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Glee: Ballad

Posted on: November 22, 2009

1x10_8Sorry about the late posting, but I actually had a life outside of the internet this week.  I’m just going to start off by saying I hate hot for teacher story lines.  This week’s episode was all about the power of the ballad to express emotions that you wouldn’t normally be able to express.  Rachel gets paired with Mr. Shue for their assignment on singing a ballad to a partner and immediately falls in love with him.  Mr. Shue is really concerned about this so he sings a mash-up of “Young Girl” and “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” to tell her that she should back off.  Of course, she doesn’t get the message.  But she finally does come to her senses and apologizes to Mr. Shue.

In the meantime, Finn is really stressing about Quinn’s pregnancy so Kurt (who is trying to turn him gay because he is in love with Finn) suggests that he sing “I’ll Stand By You” to his baby to get out his emotions.  Finn’s mom catches him singing to a sonogram and then makes the connection that Quinn is pregnant.  And then Finn decides that he needs to tell Quinn’s parents, so he sings “You’re Having My Baby” to her while at dinner with her parents and her parents kick her out of the house.

So this episode is just yet another example of how Glee portrays women in a negative light.  All of the men are these great guys who put up with the crazy women in their lives.  Mr. Shue has to deal with both Rachel’s love and Terry’s paranoia and non-pregnancy.  Finn has to deal with Quinn yelling at him all the time and is a great guy for continuing to support her.  But can we also talk about how Mr. Shue agreed to sing “Endless Love” with Rachel which is what made her fall in love with him (not that it’s Mr. Shue’s fault, but you can see where he has some responsibility in this).  And then he thinks it’s a good idea to sing to her again to get her to back off.  Really?  You think that’s a good idea?  And then Emma (the guidance counselor) was absolutely no help.  It was her idea to sing to Rachel to back off.  Then she was there and got so caught up in his performance that all she could say “he’s a great performer.”  No help at all.

And Finn.  He had no right to tell Quinn’s parents without her permission.  And obviously she had a reason for not telling them because her father kicker her out of the house (luckily, Finn’s mom is pretty supportive and is letting Quinn stay with them).  And even if it is the “right” thing to do to tell Quinn’s parents, that’s her decision to make, not his.  Even if it did fit in the song “You’re Having My Baby” (which I was expecting at some point), it’s still not okay.

And then there’s Kurt trying to turn Finn gay — making comments like “girls are your problem” and “that’s enough to make you give up girls altogether.”  I just really don’t like story lines where gay people try to turn straight people.  I mean I’m all for expressing the sexuality that you feel, but you can’t “turn” someone, and I don’t think we should be promoting that idea.

As always, I enjoyed the musical performances.  I really liked their rendition of “Lean On Me” (which the glee club sang to Finn and Quinn to show that they support them).  It’s a standard glee club, a capella song, so I was expecting it to come up at some point.  As much as I enjoy the musical numbers and continue to watch for said musical numbers, I really wish that the story lines would step up to the callibre of the musical numbers.

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2 Responses to "Glee: Ballad"

You know, something I found intensely frustrating about the Mr. Shu-Rachel ballad, too, was the implication that Rachel is fickle and falls in love with whoever is convenient, and that just singing a song with someone is enough to cause you to fall wildly in love with that person. Seems to play into the “the men on this show are just so irresistible, the ladies can’t help but want to get into their pants at every moment” thing that Glee has going on.

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