Wall-to-wall Glee

Wall-to-wall Glee

Let me say first, I like Glee.  I think Sue Sylvester is a great character, and I thought Puck recently thinking he was singing a Sammy Davis, Jr. song, but giving a great performance on a Frank Sinatra song, was terrific.  I especially liked that nobody pointed it out to him.

In the most recent episode, though, I am going to point something out.  🙂  This was Dream On, with guest Neil Patrick Harris and directed by Joss Whedon.  Those two worked together on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog…if you haven’t seen that yet, I recommend it.  It’s on streaming Netflix, so you can watch it on your computer (or through your Wii or Roku or…).

Artie had an exceptional fantasy dance sequence to Men Without Hats “Safety Dance”.  However, there was a lyric change that I just don’t understand.

Artie sings

“Everything’s out of control…we can dance…we can dance…we’re doing it from wall-to-wall”


The line is “pole to pole”.  That rhymes.  It makes sense.

I tend to figure that the creative people on a good show don’t make mistakes on something like that.

So, somebody tell me: why did they make that switch?  Is it just because they are in a building, doing a flash mob thing?  Is it to exclude the rest of the world?

Exclusion isn’t what Glee (or singing and dancing) extolls, usually.

Does wall-to-wall mean something to the screenwriters?  To Joss Whedon?  To Kevin McHale, who plays Artie?

Hmm…maybe it’s “Wahl to Wahl” in a tribute to somebody?  Maybe Saul Wahl, 17th century King of Poland?  Arthur Wahl, a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project?  Ken Wahl, the actor?

If it’s just an accidental change…um, yes it will bother me.  Change with a point?  Excellent!  Change without?  Not so much.

Anybody know the story?

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.


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