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Glee: Home

I have to admit, several of my more accolade worthy critic friends disliked this episode and dubbed it the weakest of the first 3. Most of their reasons seemed to conflict with the others. I guess that's what's good about this show - everyone takes and appreciates something different. The show tends to take a hit with the critics every time they don't do a self enclosed feel good music filled chorus show ala the Madonna episode. For me, the shows that establish the longer term depth of the individual characters seem to resonate with me more. Necessary growing pains I guess. A show that seems to do this effectively is House. Fans of the show tend to dislike certain episodes but in the long run, the additional care into adding to the characters pays off in dividends.

This episode titled "Home" does just that. It builds more of the characters we love into less of 2D tag line supporting characters. They seem to be focusing a lot on Mercedes and Kurt. The episode holds true to what I've been calling the through line theme type episode. In this case the theme was home. The Glee club is displaced by Sue and their home of the auditorium was taken by the Cheerios. Mercedes struggles with feeling at home with her self image and weight. Kurt doesn't feel at hem with his father. Finn feels like he's losing his home when Kurt's dad stars dating his mother. Shuester and April Rhodes struggle with finding a new home. And Sue's home of constant neglect for anyone but herself is challenged ironically by a journalist who mistakes Sue for having a heart.

Dianna Agron and Amber Riley show incredible connectivity in the scene in the nurses office as Quinn gives Mercedes some encouragement. Rachel is the "talent" of the group but Quinn is slowly becoming the heart of the Glee club.

The impact moment of the episode was Mercedes singing Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful". An effective monologue that served to force the characters above to look into the mirror.

What's an episode with Kristen Chenoweth if you don't let her show off a little....

Chenoweth of course knocks it out of he park with her rendition of "Home" from the Wiz and sends us off to watch the calendar for 7 more days till the next Glee.

Was the episode as fun as the Madonna episode? Of course not. Is it more impactful for the future of the series - you betcha.

Random thought of the night:
Is it me or is Kurt a little bit of an obsessed little stalker?

Line of the night: "Now if you'll excuse me, I have to put in a call to the Ohio Secretary of State notifying them I will no longer be carrying on ID, you know why? People should know who I am."

What are your thoughts on the episode ? Loved it ? Hated it? Let me know !

- @ZorbaTheGleek

Posted by Zorba the Gleek on April 28, 2010 9:18 AM
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