Sue Sylvester is easily the star of the special Madonna episode. Jane Lynch's machine gun delivery of line after line is so funny that I was able to put aside how blatantly they shoe-horned the Madonna elements into the show.
I approach Glee as a flat out musical comedy. Which means I don't have to hurt my brain trying to figure out how any of the musical numbers could actually be occurring. I also don't really hold it up to the standards of plot coherence that I would a drama show. Which is probably just as well.
Glee isn't exactly a deep show, but what it excels at is giving moments of joy. Whether it's laughing at Sue's jibes about Will Schuester's hair or the latest monumental stupidity from Brittany. Or maybe just enjoying the songs. Which are after all the show's reason for being.
In that regard this episode held up just fine. It did feel a little forced in places. Particularly when they start talking up Madonna like she's some primal force. But put that aspect aside and Madonna's songs are well suited to the show. The Vogue "video" was brilliant as was the Like a Virgin sequence.
There's already talk of a second Madonna episode and maybe other specials. I'd rather they didn't. While I enjoyed this episode, it wasn't better than the regular episodes. If anything it was slightly weaker. Glee has a formula that works, they should stick with it.
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