Glee Season 5 Review “A Katy or a Gaga”

Glee Season 5 Episode 4 A Katy or a Gaga 2

Sigh. After two fantastic Beatles episodes and a fitting send-off for Finn before the break, Glee’s comeback episode, ‘A Katy or a Gaga’, was back to the show we had last year – song choice before plot and convenience before character development. As always, the New York stuff was much better than the Ohio stuff but, with the show brushing the Finn stuff under the carpet, this was as light and inconsequential as you can get.

As Sue rightly says (FYI, Glee, pointing it out doesn’t make it less true), the glee club calling themselves Katys and Gagas might be the most annoying thing they’ve ever done. It’s a like a light bulb went off in my head when Tina whined that the remaining New Directions are all Katy Perrys after losing their biggest stars last year, and never has a truer word been spoken. That hits the nail on the head – this new cast are bland and sweet, with the interesting and complex characters all currently off the show or residing in NYC.

That said, I’ve always kind of liked Marley, and her crumbling relationship with Jake was sad to watch. In his latest irresponsible decision, Will actually suspended Marley for standing up for herself and asserting her identity and, after being suspended from the glee club and cheated on by a caddish Jake, I wonder how this new-found confidence is going to fair. The assignment was ridiculous in the first place, going against everything Glee – and the storyline about Kurt in this very episode – once stood for.

I understand that this pale imitation of a show about individuality and acceptance wants to shoehorn in Lady Gaga and Katy Perry songs by literally putting its characters in archetypal boxes, but please don’t punish a character for pushing against it. It’s a mixed message and, after actively targeting itself at younger viewers, Glee can’t afford to make these colossal mistakes so often. At this point, I don’t care how they do against Throat Explosion, and would welcome a time jump to graduation. If the rumours are true, we won’t need to worry about eighty per cent of this cast.

New York didn’t get the screen time it needed but, as Kurt struggles with his own identity, the group decide to form a band. This ‘band’ as he calls it are really just a reality-based excuse for Rachel, Kurt, Santana and co. to sing together each week but, as this particular ensemble includes Adam Lambert (who looks at least ten years older than the rest) and Demi Lovato, that’s okay with me. Starchild is fine, though he looks completely out of place next to the others, and it’s nice to have talent like Lambert on our screens, however stupid the excuse.

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