“I am Unicorn”

Posted on September 28, 2011

We can think of no better illustration that we’re in the world of nuGlee than this: All the characters didn’t go around trying to shoehorn the “unicorn” idea into every conversation and the script didn’t try to draw clumsy parallels between the action of “West Side Story” and the goings-on in McKinley High. Had this been a season 2 script, Schu would have written “UNICORN” on the whiteboard in the first 5 minutes and somehow that would make sense as a theme for the show. Or, after the announcement of “West Side Story” as the school musical for the year, Rita Moreno would have guest-starred as Santana’s grandmother, there would have been an incongruous “Mambo” scene in the gym, and some sort of attempt would have been made to connect getting Slushied to getting stabbed in a gang fight. And then there would have been a big production number at the end where everyone oversang “I Feel Pretty” in unicorn costumes.

You know we’re right.

This is what we picked up on during last week’s somewhat disappointing opener. For the first time in its history, Glee has a writing staff now, instead of having all the scripts written by the show’s creators. Season 2 was considered a huge disappointment by just about everyone who was writing about the show on a regular basis. There were too many celebrity guest stars and too many heavy-handed theme episodes, coupled with a somewhat overwrought and too-serious (for the world of Glee) anti-bullying message. The result of all this tinkering with the concept left the characters acting totally different from week to week, with subplots and entire relationships dropped or not referred to when they should have been. We said in last week’s review that, even though the season opener left us flat, we were detecting a sense of refocus that gave us some optimism for the show’s future.

One of the biggest changes in the show’s style is that the storytelling is a bit more serialized. There was no big wrapup last night. No one really learned a major lesson. Instead, quite a few story arcs were set up, or – and this is what made us happiest – were logical progressions from things that had gone before. Foremost among these is Quinn’s story, which for the first time is starting to make a little sense. No character was jerked around from episode to episode as much as Quinn was in the first 2 seasons. She started off as the typical “mean girl” character, but then had problem after problem heaped on her and her character alternated wildly between “reformed bitch who learned a lesson” back to just plain old bitch when the writers needed her to be one. Rather deftly, the point is being made that Quinn doesn’t know who she is and that the reason for her wild fluctuations in character is because she gave up her baby at the end of season 1. Bear in mind that her baby was barely referred to at all in season 2. Having her reform once again at the end of this episode only to reveal to Puck that it’s all an act and she’ll put on the nice girl face if it means she can get her baby back is one of the best of the potential story arcs for this season.

We said last week that it seemed like the writers were tightening the focus by keeping Finn, Quinn, Rachel and Kurt in the center of the action and this episode demonstrated to us how such an approach is better for the show overall and even better for the characters who aren’t in the center of the action. By rehabilitating Quinn’s character, we’re also getting a rehabilitation of Puck’s character. All he did last year was flirt with Lauren and that story went nowhere. One scene of him with his daughter was more interesting than all of his scenes last year. Similarly, Schu standing up in his office and righteously tearing Quinn a new one for her selfishness ranks as one of that character’s best scenes ever. AND the long-forgotten Quinn-Mercedes friendship was brought up again, both in the dialogue and at the end when Quinn announced her return to the club.

Kurt’s story also feels like a logical progression for the character. It can best be summed up as “You’re gay. Now what?” We cringed when he performed “I’m the Greatest Star,” not because it wasn’t cute, but because there was no way he would have been cast as Tony after that and we feared the show was going to go ahead and ignore the pink elephant in the room. Kurt’s wonderful and talented, but he is, after all, a unicorn. Once again, the script deftly makes the point that being a unicorn is fabulous and brave, but the downside, if you can call it that, is that the world will forever see you as a unicorn and pretending to be a stallion is never going to work. In other words, the story arc for Kurt seems to be figuring out what he wants and how he’s going to get it now that he’s come to terms with who he is. That’s powerful stuff and it reflects what quite a few people go through post-coming out. And just like with Quinn’s story and Puck, Kurt’s story naturally spawned a side-story for Brittany and gave Burt yet another Father of the Century moment. We’re telling you, the writing on this series has never been tighter.

