It's been a few weeks since we last caught up with the McKinley High glee club. In many ways, 'Glee
's return episode, 'Yes/No
,' was all about growing pains and life lessons. The kids -- and the adults -- are growing up, and so it's to be expected that some of that process is going to be bit awkward, or even uneasy, to watch.
We open with a straight-up theatrical moment ripped from the scenes of 'Grease.' Sam and Mercedes sing 'Summer Nights
,' and dish to their friends about the ill-fated summer romance that neither of them can forget. Frankly, Sugar makes a perfect Frenchie. Is it me or are the writers turning Sugar into Brittany 2.0?
Then we finally get to see -- or hear -- Dame Helen Mirren's voice. She is, of course, Becky's inner voice, and we learn that the Cheerio captain has her sights set on Artie, who just so happens to have his sights set on Sugar, the girl with self-diagnosed Aspergers who makes an excellent Frenchie. Obviously, Becky goes to Sue for relationship advice.
Meanwhile, Sam is on a quest to receive a coveted McKinley High Letterman jacket. You see, using only logic that Sam himself could understand, he thinks that if he gets himself a Letterman jacket, he'll then get himself Mercedes.
After last season's wacky 'A Very Glee Christmas,' I've learned not to expect much from a 'Glee' Christmas episode, aside from the usual fluffy sing-a-long songs and Yuletide cheer. Basically, there's no continuity to the overall plot, so it's kind of like a "Get Out of Jail Free" card for Ryan Murphy.
Imagine flipping through the channels and you turn on Fox, expecting a group of somewhat obnoxious teens covering pop songs; but instead you get a black-and-white homage to Judy Garland's 1963 Christmas special -- complete with a laugh track, Luke Skywalker lookalike (lightsaber included), and an Irish holiday elf!
Yeah, this year's Christmas episode was just as weird as it sounds, but to be completely honest, I'm not mad. Nope, not even a little bit annoyed -- because it's Christmas, and if it takes an episode of 'Glee' to spread holiday cheer and inspire the gift of giving, then so be it. However, I will say that Blaine Warbler and his Christmas tree bow tie made me long for the days of Dick Van Dyke in colorless nostalgia.
Say what you want about 'Glee
,' but any show that can actually pull off an amazing 'Man in the Mirror
' cover is OK in my books, and that's exactly what the New Directions
did in 'Hold on to Sixteen
.' But it was more than just 'the Sectionals episode.' It actually gave me some hope for the rest of the season, hope that the writers had not forgotten about their characters.
Crazy Quinn? She's gone ... Hooray! It's been a rough few seasons with Quinn, but here's hoping that her crazy spell is officially over because I happen to really love Dianna Agron.
I don't know what I enjoyed more in this episode: Sam's anticipated return
, the Troubletones awesome 'Survivor/I Will Survive
' diva mash-up, the New Directions' Jackson family medley or Rachel and Quinn's surprising character developments.
But let's get back to Sectionals. It was a battle for show choir dominance, and in the end, only one glee club could advance to Regionals. And the Sectionals glory goes to ...
Uh. Maybe it's time to bring the leprechaun because 'Glee
' could really use some magic. Sure, every season has its good episodes and its not so good episodes -- unfortunately, 'I Kissed a Girl
' was one of the not so good
ones. In fact, it was down-right frustrating.
The story lines were all over the place, the music was awful -- which was especially upsetting because I happen to really like chick rock -- and the worst part? It made me stop caring about these characters. Not to mention that I think I fell out of love with Blaine
. This could be a problem.
In fact, the only character I sympathized with this episode was Santana (and Coach Bieste, but I'll get to that). The one thing I think 'Glee' does consistently well is demonstrate how gay teenagers feel about coming out. This episode featured an emotional scene between Santana and her grandmother -- her beloved abuela.
Hear that, gleeks? That was the slap heard around the world -- and it was also a huge wake-up call for 'Glee
' fans everywhere because that was seriously one of my favorite episodes ever. Okay, so it had a little too much Sue Sylvester for my liking, but at least her slandering ways had a purpose this episode. Everything from the song choices to the tight choreography and witty one-liners made this episode a knock-out.
And since Puck's tacky 'Hot for Teacher' serenade
happens within the first five minutes, it's easy to forget it ever happens. On the other hand, the Troubletone's 'Rumor Has It/Someone Like You
' Adele mash-up is now second favorite 'Glee' song ever (because nothing can come close to 'Teenage Dream' in my book).
After last week's so-so episode
, I got a little worried for 'Glee
.' Even though Season 3 is already better than a majority of the cringe-worthy Season 2, viewers seem like they're getting a little gleeked out. Honestly, I can't blame them. 'Glee' hasn't always been a show that prides itself on character development -- but after watching 'First Time
,' I hope people start to change their minds.
Guys, our show is starting to come back, and it's more heartfelt than ever.
Okay, so it wasn't a perfect episode by any means. Initially, I was thrown off by Artie, who seemed to be playing some sort of naughty-minded cupid, and by Rachel and Blaine's blatant naivety, but halfway in, I started to see the episode's heart. It wasn't about teenagers having sex, it was about love. That can't-eat, can't-sleep, reach-for-the-stars, over-the-fence, World Series forever kind of love.
Everyone was getting a little love this week. Well, except for Mike Chang, but I'll get to that later.
After a three week hiatus, I honestly didn't know what to expect from 'Glee
' this week. So to say that I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. It definitely wasn't as good as 'Asian F
,' but it was better than a majority of Season 2, so I'll call this one a win.
Actually, call me completely shocked. To be honest, I totally didn't see that super awkward Puck and Shelby kiss coming this episode. Even though I knew it was headed there, that didn't make it any less creepy.
Not only did we get a bit of totally illegal Shelby/Puck action, we also met the much-anticipated new kid.