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Glee 2.22 “New York” Review

The glee club visits New York City

It’s season finale time and that means New Directions finally make the trip to New York for Nationals. Nationals is just one of the things happening in “New York” as a couple gets back together, a secret relationship is revealed, one couple says “I love you” for the first time and Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) makes a decision about Broadway.

The episode sees the inclusion of original songs, which was previously executed for Regionals, in “Original Song.” There were too many songs in the first part of the episode. I think a better balance was needed especially when the second half when the writers have included two or three songs during the competition scenes.

Puck (Mark Salling) Sam (Chord Overstreet), Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) and Artie (Kevin McHale) perform

Finally there’s a scene between Rachel (Lea Michele) and Sunshine Corazon (Charice), which addresses the situation where Rachel sent Sunshine to a crack house. It was a long time coming but the scene finally shows some closure in regards to Rachel’s jealously. It also shows some growth for Rachel since she first met Sunshine; Rachel help Sunshine with her nerves.

Finn (Cory Monteith) is trying to win Rachel back while Jesse (Jonathan Groff) texts Rachel and even makes an appearance in New York. Despite this and her dream of returning to New York after graduation, it’s obvious where her heart lies. I have no preference to a particular couple, but I think the writers should do a little better with the Finn/Rachel pairing next season. I don’t think repeating the back and forth of this season would be good for the show. Both the characters and the writers need to grow from this season.

Vocal Adrenaline coach, Dusty Goolsby (Cheyenne Jackson) tells New Directions about Will’s Broadway plan. I did wonder if Will’s decision not to leave was expedited by the thought that it would affect their performance at Nationals; it was just the way it was written that made me suspect that.

Brittany (Heather Morrison) and Santana (Naya Rivera) perform at Nationals

Glee does two things that now seem to be routine for the show – a Rachel and Finn scene behind the stage curtains, in regard to their relationship and one of the glee members singing something silly, like an object. In the case of the latter, it makes it less funny and effective when you’ve done it one too many times. However it does provide the viewers another chance to hear Brittany (Heather Morris) sing.

Other notes:

  • Patti Lupone makes a cameo appearance as Rachel and Finn meet her in a restaurant.
  • Matthew Morrison sings one his original songs.
  • How is it that Miss Broadway queen Rachel bought 13 tickets to Broadway’s Cats; Quinn tells her the show closed 11 years ago.
  • New Directions go to New York with two songs still to write and choreograph. Will obviously spent too much time dreaming of Broadway to run a tight ship.
  • Santana (Naya Rivera) is no closer to publicizing her feelings for Brittany. A comment from Quinn (Dianna Agron) did make me wonder, for a second, if she knew something about Santana’s sexuality.

Even though New Directions doesn’t place in the top ten, the glee club ends the season on a more positive note. Finn and Rachel get back together; Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) say, “I love you” to each other and it’s revealed that Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) are seeing each other. I’ve said it before but I do hope the writers give Mercedes more substantial storylines.

The writing in season two has been very inconsistent and as a whole, the show, has been less enjoyable than season one. I do hope the writers recapture the best part of the show. It will be interesting to see how the writers approach the new season, what the running storylines will be, if there will be an overuse of guest stars and the character growth. I’m definitely curious but not necessarily excited by the show’s return in the fall.

All photos courtesy of ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co.

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