It also reflects a more obvious self-awareness on the part of the creators. You can’t pretend that someone like Kurt isn’t going to have obstacles as a performer simply by virtue of the fact that he’s flamboyant. Just like you can’t pretend that Finn is some sort of performing talent when anyone watching the show can see he’s not. Introducing that tension between Rachel’s need to get the hell out of Lima and become a star and Finn’s dawning realization that he’s probably not going to be one is another arc with rich potential. We’re calling it now: Finn’s dance lessons will immeasurably improve his performance on the field and we’ll be looking at a football scholarship for him before the season’s out.

But let’s be clear: this show would be unrecognizable if there weren’t at least a couple bizarre and unlikely-in-the-real-world plots. Of course it makes no sense for there to be a second glee club at McKinley and of course it makes no sense that Shelby would be teaching at the school where both her biological daughter and the biological parents of her adopted daughter are students. But Shelby’s a tool to promote change in Puck and Quinn right now, so her presence, as unlikely as it is, doesn’t bother us. Besides, she and Rachel have insane chemistry as performers and any time they get to sing a duet is a good moment for the show. It really is astonishing that Idina Menzel and Lea Michele aren’t related.

And this is as good a time as any to come out of the closet on something: except for his initial “Teenage Dream” performance and a handful of others, we can’t stand Darren Criss’ performing style. Way too cutesy; way too much head-bopping and grinning while singing – and it’s only gotten worse over time. We wanted to slap him last week during the “It’s Not Unusual” number. But man, give that boy a show tune and he knocks it out of the park. And again, there’s a logical story being promoted here: Darren is simply more talented than Chris Colfer as a musical performer. There’s no getting around that so you might as well wring some drama out of it.

Just about the only subplot that smacks of old Glee is the Sue storyline. It’s silly and it doesn’t make a lot of sense, plus the implication that Schu is going to jump into the race doesn’t fill us with… well, glee. But at least the point is being made that Sue doesn’t really believe the anti-arts stance she’s taking. They have to do something with Jane Lynch, so we suppose this is as good an idea as any.

Still, we’re more convinced than ever that the show is attempting, and just might pull off, a return to greatness after the disappointment of last season.

    • http://twitter.com/wednesdaydreams Natalie

      something definitely was different in the air with this episode of Glee. I got a shock when Schu yelled at Quinn. The girl is such an inconsistent character I have actually NO IDEA what to feel for her anymore but her new plot could be interesting

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LKEXXETU3A347XGCCWUYZ6K3TE NJScor72

      And man, Darren’s been working on those guns over the summer, no?

      • Anonymous

        So much so that he seems to have caught the Andy Cohen cross-eye look….or maybe it was the camera angles.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Waddell/10401341 Heather Waddell

        Chris has too. I know that his swinging all over that set piece was to convey his “unicorn”-ness, but day-um! That takes muscle, even if he was just lip synching.

        And I’m really glad they found something to do with Kurt as a character. He’s been almost as all over the place as Quinn, and I think it’s because they created the character just to have Chris on the show and didn’t really have an idea for him. The whole question of how a guy like Kurt would ever be able to play lead roles convincingly is  one that I was afraid they were going to gloss over. It’s also going to be a great continuation of the whole “I don’t want us to be competing” storyline that they set up for Kurt and Blaine in the first episode (you knew that was coming back to bite them!) because Blaine is obviously going to get Tony.

        I also have a slightly selfish request. I know you can’t do video anymore, but could you (T Lo) go back to doing a number-by-number analysis? Maybe with stills? I always found your comments on the individual numbers to be really insightful, and I tend to get pulled into the “oooooo! Theatrical and shiny!” moments and miss what the numbers say about the show at large.

    • http://www.what-the-frock.com Dana WhatTheFrock

      I agree with everything you’ve said. Last night, as I watched the episode, I thought to myself, “Holy shit, there is continuity AND character development here.” 

      It wasn’t the most fun episode, but it was well-written and made sense.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Agreed overall, but didn’t it feel a bit… contrived? A great deal of it was caused by Mama Rachel coming back, and she’s bound to leave in a few episodes. But I’m hoping this is a good sign of what’s to come.

      • Anonymous

        Idina is in twelve episodes this season, so they are at least planning on her being around a lot.

