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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: 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 2.10 “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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