Season 2 Episode 5

The Rocky Horror Glee Show

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 2010 on FOX

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  • I did NOT enjoy this episode.

    I had to watch this episode in installments, because it was that bad. I love Rocky Horror too & am all for pushing boundaries, but this felt a little self indulgent to me. I think it was clearly writing around music instead of using it to really further any specific storyline. Sue ending up as the voice of reason was a good shake up. Emmma & Carl's relationship being more than a fling is also keeping this from being a 2 rating for me. It was also nice to see the boys worried about their body image. I did hate the re-writing of the music, although mercedes nailed it. made no sense to have her playing a transvestite. That they would use the song sweet transvestite & not transexual was strange. It felt like the whole episode was a whim from wirters who love Rocky Horror, but instead of going for it, they just got scared & decided to play it safe. What could have been an excellent homage was left as a muddled up mess.
  • This is one of the worst hours of television I have ever seen.


    I miss the Will Schuster of the Glee pilot.

    Do you remember that guy? That was a guy you built a TV show around. He was a man chasing his memories of the good times back in high school. He was a man who was trying to inspire kids to create great art because he never had. He was a man who had to give up a job that maybe wasn't his dream job but was certainly a job he loved because his wife was pregnant. He wanted to be a dad, but he also wanted to be a kid again, and the divide between those two halves of himself was downright poignant. Especially in the original cut of the show's pilot, the one that I don't believe ever aired, he was an essentially tragic figure, holding on way too hard to something he should have let go of long ago. The show realized this was kind of creepy, but it also realized that he could be a sad little man and still create an environment where his kids felt free to be themselves.

    By and large, that Will Schuester is completely gone from the show. You'll catch glimpses of him here and there, particularly in last season's finale, but the show seems uninterested in him as anything other than a mouthpiece for whatever any writer on the show is trying to say that week. The recent, rampant ads on Fox about how "Will Schuester is trying to make the world a better place!" increasingly strike me as outright lies, not just vague advertising platitudes. Will hasn't been even a ghost of a good person for something like 25 episodes now, and the few times the show does anything interesting with him – like when he found out Terri's pregnancy was fake – have been drowned out by everything else the show does with the character.

    I suspect the big beef against "The Rocky Horror Glee Show," a singularly flat and affectless episode of television and the worst hour this show has ever produced, is going to be that everything in it is deeply implausible. Somehow, Will is almost able to pull off a production of The Rocky Horror Show in a small-town Ohio school, while only cutting a few items for content, and he does it all in just a week. At the same time, Sue becomes obsessed with shutting him down because episode writer Ryan Murphy sees the character less as a person and more as a bludgeon and because, for whatever reason, she immediately becomes obsessed with the idea of winning a local Emmy. All of this didn't bother me. So long as the characters on this show are consistent, inconsistency in plotting doesn't bother me. Part of the fun of Glee is that it will do anything for an audience reaction.

    My big beef against "The Rocky Horror Glee Show" is that it tries to have things all ways, for all people. It tries to be a tribute to the original Rocky Horror Show for the musical's fans. It tries to be a standard, Ryan Murphy episode of Glee for those who have a casual relationship with the show but really like Glee. It tries to be a primer on the musical itself for those who've never seen the stage show, though it mostly just gives up on this after the first 20 minutes or so. The way it tries to have things all ways is the most egregious thing wrong with the episode: It grounds everything in the character of Will and in his pursuit of Emma, and it pretends we care about this as much or more than whatever it is the kids are up to. Furthermore, it takes Will's pursuit of her and finds it deeply romantic, when it's really just kinda creepy.

    The basic idea is this: Emma's favorite movie is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Why? Dunno. The episode half-asses an explanation, but I wish they'd just left it out. Will, abruptly realizing yet again how little he knows about the woman he ostensibly loves, decides to put on the show for the population of Lima, somehow mustering the wherewithal and resources to mount a full musical without anybody much caring at all. There's some argument over who should play Frank N. Furter, but the role ends up going to Mercedes. Sue gets wind of all of this and tries to shut the show down, finally succeeding at "protecting the children" or whatever. Finn, appearing as Brad, doesn't want to strip down to his underwear. Sam … er … CHORD OVERSTREET! is an asshole for no apparent reason. A bunch of stuff happens in a mostly formless middle, then Will makes a series lowpoint speech about how everybody is an outcast, including the original Rocky Horror fans AND the glee kids. It's a muddled, terrible message, particularly in an episode that seems to have an uneasy relationship with ACTUAL outcasts, transsexuals.

