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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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‘Glee’: A Night of Neglect (2.17) Review

Last time we saw New Directions, they had just won Regionals. Now their problem is a lack of money to get to Nationals. With a plan to hold a benefit concert they also have to raise money to send Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Mike (Harry Shum Jr.), Artie (Kevin McHale) and Brittany (Heather Morris) to Detroit for the Smarty Pants academic decathlon final. Don’t worry if you think you’ve missed anything. Those four taking part in the academic decathlon is news to everyone in the glee club too.

I can’t fault any of the song performances as they were excellent but I didn’t have problems with the episode as a whole. It seemed messy and over packed with dialogue from too many characters that it hindered the flow of the episode.

Lauren (Ashley Fink) helps Mercedes (Amber Riley) demand respect

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‘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.

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‘Glee’: Sexy (2.15) Review

After the previous episode’s education on alcohol in “Blame It on the Alcohol” more education is on the agenda as “Sexy” tackles sex education. The episode also sees the return of Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow) as she subs as the sex-ed teacher.

Will (Matthew Morrison) and Holly (Gwyneth Paltrow)

I enjoyed Paltrow’s first appearance in the “The Substitute” so I was a little tentative to how her character would play out this time and how it would affect the balance of the show; sometimes a second appearance isn’t as good as the first. I felt that Holly’s character is more over the top this time around and that the writers magnify her characteristics. One negative about Holly’s appearance is that I think she’s featured a bit too much both storyline wise and with the performances. She’s still an enjoyable character and I think the role has helped some viewers, like myself, see Paltrow in a different light.

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‘Glee’: Blame It on the Alcohol (2.14) Review

Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and party are not words you would normally put together but in “Blame it on the Alcohol” that’s what we get. It’s Alcohol Awareness Week and Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba) wants the glee club to perform. What leads up to the performance and what happens during are moments of hilarity.

The glee club performs

With her two dads away for the weekend and a subject needed for her song writing, Rachel holds an alcohol fuelled party. One of the funniest things early has to be Rachel’s attempt of songwriting; I couldn’t stop laughing during her song about her hairband. Lea Michele always has a way of selling her emotions through the song so it made it even more funny to watch her make it seem Rachel was passionate about her hair accessory.

The party sees the whole glee club in attendance with only Finn (Cory Monteith) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) staying sober. Two things stood out for me during this scene. The first is Blaine (Darren Criss) and Rachel singing “Don’t You Want Me Baby.” It helps that I love this song but the duet was fun to listen to and made me want to hear them duet again. The second thing that stood out during the party was Finn explaining to Rachel the different types of drunks. My friends have all been all of those types; I won’t admit to the ones I’ve been. I do have to point out that I think Finn might have been a bit of a jerk when he tells Rachel she’s being a needy drunk. Over the past couple of episodes we’ve seen small instances of him acting like this. This was mostly to do with him chasing Quinn (Dianna Agron). He always made the point about Quinn and Rachel cheating on him but he actively encouraged Quinn to cheat on Sam (Chord Overstreet).

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GLEE 2.12 “Silly Love Songs” Review

Love is in the air and Glee is spoiling their fans with its second episode in a week. With Valentine’s Day approaching, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) has the glee club sing love songs to each other.

Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and members of the glee club watch Mike and Artie perform

Finn (Cory Monteith) sets up a kissing booth to raise money for the glee club but he has an ulterior motive; to kiss Quinn (Dianna Agron) again after they shared a kiss at the end of the last episode. Finn has often made a point about how both Quinn and Rachel (Lea Michele) cheated on him with Puck (Mark Salling) but he has no issue with Quinn cheating on Sam (Chord Overstreet); would he feel differently if Sam was his best friend? Finn and Quinn are obviously confused about their feelings but it opens up other possibilities. What will this now mean for Finn, Rachel, Quinn and Sam.

There might have been plenty of kisses but there is also tears; Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) crying while she sings to Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) because everyday is Valentine’s Day. There were also tears from Santana (Naya Rivera) after Rachel insults her. I liked seeing these sides of Rachel and Santana but it doesn’t last long in Santana’s case. She figures it out about Finn and Quinn and schemes to catch them out. Her determination to uncover their secret has no limits as she uses mono to do it. One line sums up how little she cares about having mono herself, “I’ve had mono so many times it turned into stereo.”

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GLEE 2.11 “The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle” Review

Air Date: Sunday February 6, 2011 | Grade: B

After a couple of months off the air, Glee is back with its first episode of 2011. A lot of announcements about guest stars and spoilers have been reported since the last time the show aired in December; it’s nice to finally sit and watch an episode. “The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle” showed a lot of elements to why so many people enjoy the show but it also showed a couple of reasons to why certain things haven’t worked.

The glee club and football team perform at halftime

Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and Coach Beiste (Dot Marie Jones) are faced with the challenge of bringing the glee club and the rest of the football team together as the fighting between them has reached a new low.

Finn (Cory Monteith) really steps up during this episode, trying to make sure everyone does the halftime dance; it’s a shame this kind of leadership was missing when Kurt (Chris Colfer) was being bullied.

After the routine, Karofsky (Max Adler) says nothing has changed. I can’t help but think that maybe it has just a little; he was having too much fun singing and dancing for it to be the last time we see Karofsky playing nice with the glee club again.

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