        • MilaXX

          YAY! I love Indina  and I actually enjoy Lea when she’s around.

          • Anonymous

            12 episodes?  Cool.  That may even mean room for Menzel and Matt Morrison whose singing chops are underused because the character of Will Schuester has gotten so effed up.

    • Anonymous

      Wow… I have just come to the realization that I am a very lazy viewer.  I simply let the show wash over me.  But you two see themes (where I see none), story advancements, (where I see none) subtle changes in the overall tenor of the show, (where once again, I see none)  Thank you thank you for holding my hand through it all, and telling me what I just watched.
      Just wish you had blogged about “The Hour”…. my husband leaned over after the end of that series, and said…”I need the gay guys to tell me what I just saw!!” 

      • Sobaika Mirza

        I don’t think you’re the only one – for the past season and a half of Glee, one COULD be a lazy viewer because the writing was often so lazy. If TLO are right (and I hope they are) I’m going to have to turn into a more engaging viewer.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        I don’t think you’re the only one – for the past season and a half of Glee, one COULD be a lazy viewer because the writing was often so lazy. If TLO are right (and I hope they are) I’m going to have to turn into a more engaging viewer.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          They are great and so helpful — personally I still liked Glee okay during season 2 but I wasn’t as caught up as in season 1.  Without TLo, I don’t know if I could have pointed out why it wasn’t pulling me in as much!

    • Denise Robinson

      T&L, I agree with your review/pov of last night’s episode. I also think (hell, hope) that Shelby should have some scandelous sexy funtimes with Puck. They would look great together (in a forbidden way).

    • Anonymous

      I just hope we get to hear more Bernstein this season. 

      • Anonymous

        Me too! I would love to hear the cast do a version of the “Tonight” ensemble number.

      • Judy Raddue

        As long as it’s not sung by Michele and Menzel! During Somewhere, Bernstein must have been throwing up in his grave. I’m sure I’m in the minority, but their brash style does no favors to Bernstein’s masterpiece. It’s not a fluke that, in the original Broadway cast, the song was sung by Reri Grist (who, after the show, was a leading coloratura soprano at the Met) and, in the movie, by Marilyn Horne (who, within a few years, would be recognized as an one of the most revolutionary mezzo sopranos of all time).

        • Anonymous

          I thought Lea and Indina did a great job in the duet.  In fact, I cried just a bit.  It brought a real lump to my throat.  But I have a deep affection for that song from my own Glee Club days.

        • MilaXX

          I’m not typically a Lea fan, but I liked her singing this. I have an album of Barbra Streisand singing the rendition Lea sang last night. It’s one of my favorites/

        • Anonymous

           Pretty sure Marni Nixon (voice of Anna in the King and I, and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady) was Maria.  You might be thinking of when Marilyn Horne did the voice of Carmen Jones for Dorothy Dandridge.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, Marni Nixon was the voice of Maria in the film. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=786600203 Dan Howell

      Totally agree in every aspect. When I finished last night’s episode, it was like a breath of fresh air. They seem to really be getting back on track with their writing, which is a great relief – the show can be great again, and I really hope they pull through.

      And thank you for stating what I have always thought about Darren Criss. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M2PXKBMV7NJBBEXEL2KHAO2UU4 Martha Stickle

      I am astonished that “Glee” is developing a storyline about the femme gay man, and what’s even more amazing is that they seem to be willing to handle it with understatement and cleverness. That is, they are acknowledging that Kurt is a queen without reducing him to the two-dimensional role of a queen. It actually makes for an interesting counterpoint to last year’s fairly vacuous (because so random and untethered) just-say-no-to-bullying plot (which ascribed bullying to the internalized homophobia of a closeted jock–just one degree above the “twinkie defense” in the annals of antigay sentiment).  People bully Kurt and other queens, of course, because they repel our most ordinary sensibilities.  But Kurt is a unicorn, to be cherished precisely for his awesome faggoty self.  

