‘Glee’ takes on 90s boy bands
I can pinpoint the exact moment I stopped watching ‘Glee.’ It was during the third season, the episode in which Santana was outed unintentionally. The slap at the end of that episode was essentially the straw that broke the back of this tired and weary TV watcher. I’d stuck with the show far longer than I should have, in my opinion, as it had lost its way long before that point, but my love for musicals and my enjoyment of Cory Monteith’s face was enough for me to let the common plot-dropping and character assassinations slide.
Over the last year and a half, I’ve watched a few of the musical performances, as those are really what I’d enjoyed the most in the first place, and I’ve kept up on the main storylines to an extent (basically I know who’s in New York and who isn’t), but I have no idea who any of the characters are who were introduced from the middle of season three on. But there’s one thing from this week’s episode that I feel the need to comment on and it’s this: 90s boy bands.
I don’t know the context of the use of the following two songs, but I do know that I grew up in the ’90s and the idea of a mashup between the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC delights me while being positively absurd at the same time. Boy band culture permeated the mid-to-late ’90s and if you were a female between the ages of 8 and 18 at the time, you definitely had a preference, and you most assuredly couldn’t associate yourself with more than one boy band. More importantly, you were engaged in a full on war with fans from the other team. I remember being in the sixth grade and actually, truly disliking several of my classmates based not on who they were or their personalities, but by their boy band preference. Words were exchanged, threats made, all in the name of Nick versus Justin. And those affiliations, while infinitely less hostile, still exist very much to this day. Once a Backstreet Boys fan, always a Backstreet Boys fan. And if you don’t believe me, just ask one of your female friends.
I admit that I still get positively giddy when I hear the first notes of ‘I Want It That Way’, no matter where I am or who I am with, and that’s no different here. My only qualm is that I’d have preferred my favorite boy band had their own moment, one that didn’t have to be shared with those lesser totally not as talented dudes from NSYNC.
If you, like me, quit watching ‘Glee’ or just haven’t seen the episode yet, here’s the full clip of the ‘Bye Bye Bye’/’I Want It That Way’ mashup. What do you think?