Dear Writers of Choke,

Wish we’d heard more of the song before she choked

Ah, I saw the Glee episode Choke, and well, it was okay. So many of this season’s episodes have been just that: okay. The problem is I’m showing my students season one and those are fresh and absorbing. Mind you I’m watching them for the third or fourth time and they still entertain.

It was dramatic that Rachel choked on her audition for NYADA.  Sad, since she’s the best performer and unjust, but it was realistic and now there are opportunities for her to do something different. I didn’t like or buy that NYADA would send a famous woman to Lima, OH to listen to two students. Not in a million years. Also, it would have been more dramatic if the audition included lots of hopefuls just like Kurt and Rachel. Whoopi Goldberg‘s role could have been played by anyone. She was on so briefly, that I doubt I’d have hired her, better to use an actress from a good theater company like Steppenwolf and save some money to donate to a woman’s shelter.

Now for the domestic violence storyline, which seemed so forced and preachy. This is a real issue, but it didn’t work here. Why wouldn’t Sue, as a teacher, enlarge the number of girls she wanted to teach or preach about domestic violence to? She would bring in all her Cheerios. She just would. Yes, she just heard Santana and company making light of the issue at Coach Beast’s expense, but that’s usually a sign that the average student would do something like this. Hence an educator would want to reach all students, even young men. It’s not simply a women’s issue and Sue’s smart enough to know that. I could see the prolonged abuse Coach Beast is experiencing a mile away even before she lied to Sue. A good story would have been harder to predict. Also Coach Beast is the obvious candidate as a victim so it would have been more interesting for the swimming coach to have been beaten, after all, she’s most like Santana, whom needed to learn that she’s not invincible.

Puck’s flunking rang true but his father showing up at just the right time was so contrived. Who actually takes European geography? I’d believe him flunking Geography and then you could still have him sing “The Rain in Spain.” There were times when I watched and I channeled Sue. I just needed a megaphone to yell, “Sloppy! You writers are sloppy!”

Sam’s character seems so lame, so not like any Christian I’ve met, and I don’t mean that as a compliment. I can’t buy that he’s been so sheltered that he’s stupid, yet he sports edgy hair and tattoos. He sports the look of the cool edgy alternative home school kid, not the dweeb. His infatuation with Quinn could be interesting though.

I can’t believe it but though, One Tree Hill was never as good as the first season of Glee, it held it’s own for the first three seasons.



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