    I bag on Ryan Murphy a lot, but I do think the guy is capable of coming up with great moments on this show. I think "Wheels" is a good episode, and "Mattress" has the aforementioned confrontation between Will and Terri, a moment as raw as anything the show has ever done. Murphy's also the best writer on the show's small staff at coming up with completely bizarre one-liners or stock characters that then become amusingly awesome, like Sue or Brittany. But the simple fact of the matter is that Ryan Murphy is one of the most powerful men in television right now. He could be making any kind of show he wants, and what he's choosing to make is a half-assed, attention deficit disorder-ridden show about whatever the hell pops into his brain at that moment. Consistency isn't important to me. If Murphy wants to make a show that's a grand series of giant, musical climaxes, I think he should go for it. But there's nothing in his career that suggests he has anything like the tenacity or the vision to just up and go for it.

    I try to only hand out 1's to episodes I genuinely believe to be the worst of a show's run. A 1, I think, should go to that episode that represents a nadir the show will never visit again. And I certainly hope "The Rocky Horror Glee Show," which has always seemed like an idea Murphy just kinda tossed off at Comic-Conand then felt obliged to make, is the series' lowpoint. As an episode of Glee, it fails because it doesn't bother to ground any of the action in anything other than a funhouse version of these characters. The Will and Emma storyline is a complete mess, misplacing what made either of the characters enjoyable in the first place. It fails as a Rocky Horror tribute because it misplaces a lot of the show's charm and messages, in favor of flat recreations of some of the musical numbers. And it fails as a bridge between those two audiences because it mostly just gives up trying to satisfy either. I still think Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are making a fantastic television show. I still think Ryan Murphy is capable of doing so. But the show Murphy makes is increasingly holding the other shows hostage, and it's time for all involved to cut bait with these ridiculous theme episodes and get back to what made the show lovable in the first place.

  • The Glee-cast sets up their own version of Rocky-Horror - or rather They try to and fail miserably...

    Oh! My! God!!! Who ever thought of including Rocky Horror into Glee should be cut from the show! I have been a huge Rocky Horror Fan since I was eleven years old and had really been looking forward to this (especially after I read that it's fairly ok). But what I then saw made my toenails curl.
    I basically have two points to critic:

    What on earth did they do to the songs. The way they interpreted them totally took their soul away. Worst part - and I'm sure, everybody will agree – was Mercedes as Frank'N'Furter. OK, The immortal Tim Curry can never be reached in this part – but what they did here was worse than anybody could imagine. Here version felt like singing to a puppy. All this scariness that surrounds Frank'N'Furter was gone. Plus, they changed the lyrics in a very nonsensical way: "I'm not much of a girl"…but still wearing a corset and singing about being a transvestite. Hello? .
    What also killed me was the display of Magenta. Here voice had the same problem that Frank'N'Furter's hat: It just wasn't scary at all. And Rocky Horror HAS to be scary (or rather trashy). Otherwise it doesn't work!!!
    In general, all voices were way to soft and by far not edgy enough.

    What was all this stuff about the show being to adult for teenagers about? As I said, I was eleven when I became addicted to the show (btw: I'm 28 now) and I saw it as a school's musical at my sisters High school (she was 13). Nobody cared, it was fine. Fine, that Rocky should be played by a teacher. Which student would dare to wear golden underpants in front of the entire school? (Back then, it was also played by a teacher, as well as Dr. Scott). But the worst part was, when I hear the innocent version of Touch me. Hello? They changed several parts of thy lyrics to make it compatible with the normal, conservative parent.

    Well, Glee, thanks for almost ruining the favorite musical in all my lifetime. Please, do yourself a faver and stay with current pop songs – and leave your fingers from old classic songs.

    I gave the episode 1 point, because it just doesn't deserve anymore.
  • This show runined Rocky Horror Picture Show. What part of "Sweet Transvestite" did the creators of Glee not understand? Mercedess vocals, and well...everyone eles ruined Rocky Horror. Watch this if you want to torrture youself!

