When I heard that tonight's 'Glee' was all about Lady Gaga, I wasn't looking forward to it. Nothing against the singer and her over the top style -- I just had no point of reference and worried that I wasn't going to get tonight's show. Well, the fact that it turned out to be such a good installment is proof to me that 'Glee' is more than a flash in the pan. It's living up to all my expectations ... even when I don't have any expectations at all.
The Lady Gaga connection was handled better than Madonna in my estimation. Instead of being a salute to Lady Gaga, the episode chose to celebrate the theatricality that the singer represents. That tied in to Tina's issue, which involved individuality and expressing yourself. Tina wanted to be goth and Figgins was forbidding her.
There were two much more important stories brought into sharp focus. First, Rachel confronted Shelby at Carmel High School where was was spying on Vocal Adrenaline.
To show her kids what theatricality was all about, Shelby performed Barbra Streisand's "Funny Girl" (from the movie, not the Broadway show). Ironically, it's not a very theatrical song, but Idina Menzel's performance was excellent. Thus far every time 'Glee' has done Streisand -- 'Don't Rain on My Parade,' 'One Less Bell to Answer/A House Is Not A Home' -- and now this, the results have been superb.
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