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GLEE SPOILERS: “Asian F” Teasers

September 30, 2011 by  

Two words – Mike Chang.

Yes, the man formerly known as “Other Asian” is coming out in a big way in next week’s episode of GLEE. (Oh calm yourself Klaine fans, I didn’t mean coming out in that way.)

I got an early look at next week’s episode of GLEE entitled “Asian F”. I thought I would share a few teasers to hold you over until Tuesday. I feel like I’ve seen so many spoilers out there already that I’m not sure if much of anything I have to say will be new, but I figure it will be for some, right?

As always, a reminder that I’m teasing and not spoiling. Not to say you won’t be spoiled, so stay away if you would rather not know anything…which despite this post I would encourage you all to do. Don’t read any further and just wait to see the ep for yourself on Tuesday.

But for those of you who need a fix, here we go…

  • It’s Friday, so by now I’m assuming most of you have heard most of the music from next Tuesday’s episode. If not, they are definitely available to check out online.  Lots of music in this week’s ep, especially given that we only got three songs last week.  I can’t say I was overly ecstatic about any of the musical numbers. The powerhouse diva off between Rachel and Mercedes is great, but I’ve heard them better together in the past. Maybe it’s just me.
  • Mike Chang Jr. has his own solo this week. Just Mike singing and no one else…and it’s great. The perfect song for Harry Shum Jr. Not only that, he has a featured solo in another group number. Besides showing off his singing talents, we obviously get to see him beautiful dance moves. More than we ever have before…probably much to the dismay of his father. Go MIKE!
  • I feel like I should hide underground somewhere after saying this, but one of the group numbers features what I think is the single worst Kurt Hummel/Chris Colfer moment in the history of GLEE. I love all things Colfer, but I have to be honest and say it made me absolutely cringe. It just wasn’t right in any aspect.  The same group number was one of the weaker GLEE musical moments ever, in my humble opinion. It wasn’t “Run Joey Run” but it didn’t work for me.  Yet others who have seen the show loved it, so there.
  • This week we’re going to see some classic S1 Rachel Berry bulls#!t. Kurt calls her out on her behavior, and in a lesser way, so does Finn.  Expect some Finchel tension. Don’t start burning down Ryan Murphy’s house just yet (besides the “Junior Blainers” probably still have that blaze in full swing). Despite their tiff, I don’t think this is cause for panic by any means. But don’t expect things to be resolved by the end of the episode.
  • We’re going to meet Emma’s parents. And sadly the majority of you watching won’t even recognize her dad as Ralph Malph. This breaks my heart. While one aspect of her parents’ visit makes for a great bit of story (including Will sticking up for his lady in a kind of awesome way), the other part of her parent’s arc is so annoyingly foolish. I think the writers were trying to be really cute, but for me it didn’t work and it just came off as lame.
  • If you listen to the NEW! TV Talk Podcast you’ll hear me say this there too, but I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to see Mercedes in the same way after this episode.  Not sure what they could possibly do to redeem her in my eyes.  I really wanted nothing to do with her by the end of the episode. Oh Mercedes!
  • The ever-revolving door of New Directions is back as a plot device. It’s like tag team wrestling over there. Or better yet, perhaps PROJECT RUNWAY – “One day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.” So who is out this week? I bet you can guess.
  • The cast list of “West Side Story” is revealed. Well kind of.  WSS has a huge cast, but the only list that goes up are for the parts landed by the ND kids. Not everyone is happy about the role they landed…including the lady who landed the part of Maria.
  • Despite last week’s emotional ending, Kurt and Blaine seem to be doing ok. I wanted to squash their adorableness. Can’t stand how cute they are! Since I know it’s been on everyone’s mind, I will tell you that Kurt does something sweet for the younger man in his life.  As Blaine tells him “You always zig when I think you’re about to zag.“( …in bed!  Oh, I’m kidding about that last part!) More on this particular scene is discussed in our podcast. Too much to go in to here, but Dan and I saw a tiny little element of the Klaine scene a bit differently this week.
  • For those of you who are Darren Criss fans, don’t get your hopes up about seeing too much of Harry Freakin’ Potter this week. DC was in NYC filming “Imogene” with his on-screen love interest, Kristin Wiig, for most of this episode. You’ll see him lurking in this background from time to time, but noticeably absent from some New Directions gatherings.
  • Despite a heavy Quinn/Puck/Shelby episode this week, don’t expect much from any of them. Oh GLEE.
  • I was kind of rough on Kurt last week in my “I Am Unicorn” recap, but this week I felt for him a bit more. Seems every time he turns around, he’s competing against someone he cares about.  This week another one of his friends enters the shark infested political waters of the McKinley High presidential race.
  • Brittany S. Pierce is hot! (Not a teaser, a fact!)

