Glee Season 5 Review “Puppet Master”

Glee Season 5 Episode 7 Puppet Master (3)

This week’s Glee was the week when the show decided to make Blaine completely unlikeable and, by association, the show was just as incomprehensible and unforgivable as always. The gas leak and Blaine’s subsequent breakdown were just a way for the show to have an episode with puppets and, while it actually led to more than a couple of great song and dance sequences, it still felt unbelievably forced.

The fact is that Blaine has never before been the micromanaging ego-maniac he was in this episode, so I guess the writers got bored of assassinating Tina’s character for one week? The fight between Blaine and Kurt also really sucked – you can’t play with the Klaine shippers like that after everything that’s happened – and went nowhere expect for pushing Blaine to make an apologetic Kurt puppet that seemed to concern no one but Sue. This was either a dark insight into Blaine’s psyche or simply another holiday Glee episode we should just ignore forevermore.

Good things? There were the puppets themselves, which provided some amusement, and the dance sequences brought about by a gas leak at the back of the choir room. Was it a bit dodgy for a tween/kids show? Sure, but at least Jake got to show off his dance moves before being ushered off with the full-time New York move next year. Although, the Jake/Bree pregnancy storyline was probably my least favourite thing this show has done in a long time – slut shaming anyone? Punish Jake for cheating, not for having sex. There’d be outrage if the ‘previously on’ started calling a female character a slut, so it shouldn’t be different for a male character.

This episode suffered automatically from having more Ohio action than New York action, and the New York stuff suffered in turn from having no Demi Lovato. I really don’t understand why they would cast her as Dani if, after her first appearance, they weren’t going to let her either sing or be coupley with Santana. If you’re going to stunt cast, then at least use that casting for something interesting and/or impressive. Adam Lambert is doing more, but it still feels a bit pointless to have two great singers in a ‘band’ like Pamela Lansbury and then waste time on too many lacklustre New Directions performances every week.

This episode may have been better watched full of wine and turkey, but another year writing this from the UK meant that my mind was sadly clear. What did you think of the episode? Are you glad Brad finally got to speak? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.