      Even this unusually complex (for primetime) plot cannot make up for the songs, though.  Thanks for calling bullshit on Blaine’s showboating.  When I watch Darren Criss’s cringeworthy performances, and see the way the audience responds to him with such delirious adoration, I think back to Mugatu and his bewilderment with Derek Zoolander’s clearly undeserved acclaim: “Doesn’t anybody notice this? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M2PXKBMV7NJBBEXEL2KHAO2UU4 Martha Stickle

      I am astonished that “Glee” is developing a storyline about the femme gay man, and what’s even more amazing is that they seem to be willing to handle it with understatement and cleverness. That is, they are acknowledging that Kurt is a queen without reducing him to the two-dimensional role of a queen. It actually makes for an interesting counterpoint to last year’s fairly vacuous (because so random and untethered) just-say-no-to-bullying plot (which ascribed bullying to the internalized homophobia of a closeted jock–just one degree above the “twinkie defense” in the annals of antigay sentiment).  People bully Kurt and other queens, of course, because they repel our most ordinary sensibilities.  But Kurt is a unicorn, to be cherished precisely for his awesome faggoty self.  

      Even this unusually complex (for primetime) plot cannot make up for the songs, though.  Thanks for calling bullshit on Blaine’s showboating.  When I watch Darren Criss’s cringeworthy performances, and see the way the audience responds to him with such delirious adoration, I think back to Mugatu and his bewilderment with Derek Zoolander’s clearly undeserved acclaim: “Doesn’t anybody notice this? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”

    • Anonymous

      I agree with your review, Glee is better this season. Kind of pleasantly surprised that Ryan Murphy actually heard the many complaints and is making an attempt to make Glee what it was in the beginning. I am not sure I’ll ever be as enthusiastic about this show that I once was but at least I’ll watch. Here’s hoping that Ryan Murphy can reign in his worse instincts to go for the unbelievable and disjointed plot lines which I always regarded as lazy writing.

      First goose bumps of the season: the “Somewhere” duet with Michelle and Idina, definitely worthy the price of admission.

      • Terence Ng

        “Kind of pleasantly surprised that Ryan Murphy actually heard the many complaints and is making an attempt to make Glee what it was in the beginning.”

        Guy’s got to make money somehow. Either fix the ship or drown.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with your review, Glee is better this season. Kind of pleasantly surprised that Ryan Murphy actually heard the many complaints and is making an attempt to make Glee what it was in the beginning. I am not sure I’ll ever be as enthusiastic about this show that I once was but at least I’ll watch. Here’s hoping that Ryan Murphy can reign in his worse instincts to go for the unbelievable and disjointed plot lines which I always regarded as lazy writing.

      First goose bumps of the season: the “Somewhere” duet with Michelle and Idina, definitely worthy the price of admission.

    • Kyle Crawford

      WAIT!   I want to see that first show!

    • Kyle Crawford

      WAIT!   I want to see that first show!

    • Anonymous

      Ditto on Darren Criss who I had a huge cougar crush on after the “Teenage Dreams” number but how quickly a crush can go sour after one two many borderline annoying performances. However, my crush is alive with last night’s winning performance from Darren. He is scheduled to briefly take over the lead in “How to Suceed in Business” on Broadway in January, I expect that he will do really well.

    • scottyf

      Aw crap. Curse you and your reviews, Soul Brothers. I just may have to give this show another chance.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you, Scotty. I had decided to forego Glee after the disappointment of last year. I  m ay need to watch again if for no other reason than to see if Sue’s run for office is an improvement on the simple (and stupid–no one can be that continually evil) evil Sue story. Jane needs a much more interesting character–she’s too good an actress to be continually put in the role of stupid evil step sister.

      • Anonymous

        I know exactly what you mean.  I was so turned off by last season that I’ve not even watched a few minutes of this one.  I still don’t have a lot of interest in it (in part because I actually am more interested in the “minor” than the lead characters) but I feel like I should at least try it another time thanks to these write-ups.

      • Anonymous

        come on scotty give it one more chance :)

      • Anonymous

        Ha! I had the same reaction. Glee is still set on my DVR even though I bailed on it last season. So I watched this episode last night, and . . . meh. I agree with TLo that the writing is much tighter and there may (cross fingers) be a somewhat coherent thru-line to the plots, but all in all, I’m not sure I care enough to give the show a second chance. Did like the Rachel &  “Somewhere,” though. 

