After a rocky fourth season and suffering through a devastating blow, Glee looks like it might be getting back on its feet.
Spoilers for Glee Season 5 Episode 6 – Movin’ Out
This episode kicked off with an utterly charming version of Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out”. The seniors are graduating soon and most of them look set to move to NYC. The solos were well interpreted and nicely worked into their respective story lines, though Blaine’s “Piano Man” came a little out of left field. Ending with the rousing “You May Be Right”, this was a feel good episode chock full of the show’s trademark irreverent references and inopportune actions, leading to many hilarious and awkward moments, something it has been missing for a while.
However, the stand out number this week was that intimate rendition of “Just The Way You Are”, the flawless harmonies, the soft piano and groove, that divine loft, everything clicked into place, it was gorgeous.
When I realised that it was going to be a Billy Joel tribute, I thought, “How perfect.” Will Schuester is a history teacher, for goodness’ sake. I pictured him in class, lecturing inattentive students on significant past events and getting frustrated at their ignorance. Maybe Sue can rant about problems created by students consumed by video games and the internet. For a change, the adults could put aside their usual bickering and commiserate together about “the youths of today”.
In NYC, Kurt’s newly formed band might be on its way to a gig, dressed in flamboyant theatrical outfits, led by Adam Lambert in full Starchild getup. Older people on the street would grumble at them, saying how the world is going into ruin as youths create social unrest with their disregard for proprietary, etc.
A couple of band members will turn around and argue with them, leading to the young people bursting out, “We didn’t start the fire! It was always burning since the world’s been turning. We didn’t start the fire. No, we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it!”
As the song continues, we intersperse it with scenes from McKinley High with students rebutting the teachers with outrageous headlines of their own checkered past. As we combine the rebellion in school and on the streets, it would be great if more recent headlines could be interjected in the song.
It might not be what Billy Joel had in mind when he wrote the song, but alas, what wasted opportunity.