    No No No! Yeah Mercedes go ahead and but on a short black dress with shear sleeves and sing "I'm not much of a women" Blah! I don't think that Kurt has a Riff-Raff voice. I was looking forward to seeing a male have the guts to be Frank-N-Furter, insead of a women. This show was suppose to push boundries, that was why there was a slut, a nerd, and a transvestite! But there wasn't any of those in the play. Oh yeah let a football player play Brad, let the main lead of the show play Janet, and let a chick play Frank-N-Furter! Yippee?...No No No *shakes head in shame*
  • Jayma Mays made this episode.

    Even if the entire episode is bad, which it is not, watching Jayma Mays throw down the sexy really brought a smile to my face. She manages to be sexy and classy all at the same time.

    Heather Morris came off sweeter than the Columbia from the original, but I rather liked the fact that her voice wasn't high-pitched and ... well ... the kind of sound that makes you want to punch babies.

    Chris made a perfect Riff Raff. I especially like the "Creature of the Night" part. It may have been short, but it is what I would describe as an iconic "Igor" moment.

    The entire show was a phenomenal tribute to Rocky Horror. Only one thing could've made it better: Tim Curry
  • A missed Opportunity. Bright in some spots, Painful to watch in others.

    I have been a fan of Rocky Horror for many years. I've seen the movie, the play, and the stage show. I have even sat through Shock Treatment. So when I heard that Glee was taking on the Rocky Horror I was excited. But then I was dissapointed. Lets Start with the Bad Points

    Sweet Transvestite
    Does anyone else remember when Fox was network that took risks. Married With Children and Melrose Place pushing the envelope. Stamos was slanted to do the number in full drag. Something he has done in Cabaret. But Fox, for some reason, has lost its guts and said no. Instead we get a second rate version of the song. Amber Reilly has a great voice but this song is one of the mainstays of the show and should have been done by a man. For One thing, she is not a transvestite so that line remaining in makes no sense. This song could have been sung by Stamos, Shuster, Morrison, Salling (had he returned) or any other of the male cast. But Fox lost its nerve.

    The Cameos
    Meatloaf and Barry Bostwick appeared. A nice little easter egg but the way they showed up was kind of useless. Plus, you have meatloaf on the show. Even if he does not sing a Rocky Horror Show, he has any number of songs he could have sung. His appearance was wasted. The Time Warp
    The singing was not that bad. But god, was the dancing horrible. I know that the dance is basically spelled out for you in the song but the cast seemed robotic.

    Now for the Bright Spots which there were a few.

    The Opening
    Science Fiction Double Feature opens the movie and the show. And Santanas voice was a good match for it. It is good that she has gotten more numbers this year. Emma
    Finally, Mayes gets a decent number. Toucha Touch Me is perfect for her character also and she really got into it. My only gripe with it was that fox once again changed lyrics. Liked how Santana and Brittany got into it. Kurt
    Kurt really did a great job as Riff Raff. He pulled off the voice and the look. I encourage you to listen to Frankensteins place completely on the album because he does a great job in it. Hot Patootie
    Stamos was shafted from doing Sweet Transvestite. So instead the gave him Meatloafs part. And he was great at the song. It fit his voice pretty well but I think the audience and he would have rather him in the fishnets. So, while there were bright spots to the episode. There were some that really pushed it. I think that this episode had a lot of potential and it was wasted.
  • There's some good lines here and there, and a couple of good performances, but for the most part, it butchers Rocky Horror

    I'm a big fan of Rocky Horror, and when I heard Glee was going to be doing an entire episode dedicated to it, I began to prepare myself for disappointment. I knew that the show wouldn't do things exactly the same as the movie and the play, and I actually ended up being surprised with some of the performances.. but the problem with theme episodes is that the characters of the show are replaced with focus on the theme itself. A show should never focus entirely on the theme; there should be a good blend of the two, and the only thing that I found believable is Will's love for Emma and Sue's need to bring the Glee club down.. the rest was the show trying to appeal to Glee fans and Rocky Horror at the same time, and they were unable to remind us of why we love both of these.

    Glee, for some people, may be in a good place right now, but I think it's in a funk. The episodes Faith and Duets were okay, and one of my favorite moments of the entire show at this point is Kurt's rendition of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," but for the most part, the show has been stuck in neutral. There's no plot development, no moving forward with the characters, and when we do get something resembling forward momentum, it ends right away. I really want to see more of the New Directions drama, more of the Glee club actually practicing and working on getting more people into the Glee club.

