.” She was right. You can’t go back. And as “Glease” showed us, you shouldn’t.
Did you like “Glease”? What parts worked for you and which did not?