Sabre On TV

My take on TV

Tag Archives: Chord Overstreet

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.

Read more of this post

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.

Read more of this post

Glee 2.20 “Prom Queen” Review

Quinn (Dianna Agron): “You can get married as many times as you want. You only have one shot at your junior prom.”

Artie (Kevin McHale) sings to Brittany (Heather Morris)

Emotions are running high in this week’s new episode. There is a surprise crowning (only if you didn’t know about the spoiler that was tweeted by an extra), a fight, attempted torture and a performance of a song about a day of the week. “Prom Queen” manages to cover a few emotional moments and set a few things in motion for the last two episodes of the season.

The episode is focused on one thing; everything leading up to and during prom. Mercedes (Amber Riley) isn’t going because she doesn’t have a date, Brittany (Heather Morris) is still mad at Artie (Kevin McHale) for calling her stupid so she turns him down and Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff) is back to see Rachel (Lea Michele).

Read more of this post

Glee 2.19 “Rumours” Review

Usually a lot is said when Glee bases an episode around an artist. Instead of delving into a full back catalogue like with Madonna and Britney Spears, the show has been more specific. This time they use Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album, for the music. What Glee does well with “Rumours” is find a good balance between the songs and the story.

The glee club performs "Don't Stop"

Sue (Jane Lynch) restarts the school newspaper but prints nothing but rumors, which leads to some fighting within the glee club. Sue isn’t involved in the episode as much as I thought she would be and I think this helped the episode. The newspaper is just one of Sue’s schemes as, with the help of Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth) returns to convince Will (Matthew Morrison) to quit the school and glee club for Broadway. I wasn’t a fan how the writers used April in “Home,” the previous episode she appeared in. I felt they had her storyline take over and everything else suffered. This time the writers get the balance right. Chenoweth sings two songs with Morrison and their interactions aren’t the full focus. Every time Chenoweth makes an appearance on Glee it makes me wish I had seen her perform on stage.

Read more of this post

Glee 2.18 “Born This Way” Review

Before I watched “Born This Way” I was really nervous about how it would turn out. Glee has been very inconsistent this season and after last week’s “A Night of Neglect” and the fact this week’s episode was longer made me even more worried. I’m glad to say “Born This Way” alleviated my earlier fears and I found the episode very entertaining. The storylines seemed more fleshed out; the dialogue is better and more polished. The songs never take over the episode and unlike previous time, the songs were made to fit the story as oppose to the story trying to fit the songs.

“Born This Way” isn’t a Lady Gaga themed episode but Gaga inspired. The song choices and general message is to be happy with yourself and what you were born with.

Finn (Cory Monteith) and Will (Matthew Morrison) tend to Rachel (Lea Michele)

Read more of this post

‘Glee’: Original Song (2.16) Review

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.

Read more of this post

Glee’s X Factor Teaser For UK Tour

Sunday saw some of the Glee cast perform on the UK’s X Factor. Though the singing was live the actual performance was pre-recorded.

Less than an hour before the start of the show, Amber Riley tweeted

Has the performance aired yet UK? Did u enjoy if it did? 🙂

She later stated

We flew in early just 4 that perf. 4 our U.K. fans and its back to work Monday 4 some…

Chris Colfer was absent as he was filming. He tweeted the reason on Friday

I won’t be performing on the X-Factor with the other Gleeks! I had to stay and film scenes with the Warblers. Lot’s of cool stuff coming up!

Read more of this post