    • Anonymous

      tlo what would we do without your spot on critiques?  i really enjoyed the show last night & the duet on “somewhere” brought me to tears.  i am really looking forward to this season.  i am unicorn.

    • Erik Stadnik

      Am I the only one who really *disliked* Criss’ rendition of “Something’s Coming?” It felt so slight except for the obligatory big note at the end. Compare it to the earth-shattering duet of “Somewhere,” and I think you can really see the difference between those who are natural Broadway singers and those who are more pop-performers.

      But I totally agree with the general consensus that Darren Criss needs to stop doing every number exactly the same way. Also, does he act on this show anymore? It seems like he gets about 10 times as much screen time singing than he does doing anything else.

      • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

        I adore that song, and I didn’t really like that Blaine version at ALL. He was so clearly extra. BUT- I did like the fact that it underscored his ability to ‘play straight’ compared to Kurt, whose dad gave me my ENTIRE life with “you sing like Diana Ross and dress like you own a chocolate factory,” all without a hint of shade.

      • Anonymous

        I just dislike “Something’s Coming” as a song; don’t care who sings it.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, Criss’s stint on Broadway this December is going to be awkward; I hope they mic him like crazy (and I say this as someone who thinks he’s adorable and fluffy and nothing but goodness). He’s got a nice enough tenor, but even the music director on Glee said “I knew we’d be able to do some good work in the studio together.” Translation: not a strong live singer.

        The reason he’s not got many scenes right now is he was filming a movie in New York during the first three or four episodes.

        • Jessica O’Connell

          You obviously haven’t seen his live performances… go to Youtube, look up A Very Potter Musical or any of his concerts in cafes, and then come back. I bet he’ll change your mind!

          • Anonymous

            And they didn’t even have mics in AVPM!  Darren is an awesome live singer.

        • Anonymous

          compared to Daniel Radcliffe (who is VERY adorable and I enjoyed seeing him in it very much a few weeks ago), anyone could sing a better J. Pierpont Finch. Even me. And I’m a 39 year old woman. It’s one of those characters in a musical where it’s actually kind of cute if you aren’t a songbird.

      • Anonymous

        “Something’s Coming” is supposed to mostly be sung very quietly, except for a few parts.  It’s not really supposed to be belted.

        • Andrew Fox

          I agree. I 

        • Anonymous

          yes

      • Anonymous

        Note to young performers who are getting their audition advice from this show: NEVER audition for a show with a song from that show. I couldn’t believe they did that–instant “no” on your audition form.

        • Anonymous

          IMO, this is 100% untrue when you are auditioning for your HS show (although I agree with you in a professional audition context).  At the HS level, they often REQUEST that you sing a specific song from the show.

    • http://houseofestrogen.typepad.com/ Ann

      Good review. I have to say though, I’m tiring of the show tunes. I’m ready to see some more Gaga and other pop redos.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that the show seems to be back on track. And I also felt that’s Burt’s speech to Kurt about the need to go out and create characters that reflect your experience, if they don’t already exist, might have been a more direct explanation from Ryan Murphy about why so much screen time has been devoted to the storyline of Kurt’s sexuality. I think most people always assumed that, but I appreciated hearing it in a more direct way.

    • Betsy Wasser

      Dear Ryan Murphy,
      Please do NOT break up Kurt and Blaine.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t object to Darren Cris’ performance of “It’s Not Unusual” per se. I just didn’t care for the fact that it seemed pasted into the episode. But he was awesome in “Something’s Coming” and I loved the fact that they asked him to audition for Tony. Makes me want to go see him when he takes over for Daniel Radcliffe in “How to Succeed in Business…”

    • http://twitter.com/meglish Meghan Dornbrock

      I’ve just got to add, there were two lines that slayed me last night:
      “I played the Forum”
      “It’s like having my own personal Jim Henson”

      Well played.

    • http://snwbelle.tumblr.com Fangirl401

      I’ve seen Darren Criss perform live and he doesn’t do the cutesy mannerisms when he’s doing his own stuff or his own takes on Glee songs. (Okay, occasionally there are weird faces with some notes. But it’s not quite to this level!) Somewhere, someone decided that that’s how Blaine should perform and he went for it. It’s a little overblown for my tastes, too, but it works for his character. I don’t really agree that he’s a better musical performer than Chris Colfer, though; I think they just have vastly different styles. I like them both, for the most part.

