Recap: 'Glee' - 'Rumours'

OK, now this? THIS? This should have been the 90-minute episode of "Glee." Last week’s entry "Born This Way" was overlong, undercooked, and designed primarily to hurt the premiere of "The Voice" rather than show scenes that simply couldn’t land on the cutting room floor. Now, in saying that "Rumours" should have been the extended episode doesn’t mean the hour was flawless by any means. But it had enough good ideas that it could have used the extra breathing room in order to flesh them out.

It seems like I say this every week, but it bears repeating: "Glee" is strongest when it’s at its simplest. Hanging an entire week around one of the great rock albums of all time isn’t inherently a great idea. But hanging it around "Rumours," an album whose creation directly ties into the melodrama surrounding New Directions? THAT is a great idea. It’s such a great idea that I thought not even the show’s inherent need to bounce around narratively like a piece of Flubber could undo such a potent idea. Naturally, God laughed at my optimism and proceeded to layer on the plots, drown in it treacle, and have me longing for the good old days. You know, before Act 3 of tonight’s episode. Read More...


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