• Wed, Jan 18 2012

Glee Report Card: Yes But No But Yes

If this lovey-dovey episode is Glee‘s idea of a winter premiere, then we’re excited to see what they actually come up with for Valentine’s Day next month! In “Yes/No,” Will and Emma decide that they both want to get married, but it’s not as easy as that. He enlists the glee club to come up with different musical performances for the perfect proposal… only to realize, after talking to Emma’s parents, that he may not want to spend the rest of his life with an “incomplete” person.

Meanwhile, Finn, Rachel, and Kurt struggle with feeling like they’ll never get out of Lima, Ohio, with Kurt and Rachel obsessing over college and Finn wanting to enlist. Becky Jackson (who has an awesome British inner monologue) sets her sights on Artie to be her boyfriend. While this episode was really sweet, the songs were kind of lackluster.

“Summer Nights”
Performed by Sam and Mercedes
Originally performed by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in Grease

This is the kind of number that I would’ve expected to see earlier in the series, so it seems a little shallow compared to the emotional development of the last few years. It was more of a quick “let’s recap the Sam/Mercedes romance” while cementing that she’s with her current guy, Shane. Much more effective was a moment later in the episode when Sam, newly a member of the synchronized-swimming team, gets slushied and Mercedes tenderly wipes him off. But back to the song: It’s great to see Mercedes in the solo role, but all the Grease comparisons got to be a bit much.

Grade: B+

“Wedding Bell Blues”
Performed by Emma, with backup by Sue and Beiste
Originally performed by Laura Nyro

Even though it fits Emma’s character to be singing old-timey songs, I think that Jayma Mays is better served on newer — or at least peppier — stuff. I would’ve liked to see her express her desire to marry Will with more than breathy sighs and passive lyrics. Sure, Glee‘s already done “Put A Ring on It,” but that’s more what I think could’ve worked for Emma. Still, it was lovely to see Sue and Beiste provide the backup; can this trio sing together more often?

Grade: B-

“Moves Like Jagger/Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
Performed by Artie
Originally performed by Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera

Artie’s proposed proposal song (hee) is of course the best of the bunch: Upbeat, sexy, and sure, ripped from the top of the charts. But as you can see in the video, it gives Will a chance to document his dance moves without being a creepy white guy. For what it was, it was great: Our weekly dose of confident, cool guys putting new spins on chart-toppers.

Grade: B+

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