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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 2.18 “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’: 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: 2.13 “Comeback” Review

I have to admit that I initially had some reservations about this episode. The tribute episodes have had varying results over Glee’s two seasons. In this instance, “Comeback” doesn’t do a full tribute to Justin Bieber. Only two of his songs are featured but like previous tribute episodes, a lot of dialogue is written about the artist. Sometimes it feels like they are trying to justify their choices, within the dialogue.

Sam (Chord Overstreet) performs

Sam (Chord Overstreet) feels Quinn (Dianna Agron) pulling away and he uses Justin Bieber songs to impress her. At first the rest of the guys mock him but after seeing the impact Sam has on the female members of the glee club, they join the “Justin Bieber experience.” It takes the whole episode for Sam to see through Quinn’s lie about kissing Finn; this is after Quinn makes the decision to pick Sam over Finn (Cory Monteith). Moving very quickly onto another relationship, I wonder how the writers will use Sam and Santana (Naya Rivera) together.

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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 2.10 “A Very Glee Christmas” Review

Air Date: Tuesday December 7, 2010 | Grade: B-

It’s Christmas at McKinley High and everyone is in the festive spirit. The only person who is bucking the trend is Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), as she rigs the teachers’ Secret Santa exchange so everyone has to buy her a gift.

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Coach Beiste (Dot Marie Jones) has Will (Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) pick out their Secret Santa

Sue’s dastardly behavior gives Becky (Lauren Potter) more screen time. Santana (Naya Rivera), Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Brittany (Heather Morris) have been pretty redundant in helping Sue and this has given Becky a chance to become her assistant. In a way, I think Becky brings out a softer side of Sue but not enough to stop Sue from painting her face green, stealing presents and the Christmas tree. As in “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” eventually Sue finds a heart but this cycle of her changing her ways is becoming too predictable. Now I expect her to do the right thing every time. I know she can’t be mean every second of the day, but in an episode where she ends up playing nice, I would prefer it if there were an actual purpose to her scheming.

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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!

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GLEE 2.09 “Special Education” Review

Air Date: Tuesday November 30, 2010 | Grade: B+

Sectionals have crept upon us again, and there is more than just singing happening. On the bill are surprising performances, a revelation of a hidden truth, flying accusations, a breakup, and a surprise wedding.

In “Journey,” I touched on how far New Directions had come from the initial five members. Last season, Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) sang a duet at Regionals. This time, the setlist includes a duet between Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Quinn (Dianna Agron), and a Santana (Naya Rivera) solo. It was great to see these characters in the limelight in such an important part of the show. The skeptic in me believes normal service will resume when it comes to Regionals. I’m not completely sold on the choice of “Time of My Life,” as I think a different song should have been chosen.

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