      I liked the ep, with some quibbles (the directors meeting, augh. Beiste felt off all episode, but no student should ever do anything to her lady parts. Just saying), but for the first time in a long time, I feel like there’s a ton of stuff to discuss and hash out and predict from. That’s exciting to me. I liked last season, but only on a very shallow “pretty people, pretty clothes, fun music” level.

      • Anonymous

        Totally agree  – the article says “we can’t stand Darren Criss’ performing style”, but in fact this ISNT Darren’s performing style, its Blaine’s.  May seem like semantics, but there is actually quite a difference.  Darren doesn’t pull all the show faces etc when he performs.  Agree it is a Blaine character trait – whether it is how the character is written, or how Darren decided to play it is another debate.

        • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

          “May seem like semantics…”

          That’s because it IS semantics. This is a review of Glee with a review of Darren Criss’ performing style on the show. How he performs on stage has nothing to do with it.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve always thought I was looking at actors performing as high school students whether they were clumsy, over the top, or just mediocre.

        I think a little Blaine goes a long way, but I enjoy his silly faces while he sings.

    • Anonymous

      Yes I too am glad they are approaching the story about Kurt about the hurdles he will face as a flamboyant Queen. The reality is a director wouldn’t cast him as Tony. No would would buy it. Brittany and Burt, the 2 most sensible people in the Glee world, said it best. Kurt’s a unicorn and he should embrace it. In stead of fighting for roles that are not him, he should create roles that are….Hey just like Chris Colfer did in real life with his upcoming film.

      And Brittany too is a unicorn. Beneath that dumb-blonde veneer is actually a very perceptive, low baggage person

    • Emily Scott

      Thank you! I have been chomping at the bit to see what you would say about this episode. Everything about it felt like a marked improvement over last season, starting with the lack of one theme for the episode. In fact, if anything I think there is more of a theme for the season, which is “who am I and where do I go from here?” One theme for the whole season is a much better way to do things.

      I also like that the arc about the musical brings supporting characters Emma, Coach Bieste, and Artie into the storyline more naturally, much like how Puck and Brittany get side stories with Quinn and Kurt. On top of that, I liked how the whole audition process didn’t start and end, all wrapped up neatly, in this episode. It looks like it will go on for at least one more week, which feels like a much more realistic time frame.

      I also see a theme throughout that I really like, concerning the limits that people very realistically encounter. Sugar is a terrible singer. Rachel and Kurt aren’t the best performers out there. Finn isn’t the singer and dancer that everyone wants him to be. Kurt will always hit a wall when it comes to being cast in certain roles. In the past, Glee has been all about “we include everyone!” but that simply isn’t how things work. It isn’t the happiest conclusion, but I love that the show is addressing it head-on without trying to offer simple, unrealistic answers. At the end of the season, I see Finn and Rachel going their separate ways and either Rachel or Kurt (or both) not getting into the performing arts school of their dreams and being forced to figure out what to do instead. Again, these won’t be the happiest of endings, but I think they will be immensely satisfying storylines.

      I definitely felt a difference in the writing on this one, and that gives me high hopes for the season. In particular, I’m excited that Marti Noxon has joined the show’s team. She previously wrote for and produced my favorite show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is one of the best portrayals of the struggles of being a teenager ever to be on TV. Seriously!

      And my only gripe of the night…Shelby’s/Quinn and Puck’s daughter should be markedly older than she was. That was the only thing that annoyed me. Otherwise, a great episode that hopefully indicates more are on the way.

      • Anonymous

        Really?  She looked to be about 15-16 months.  Isn’t that about right?  Born May/June 2010, as I recall (end of Season 1.)  It’s the beginning of Season 3, not the end of it.

    • Lori

      Excellent episode.  It’s taken two seasons and now RM, etc. have developed a wonderfully deep bench, and IMO that was the key to the success of last night’s episode.  Dot-Marie Jones and Kevin McHale had little screen time but contributed so much because they were pitch perfect (and if you can only watch one episode of The Glee Project, I’d recommend the one where Dot-Marie Jones guested).    The whole was greater than the sum of its parts.  Loved it.

