Glee: Grilled Cheesus
5 STAKES out of 5!
Character of the episode: Kurt Hummel, you gotta hand it to the boy; he’s so believable as the vulnerable yet tough teenager. Chris Colfer’s Emmy nod was definitely justified and don’t be surprised if it happens again. The anger, pain, and confusion was palpable in almost all of Mr. Colfer’s scenes. I was blown away………
This week’s cast off: Mr. Schuster, where were you? What were your opinions on the whole spirituality thing? I know you stated them, but they seemed recited and dull. Why did Sue make so much more sense than you and you barely responded? If I had written a review last week, this answer would have been the same. Schuster seems lackluster lately, I hope they bring back some spirited teachery or competitive rivalry or angry ex-husband or smitten co-worker storylines for you…….
1. Song wise……Okay, Kurt you might have been the character of the episode, but I have to hand this to Rachel’s “Papa, can you hear me?” Barbra music is a perfect fit for Lea Michele’s amazing range and demeanor. The scene started out as a cheesy spirituality assignment but ended up in an entirely heartwarming group scene around Mr. Hummel’s bedside. And of course, the way she sang it, oh wow, she kills me every week!!
2. Plot/message wise……Sue Sylvester was, for once, the most sane and rational person on the show!! Her objections to the spirituality theme not belonging in the public schools were sound and her religious objections were beautifully written and eloquently stated. She calmly explained her questioning faith in prayer and religion to Emma Pilsbury, “Asking someone to believe in a fantasy, however comforting, isn’t a moral thing to do, it’s cruel.” Her response to how arrogant that might be is even better, “It’s as arrogant as telling someone how to believe in God and if they don’t accept it, no matter how open hearted or honest their dissent, they’re going to hell. That doesn’t sound very Christian, does it?” This is obviously the message of “Grilled Cheesus” and I have never witnessed such honesty surrounding religion on network TV. Go, Ryan Murphy!
Here’s what worked for me:
- “Thank you, Grilled Cheesus!” Finn’s Jesus grilled cheese seemed cliché in the preview last week, but they subtly placed it into the episode and it fit right in. I’m glad it didn’t become a huge “miracle” to the school and Finn praying about the stupid things that teenagers pray for was pretty funny too.
- “I see God everytime I make out with a new chick……”
- So many songs this week, I couldn’t have been happier!! 7 in an ep has to be a record, doesn’t it? I know the musical haters are going to be complaining about that, but really, I have always wondered why they even watch the show at all!?! “I Wanna Hold your Hand” was so amazing and made me cry so much that it upset my 2 year who had to come and tickle me during it.
- Kurt talking, in French, to the bullying football player (right as Emma runs in to tell him about his dad), “I’m going to sing-a-long “Sound of Music” and in two hours I will experience more culture and artistry than you will in your entire life.” SO FRAKKING FUNNY! I would have laughed out loud, had I not been tearing up at the time.
- After a week of anti-bullying campaigns online, this Kurt quote sums it up entirely, “God’s kind of a jerk……I mean he makes me gay and then he has his followers going around telling me it’s something that I chose. As if someone would choose to be mocked every single day of their life”.
- A questioning Brittany: “Is God an evil dwarf?”
- The fact that Puck’s prayers were a billion times more mature than Finn’s.
- “I Look to You” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” were both pretty damn amazing! Go, Amber Riley, you are overlooked and amazing!
- Sue’s scene with her sister and her sister’s unquestioning faith was pretty emotional.
Here’s what didn’t work (maybe for some people):
- I can’t think of anything, I kind of hope that it becomes a controversial episode like Ryan Murphy predicted. The voice of rationality and science exists and is often stifled by the religious majority. I hope this lets kids see that it’s okay to question……..