Now, when I watch Glee, it usually takes a bit of time to process everything that happens. This is partly because everything that happens is batshit crazy. Also, I occasionally spend time on Tumblr, a place where people take their Glee seriously and where spoilers abound. So, it takes a bit for it to all settle.
That’s where The Onion AV Club’s TV reviews come in. They’re funny, often insightful, and because main reviewer Todd VanDerWerff is straight and outside of the fandom they provide another perspective on things. Granted, I don’t always agree with his assessments but I am often intrigued by what he has to say. For example they talked very favorably of “The First Time” (which I had some issues with) but they got points back for last week’s “Mashoff” review where he gave a separate grade of A+++++ for “Finn slaps”.
This week’s review for “I Kissed A Girl” seemed especially hilarious if only because he interrupts the review with:
But before we get into that, let’s talk about something that’s really important. Let’s talk about Puck’s hair. Specifically what is up with it.
Seriously, what’s up with Puck’s hair? I usually save this sort of thing for the stray observations, but good God, who on Earth thought having him grow the mohawk out and occasionally spike little bits of it up and then also grow it slightly down his neck so it looks like he has a rattail was a good idea? I assume this was all Mark Salling’s idea on some level, since I highly doubt there’s a hairstylist in Hollywood who would do this of their own volition unless they secretly hated him or something, but the whole thing is becoming weirdly horrifying. When he’s on screen, I have to force myself to stop staring at the Lovecraftian beast spouting forth from his head and pay attention to what’s going on in the scene because… just try and stop looking at it, would you? It’s practically impossible! It’s like a Tribble is eating his head but just the center of it or like he’s the end result of that storyline in “22 Short Films About Springfield” where Lisa gets the bubblegum in her hair, if Lisa somehow grew up into a 35-year-old man who was still attending high school.
Just saying what we’re all thinking. This review also gave a pretty nice insight into what it’s like to be a fan of Glee these days and what it takes to enjoy the show.
Their stray observations at the end also often includes a section called “Straight guys talkin’ ‘bout Glee” in which he talks about how foxy some of the ladies on the show are (so maybe not so different from the tumblr Glee fans, after all). This week’s was quite hilarious too:
Straight guys, talkin’ ‘bout Glee: This segment is on hiatus this week because straight guys are assholes. I learned it from watching Glee.
I highly recommend reading the rest of the review here. The AV Club as a whole is a fun place to spend some time if you’re as much of a pop culture nerd as I am.
If you’re curious as to what my own thoughts are on last night’s episode, it really boils down to; how are you going to title an episode “I Kissed A Girl” and still not have the girls kiss? I also agree with all of the other people that have a nagging concern that Santana isn’t even the star of her own storyline.
I haven’t read Dorothy Snarker’s review yet, but I’m sure she’ll have some very choice words in the same vein as she’s commented on the lack of kiss before. UPDATE: Just skimmed the review and…damn. She is not happy.