I don’t know exactly why, but I really enjoyed this one. It was completely over the top, but it reminded me of a Season 2 episode – the spectacle was more important than the story. In this case, the spectacle was worth it.
I’ve never been a fan of Adam Lambert, but he added so much to the episode that I was able to overlook the various flaws. He commanded the screen in his performance of Marry the Night, and he made Roar semi-tolerable (something I never thought possible). I know he’s busy touring with Queen, but I wouldn’t be opposed to him taking on a bigger role in the Glee universe.
I don’t like Katy Perry or Lady Gaga, but the sheer energy and batshit insanity in Applause, Roar, and Marry the Night made all of the songs enjoyable. The rendition of Wide Awake was a nice counterbalance to the theatrics of the other numbers – for the first time in a long time, I enjoyed all of the songs in an episode of Glee.
What didn’t work? I still absolutely hate the new cheerleader. I thought that after Kitty we would be done with the whole bitch mean girl persona – I guess I was wrong. This is one well that Glee absolutely loves going back to, but I can’t help but feel that we’ve seen it all before. Another thing we’ve seen before? A love triangle/cheating subplot at McKinley. I get that they need to create drama within the relationships for all of the tweens who watch, but it’s easy to predict that this will blow up in Jake’s face by the end of the next episode (or right before Nationals, take your pick).
Finally, the character assassination of Will Schuester continues. Suspending a girl who recently struggled with an eating disorder for not wanting to prance around in a seashell bra? That’s messed up on so many levels. The Will of Season One would never behave like such an asshole – I can’t help but wonder if we’re heading to a situation where Will gets fired and the Glee club gets disbanded. That would free them up to focus entirely on the New York side of the show, and while I’m not saying I love the idea of that, I could tolerate it if they continue the hot streak they’ve been on this season.