Glee returned to television last week after a four-month hiatus, finally offering some answers to the questions that have been on fans' minds since December.
To help make sense of it all, we have a panel of musical theater buffs—Meghan Brown, Patrick Burns, and Jessica Reiner-Harris—to provide their takes on how realistic the show feels, how well the romances develop, and of course, how good the musical numbers are.
They weigh in on this week's show, which was all about Madonna:
Patrick Burns (writer, composer, and star of the original one-man-musical, From Foster Care to Fabulous): This week on Glee was Madonna week. It was Madonna week! Madonna. Some of you may have expected a Madonna song or two to show up during the episode. You may have even expected a few Madonna jokes. I know I did. However, halfway through the episode I found myself wishing I had been tallying Madonna references so I could execute some sort of sarcastic numerology here today.
Don't get me wrong, I'm as much of a Madonna fan as the next person, but how far will we stretch to fit in another Madonna song? Is "Like A Virgin" really the best way to highlight the struggles involved in the sexual liaisons of the three pairs of lovers who perform awkward synchronized swimming foreplay? And I definitely don't buy a group of high school boys singing to one another about the struggles of womanhood.