So, this week on Glee, after the emotionally heart-wrecking Quarterback, we come back with A Katy or A Gaga.
One this I did appreciate about this episode is that it was able to be a silly episode, and it still mentioned Finn (which is honestly more than I was expecting). Now, I wasn’t a huge fan of the silliness personally, but any moment of Glee having continuity is one to celebrate.
But to the episode. The main theme seems to be about people being “Katys” or “Gagas”, which as far as I can tell means being a wholesome person (which is not how I think of Katy) or an edgy badass (also not really how I think of Lady Gaga). And they drive that in. Hard. Every time someone said “I’m a Katy!” or “I’m a Gaga” or babbling about someone being a Katy or a Gaga, I kind of wanted to slap someone. It’s such immature dialogue, and neither musician is really right for the comparisons they’re going for.
Anyway, to the plots. In New York, we’ve got the gang of Santana, Kurt, and Dani wanting to start a band together. Although I find this a bit random, and I think Kurt should probably be more focused on developing a Broadway career, I did enjoy the plot. And through it, we got to meet Starchild, played by Adam Lambert. I wasn’t a huge fan of Marry the Night (but that’s mostly because I don’t like any Lady Gaga after Born This Way), but I still think Adam did a great job with what he had to work with. Although Kurt rejects him because he’s too out there, until Rachel tells him that out there is who Kurt is, and that’s fine for him to be himself (I’m guessing he’s a Gaga).
I also feel like Kurt should know this by season 5, but hey, it’s Glee. Anyway, he and Starchild bond over being small-town gay guys recently moved to the big city, and that’s when I really fall in love with him, and I want Adam permanently on the show. Preferably dating each other, but hey, I’ll take what I can get. Even Santana notices the chemistry, and it’s beautiful.
Back in Lima is where I have more qualms about the plots. First, we’ve got Sam and Penny. Penny talks about seeing Nine Inch Nails and Skrillix concerts, and Sam freaks out because he thinks Penny is a “Gaga” while he is a “Katy” (although the people I know who are really into the actually edgy music generally find both pop stars stupid). So Sam tries really, really hard to be the best Gaga he can to impress Penny. To do this, they do a crazy performance of Applause, which makes me hope Darren got a raise for wearing that outfit. The others look kind of cool, but oy. . .not a good look for Darren. I feel so much secondhand embarrassment for the guy. However, after Penny is shocked by the Gaga performance, they talk, and realize they’re both Katys that love Justin Bieber and Jonas Brothers, so we rejoice! A match made in heaven. Except I don’t actually care.
A match that isn’t going so great though is Jake and Marley. Jake is a Gaga, and Marley is a Katy. She likes Julie Andrews and kitties and flowers, and he wants to have sex with her. She still doesn’t feel ready for that, although he says that he usually dumps a girl if they don’t do it after six hours. You know, I actually did kind of like this story more than I would’ve expected. I think it’s the most relatable thing is this episode, at least when they’re not putting it in a ridiculous Katy v. Gaga way, and I give Jake and Marley props for talking about it openly and honestly. Until. . .Jake goes off with Bree. I don’t get that. I mean, I appreciate some sort of drama for them, but this feels like complete back-tracking from whatever character progress he made last season. I’m sure it’s just because the majority of the audience has been really, really bored with Jarley, but still, every couple on the show breaks up because someone cheated (well, 90% of them anyway). It would be nice to see Jake and Marley just decide they aren’t right for each other.
And finally, the music. I am like Ryder: I’d like a third option. The problem with the themed episodes is that if you don’t like musician X, you aren’t going to like any of the songs. Sometimes, this can be compensated for if it’s part of a plot in a really integral way. Marry the Night could’ve been any song, Roar was tacked on for iTunes, and Wide Awake was also just there for iTunes. The only one that was at all plot-relevant was Applause, because of the drama with Marley not wanting to dress in just a bra during the performance. For which Schuester suspended her? For NOT showing skin? Yeah, definitely the worst teacher ever known to man.
So overall, this was. . .not such a good comeback. When Jarley is one of the things I enjoyed most about the episode, there is something wrong with the universe.