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Friday, September 25, 2009

Of 'Glee' I Sing: Kurt Hummel is our man! Can he kick? Yes, he can!

This week's Glee was the best one yet. And I'm happy to report that FOX has picked up the show for a full season of 22 episodes. Hooray! And next week the Emmy Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth will be guest starring as a former classmate of Will's. Hip Hip Hooray! But before I get too excited and pass out, I better tell you what I loved the most--and the least--about this week's "Preggers" episode:

Favorite character: 19-year-old Chris Colfer (who is openly gay in case you're all wondering) stole the show this week with his fabulous performance as the flamboyant Kurt. It tickled me to no end to watch him become the star kicker of the football team and help them win a game with his groovy dance moves. I have more to say about Kurt, so keep reading.

Best new character: Kurt's widowed father, Burt Hummel (played quite nicely by Mike O'Malley, whose sister is actress Kerry O'Malley--who was terrific in the 1997 Encores! production of Promises, Promises. Just thought I would share that bit of musical theatre trivia with you).

Least favorite character: Terri's obnoxious sister, Kendra, whose overbearing personality at least makes Terri seem less annoying. However, I did like her bizarre euphemistic line, "Your wife is going to be pushing a watermelon out of her boy howdy in five months." Boy howdy? I've never heard it called that before.

Favorite non-musical scene: Kurt's sweet coming-out scene with his father.

Suspending my disbelief scene: I did find it very odd that Finn believed Quinn's ridiculous story about getting pregnant in the hot tub with their swimsuits on. Come on, is the guy really that big of a doofus? I never thought so before, but now . . .

Most intriguing new storyline: Despite Finn's extreme gullibility, I like the unexpected plot twist of Quinn's pregnancy, which involves both Puck, Finn's best friend (and the real daddy), and Terri, who is interested in passing off the girl's baby as her own. I also enjoyed Quinn's cruel line to Puck, whom she thinks is a loser: "I had sex with you because you got me drunk on wine coolers and I felt fat that day."

Most delightful duo: Sue Sylvester and Sandy Ryerson teaming up to take down Will and the glee club. But I didn't find Sue's TV news segments all that funny.

Best performance: Kurt's basement rendition of Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", which was interrupted by his father.

Best lines: "Hi, I'm Kurt Hummel and I'll be auditioning for the role of kicker" and "My body is like a rum chocolate souffle. If I don't warm it up right, it doesn't rise" - Kurt

"Natalie Wood was a Jew, you know" - Rachel (who will say anything to play the part of Maria in West Side Story, since Wood--who played Maria in the 1961 film--was actually Russian Orthodox).

That's my review for this week--and to quote Kurt one last time, "I think we should end with a show circle."


Glad: UNT's Queer Alliance said...

No doubt that this was the best episode of Glee so far.

Love Kurt as I do he's still such a stereotype (and I just finished a blog post about it on a blog for our university's GLBT org's blog right before I clicked over to you.) But then I guess everyone else is a stereotype on that show too.

- Jake

Deep Dish said...

Hey, Jake, I just read your interesting blog post about Kurt, and I do understand what you're saying. Earlier this week I got into a conversation with a friend on Facebook about the gay couple on the new sitcom, Modern Family. There are quite a few stereotypical gay men on TV these days, and not really any "butcher" types. There's room for both. But I'm still happy that there are gay characters on television. Back when I was 19 and in college, I think Steven Carrington (Dynasty) was the only gay in town, and he was a very confused young man.