Success: How do you measure it? When you see it in others, does it make you happy? Several characters got a taste of sweet success this week, some with a healthy dose of humility tacked on. And yes – the “Funny Girl” reveal. Were you rooting for her?
Remember how last week I was wondering why Rachel was getting a chance at stardom when Santana’s the more talented ex-Glee Clubber? Well, this week Santana got her bit of fame. Er… kind of. Does an anti-fungal commercial count as fame? I’m not a snob; I think it does. And even with mom hair and a dowdy skirt, I think San looks pretty great in the rough cut. Everyone looks youthful and fresh when they’re taking a massive bite out of a bagel. And while Santana’s willing to do what it takes to make headway into show business (she has no grand illusions about the reality of her situation), Rachel thinks she’s above community theatre. Maybe this attitude is really why I think Santana is more deserving of fame; maybe talent has less to do with it than I think.
It’s Santana’s week, not only professionally, but personally, as she flirts and sings “Here Comes the Sun” with co-worker Dani. Demi Lovato looks especially bangin’ in that uniform, doesn’t she? I bet several people have already produced really erotic fan fiction about that sunrise diner scene. I’m sorry to go there, but it had to be said.
Did you miss Rachel’s mojo? It was gone (was it even?) for about five minutes. I thought maybe “Glee” was going to allow her a tiny dose of realism and humility by losing her dream role. But Kurt wouldn’t have it, and Piano Tuning Time became Mojo Reclaiming Time, tiding her over till she got the good news she was waiting for. So no more humble Rachel. But maybe this is more fun..? Last week I was complaining about people’s resistance to teen weddings on “Glee”; how grumpy viewers and critics poo-pooed Rachel and Finn, and now Kurt and Blaine, because they think teen romance is unrealistic. But romance is fun, and fun makes good TV. Will Rachel as Fanny Brice be fun, too? Probably. Maybe this will be “Glee”’s season to go all-out with the fun, to indulge in character fantasies for the audience’s delight. That might be nice, actually. No more car wrecks or failed auditions, just commercial gigs and musicals and Prom Queens.
Prom Queen – Tina’s taste of success. The resulting hint of power and popularity kinda turns her into a monster. No caffeine till after prom!!! When she wins and gets the ultimate “Carrie” Slushie, I wanted to feel bad, but… she’s more tolerable when she’s sad than she is when she’s cocky. Looks like everyone’s getting lessons in humility this week. But Glee Club goes into emergency mode and helps Tina stand up for herself and her victory, and everything is love and happiness again. Tina gets her fantasy in the end. But what about Stoner Brett? Did someone take him to the hospital? I find that more interesting than Tina.
So, will this season be all about fun? Will the successes and the fantasies just keep on rollin’ in? Guess we won’t know till we watch. As The Beatles say, we’ll just have to “Let it Be”.
So, are you as proud of Santana as I am? What did you think of Sam’s Brad-Pitt-circa-“WWZ” hair? Let’s talk about fun and fantasy.
Hannah McIlveen is a freelance graphic designer and TV-obsessed writer living in Nova Scotia, Canada. She grew up riding horses and reading Roald Dahl books, got an art degree, and then spent the next several years moving around the country and watching television. Her greatest goals in life are to write good stuff, produce a web series, build a house with her husband, and have six cats at once. Hannah has contributed to BitchMagazine.org and is a staff blogger for the soon-to-launch TeenSized.com. She also writes her own daily blog, Click Watch Write. Hannah can be accosted on Twitter @ClickWatchWrite.