Glee Going Back to Its Roots
What I loved about Glee when it first came out was hearing the offbeat song choices each and every week. Before the themed episodes and loss of narrative direction, Glee won me over with songs that fit so perfectly with the narrative and emotion of the scene, even if they wouldn't have been the most obvious choice.
Some of my favorite examples include "To Sir, with Love", sung at the end of the Season One Finale episode; "Don't Stand So Close to Me/Young Girl", Mr. Schu's plea to a puppy lovestruck Rachel (and, as it turned out, Emma); "Dancing with Myself" by Artie, lamenting the fact that he can't dance with the rest of the New Directions; and Rachel's performance of "Don't Rain on My Parade" during a pivotal moment of Sectionals.
Last's night episode brought back some of that earlier Glee magic for me. New castmember Damien McGinty, a winner on The Glee Project, gave one of those moments in his performance of "It Ain't Easy Being Green", Kermit the Frog's sadly sweet lament.
But it was Puck's acoustic performance of Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You" that brought me back to those early episodes of Glee. Instead of a flashy showtune or current Top 40 hit (they did cover that terrain with a fun, punchy version of Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night" last night), they went with a 30-year-old song by the British-American rock band.
I've been somewhat annoyed by the whole Quinn-Puck-Shelby storyline this season, but last night's episode showed how Glee is able to push past expectations and create interesting moments for its characters. I'm interested to see what happens, especially after that cliffhanger.
Enjoy Puck's version of "Waiting for a Girl Like You":