Starting off where the last episode left off, in a catastrophic cliff-hanger, we are brought to “The Musical Episode” that divided fans across America and will also here, no doubt. After reading all the negative reviews in TV guides and online, I thought I’d give you a review that shows both the positives and negatives. Don’t worry, NO SPOILERS!
Some people hate singing no matter what, but this is more Moulin Rouge than Glee. Each song is sung with pure heartfelt emotion, and I believed added to the impact, rather than detracted, to the pain of this emotionally draining and very visual episode. We see a dearly loved character fight for their life. Creator Shondra Rhimes uses songs made famous from the show to add to the story of how a cast member is struggling for survival, and some songs seem like they were ironically written for this special event.
The Fray’s “How to Save a Life” is particularly poignant as is “Just Breathe” by Anna Nalick, which had me in hysterical tears. The music seems to give peace to a frantic situation. It lets the other characters emotions come out, through the passion in their voice and eyes. There are a few lines of dialogue, but yes it’s mainly a musical.
The negative side is that it is such a strong episode, does it need singing? The answer is no. It would probably been a fan favourite without it. It is incredibly sad and confronting and you are on tenterhooks for the whole hour. There are also songs that make you want to cringe and are a bit too happy for such a tense episode. Would you have liked singing when a past character was fighting for life/died? Probably not.
Anyway for those not sure whether to watch or not, give the first 10 mins ago, if you are not in you never will be. There is a lot more singing than that. If the singing already annoys you, leave. But remember if you do, it’s up there with one of the most emotional in Grey’s.
Written By AliciaB