It’s ironic that Glee posed its Girls (And Boys) On Film episode as “event TV” by virtue of hosting its 500th song performance. First, the song Shout wasn’t necessarily the 500th anything, given Glee’s glaring inconsistencies in designating what constitutes a song, or a performance. (See my blog post on Glee’s first 300 songs list being a hot mess.)
Second, the plethora of songs (10, counting two pairs in mash-ups) serving a thin movie-music theme rarely had anything to do with the actual story and characters, but felt stitched on — thus, inconsequential.
That’s not counting the night’s best numbers: Come What May from Moulin Rouge in a lovingly rendered Kurt daydream; In Your Eyes from Say Anything to set up Will’s oddly joyful declaration of love beneath the window of a woman who just ditched him at the altar; and You’re All the World To Me, scoring Glee’s bold, beautiful and lavishly realized reworking of Fred Astaire’s gravity-defying dance on a rotating set with stationary camera for 1951’s Royal Wedding, here with Will and Emma in a dream duet. (Nice episode for Matt Morrison and Jayma Mays, btw.) (more…)