I have been so disappointed with Glee this season that I had 4 episodes on the DVR siting there waiting to be watched. I finally got through them. Since I am going through 4 episodes, I just going to do some general talking points about my feelings on the show and the episodes instead of full-blown recaps. Seriously, this would be like 4000 words. But it will still be long.
Let’s start with “Never Been Kissed.” This episode is why I fell in love with Glee in the first place. It was a relevant story where the music fit the story that was going on. I have read some other people’s opinion about what happened in this episode between our beloved Kurt and the bully Dave. Many people were upset that the bully turned out to be gay. I felt the exact opposite. I thought it was great. There were people who took what happened to mean that if a gay kid gets bullied by another kid, the bully must be a closet homosexual. I completely disagree. I think the writers were just showing one type of bullying AND another kid’s struggle with being gay or maybe even unsure about his feelings. I thought it was a perfectly acceptable way to give the bullying story a “twist.” For me, I saw it coming that Dave was gay. And I think it’s important to show that not every kid in high school, who may be dealing with their sexuality, doesn’t handle it the same way that Kurt does. There are some kids who, because of their “status” are trying to hide who they are. Speculating here, but in a situation like Dave’s, maybe he really isn’t sure and he’s frustrated and lashing out or he does know but because of his popularity, he feels he can’t be “out” the way Kurt is and he is frustrated and taking his anger out on Kurt. Either way, it’s wrong but these are high school kids. They don’t make the best decisions.
The big issue I had with “NBK” was that I thought they put too many heavy storylines in one episode. It was almost as if the writers woke up one day and said “Oh shit. We have done any interesting plots yet this season! We better get on the ball!” You had the Kurt bullying SL, Coach Beiste’s SL, and Puck’s SL. Each one of these could have been the main story of their own episode but the writers chose to put them all in one. Coach Beiste’s and Kurt’s SL at least line up from the “NBK” stand point. And since we are on that point, let’s talk about the scene with Will and Beiste. Will seems to be a lot of people’s favorite whipping boy on the show. Considering some of the stuff that has been written for him, I don’t blame them. And maybe I am blinded for my love for Matthew Morrison from his Broadway days when I got to meet him and he was incredibly nice and thoughtful, but I don’t hate Will the way some people do. I think that scene with Beiste, Will was trying to do the right thing and his intentions were good. BUT, him kissing Beiste was soooo wrong. It was a pity kiss and something like that will make someone like Coach Beiste feel worse instead of better. She needed a friend, not someone to pity her and kiss her when she didn’t ask him to. So even though he was trying to do the right thing and be sweet, it was wrong.
“The Substitute” was an example of a show from Glee that I hate…an iTunes episode featuring a major guest star that shows the writers could care less about the story. Having said that, I liked the episode. I thought Gwyneth Paltrow was the 2nd best guest star they have had so far (behind Kristin Chenoweth.) She was terrific. I found her to be funny, engaging, and a pretty good singer!! When she told Rachel that she sucked, I nearly spit my fountain coke out my nose. I loved that! And I LOVED her rendition of Cee Lo’s “Forget You.” They set her up in good way…as a substitute teacher…so she can definitely pop in and out of Glee from time to time.
“Furt” was my favorite episode of the season. I’m going to get the dumb part out-of-the-way. Sue marrying herself? Who thought of that ridiculous idea??? After meeting Sue’s mom, you find out that Sue was herself, the product of a bullying mom. Her mom abandoned her and Jean to get rid of Nazis and when she was around, she was awful to them. So Sue marrying herself is a way to show just how damaged and desperate for love that she is. But there had to be a better way to do it, right? This could have been a more impactful story if it was handled the right way. The thing is, I think Sue is a thoughtful person. Take the scenes where Kurt is talking to Sue about the bullying Dave is giving him. You can tell she is upset about what is happening to him and I think she would do whatever it took to protect him. The proof of that is when she expels Dave when he threatens Kurt. But when the writing team does things like have Sue marry herself, she becomes so outlandish, it is hard to take her seriously.
