And finally something that came to mind while watching the pilot was how it and most of the early episodes flowed pretty seamlessly. Lately it has seemed like the producers are trying to squeeze in as much as they can of the McKinley students, as well as Kurt and Blaine over at Dalton Academy. I use the Super Bowl episode as an example of packing way too much into an episode. There was a whole lot going on, and the performance portion at Dalton during that particular episode came kind of out of nowhere, as it kicked off as the show returned from commercial break. As much as I love scenes from Dalton, I think that scenes that are out of context should be saved for an episode where they can be highlighted and not come off as an afterthought.
Jumping over to the season’s most recent episode “Blame It on the Alcohol,” it was like Ryan Murphy had been swimming laps in my brain, because this was probably the one episode from this season that resembled episode structure from season one. I’m telling you, this episode was like a thing of beauty as far as I am concerned.
When Rachel started singing to Finn sans pre-recorded vocals, my jaw dropped. Could it be that Glee was slowly, but surely making baby steps back to the show that we all fell in love with?
The secondary storylines of the “Rachel Berry house party train wreck extravaganza” Will’s wild night out with Coach Beiste, and Sue Sylvester going out of her way to be mean tied perfectly into the main storyline of it being “Alcohol Awareness Week” at McKinley. Kurt and Blaine’s storyline, which began at Rachel’s party and ended in their beloved coffee shop was placed fairly seamlessly into the episode. Plus, the scene with Kurt and his dad must be the start of another storyline for an upcoming episode, and I thought that the show did a nice job setting that up.
The episode also brought talking about uncomfortable topics back to the forefront. Underage drinking is an important topic, which I can imagine parents don’t have an easy time approaching with their kids. “Just Say No,” isn’t a realistic stance in popular culture today. I think having the glee club sign an accountability clause with Mr. Schuester was a smart way to go as being their mentor and educator.