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Glee 2.21 “Funeral” Review

Sue (Jane Lynch) recruits Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) and Howard (guest star Kent Avenido) to stop the glee club from going to NationalsThe penultimate episode of the season sees Jesse (Jonathan Groff) helping the glee club in the lead up to Nationals. It also sees Sue (Jane Lynch) dealing with the death and funeral of her sister, Jean (Robin Trocki).

Glee manages to handle the more sensitive and emotional storylines with a lot of care; sometimes the rest of the show suffers in quality because it doesn’t seem like it’s treated the same.

Character development is one of the things that excel during the serious storylines. “Funeral” gives more depth to Sue, which we only see when she’s around her sister and her first scenes with Becky (Lauren Potter). Lynch has received plaudits for the comedic side of playing Sue but I think she definitely shows she can play the emotional scenes as well, if not better.

Over the course of the season, I’ve questioned where the writers are taking Sue. I’m no clearer to understanding, as we’ve seen Sue hold back from sabotaging the glee club before and that didn’t last long. This is going to be one of the things I’ll be keeping a close eye on during season three.

When news came out about a character death, my first thought was for it to be a family member of the glee club. With the writers picking Jean, they’ve found a way to cover something that hasn’t been written frequently. Even though many have been critical of the show, including myself, they’ve at least tried to highlight certain subjects. It fascinates me to see what will be the big storyline for next season.

Kurt (Chris Colfer) performs

The other side storyline in “Funeral” is Jesse and New Directions preparing for Nationals. The first scene involving Jesse contains my favorite line where he tells Finn (Cory Monteith) why he shouldn’t be singing a duet with Rachel (Lea Michele), at Nationals, “You kind of sing and dance like a zombie who has to poop.”

It’s definitely a hard task for Will (Matthew Morrison) to try to pick between Kurt (Chris Colfer), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Rachel and Santana (Naya Rivera); though I was torn between Mercedes and Rachel’s performances.

Finn has broken up with Quinn (Dianna Agron) and as he stands in the auditorium with a flower in his hand, he sees Jesse kiss Rachel. I don’t like how Finn has been written this season and he’s another character I’ll be looking at how the writers develop him next season.

Rachel performs (Lea Michele)

Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) is moving on to pastures new but I do wonder if we’ve really seen the last of her. I think the character ran its course a while ago and that it would be a good opportunity for Gilsig to be involved in another show. I don’t have anything against the actress; I just feel that as she wasn’t utilized as much as in season one and they only kept bringing her back to either win Will back or for Sue’s plan.

Other notes:

  • There’s got to be a point when a person owns too many vests. Will has definitely gone a bit OTT in that department.
  • What is Quinn’s plan for New York? This has me intrigued as I’m wondering if she’s going to sabotage New Directions chance at winning Nationals.
  • Finn made it clear that he wasn’t going to audition because Jesse killed his confidence. It’s obvious that people like Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Artie (Kevin McHale), Quinn, Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Puck (Mark Salling) have been written to know that their place isn’t at the front to attempt to audition.

With Glee, a right balance has to be maintained when dealing with their more serious storylines. I don’t think the writers executed it very well. My biggest gripe with “Funeral” is the block of four solos that broke up the emotional elements of the episode. I felt it was too long and didn’t flow very well. However I do feel the writers excelled with the scenes involving Sue and also Finn and Quinn’s breakup scene.

With next week’s episode centered round Nationals in New York, I’m keen to see how the writers tie up a very uneven season and the possibilities for season three.

All photos courtesy of ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co.

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2 responses to “Glee 2.21 “Funeral” Review

  1. Bryon May 20, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I love how they contrast Will and Sue as characters. Will is such a good person it’s hard to find any fault in him while Sue is so bad it’s funny; down right funny. Will is still hoping that Sue will change, but she’s the villain and she can’t change. Not enough to make it count. Maybe someday when the series ends the writers will give us the satisfaction. Honestly I’m getting tired of my kids deleting my timers but I can always catch my missed episode on dishonline.com http://bit.ly/dJzWgo which saves my kid’s butts. I just log into my employee account and set my timer again.

  2. Bryon May 27, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Matthew Morrison did a great job with his solo in this episode. I didn’t recognize the songs though so I wonder if they were original songs. It would make sense since the show was about composing original songs. They really did a great job with this episode. It’s so easy to find the time to watch Glee now that I have my DISH Network employee Sling adapter because I watch on my iPhone when I’m out and about. I record the show and watch it on my lunch the next day but with a family to take care of I don’t think I would ever have time at home.

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