Everyone will have their own opinion on the episode. I didn’t like it nearly as much as Kristin Dos Santos and Michael Ausiello did. I didn’t hate the episode, but I just wasn’t as excited as I was after watching the first two eps of this season. “Asian F” is a lot heavier. I sometime like my GLEE with a bit more energy and spunk.

So that’s a few teasers to kick things off.  As we did last week, I’ll try to perhaps answer some more questions in the comments if I can.

The TV Talk Podcast with GMMR & Ducky will be posted later today is now LIVE! Listen in for more “Asian F” talk.

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29 Responses to “GLEE SPOILERS: “Asian F” Teasers”

  1. L on September 30th, 2011 2:39 pm

    Thank you for the teasers! Can’t wait to see Mike Chang shine.

    I’ve heard the group number, and yeah Kurt is pretty harsh on… well. I don’t think he’s *wrong* though, just a bit harsh.

  2. erica on September 30th, 2011 2:41 pm

    Someone else that saw the episode said something about the Kurt and Blaine flower scene being hostile – what’s your take on that?

    Thank you for the teasers!

  3. Kath Skerry on September 30th, 2011 2:46 pm

    @Erica – Are you sure the person actually saw the episode? HA! I didn’t pick up on any hostility at all.

  4. erica on September 30th, 2011 2:55 pm

    @Kate – Yeah they said something about the scene was “curious” and “it’s a little quick thing that, from an editing standpoint, might make the scene seem more hostile than it really is.”

    Glad to hear you didn’t see that!

  5. Jane on September 30th, 2011 2:55 pm

    As a Chris’s fan I am quite afraid of the cringeworthy scene.

  6. erica on September 30th, 2011 2:56 pm

    oops sorry, I meant @kath!

  7. Jenna on September 30th, 2011 2:59 pm

    Is there any cute/happy Finchel in the episode besides the obvious tension?

  8. Kath Skerry on September 30th, 2011 3:01 pm

    @Jane – re the Kurt musical moment I wasn’t a fan of. Listen, it’s just my opinion. The song has been released and I saw plenty of people saying they love it. Hold until you get to see it 🙂

    @Erica – Yeah, not sure if that person is talking about the small moment I’m talking about. But honestly I wouldn’t categorize anything in that scene as hostile. There is another small Klaine interaction later in the episode that he/she might be talking about. I definitely wouldn’t use the word “hostile” as i don’t think it’s the right adjective…but if it’s the latter scene he/she is referring to, then maybe I could see that…a little.

  9. Kath Skerry on September 30th, 2011 3:02 pm

    @Jenna – Yes. Let’s just say Finn would make a great Cheerio. GOOOOO RACHEL!

  10. Frank on September 30th, 2011 3:02 pm

    I’m glad you weren’t as excited about this ep as Ausiello and Kristen. Too much hype usually means I’ll hate it.

    On that note:
    Brittany S. Pierce. Not Pearce.

  11. Kath Skerry on September 30th, 2011 3:05 pm

    @Frank – Thanks. Sorry, clearly still had Lindsay Pearce’s ep 1 showstopping number on the brain.

  12. Hamble on September 30th, 2011 3:09 pm

    I *love* Chris Colfer’s unique, beautiful voice. I think he’s been very well served by some stunning Broadway numbers [As If We Never Said Goodbye, For Good etc] and some cool pop ballads [Blackbird, I Want To Hold Your Hand],

    But 99.99% of the time, this show has no idea what to do with Chris in a group number. Pure Imagination being an obvious example of the few times they’ve got it right.

    Chris has a strong, distinctive tenor voice. He has mastered the full range of a male tenor, including the elusive high B. I find it unbelievable that the producers insist on making him sing they way they did in “It’s All Over” – too harsh and too high and nothing like anyone or anything else in the song – when he was perfectly capable of singing like Cory or Mark on that number.

    Don’t get me wrong. I love Chris’s pure upper register as much as I love his lower register. He’s getting stronger in every respect as a singer. It infuriates me that the producers seem unable to grasp this simple fact and to use him appropriately.

