Alright. Well, I saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show themed episode of Glee (obviously) last night. First of all, it goes without saying that the ratings were good. Not Britney episode good, but it was a 4% increase from the last original episode (last week AND next week are re-runs, LAME). To break it down, the “Rocky” episode got about 11.5 million viewers and “Britney” got 13.3. I’d rather show my support for a quality show over a pop singer, but I must say …the Britney episode was overall better executed.
To be fair, a Britney episode (pop music with short flashy music video references) would be a lot easier to create than a huge cult classic film/stage production with *slightly* more edgy material to re-shape for prime time network television. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the show …I smiled non-stop through the first 5 minutes, it just didn’t leave me jumping up and down yelling “THEY NAILED IT!” They did the best they could, it wasn’t perfect, but they did great given the circumstances.
The biggest problem with the episode was that most of these younger actors didn’t grasp the theatricality of Rocky Horror. They might have been auto-tuned to be pitch perfect, but there was no gusto …most of the performance numbers were missing the dirty heat that the originals brought on. I can’t blame age in this case because Chris Colfer was perfection in what little they gave him as Riff Raff and he wasn’t even born until 1990. The big surprise of the night for me was Cory Monteith as Brad. He usually just reminds me of a replica of Chris Klein in American Pie or Election …or anything else Klein ever did …they’re basically the same actor. This is why it was so fun to see him have a chance to shine. I was shocked that I wasn’t at all blown away by Amber Riley‘s off-the-beaten-path portrayal of Dr. Frankenfurter. When they revealed she’d be playing the most infamous part in the entire show …I was a little surprised and pretty psyched to see what she’d do. The woman can belt and has the sass to match. This is where the let down came in. It was when watching her that I figured out what was lacking in the episode …..gritty attitude to sell the numbers. Grit is one thing Glee ain’t got and Rocky Horror particularly requires it to work just right. It didn’t come as any surprise to me that Dianna Agron looked gorgeous as a Magenta, but was one of the worst of the performances (she was lackluster in Time Warp …HOW does someone do a lackluster job dressed that hot as Magenta singing the Time Warp of all things???) Aside from that rather important detail of performance grit …I was a happy camper!
I couldn’t decide if I should write Ryan Murphy a thank you letter for making Matthew Morrison take his shirt off or if I should feel incredibly uncomfortable with the grossly inappropriate (in context to the scene) “Hi, I’m a teacher and I took my shirt off and did a hot and heavy number IN SCHOOL to win back my lady friend.” Eh, screw it, it’s fiction and he looks GOOD with his shirt off. Lastly, I was very happy with the cameo use of Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf. It was short & sweet and an even better wink with them playing “straight men.” It was fun for the big fans (everyone else was online this morning asking where they were …ha! hard to recognize 30+ years and out of wacky context).
Good job once again guys, now stopping cushioning the good stuff with re-run good stuff. Thanks.