      I too wish you would go back to listing your favorite lines, T Lo.

    • http://profiles.google.com/laura.jane.ogorman Laura O’Gorman

      You light fires of hope in my breast!

    • http://prosopopeya.livejournal.com/ Rachelle

      I agree with most things here except I found Schu’s scene with Quinn to be highly inappropriate and disturbing. If I were in her shoes, having an authority figure I might still respect yell almost in my face that I’m selfish and uncaring wouldn’t do much to help me deal with my selfishness or, you know, the depression that’s possibly coloring her actions. That speech would’ve been far better coming from someone else, a friend (and a teenager), not a teacher. Maybe even Mercedes would’ve been a better vessel. 

      • Anonymous

        I completely and totally agree.

    • Marie Drucker

      I liked it so much, I’m already worried about Rachel and Mercedes fighting over the roll of Maria. Why would anyone want to play Maria? Anita’s the roll to fight over. 

      I especially liked how Rachel and her mom were dressed when singing together. Two distinct styles … but both in shades of pink that made them go together. 

    • Elizabeth Winer

      I thought Kurt did a pretty good job as Romeo.  I didn’t understand why everyone started laughing.

      • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

        I agree that he did a good job as Romeo, but Romeo is far more boyish than Tony, who definitely needs to be more masculine.  Tony is every woman’s dream; strong and soft at the same time.  I think they were laughing at the fact that this was the way he was trying to convince them he was manly enough to play Tony.

    • http://www.beautifymylifeblog.com Jessica

      I tend to watch Glee on a much more surface level (maybe I was forced into that after last season), but I completely agree with your assessments here. I did appreciate that they didn’t go with a real theme for the week, which often ends up feeling forced. Hopefully the writers will keep going down this track!

    • Anonymous

      Darren Criss can do no wrong in my book. He absolutely has the IT factor. Am not looking forward to next week’s episode as there will be a very special (ugh) performance from Shew.

    • Judy Raddue

      Re Criss:  He does, after all, have a degree in musical theater.  Though he may lack Michele’s Broadway experience, I’d wager to say that Criss is the most rigorously trained member of the cast.  That said, I’d love to see him work with a great coach to get rid of those mannerisms. 

      • Anonymous

        I think those are more Blaine mannerisms rather than Criss’. When he sings as himself there is none of the head bopping, grinning, etc.

      • Anonymous

        This is a very common error.  Darren does NOT have a degree in musical theatre from University of Michigan.  He has a degree in theatre.  They are two completely different university departments.  IMO, U of M has one of the top three musical theatre departments in the country right now (along with CMU and CCM), and it churns out Broadway-caliber performers every single year.  I am a HUGE fan of Criss (and hope he has a long, long career in film/television/theatre/music), but IMO he does not have the vocal skill required to be an MT at U of M.  (And I actually think he would agree with me.)  Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t stop what I’m doing every Tuesday to watch him perform the telephone book on Glee, because I would.  I just find him that magnetic.

    • aussiegal77

      I definitely enjoyed last night’s episode and I can’t put it any better than you have already.

      The Quinn storyline intrigued us a bit and we were wondering how that’s going to play out? Quinn gave up her baby….but it seemed like she never wanted Beth….but now she does….understandable….but yet she’s willing to destroy a relationship with the adoptive mother, who is actually wanting Quinn and Puck to be a part of Beth’s life…..why would she do that? Also…..how is she and Puck going to be able to look after Beth?  So many questions! But I guess that was the point =D 

      The Kurt storyline was great, we were totally on board with him having to work thru being different and being OK with it.  Can’t wait to see where this leads. Also big props in teasing out the tension that was inevitable between Kurt and his man.

      So as usual, you guys are right – new writing staff making good choices =D 

      But bummer dudes….no favourite quotes???  =(

      My fave was: “You’re gay. And not Rock Hudson gay.” I forget the rest of the line cuz that alone cracked me up to no end!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

        I agree, I missed the favorite quotes too!

