Glee

Season 2 Episode 3

Grilled Cheesus

9
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 2010 on FOX
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A life or death situation and one Glee clubber's admission that they don't believe in God causes controversy for everyone.

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  • Love Grilled Cheesus... Wear Grilled Cheesus

    10
  • Moments of brilliance ruined by a sickening suck up to The Vatican

    5.0
    I gotta say this episode of glee kinda sucked. I think Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays and, in particular, Chris Colfer were stunning but this episode was just so pretentious. Mercedes and Finn just seemed to be pushing their faith on everyone and Rachel was the worst of all. She practically assaulted everyone with that ridiculous song she sang. Not a whiff of religion in the first season of glee and all of a sudden the cast are devout evangelists. Finn's Grilled Cheezus was just weird. Though I must say that Puck was outstanding in this episode. He and Kurt were the only ones to give an accurate depiction of how teens feel and react to religion these days and that Billy Joel song was brilliant. They also handled the gays vs. God issue very well. This episode had lots of good points but they were ruined for the most part by the sickening holier-than-thou attitude that is usually only seen in clergymen in their 70s.



    PS was it just me or did Mercedes sound like a chipmunk when she sang in this episode?moreless
  • A big disappointment in terms of actual "tolerance"...

    5.0
    For an episode that was supposedly meant to show the promotion of religious tolerance - they did a horrible job of showing the converse of that, which is tolerance for those without religion. Kurt's every slight insinuation of not believing was met with mountains of "but you HAVE to believe" and "because we're doing something we believe in, we MUST be doing the right thing". Every other member of the club absolutely barraged Kurt for not wanting their prayers and belittled him (Mercedes' "I'm sorry that you're feeling bad Kurt, but..." then her insistence on being allowed to shove her beliefs in his face stands out as one of the worst instances).



    I appreciate that religion is important to many people and that students should be allowed to practice their beliefs - it is only teachers that shouldn't be trying to get students involved in anything faith-based. However, this episode tried to make it seem like the poor oppressed faith-believing students were the ones being wronged, not the kid suffering his comatose father while also having to be told that he's wrong for not believing and not having the teacher stop the bullying. And all this in an episode that purports to be tolerant. They say that for every anti-religious comment/scene they had a pro-religion one, but really all they had were atheist scenes balanced against anti-atheist scenes. None of the atheist scenes were anti-religion, just anti-being-presumed-religious and anti-being-forced-to-hide-being-non-religious. Almost all the "pro-religion" scenes were scenes about how the atheists have to suffer without god and how you have to believe in God.



    Finally, they should have brought in a consultant for their portrayal of the atheists because they clearly had no idea what they were talking about. While there are some atheists who doubt in times of troubles or disbelieve because they are disappointed in their prayers not being answered, they are generally in the minority. For the only two atheists to be shown as these minority types just echoes the theme that this episode really just bashed atheism and made it seem like the belief of a bunch of angry, bitter, hurt people who really just don't know what's best for them. For Emma to attack Sue's support of Kurt not wanting to deal with the Glee club's prayers was just the cherry on the top of this intolerant pile of hate - she's more concerned about him being supported in his non-religion (because obviously he needs religion to get through this rather than support for who he actually is) than she is about helping him deal with his father's coma as the atheist he is. What a bunch of crock.moreless
  • Rubbish, I fast-forwarded through every song

    2.0
    Ugh, everyone keeps talking about the controversial topic, there was barely any topic or acting - just RUBBISH songs. The Britany episode was just all pop and fast moves, which was at least more fun than this, but what happened to a good mix of music with a tie in to the moment. This show is starting to bore me.
  • Getting worse and worse

    1.0
    After last week's episode, which was embarrassingly bad and devoid of any meaningful content or character development; we have yet another well below par episode without any memorable songs or scenes. It looks like the show's lost its way and jumped the shark and I seriously wonder if we'll ever see any episodes as strong as the season one pilot or the Road to Sectionals. The only highlight of the episode was Kurt's rendition of I Wanna Hold Your Hand and how closely the actor playing young Kurt resembled the teenage Kurt - that's some inspired casting there. I'm afraid the other songs were quite dull and made me resist the temptation of fast-forwarding through them.



    Glee, in this season, has been mediocre at best and godawful at worst, I just hope its writers will pull themselves together and up the ante before more viewers lose interest.moreless
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