    The episode did have its high points. I really enjoyed Carl's song and I thought John Stamos did good in this episode, just like the last episode. And Jane Lynch had incredible lines, as usual. However, I didn't believe for a second that Finn and Sam had image problems. It's a serious issue, and it just seemed absolutely insane that Finn, a character we've known for awhile, would suddenly have image issues. It feels pigeon-holed in so that the characters could fit the theme of Rocky Horror.

    For the most part the episode does good, but it just felt so lackluster. Rocky Horror is a kick in the face, and this episode felt more like a pat on the back.
  • 205

    This episode was good especially on the musical numbers but story behind all the songs was not so good... The rivalry between will and Carl is still funny and it is good to see Emma changing. another good point of the story is the "confidence in your body" stuff because I think it brings funny situation for Finn. In fact the episode was good for the performances because it was an interesting reenactment of the movie. I was so happy they've done the introduction with the lips because I love this part of the movie (I don't know why). Damn it Janet was a nice performance too because it suits to Finn and Rachel (the characters). The song with Emma and Will was so good and santana and Brittany hidden behind the window was so funny! But the best performance was the final group song. It was nice to finish with a group song instead of a Rachel solo or duet.
  • Great entertainment. I loved it. But what happened to Glee?

    I love the Rocky Horror show. The cast would have been awesome at any midnight showing. I'm a Rocky Horror near-virgin (way more than 100 midnight shows, less than 1000) and really enjoyed the episode. BUT... Glee???

    Both creatures were... ummm.. woof. And unlike the Brittany episode, it didn't feel like kiddy porn. John Stamos as Meat Loaf with Meat Loaf as a TV exec - inspired. Brad and Janet - perfect - and in keeping with the spirit of those characters - both the movie and TV versions.

    Mercedes as Frankenfurter - a great idea for a high school version (although I would not have minded seeing Harry Shrum in costume....). Not Tim Curry (who else is??), but a great choice and a risk that paid off. Kurt... welll... Chris Colfer well positioned for the role of Riff Raff in the next revival.

    As entertainment - this was a 10. I loved it. But - what happened to the show that used to be in this time slot - a show with a plot, character development, and feeling?? I thought it was back on track with Kurt's dad but... the only real "Glee" touch on this was Becky dressing as Sue for Halloween.

    I loved this - and will watch it again - but I really hope Glee comes back soon.
  • Incredible

    Not being a fan of Glee or musicals in general, I just had to watch this when I saw the previews. I was amazed at how well they did this. Right from the opening number, down to the Time Warp at the end. All of the songs sounded at good as the originals that are in the movie. Nothing was botched or wrecked. Using a girl to play Dr. Frankenfurter, was really good. Of course, there was the usual antics of each of the characters. Sue doing what she does best, getting under the skin of Mr. Shuester. It was a great episode, considering I usually never watch Glee. Thumbs up!!
  • It had its moments but I cringed a lot as well

    First things first, YAY Meat Loaf! Did Matt Morrison piss someone of? Because they are systematically killing his character. And it is really hard to watch. The sad thing is, he is doing an amazing job even with the poor writing he is given. The Will/Emma/whoever mess was boring even in O13 so stop it please, especially since you created Carl who is actually great for her. No more Will/Emma at least for a while. As for John Stamos, him you can bring in any time. I want to see more of his singing and dancing. And I want to see him sing with Will. Sam and Quinn? No, just no. They may look good in pictures but that toothache I got from them in Duets developed into serious nausea. And talking about Sam, is he bipolar? Is he going to be a different character every other episode? Will he be Puck 2.0 in odd episodes and a lovable dork in even ones? Bring in more Mike. Harry Shum is a cutie and I'm liking his acting as much as his dancing. So give him a character to play. Pretty please. I love Rachel & Finn! Will spoiling Sue's plan was amusing. Probably the second best Sue moment right after the Carl/Sue encounter. We need more of both. Cory Monteith is perfection. With every scene I love and admire this guy more and more. I think I'm at a point where I would be willing to watch the show solely for him. Show needs to do a Kurt/Quinn duet. Music was sort of blah but I plan on watching the movie to get a sense of what they were talking about and then I rewatch this. Maybe I change my mind. I cringed a lot during this episode. I don't like to cringe during Glee. After last week it was a weird let down but I was midly entertained, mostly by nice performances. Lea's stage (over)acting was amusing and I didn't miss a Rachel solo one bit.