I'm a little weirded out to be saying this. Really never thought I would utter it. Little shocked that it is going to be coming out of my mouth. Here goes:
I started watching GLEE.
Whoooo. Man, feels good to have that off my chest. Freeing. Really freeing.
Last season I could never bring myself to watch. Being a stubborn Sopranos fan, I held a grudge against the show because they used "Don't Stop Believing" in their original commercials (If you don't know why that is insulting, you aren't a Sopranos fan). Still mourning Tony's death (Yes, he's dead), it seemed inappropriate to me.
This season, the cultural exegete in me wanted to see what so many people were interested in, so the first two episodes were TIVO'd.
The Sue Sylvester & Brittany Pierce characters had me cracking up and won me over. The character Kurt Hummel as well. Going to be giving it a shot for a few episodes.
Last night's was titled "Grilled Cheesus," about the various character's various views on God, Jesus, religion, and church. The episode title came from the fact one of the characters saw the face of Jesus in a grilled cheese.
I'm not going to give a play by play, scene by scene recap; it's on Hulu if you want to watch. These were my highlights though:
- When the Sue character tells the school counselor why she is against the religious talk
- The way the Glee writers transformed "I Want To Hold Your Hand" was incredibly powerful
- Every time Brittany opened her mouth was hysterical ("I wrote a book report about heart attacks once that you can give to the doctor. But I got a grade doc'd off of it because I wrote it in crayon.")
- Mercedes' comments to Kurt by their lockers
- The counselor's comments in her office ("God works in all kinds of mysterious ways, but I'm pretty sure he doesn't spend a lot of time trying to speak to us through sandwiches.")
- "What if God was one of us" at the very end, when Sue said she wasn't going to try and get him in trouble
The opinions and feelings expressed in Grilled Cheesus were pretty true to what people I know have vulnerably communicated. That's why I liked the episode so much: there were genuine emotions that people could resonate with. Be it dedication or defiance, praise or pain, commitment or confusion - anyone could connect with at least one character and what they were going through.
For me, I don't assume that people believe as I do and I don't get offended when they don't. Even though it's a TV show - I know people on this side of the screen who have been in Kurt's shoes. His expressions of pain and his honesty of disbelief don't disturb me. They shouldn't disturb anyone.
Didn't delete this episode. Still chewing on it. Probably going to watch a second time and comment again.
But in the mean time, anyone else see it? What did you think?