A little background from the editors: the whole Internet – if you’ve been reading most news sites or Twitter and Facebook, even our own FB and Twitter – seems to have gone out of its way to declare “Asian F” the best episode of GLEE ever. This Leaky reader vehemently disagrees. Do you?
For the last few episodes, Glee has been a Hakuna Matata show: that is, I watch it with no worries. The third season of Ryan Murphy’s silly series started by reintroducing Quinn as a sexy vixen of immorality, but by the end of episode 2, she was back to her sugary blonde self. Santana pledged her allegiance to Team Sue and was kicked out of the Glee Club, but by the start of this week’s ‘Asian F’, a throwaway line revealed she was back. The point is, this is Glee. It’s not Lost. Plot twists happen and then they just get written out and it doesn’t really matter all that much, because you know there will be singing and Rachel will be annoying and Darren Criss will be pretty and that’s really all I expect from Glee. Darren Criss, who by the way is a junior this year even though he was a junior last year. Hakuna Matata.
Editor’s Note:Interested in the music from last night’s episode? You can get it here: Cool (Harry Shum) Out Here On My Own (Amber Riley, Lea Michele) Run the World (Girls) (Heather Morris) It’s All Over (Glee Cast) Or get the episode: Glee, Season 3 – Glee
But Hakuna Matata can only take you so far. If you’re just enjoying a show without caring about the plot or the characters, eventually there will be a tipping point; an episode with things that stretch your patience so far, you just give up on the show. For me, ‘Asian F’ was my tipping point. It was the hour I gave up on Glee. Here are my problems with the episode, numerically ordered for your convenience:
1) Mercedes has a boyfriend. He got a lot of screen time. What is his name? We should know that. I’ll tell you his name: it’s Marcus. I know that because I read it on a forum. That shouldn’t be how I have to learn the names of major supporting characters.
2) Mercedes feeling more confident about her abilities was a nice plot, and I liked her challenging Rachel, until she went all Queen Bitch just like she always does in every Mercedes Self-Empowerment episode there has ever been. Why can’t Mercedes just be confident and sassy without also being a huge douche to everyone? Why are we even watching this plot again? What is her boyfriend’s name?
3) The resolution of point 2) is that either Rachel or Mercedes could be Maria, which was an exciting bit of tension – AND THEY BOTH GOT CAST. That’s mental. And then MERCEDES TURNED IT DOWN! What?! That’s not a plot twist, it’s a plot swerve. The whole ‘Rachel Berry show’ inferiority complex only makes sense if Mercedes actually was better than Rachel, but Rachel is good! Really good! They’re both good! I’m not on Mercedes’ side through any of this because a) Rachel deserved the doublecast because she was great and b) she’s just being so rude about it all the time so I want her to suffer. Hashtag shoddy writing.
4) Does anyone still care about Mike Chang? Yes, of course he was gonna get the part of Riff – I’m pretty sure nobody else auditioned. Out of the blue he can just suddenly sing amazingly, and his Billy Elliot plotline felt obvious.
5) WHY IS RACHEL RUNNING FOR CLASS PRESIDENT OMG THIS SHOW
6) Was anyone else bothered by Tina saying that Principal Figgins had ‘spicy curry blood’?
Glee is the perfect program for the superficial. If you’re not bothered whether or not the stuff you’re watching is good, it seems on the surface to be amazing. And it’s easy to overlook the ‘what? oh, whatever it’s only Glee’ moments when there are but a few of them, but this episode just never stopped. It all ended with the cast singing ‘Fix You’, and I couldn’t help but thinking they were singing it about the show. Glee is a series that trains you not to care about their plots or characters because it’s all so light-hearted and whimsical that you’re missing the point by analysing it. For this viewer, Glee succeeded; I care so little about it that I won’t make the effort to watch it next week.
Other shows I watch (and still enjoy):
a) Community – you never know what to expect when you sit down to watch
b) The Office – Steve Carrell left but the writer’s didn’t, it’s still brilliant
c) Person Of Interest – only in its second episode and co-starring Ben from Lost, it’s the most badass show on TV right now Sound off in the comments. Tell me why everyone else thinks Asian F is the best episode of Glee ever. I really don’t understand it.