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Glee Review: When It's Over, Is It Really Over?

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One thing is certain after tonight's episode of Glee: Things are officially done for Kurt and Blaine and Rachel and Finn. Our dynamic duos won't be reconciling any time soon. Mega bummer.

But in other McKinley news, "Glease" rocked the house, and proved to me, once again, life is better on Glee when the drama stays in high school.

Blaine and Sugar
I'm a fan of Grease. I grew up watching it and singing along and found myself doing the same tonight, which is always a good sign. While "Greased Lightning" was a bit slow and forced, the slumber party scene, aside from the hideous costuming, felt like something that Kitty would do: invite the girls over for the purpose of humiliating one (or more) of them.

Overall, the McKinley production of Grease was pretty great. Perhaps not as good as Rocky Horror, but it definitely wasn't terrible. And did anyone else who's a fan of the film besides me marvel at just how much Sugar looked like the original Frenchy? The similarity was downright freaky!

But the ultimate purpose of tonight's episode wasn't about the musical at all. That was simply a means to an end. Or two ends, to be more specific.

Rachel and Finn are now so broken up they don't even want to have contact with one another, even in song. And Kurt refused to speak to Blaine after borrowing Rachel's courage and bravado. I can't say that I saw reconciliation coming for either couple, but at least there's closure now. Their final words, or some of them, are chronicled on the Glee quotes page and were actually heartbreaking to listen to.

The doors are still open for Santana and Brittany and Mike and Tina, though, so fans of those couples should be excited.

I truly can't even begin to think about how clunky the story with Brody is right now. Did he really just sleep with a dance teacher? That whole thing is a hot mess and it makes me kind of cranky to think about being asked to care what happens to him.

I know that Cassandra is bitchy and has it out for Rachel, but Brody sleeping with her, even in the context of Cassandra's conversation with Rachel about Rachel going back to Ohio, makes no sense. While we haven't exactly gotten a lot of characterization for Brody, tonight didn't fit and was, in my opinion, simply an opportunity to have him take his shirt off again.

When this season debuted, I thought the New York scenes were fantastic and fresh and kept the show alive. I was disinterested in the stories of the new high school students. After the past two weeks, I wish more than ever that Rachel and Kurt Take New York had been an actual spin-off instead of what's beginning to feel like baggage.

We all lamented the noticeable absences of Mike, Mercedes, Santana, Puck and Finn in the first several episodes of Glee Season 4. After tonight, aside from the whole Santana-as-Rizzo lunacy, I'm convinced that writing their whereabouts into the dialogue without writing them into the physical scenes was the way to go. 

The same needs to be done with Rachel and Kurt no matter how much I love them.

Here's the thing: Rachel and Kurt are Glee. They are and always will be. But they're not in glee club anymore. And neither are any of the other graduates who've gone off to do their own post-high school things.

While watching Marley and Kitty tonight, and seeing the way Kitty manipulated Marley, and then watching Marley and Ryder, I found myself asking "What if these characters had come first?" If we'd gotten Ryder and Marley and Jake and Kitty first, chances are good we'd feel about them the way we feel about Rachel and Kurt and the other graduates now. In short, our new McKinley High School students need their fair shake, and they won't get that with the dueling story of Rachel and Kurt in New York always diverting our attention.

Those are my musings on things so far, anyway. No doubt there are those who'll disagree with me. I'm okay with that.

What did you think of "Glease"? Are you more or less invested in McKinley after the past two weeks?

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@ Katya and Anna It was not an error. When Unique joins New Directions, Brittany tells Unique "That's a great haircut Mercedes. I thought you graduated." See for yourself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.... It was just a pun on Brittany not distinguishing Unique from Mercedes.

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@Katia I noticed that too. Weird.

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For first time I totally agree with all. They need to move on with the series even if we love Rachel and Kurt.

Tanner1511

But I love the original cast :( Wish they had done the spin off so bad!

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I thought this was the best episode of this season. I think they are doing a solid job of crossing the two worlds together. Its an almost impossible challenge. Glee is as much the high school and choir room as it is Rachel Berry and Kurt. I think eventually the New York story line could become its own show but for right now it needs to be contained in the regular show as people come to learn and grown fond of the new characters. It took 3 or 4 episodes when Glee first started to achieve that too. But I do believe it is happening with the new kids. All high school based shows face this problem and it cant go the route of Saved by the Bell the College years, so we have to let the show develop as it does. Honestly the Finn and Rachel inclusion in the play I found completely heart breaking and beautiful all at the same time. To me it served as a reminder to what got us to here as fans and respecting the shows roots.

