Well Gleeks, the road to Nationals on “Glee” has finally come to an end. It’s been a jam packed season full of drama (the Karofsky/Kurt storyline), surprising twists (Santana’s revelation), and some great new characters (Blaine, Coach Beiste, Sam.) With so much going on, were the writers able to bring everything to a close? Read on to find out.
Ahhh, New York, every performers dream. New Directions is soaking up the feeling, but before getting to sing their first song and not seeing “Cats” since it closed years earlier, the group must go to the hotel to get writing their original pieces. Of course, not before an attempted cocktail hour by Puck and Lauren.
Will puts the group on lockdown, and wants verses when he gets back. He says he is going to fill out paper work, but we know better, don’t we? Yup, he’s going to visit April at her Broadway show “CrossRhoades.” Sneaky little bugger isn’t he?
Well, he isn’t exactly the only one. The kids are getting cabin fever, and although Brittany and Artie put their best foot forward with the hilarious “My Cup,” they need inspiration, and what better than the city of New York. You know they just gotta sing, which leads to a fun mashup (though slightly reminiscent of the “Sunshine Days” number from “The Brady Bunch Movie”) of “I Love New York” and “New York, New York.”
The boys notice Finn is still pining for Rachel, and although not quite the city of love as Puck calls it, New York has its own magic. Finn sends a text to Rachel to meet him, and suddenly it is as if we are transported back to the black and white days of romantic comedies. All that was missing was the street choir, oh wait, they were there too (in the form of Artie, Sam, Mike, and Puck) to sing “Bella Notte” from “Lady and the Tramp.” Dang, but no plate of spaghetti and meatballs to push around. The night is still perfect, but just as Finn leans in for a kiss, Rachel runs off.
It seems that Miss Berry is having trouble deciding on what she wants most: true love or a career. A visit to the “Wicked” stage provides some distraction, as well as a wonderful duet of “For Good.” This was the second time Rachel and Kurt have sung from the “Wicked” song book, and while I prefer last year’s Diva Off of “Defying Gravity,” this one was still a sight to behold. They have such wonderful chemistry; I hope they explore their friendship a bit more next season.
Will comes back to the hotel, but not before confronted by Dustin Goolsby (the Vocal Adrenaline coach played by Cheyenne Jackson.) He knows what Will has been up to, and the two have a talk about lost dreams. The only difference is that Will actually loves his students, while Dustin despises them. That bonding moment is shattered when Will finds out Goolsby told New Directions about him leaving to Broadway, and in a fit of realization, he decides he is not going after all. Manipulative? Of course, but it was still very heartwarming.
The day of Nationals has arrived (finally!) Here is a breakdown of the performances:
“Yeah” – Sung by All Girl Glee Club
Very tricky, but it was high energy and nicely done. They did a lot of “hairography” but with a song like this, how could you not?
“As Long as You’re There” – Vocal Adrenaline
This is an original from guest star Charice, who can belt out a tune like no other. I think I still have goose bumps. Plus, the moment between her character Sunshine and Rachel in the bathroom was very sweet. I do, however, still prefer last year’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
“Pretending”- Finn and Rachel
The emotion the two have is undeniable, and Cory Monteith and Lea Michele convey the drama that the song needs rather perfectly. From the promos I knew they would kiss, I just didn’t realize how silent I would be, just like the audience on screen.
“Light Up the World” – New Directions
Like “Loser Like Me,” this song was very upbeat and poppy, which was a great contrast to the emotion of Pretending. “Glee” has done such a wonderful job of creating original numbers that I hope they continue to do so without going overboard.
They were good, but maybe Jesse (who surprised with a visit) was right. Maybe the kiss wasn’t taken well by the judges, and even though they seemed hopeful, New Directions once again came up short. Not too bad though, since they came in 12th out of 50. But still, not in the top ten.
The best part of this episode, even if it was a little anticlimactic, was the fact that other than Santana and Finn, no one really seemed too bothered by losing. They made it to New York, had fun, and will get to do it all over again. Not a bad outlook for life in general.
How cute was Blaine’s look as he listened to Kurt talk about everything that happened. Plus his “I love you” to Kurt was also swoon worthy. Also, who can’t wait to see if “Pip Pip Hooray” gets off the ground?
Sam and Mercedes? Random, but I’m up for it. Amber Riley is an amazing talent that needs to be utilized more, so brining her to the forefront is a great idea. I’m just unclear why it is such a secret.
Santana’s rant in the hotel room was hilarious, but it was her moment with Brittany that really stood out. Yes, they are best friends, but little by little, it seems to be building up to something really sweet.
No Sue, but after being highlighted in last week’s “Funeral” episode, it was only fitting. I love Jane Lynch, but this was about New Directions, and I’m glad the story stayed focused on them.
Quote of the Night: “When did you get to be so smart?” – Santana in a moment of non-harshness to Brittany.
Overall, it was a very pleasing way to end the season.
What did you think of” New York”?
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