    Perhaps the worst thing is that it is such a disservice to the character of Kurt. If Kurt is serious about being a performer, if he even wants to get into drama school, he has to master male Broadway roles. There are so many showtunes, so many *songs* that he can perform. Kurt can’t compete with the likes of Rachel Berry for female solos and he can’t compete with the likes fo Blaine for male solos. The show has him screwed, locking him into a tiny, controversial niche. And there is absolutely no need for it whatsoever. Kurt auditioned with Mr. Cellophane. A male Broadway showtune.

    I wish someone would call the producers out on this. It’s not like Chris’s voice doesn’t give them options.

  13. Kath Skerry on September 30th, 2011 3:11 pm

    @Hamble – THIS! Yup. Spot on my friend.

  14. Max on September 30th, 2011 3:16 pm

    “I wanted to squash their adorableness. Can’t stand how cute they are!”

    Pff, the cheese stands alone. I absolutely love how sweet they are. I wish I had something like that way back when I was in high school. I can’t wait to see their relationship develop further this season, because I am definitely rooting for them (and not only because Blaine reminds me of my partner, though that is a perk).

  15. Hamble on September 30th, 2011 3:18 pm

    A question, if you can 🙂 Does Kurt get a role in the play at all? He knew as well as we did that he was completely out of the running for Tony, but I wondered if he would be offered a pity part. Or if his delicate wholesomeness was too much for him to be cast as anything.

  16. carol on September 30th, 2011 3:36 pm

    I am confused about the sentence “Dan and I saw a tiny little element of the Klaine scene a bit differently this week.” Is it a bad thing?

  17. Kath Skerry on September 30th, 2011 4:04 pm

    @max – Yes, Kurt is in the school play. With that spectacular audition, which the directors clearly loved, how could he not be? 🙂

    @Carol – Nothing to worry about at all. It’s hard to explain in writing, and I’m not trying to be coy, I promise. There was just a small moment that happened that I saw one way and Dan saw another way.

  18. HD on September 30th, 2011 4:47 pm

    I think you are rude on your opinion about Kurt’s singing part during this episode. I listened to it totday and I loved it! It is so unusual to hear a guy sing this way that almost everyone criticizes it because it is something exceptional. Chris’ voice went so high and he got the high notes so perfectly! I honestly love it and I am impressed.

  19. Kath (@GMMRtv) on September 30th, 2011 4:52 pm

    @HD – With all due respect, I wasn’t being rude but rather sharing a difference of opinion. You liked the performance, I did not. Neither of us is wrong or right.

  20. HD on September 30th, 2011 5:01 pm

    Thanks for your answer. Yes, there is obviously a difference of opinion and I respect it. But it was just the way you wrote it with the words “worst” and “cringe” that the detractors of Kurt/Chris often use to criticize him even when Kurt/Chris’ performances were stunning and applauded by the pros. I was reading the analysis of a vocal coach about Chris’ part in the song, and this pro in the musical field wrote that Chris hits again the famous high F in this song and that he is singing a female part with perfection. She wrote that Chris’ voice is powerful & perfect in his very high register in this song. I think that this has to be applauded, because Chris is really unique and no one sings like him.

  21. carol on September 30th, 2011 5:45 pm

    “@Erica – Yeah, not sure if that person is talking about the small moment I’m talking about. But honestly I wouldn’t categorize anything in that scene as hostile. There is another small Klaine interaction later in the episode that he/she might be talking about. I definitely wouldn’t use the word “hostile” as i don’t think it’s the right adjective…but if it’s the latter scene he/she is referring to, then maybe I could see that…a little.”

    Do we have to worry? Do you think this “curious/hostile” element in the latter scene it’s something unintended by the writers or it’s something the writers wanted to do it?
    please it’s important!!

    P.S. And thank you for the other answer! <3

  22. Jen C on October 1st, 2011 1:26 am

    So no separate Finn scenes for three episodes running? If this is foreshadowing what this season will be like…I’m going to be a very depressed Finn/Cory fan. So, what I get from the first three episodes and one very big latest spoiler is that the best that I can hope for is Finn being “the perfect boyfriend” for a while until they want another Rachel!Conflict!. OMG, at least let Finn graduate with his dignity intact and please, please get him to some college in Ohio….before he settles into his inevitable fate as a mechanic in a garage…I hope this doesn’t happen, but…

  23. Hamble on October 1st, 2011 9:15 am

    Just listened to your TV Talk podcast. I was genuinely surprised that you were surprised that Kurt would have feelings about the auditions/casting, and that he would ‘hide’ these from Blaine.

