GLEE “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” Review

The Rocky Horror Glee Show

GLEE “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” Season 2 Episode 5 – Glee got into the Halloween spirit tonight with their version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It was more of a Rocky Horror tribute than a remake, as Glee put its own spin on the musical. Even though they sanitized it a bit, “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” was still quite risqué (All those abs! The gold shorts! Will and Emma!).

Neither Brad (Finn) nor Janet (Rachel) ended up in bed with Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but there was still a whole lot of sexiness going on. Between Sam, Mr. Schue, and Finn the abs were out of control tonight. And how hot was Will and Emma’s “Toucha Toucha Touch Me?” I love those two together, but it looks like Dr. Carl is here to stay for the time being. I can live with that because Dr. Carl seems good for Emma and John Stamos is a wonderful addition to Glee. I’ve been looking forward to hearing him sing on the show, and he didn’t disappoint—his version of “Hot Patootie” (or as iTunes calls it “Whatever Happened to Saturday Night?”) was fantastic.

One of the biggest changes Glee made was having Mercedes play Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the role Tim Curry played in the 1975 movie. They played down the transvestite aspect of the role, and changed the lyrics in “Sweet Transvestite” to “Sin-sational, Transylvania,” rather than “Transsexual, Transylvania.” It was really different to see Mercedes play Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but ultimately I enjoyed her take on it.

Some random observations:
Were those Santana’s lips at the beginning?

Original Rocky Horror actors Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf made cameos as mangers of the local TV station.

The casting was great—Kurt as Riff Raff was brilliant and Finn and Rachel were ridiculously cute as Brad and Janet.

Puck has been noticeably absent these past two episodes. Where’s Mark Salling?

Sue’s Corner is back and she’s got her sights set on a local Emmy.

Overall, I thought “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” was a fun episode. The way they worked it into the plot made sense to me, and it didn’t feel as forced as some of the other theme episodes. Even though Will was acting kind of stupid, it seemed believable that his feelings for Emma would cloud his judgment. I also really enjoyed the music, with “Time Warp,” “Hot Patootie,” and “Toucha Toucha Touch Me” being my favorite performances.

It’s been a long time since I saw Rocky Horror, so I’m curious what die hard fans thought about Glee‘s take on it. Did you think it was a fun tribute? Or overly sanitized?

Some of my favorite quotes from “The Rocky Horror Glee Show”:
Finn: “I have no idea what’s going on in this script and it’s not in a cool Inception kind of way.”

Sue: “You know, Halloween is fast approaching, the day when parents encourage little boys to dress like little girls, and little girls to dress like whores.”

Becky: “Give me some chocolate or I will cut you!”

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