Glee Season 1, Episode 3: 'Acafellas' Review - Featured

Oh, Glee, what a tumultuous relationship you seem to insist on having with us!



Your Pilot was crazy addictive, your 2nd episode was oddly different but still hilarious, and your 3rd episode last night, 'Acafellas,' was just plain bizarre and disappointing.


Why, oh why do they insist on continuing to change the way the music is presented on this show that was perfectly fantastic when it was just all about the glee club actually performing the songs? And why, Glee, why, did you insist on already having an entirely pointless side-story about Will forming an a cappella group when keeping the main focus of the kids in school working on the glee club was amazing?


Also, I must ask why on earth Jane Lynch was hardly in this episode! In the first and second episodes, I laughed out loud about ten times, and in this week's episode, I'd say I laughed about twice.


I understand if they don't want her hilariousness to take over the show since the cheerleaders aren't the focus, but her war with Will over the glee club is comedy gold, and just showing her in her office giving the cheerleaders orders this week was not anywhere near enough.


Also, I get that the actor playing Will, Matthew Morrison, is a great singer and they want to give him the chance to shine, but him singing with the glee club at practice highlights him perfectly well, and it doesn't cause for totally unreasonable extra storylines like his creative and I'm-going-to-be-a-dad crisis of the a cappella group.


Along with that, as noted earlier, I don't understand why they keep changing up how the musical numbers are presented. The first episode was just straight glee club singing at practice and try-outs. The second episode suddenly had dubbed over songs that were probably them really singing and was still restricted to them practicing, performing, and trying out, but it was really strange to have them singing in a regular stage way in the pilot then dub over most songs in the second episode suspending the reality a little too far.


Now in the third episode, we're expected to accept a fantasy song at the car wash! I appreciate that it was at least not what actually happened, but I much preferred the style of Rachel's ending song last week where yes, it was a bit music video-like, but at least it started out showing her just singing on the stage practicing. I think breaking out into imaginary songs is too much for what they originally set up on this show.


So that long list of complaints aside, I still adore this show, I'm just nervous for what it's going to become considering they present new ways of doing the show and new, random storylines that seem like a lame attempt at mixing up a show that shouldn't be needed until somewhere much further along the line into Season 2 or 3.


What did you think? Were you annoyed and disappointed with the switch of focus this week or did you still really enjoy getting the new episode?

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Sep 17, 2009 3:38PM EDT

yeah this episode seemed like it was from the end of the season but got chopped and moved up,,, where the hell did the guy from titanic come from, the planet of groapy fathers.

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Sep 17, 2009 5:49PM EDT

I think it's a little early to push the panic button. Glee's pilot was phenomenal, but that shouldn't make us forget that this is a freshman show that has only aired three episodes so far. Flubs, mistakes, and overall bad choices are bound to pop up because (at least as far as I've noticed) it takes at least half a season for a show to really hit its stride, and usually it doesn't solidify until the second or third. That said, I'm hoping Glee works a liiiiiittle bit faster, because a show structured like a musical and set on high school has some serious catching up to do to begin with as far as network competitiveness goes.

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Sep 17, 2009 6:10PM EDT

I don't think it was a pointless side story at all. I think the Acafellas was a realistic way of moving towards Puck joining the Glee club.

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Sep 18, 2009 2:31AM EDT

i think the episode was great, although id really prefer having the focus more on the glee kids. i think the acafellas storyline was also there to give wills wife the chance to notice that emmas totally into him...but what i really wanted to ask: i know finn is supposed to be the "boy" in the show and he actually is kind of sweet, but dont you think that "mr. schu" is totally hot?? i loved seeing him dance in the first acafellas song! hes not quite my age, but still...maybe im crazy :-)however: LOVE the show! think its amazing and will totally stick with it

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Sep 18, 2009 3:53AM EDT

This show is hilarious. I am actually impressed that they are not taking a formula approach to the show, and are trying out different styles. For sure, I don't want it to be this way for every show, but it helps me to know what I like and what I think is just too silly.I actually think that the cheerleaders should stay far in the background, and not come up again in a major story line- except for Jane Lynch- we all need more of that! Snotty cheerleaders is just too stale of a story idea. I like the threat of it, but the fact that it was so easy for them to dupe the group was disappointing.Overall- superfun. There are so many awesome quotes!"Who is Josh Grobin!?! Kill yourself!" ha ha HA!

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Sep 18, 2009 3:57AM EDT

The side story was only meaningless if you don't care about Will as a character. I thought it was a brilliant way to address the issue of self-confidence among multiple age groups and how, as the maybe-not-totally-evil-? Quinn put it, "When you're truly confident in yourself, you don't have to bring other people down." (paraphrased, here, and I'm still not sure if that character's name is Quinn).
I actually liked this episode much more than the 2nd because it provided plenty of musical numbers (hold gripe), progression of the Finn/Rachel attraction (you know they'll end up together, but the fun is watching it happen), and similarly with Will/Emma, though how the fake pregnancy->divorce->bachelorhood->eventual romance will actually be written could either be very interesting or horribly cliche.
GRIPES:Establishing a rhythm on a tv show is difficult, and unfortunately I think "Glee" bit off more than they could chew these past two episodes. Though I was thrilled to see more of the other Gleeks, especially Carter (name?) and Mercedes. I think that showing Quinn and Puck watching the performance at the end of the pilot was enough to show that he would be in the club eventually, but allowing him his own vignette before the original members was hasty and kind of demeaning. I wish that the show would slow down a bit, allow us to enjoy the underdogs with only minor interference from the jocks and cheerios. After awhile, when all of the major characters have gotten plenty of screen time to establish their personas, then you start bringing in outside characters for a fresh face. When you have too many main characters, everyone comes off as two-dimensional CW type of junk (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, I'm looking at you).
While part of me likes the fantasy number (much more than that music video from last week), I do agree that watching a clearly live performance is much more satisfying simply because it proves the actor's talent. We all know how easy it is to fix someone's voice so it sounds presentable (which was how the cheerios' song from last week sounded), so I hope the show returns to live singing (or at least vastly improves its lip-synching technique).
To sum up, I want the show to slow down and take its time. I feel like we're jumping months ahead with each episode, but it's a school-themed show, so chill out and follow the real school calendar. Nationals doesn't have to be for awhile. Let's allow plotlines to simmer so we don't need to cram in every meaningful look. Thank you.

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Sep 23, 2009 9:27PM EDT

I must say I also enjoyed the Acafellas "side-story" but I do demand to see more of Jane Lynch!!! I've followed her since 40 year old virgin, through Role Models and such and I love her style, I crack up every single time I see her.

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