    Kurt isn’t a saint. He’s just learned it’s not his sexualitythat counts against him, it’s his effeminacy, a level of ‘delicacy’ that makes him laughable. The odds of him getting into any drama school, let alone NYADA, just went down significantly. And Burt’s poorly thought out. utterly impractical advice – nothing about acting classes or appropriate auditions – seemed to confirm the unlikelihood of Kurt being able to make a living as a performer. It’s not his talent, it’s not his sexuality: it’s not *what* Kurt is that others judge and find and laughable, it’s *who* Kurt is.

    Blaine is going to have it easy compared to Kurt. He’s the appropriate Rock Hudson sort of gay. He’s no more gay than Kurt, no more talented. But he can ‘pass.’ Blaine’s voice and who Blaine is ‘fits’ in a way Kurt can’t and has realised he never will. Blaine loves Kurt, he believes in Kurt’s talent and any pleasure he had in winning the role would probably be erased if he learned his boyfriend was laughed off the stage by a horrified Rachel and the three directors.

    It would be extraordinary if Kurt *wasn’t* feeling hurt and conflicted and yes, even a little jealous, given what he has to face versus what Blaine will face. Hiding what happened to him and how it’s made him feel is a loving gesture. Maybe in time Kurt will recover enough to confide in Blaine something of the issue facing him. Or maybe he’ll reach out to Will for help. I don’t know.

    The writers didn’t allow Kurt and Blaine to audition on a level playing field. Kurt got an utterly inappopriate lady showtune, Blaine got to audition for Bernardo with a Tony solo. I suspect they couldn’t let Kurt audition with a Tony song because Chris would have *killed* it. He has a strong, distinctive tenor and excels at performing through song. Much as I love Darren’s voice [I have his EP and all his Glee tracks too] his audition was perfectly adequate for a schoolboy Tony but it was hardly the stuff of Broadway. He lacked power, he strained to hit some of the notes and to hold them, with a glaring lack of even the lightest vibrato.

    And the decision had to be clear cut. The point had to be made that Kurt is too much of a “lady.” Not just made, but hammered home. Blaine had to be *asked* to read for Tony. That’s as comprehensive and hurtful a rejection of Kurt as it was possible for the show to come up.

    I have approximately zero confidence that the writers will allow Kurt to get the help he needs to even give an audition good enough and convincing enough to get into any drama school let alone NYADA. Not when they had Burt sprinkle the sparkly unicorn dust and tell Kurt to write his own roles. Cos we know Broadway is littered with producers aching to put on shows written by Ohio schoolboys.

  24. carol on October 1st, 2011 11:25 am

    please please please can you answer this? is it true that kurt or blaine doesn’t want to kiss the other because there are people near the stairs?

    please please it’s important! because if it’s true then it’s not a good thing. no one of them has ever been worried about that… please i need to know!

  25. Evelyn on October 2nd, 2011 10:19 am

    @Hamble Kurt chose to sing Im the greatest star…if he had chosen to audition with Somethings Coming as well, I still don’t think it would be a level playing field. He and Blaine are too different and I think Blaine does have the advantage of being less “flamboyant” than Kurt, so that’s why Beiste thinks that Blaine would suit the role of Tony more. She can’t see Kurt as being able to convincingly portray a straight ‘wrong side of the tracks’ kind of guy

  26. Rhiannon on October 2nd, 2011 8:37 pm

    I really can’t stand Blaine and I feel sorry for Kurt because he’s taking a back seat to him and he’s just a bland character, people don’t realize it yet but Blaine is going to take over and it is going to be TERRIBLE!

  27. Mary on October 3rd, 2011 7:21 pm

    Does kurt get the part of Maria? Or he is he cast as another major supporting role such as Riff or Anita?

  28. Hamble on October 4th, 2011 8:00 pm

    Hey, Kath – I thought you said Kurt got cast. There was no part for him on that list.

  29. Hamble on October 4th, 2011 8:30 pm

    Oh, okay, sorry. I didn’t see Kurt’s name on the list but have been told he was cast as Officer Krupke. So, the directors’ loved his ‘awesome audition’ so much they gave him a nothing pity part. I wish Glee had stuck to its guns and not cast Kurt at all. Or let him show some dignity by turning his nothing pity part down.