Wow, where to start? I guess with some singing lips, just like the original! Whose lips from Glee were those, by the way? Overall, it was an entertaining episode and fun to see Glee’s interpretation: The Rocky Horror Glee Show. I have to be completely open, though, before I write any more—I have only seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show once, so I am probably not the best person to really analyze this particular episode. Perhaps that is one reason why—despite some good performances and a lot of hype surrounding it—this episode still doesn’t take one of my top spots for favorite all-time episodes. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable and certainly brought some great musical numbers.
Right off the bat, after the opening “Rocky Horror Glee” credits, we got Rachel, Finn and company rehearsing “Over at Frankenstein Place.” Then, dentist Karl interrupts with a bone to pick with Will. We are taken back to how everyone arrived at this point. And that beginning is Emma.
Turns out that Emma is really coming out of her sheltered OCD shell thanks to Karl. He took her to a dilapidated and dirty movie theater for a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show—and she loved the experience so much she is now living really crazy and not cutting the crust off her sandwiches and eating candy touched by other people. That is major progress for Emma, and Will knows it. Of course Will feels threatened and decides he needs to steal Emma’s heart back by having Glee Club put on their own version of the musical (and recruit Emma to help him gather costumes and rehearse). This whole premise (and Will’s obnoxious jealous behavior) was probably the aspect of the episode that I liked the least. I get why Will would be jealous, but for me it just occupied too much of the episode—and his childish behavior got to be a little much for me. I would rather have spent more time seeing the “kids” relating to the material and/or the themes really impacting them. Instead, we mainly just heard the adults make arguments that the material was having a negative impact on the kids (which only seemed to include Sam and Finn questioning their body images).
Naturally, Sue also has an agenda. She is told by cable network “suits” that if she can produce an fear-mongering exposé on tax money funding overly secular and controversial subject matters in public schools (like a production of Rocky Horror) that she could have a big future in reporting. These guys have a Colbert Report perspective on the news: good news is about information; great news is about FEAR. In trying to make this exposé happen, Sue needs to ensure that the production actually happens and even recruits Karl to participate when Asian Mike’s parents won’t let him. This means we finally get to see John Stamos sing! This was a really fun number that got the entire Glee Club (minus Will) up and dancing to “Hot Patootie—Bless My Soul.”
Thanks to Becky (who cleverly dressed as Coach Sue for Halloween), Will is alerted to Sue’s plan to destroy him via his choice in musicals. He does eventually realize that Sue raises a legitimate point: That his motives for putting on this musical in the first place are severely misguided, since he was not thinking about the kids but only wooing Emma. I guess this is where I again wondered which students exactly (other than Sam and Finn) really had any issues with the material…especially given they had already changed some of the lyrics to a few of the songs (i.e. “Sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania” became “sensational Transylvania”). Furthermore, some changes in the costuming department pretty much made the guys happy time warpers, so it didn’t take too much to help them out with their issues. I did like the ultimate resolution, though, as expressed by Will: that ‘Rocky Horror’ is about the outcasts and fringes of society…and that is something these kids can relate to and embrace. Therefore, they perform the musical for themselves. I only wish we saw more of that “embracing the outcast” theme throughout the episode.
Overall, I think the casting choices for the different ‘Rocky Horror’ characters were very fun. I especially loved when Artie said, “I guess I’ll be the guy in the wheelchair.” And, while I was dubious about Mercedes pulling off Frank-N-Furter, I think she did bring a unique perspective to the role and her diva voice was well-cast for such a confident part.
And now for some sweet sensational moments from tonight:
- Brittany is going as a peanut allergy for Halloween…I SO want to see this costume.
- When Kurt refuses to play Frank-N-Furter and wear fishnets and heels, Santana asks him if it is because that look is so last season.
- “I have no idea what’s going on and not in a cool Inception way” (Finn reading the Rocky Horror script with Rachel)
- “Get your sick perverted sex games out of this school” (Sue to Karl and Emma when she sees them checking out risqué costumes for the play).
- “I’m afraid I’m gunna show off some nuttage” (Sam freaking out about wearing teeny tiny gold lamé shorts).
- Santana and Britney watching Will and Emma perform “Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me,” a nod to the original where Columbia and Magenta watch via video monitors.
What did you think of The Rocky Horror Glee Show? Is it a new Glee classic?