After last season's wacky 'A Very Glee Christmas,' I've learned not to expect much from a 'Glee' Christmas episode, aside from the usual fluffy sing-a-long songs and Yuletide cheer. Basically, there's no continuity to the overall plot, so it's kind of like a "Get Out of Jail Free" card for Ryan Murphy.
Imagine flipping through the channels and you turn on Fox, expecting a group of somewhat obnoxious teens covering pop songs; but instead you get a black-and-white homage to Judy Garland's 1963 Christmas special -- complete with a laugh track, Luke Skywalker lookalike (lightsaber included), and an Irish holiday elf!
Yeah, this year's Christmas episode was just as weird as it sounds, but to be completely honest, I'm not mad. Nope, not even a little bit annoyed -- because it's Christmas, and if it takes an episode of 'Glee' to spread holiday cheer and inspire the gift of giving, then so be it. However, I will say that Blaine Warbler and his Christmas tree bow tie made me long for the days of Dick Van Dyke in colorless nostalgia.
Like I said, I can't really compare 'Extraordinary Merry Christmas' to the rest of Season 3 because it really had nothing to do with it, but I'll work with what I have.
Similar to last year, "Glee" opened with New Directions putting up the tree, wrapping presents and Mercedes belting out Mariah Carey's 1994 classic, 'All I Want for Christmas is You.' It felt a little like deja vu. But this year, instead of acting like a bunch of harmless Whos down in Whoville, the glee club is producing, directing and starring in their very own Christmas special!
Unfortunately, that means they won't be able to help Sue feed the homeless this year -- as if Rachel Berry would give up her 15 minutes of fame for the needy.
After making his directorial debut in McKinley's 'West Side Story,' Artie gets asked to direct the New Directions' Lima PBS special. Thankfully, he didn't want the entire glee club to lose their virginities. If the PTC had a problem with 'First Time,' could you imagine the thought of a "Glee" orgy?
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