Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Glee - S3 E4 - Pot O' Gold

Brittany believes the new Irish exchange student is a leprechaun for some reason. Mercedes attempts to recruit her and Santana to Shelby's glee club. Quinn is aggressive in her attempts to win back her baby, but Puckerman is not so eager to go along with it.

Spoilers after the jump.

I'm thinking the recent downturn in the quality of the TV I watch is one of two things - lack of quality control across the board, or extreme jadedness. I'm leaning latter and will oepn by talking about, once again, my most loathed character on the show who seems to be everyone else's favorite. On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a show that featured werewolves, Chaos demons, witches, a giant tentacle monster and a secret underground government agency recruiting college students as their soldiers, the main character once said, "Giles, there are two things that I don't believe in: coincidence and leprechauns". 

Much like Finn angrily says in this episode, the Santa Claus thing was a little cute last year but this is just stupid. While I continue to work on the assumption that it's all an act and Brittany knows exactly what she says and does all along, the presentation does the show no good whatsoever. It's something I've said all along, while they introduce and persist with ridiculous elements such as this and try to intertwine it with very serious issues such as bullying, gay rights and various other agendas, it does not work.

As for the supposed leprechaun himself, once again this show fails to break out of basic stereotypes. I know he was singing the Kermit the Frog song, but did he really need to be wearing a predominantly green outfit in every single scene he was in? I'm sure he's also a very happy-go-lucky kind of chappy who is also Catholic, hates the British and likes a drink. I'm not particularly optimistic about the directions they plan to take him in future episodes.

When did Quinn get so deranged? It took all of two episodes for her to go from insane to completely normal back around to insane again. Puck goes along with her screwloose plan to plant questionable items in Shelby's apartment for CPS to find just because, well, she went ahead without him anyway but comes back later to undo the damage. Quinn doesn't see in him what she hoped for Finn, but really Puck is further along than he was as far as becoming another Burt Hummel goes. While Finn still is unsure about what he wants in life, Puck is accepting of his fate and working hard in his own way. While Quinn patronizes and rils against him for this, Shelby is far more helpful and forgiving and circumstances draw the two back together. 

Puckerman's story in this episode I liked. Burt vs Sue I could do without. Burt has a very Joe the Plumber feel about him and to see him thrust into the type of role he is in, I'm not sure where they plan to take it but I have a pretty good idea on what political lines Ryan Murphy lies and I am rolling my eyes already. Santana's complaints about Will's blatant favoritism of certain performers really applies to the show as a whole. They have a whole cast out there and they only ever utilize a fraction of what they have at their disposal. Very average episode.

"Glee" airs Tuesdays on Fox at 8pm EST.

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