This episode also featured the real wedding of Carol and Burt (Finn’s mom and Kurt’s dad.) It also continued the bullying storyline and also showed how Finn was really struggling with sticking up for Kurt and regaining his popularity and leadership. Sam is out take Finn’s role as not only the starting quarterback, but the most popular guy in school. Finn is very threatened by him and when Rachel asks him to help his future step brother, he has to decline because of how it would look in the locker room. Little does he know that the girls have band together to ask their boyfriends to confront Dave as a group and they do. Artie and Chang go after Dave and when he pushes them, Sam jumps in and fist fight breaks out. When they are in Glee later that day, all the girls are fawning over how the guys stuck up for Kurt…that is everyone except Finn. Finn keeps making one bad decision after the next in this episode. And it really dawns on him how he awful he has been.
At the wedding, in true Glee fashion, the Glee kids dance and sing down the aisle to “Marry You.” Any other show I would cringe at something so cheesy. But Glee makes it work perfectly. Burt and Carol looked so happy and the entire cast looked like they were having a ball with this number. I really liked the ceremony and of course it made me bawl my eyes out! At the reception, Finn as the best man, starts his toast. He toasts his mother and how wonderful she is and tells her that even though he didn’t grow up with one in the house, she did a great job of teaching him how to be a man. But then he moves onto Kurt. He apologizes to him saying he hasn’t been much of a man lately by sticking up for him. But now that they are brothers, no matter what it costs, he will always have his back. And here come the tears again! Overall, it was a well done episode.
One observation I want to point out, is anyone else skeptical of Sam’s motives with Quinn? I hope I am wrong and I am reading waaaaay too much into this. But when Finn and Sam were working out and Sam told him how he wants to be the starting QB again and how he wants to be the most popular, it made me wonder if he was going after Quinn only because he wants to be popular. Like I said, I could be reading too much into it but it seems like Sam is trying to hard. For example, the fight in the locker room…I don’t think Sam was planning to stick up for Kurt until other guys were stepping up and it got physical against them. I think it was more about him sticking up for his teammates than Kurt. I hope I’m wrong because Quinn doesn’t deserve that.
Finally we have “Special Education.” Remember last year when there was all this build up to Sectionals and every week there was a discussion about set lists and routines? This year it seems like it was completely ignored and all of sudden, “oh look, it’s Sectionals!” ”SE” really highlighted why I hate Rachel. She is so self-absorbed and selfish. How disrespectful can she be when Will says that Sam and Quinn will have the leads and she asks him if he is trying to lose sectionals? All she ever talks about how amazing she is and how no one appreciates her. You know what it’s like? It’s like when you know a really physically attractive person but their personality is so atrocious, they suddenly don’t seem so attractive. That’s Rachel for me. Every time she bitches about her lack of appreciation for how awesome she is, it makes me think she isn’t as awesome as she thinks she is. Don’t get me wrong, she has a great voice, but not as great as she thinks it is. But then, courtesy of Brittany’s idea, every time I want to throw possums at Rachel, she has a moment like she has with Kurt before Sectionals and I just want to throw more possums at her because now I want to hug her. Why can’t she be like that more often? Basically they both finally admit that even though they didn’t like one another, they made each other better and they miss one another. I just wish at some point, she would start to grow up. She can still be annoying (it’s part of what makes her character who she is) but she doesn’t need to be so self-centered and bitchy.
