Regionals have come around again and it sees New Directions up against Sue Sylvester’s (Jane Lynch) Oral Intensity and The Warblers with Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss). I tried to not compare it with last season’s Regionals but I still find myself doing it. I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this season’s offering compared to last season’s. Maybe because there was more happening during Regionals then just the performances but that’s more to do with where Regionals is within the context of the season; it was the season finale last season.
New Directions perform at Regionals
In saying that, “Original Song” isn’t a bad offering as its one of the better episodes of this season. There are some funny and emotional moments and some original songs are showcased during the episode. I had a small issue in the fact that a lot of things was crammed into the first half of the episode to make space for the performances at Regionals during the second half.
I didn’t think the masterpiece of “My Headband” could be topped after Rachel (Lea Michele) sang it in “Blame it on the Alcohol” – Brittany (Heather Morris) even names it as her favorite song. Rachel’s next attempt at songwriting sees her perform “Only Child” but its Santana’s (Naya Rivera) song, about Sam (Chord Overstreet), really gives her a run for her money – “Trouty Mouth.” In all seriousness Rachel’s “Get it Right” is a great advocate for why using originals songs was a good idea. I was a little worried how this would turn out when I heard about “Original Song.” I don’t know if there are any plans to include original songs in the Nationals but I will definitely welcome it.
Rachel’s inspiration comes from the heartbreak of finding out about Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Finn (Cory Monteith). I’m not a fan of the Quinn and Finn of late; having them together doesn’t seem to bring out the best in them. Quinn and Rachel’s scene at the piano is one of the best scenes. With Rachel determined not to give up on Finn, it sets up the Quinn/Finn/Rachel triangle up for the end of the season. The writers and the actors really have a knack for hitting a high note when it comes to the more emotional scenes and it shows a good balance with the comedy.
Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) perform with the Warblers at Regionals
Without knowing it, Sue inspires one of New Direction’s original songs. Her constant abuse is becoming a little tiresome and her punching the drunken Lt. Governor’s wife, just because Oral Intensity lost, is over the top.
One thing I didn’t see coming quite yet was Blaine and Kurt kissing. The writers have taken their time in building a friendship between the two before developing anything further. They handled some pretty sticky situations along the way to finally get the characters to this point. What will be interesting to see is how they will write Kurt, Blaine and The Warblers now they didn’t win Regionals. I’ve had issues in the past with how the writers have placed them within episodes for one scene just to show that they’re still around. This will be a test of how they will develop Blaine and Kurt but also still have a connection to New Directions now they are no longer competing against each other. Other than Kurt’s relationship with Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Rachel it might be an opportunity to write something more with Kurt’s family in regards to Finn.
The Santana/Brittany relationship is still in limbo.
Blaine always singing lead in the Warblers is addressed and him and Kurt duet on one of the songs at Regionals.
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Originally written for The Voice of TV