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The. Episode was good. The problem i am having is cant emotionally connect with the show anymore. For three seasons i cried with them,i laughed with them, i wanted at times to hug them, sometimes kick thier butts , and i rooted for them. I find myself watching now and unconsciously mumbling ,move on, really ? ,stupid, bored. Lol. I think the problem is that everything seemed forced on me. The relationships established right away,couples were formed, love triangles created. I had no time to like the new characters. I dont root for anything because its decided for me. I dont feel invested in them or the show any longer. It almost feels like a remake with different actors but same characters and story. We all know they usually fail. Murphy should have taken fans advice say good bye to glee and do the kurt blaine,rachel and finn spin off. He kept glee and created new normal. Think he blew it .

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Ok, I really liked this one.
I liked how real the whole brody thing played out, because in real life, moving on too fast after a heartache, instead of actually taking the time to step back and think, can be a bad idea. And I like that it will give Rachel the time to grow up by and for herself as a woman, not as a part of a couple.
Darren and Chris were spot on as usual. My heart still hurts for Kurt and Blaine, but as for Santana and Brittany, it pointed the hurt and indecision and mixed feelings in the aftermarth of a break up where love itself is not the main issue.
The newbies are growing on me. One point, though: they'd better handle the whole eating disorder issue with care!
And finally, I like how the show makes fun of itself through Sue's rant about Finn-as-the-new-Shue.

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Very interesting comments from everyone!Has our favorite show lost its way? I hope NOT! to begin with, Glee is about "music" and last night's episode had plenty of it, plus it all meant something!Kurt watching Blaine sing "Beauty School Dropout" was pure theater and I really liked the way all the characters, old and new" were added into the production rather seamlessly. I also disagree about the costuming...LOVED the "hair-do hair rollers!" Sugar did bring the wonderful and one-of-a-kind Didi Conn to mind, especially since she kept quiet-no way that Didi's unique voice was coming out of her, but the look was there! I'm no fan of Mr. Shue going away and I'm not sure that Finn has enough charisma to carry the show unless he has some sort of personality transplant? In closing I say that its FUN to see the graduates return every now and then, for whatever reason but the show should concentrate on McKinley High and keep the cast "fresh!" In the past, we readily accepted newcomers to the school and I'm so sure that Hollywood is awash with loads of cute teenagers who sing and dance. Bring 'em on and let's all go to high school again...with a whole bunch of talented kids that we love..or hate. It's all part of growing up and there's a lot of good material there to draw upon. Just keep everyone singing and dancing along to the first-rate production of Glee's talented musical producers. THAT'S what we really want from Glee! Bring Kate Hudson to McKinley looking for talent. There's a reason for everyone to show up at McKinley! Looks as if Glee is experiencing growing pains and I hope that in the end, everything is copacetic (kewl dude)!

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By the way, did anyone else notice the error in the episode when Brittany is talking to Santana about how Unique's parents want him to be a boy? She calls Unique 'Mercedes'. Weird they didn't catch it!

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I wish the NY people had their own spinoff too because I much prefer their story to the boring same ol' same ol' going on back at McKinley with all its repetitive manufactured angst. Is there a chance they could get their own show? Somehow the NY storylines feel far more real, intense, interesting and fresh. I guess I'm just bored with hearing 'sectionals' and 'regionals' and 'cheerios' and Sue Sylvester promising to rain on the Glee club's parade. It just feels like they're re-treading the same old ground. I love how real it feels that the various couples didn't survive one part of the pairing moving away and changing, even though the best of intentions were there, and a lot of love. I want to see more of how Rachel and Kurt spread their wings. I'm not that interested in most of the other characters, although I do like Santana so would happily see more of her. The others, like Mike, Tina, Mercedes etc should fade away now. By the way, did anyone else notice the error in the episode? Brittany says "Mercedes' parents want him to be a boy" or some such when talking to Santana when she meant Unique, not Mercedes. I wonder how that passed them by?

Glee Season 4 Episode 6 Quotes

I've seen your true colors, Finn Hudson. You've got hate in that heart, Double Stuff. And probably also frosting.

Sue

Will: I'll be taking a short sabbatical which means I'm leaving McKinley at the end of the week.
Tina: Wait, this is crazy.
Artie: Glee club is your life.

Glee Season 4 Episode 6 Music

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Glee cast greased lightning Greased Lightning Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast look at me im sandra dee Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast beauty school drop out Beauty School Drop Out Glee Cast iTunes
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