With only three songs, the latest "Glee" episode, "I am Unicorn," dragged on a bit. The writers did try to make up for the lack of singing with some funny and touching scenes. Kurt trying to appear manly while wearing tights and spouting Shakespeare had its laughable moments. Although, even Tony from "West Side Story" doesn't seem all that manly while obsessing over a girl and with a gang of twirling dancers. Puck seeing his daughter again was very touching and helped make a slow show more bearable. However, Rachel Berry provided the most laughs in the episode, which is something she often does without realizing it.
Rachel singing "Somewhere" was similar to Harry from "Dumb and Dumber." Remember the scene in "Dumb and Dumber" when Harry was in the bathroom with explosive diarrhea? The horrified and painful look on his face? Yeah, Rachel looked just like while singing. It was impossible to watch without that image in mind. Look away from the TV and it was a beautifully sung song. Turn back to the screen and laughter ensued. The problem was that the song was slow and Lea Michele loves to over-emote when she sings. While singing "Somewhere," her over-emoting stretched out for long notes. It was hilarious.
Lea Michele's overly emotional over-acting is not fake. Lea Michele has acted mostly on stage, since she was 8-years-old. Put stage acting on TV and it becomes over-acting. Every time Rachel Berry begs for something or complains for something, it is with such extreme emotion that you either laugh or want to shove a sock in her mouth. It is funny and impossible to be taken seriously. What is really hilarious is that it is all on purpose. The writer's want the character to over-act, but the problem is that even the most touching or sad scenes become comedic ones. Rachel Berry should only sing her emotions, and not speak them.
The one thing Rachel Berry does right: Getting to hear her sing every week is worth putting up with the over-emoting and over-acting. While she is not the best singer in the world, she can belt out some great notes. Pair her up with pros like Idina Menzel and it is music magic. If dealing with Rachel Berry ever becomes too annoying, just throw "Funny Girl" on instead. The original is always better than the copy.
Rachel Berry no longer holds the award for most annoying character on "Glee." It now belongs to Sugar. Congratulations Rachel!
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- Rachel Berry
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