While Finn was making all the bad decisions last week, this week it was Rachel. She finds out about Santana and Finn sleeping together because Santana spills the beans and needless to say Rachel is unhappy. She gives Finn all kinds of grief but finds comfort in the arms of Puck. There is a lot of back and forth but eventually they find their way back to each other. When FInn promises no more secrets, Rachel’s face drops, and you just know what’s coming next. She confesses to Finn that last week while she was mad at him, she ended up kissing Puck. She apologizes but states that this should make everything even between them. What a dumb ass. Finn calmly reminds her that when he was with Santana, they weren’t together, he didn’t cheat on her the way she just did to him and he promptly breaks up with her. I can understand Rachel being upset that Santana and Finn slept together but she can’t be angry with him because he didn’t betray her. However, that is exactly what she did to him. And this is the big problem with Rachel, her self absorbedness (yes I am making up words now) constantly blinds her to how her actions affect other people. All she ever cares about are HER feelings. And she wonders why no one likes her.
The other side of this episode had to deal with Kurt getting used to his new school and his new Glee club, the Warblers. The Warblers are VERY different from New Directions and the way Mr. Schue runs things. First, the 3 upper classmen elected to the board decide the set list while the rest can have some input. Kurt tries to put his spin on what he thinks they should do but they shoot him down instantly. They do however give him an actual Warbler that he needs to manage as the newbie. After the first meeting, Blaine comes over the tells Kurt that the board was so impressed with this enthusiasm, that they want to offer him the chance to audition for a solo. Kurt does “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and does it very nicely. However, when he starts to get theatrical, Blaine coaches him not to. Turns out Kurt doesn’t get the solo and Blaine coaches him again that being a Warbler isn’t about being noticed or being an individual stand out. It’s about the team. He tells Kurt not to worry that eventually he will fit in. This is where I disagree with Blaine. I don’t think this is the right environment for Kurt. Other than the fact that there is no bullying and much more acceptance at the academy, that is really all that school offers. The school will stifle Kurt’s individuality. He can’t wear his great outfits, he can’t try to standout, he can’t be what makes Kurt great. So we’ll see how long Kurt lasts. There was a nice parallel at the end with Kurt and Warbler. Kurt thought he hurt the bird since he wasn’t acting the same. Blaine told, don’t worry, he’s just molting. He’s shedding his old feathers and growing his new ones. He won’t be himself for a little while, but once he gets used to the new feathers, he’ll be ok.
As for Sectionals themselves, incredibly boring. The Hipsters were good but were never going to win. And the Warblers were the best act of the night with “Hey Soul Sister.” Darren Criss is awesome. Great singer and so natural on stage. New Directions wasn’t that great. First, they did the same opening as last year with them starting from the back of the audience. Quinn and Sam did a nice job with “I Had the Time of my Life” but it didn’t blow the doors off. However, “Valerie”, sung by Santana and featured dancers Brittany and Mike, was really good! Don’t know why the other groups got one song and ND got 2 but if they didn’t have the 2nd song, the would have come behind the Hipsters in my opinion. Turns out it was a tie for first with the Warblers (shocker) and both groups are going to Regionals.
These last 4 episodes were much better than the other Glee episodes this season but I really think the writing team has gotten lazy. This one blog I read about Glee brought up the following point and I completely agree with it…Glee should have never been renewed for a 3rd season before they had their 2nd season. Absolutely 100% correct. If these last 4 eppies are any indication of what is coming the rest of the year, Glee will get better. One thing I would suggest, as much as I love Kurt and I really like his storyline because it is the only thing the writers have done well this year, this is not the Kurt Hummel show featuring the McKinley Glee Club. The show is about the Glee club…ALL of the Glee kids. Has anyone even noticed Mercedes this year? I think the featuring of Kurt so prominently in EVERY episode will get old after a while, actually it already has. Let’s focus on the other kids for a change and continue to add Kurt in because he is a great character.
Final thought on Glee, what does everyone think of the news that the writers will graduate this class of Glee kids and bring in new kids to feature in the club? I think it’s awesome. The show is about a high school Glee club, not what these kids do after high school and in college. You can always bring some of them back but I think it’s a very good idea to keep the show fresh by bringing in new kids. But they should start to introduce them now so we can get used to them with the current crew.