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Glee s2e17 review: 'A Night of Neglect'

28 April 2011 2:07 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Well, that was just disappointing. In a ridiculous contrivance, Nude Erections now doesn’t have any of the Cheerios’ money, but by the end of the hour, they have it. Mercedes feels like she’s not getting the respect she deserves, but she has “respect” confused with “recognition” because she can’t see past the Aretha Franklin song she learned the word from. Finally, Sue conspires with one-note villains Dustin Goolsby (featuring the Wrath of Sunshine), Sandy Ryerson and Terri to break up Will and Holly, heckle the glee club at their fundraiser concert and do nothing, respectively.

That’s really it. A few little things happened: Santana had a good scene sticking up for Kurt Co-blaine, Mike got to talk (and dance!), the Will and Emma... thing... got rolling again and Rachel didn’t sing, which was nice. So today, in lieu of a scene-by-scene or point-by-point breakdown of »

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Glee s2e16 Review: 'Original Song'

16 March 2011 7:04 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

It’s competition time again on Glee and nobody’s happy: Kurt is beginning to resent Blaine’s monopolization of the Garglers’ solos while Rachel and Quinn bicker over Finn... again.  Santana’s gay panic continues, taking her frustrations out on Brittany and Sam as Sue plots the downfall of Nude Erections... again.  The glee members audition original music for each other so Will can make a wrong decision... again.  Can the club pull a set list together in time to ensure an entirely predictable outcome... again?

Pro:  Kurt’s “I’m so over this” face.

Con:  The whole scene where the Garglers bicker with each other pompously over inanity.  I mean, it was supposed to be comical, but came off like crowd scenes on South Park where everyone in town gets incensed and goes, “rabblerabblerabble!!!” only less amusing.

Pro:  This is broken up by Kurt singing another sad Beatles »

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Glee s2e14 review: 'Blame It on the Alcohol'

23 February 2011 7:21 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Here we are again, my friends, another week into Glee’s wretched second season. However, Eric Stoltz (seriously) directs us, yet again, to a high point in a forest of low. Last time they let him behind the camera, we got “Duets,” the one where Brittana talk about scissoring and Artie loses his virginity. As usual with guest directors, some of the camerawork was noticeably different, which is always welcome.

Tonight’s episode, about alcohol, could have been a mind-bending assault from After-school Special Land, and while there was a bit of that creeping in, the episode managed to be somewhat surprising in its over-all message that yes, alcohol is (or at least can be) fun, but not something to be treated lightly. We were spared most of the teen-show booze clichés (car crash, parental scolding, any real consequences) and only saw the most refreshingly banal of after-effects (vomiting, hangovers, »

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