    • Judy Raddue

      To illustrate my point, here’s a great clip of Larry Kert (the original Tony) and Judy Kuhn.  The roles of Tony and Maria call for pure lyric singing, no belt. 
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmLRYSBFvxk&feature=related

      • Anonymous

        I understand were you’re coming from.  I think that the original cast recording is in my DNA, as my Mom played it endlessly (and was also a big opera lover).  Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, Reri Grist;  quite a different pair of gloves, as my mother would say.  Even the non-operatic voices (and Larry Kert was not classically trained) like Chita Rivera and Michael Callan could fill a theater without mics and sounded like adults, which obviously served the music better, but then again, they were playing teenagers and/or very young adults.  The trend now in pop singing, for women at least, seems to overwhelmingly be a rather girlish sound (Adele notwithstanding).  I don’t know what Lea Michele or Darren Criss or even Idina Menzel sound like in a theater; I do know that on Glee, they all sound thin to me, even Menzel when she belts. 

    • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

      I enjoyed the developments of last night as well, but can I just say that Rita Moreno as Santana’s grandmother would indeed be fabulous.  Now you’ve got that stuck in my head!

      I loved that they addressed that even though Kurt is quite the little performer, he will be limited in the kind of roles he gets.  Loved the conversation with he and Burt.  Burt is awesome!

      And I loved Schu getting tough with Quinn.  Thank you!

      I agree that even though Idina’s presence is convoluted, who cares?  More of Idina and Lea please!  And can we meet Rachel’s dads already?

      • Anonymous

        It is a shame Kurt will be limited, but I totally got why.  My son was watching the show with me last night and when he auditioned with a Barbra Streisand song I said, “uh oh.”  My son asked why and I said, “he’s auditioning for a masculine role.  Why is he singing a female lead song?”  I’m glad they addressed it.  

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      I just got to watch LAST week’s show online, and wasn’t as disappointed as I thought I would be. Thanks for the recaps. Happy to hear that the show is taking a good direction. I think I will be sticking around, even if I have to watch the shows a week late. 

      Question though: They established the class standings of only a few characters- the Big 4 as mentioned, plus Mike, Tina, and Artie… but I didn’t hear one way or the other about Mercedes, Santana, Brittany, Puck, or Blaine. Are we to assume they are juniors because they haven’t been established as seniors? Or did I miss something? I would like to see this cleared up.

      • http://snwbelle.tumblr.com Fangirl401

        Two were addressed this week – Blaine, directly, and Brittany, indirectly. (That bit didn’t get covered in the recap above, so keeping it cryptic in case you want to watch it unfold.) Still unsure on the others, too.

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          Thank you, that helps. :) 

          • http://snwbelle.tumblr.com Fangirl401

            Thinking about it a little more, I think Puck and Santana must be seniors because they were up for junior prom king and queen last season. So Mercedes is, I think, the only one who hasn’t had it directly or indirectly addressed.

    • Anonymous

      I am glad this show is back on track. I do not miss last season’s after-school special, “AUTHOR’S MESSAGE! AUTHOR’S MESSAGE!” approach at all. But most of all, the humor is back!!! The first season had me cackling so often, but last year was a chore. The best thing about this show for me was (and is again) the blend of humor, drama, camp, and music. The blend is back.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Agreed TLo!!  I missed last week and was glad to tune in last night.  I actually gasped a few times at some of the story lines and was pleasantly surprised to see there just might be a few arcs this season.  It felt strange that they didn’t conclude everything in a nice little package by the end of the show…I actually found myself wanting to see what happens next week, cus the story will actually continue!

    • aimee_parrott

      Grr… my stupid DVR didn’t record the episode last night.  I’m hoping they’ll put it up on demand because I was cautiously optimistic after last week, and now after reading this I’m even more optimistic. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        On Hulu or fox.com for a fee. OR wait til next Wednesday and watch on fox.com for free. HTH

      • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

        megavideo link through sidereel. ;)

    • MilaXX

      At one point last night I looked at my sister and said, “wait, Glee is actually really good tonight.” When they get most things right I’m more willing to give them some leeway with the 2nd Glee club or Sue’s crazy antics. I enjoyed Glee more than I have in a really long time.

    • http://ifyouseekamie.wordpress.com/ Amie

      The only thing that could make the Sue campaign (along with the suggestion that Schue is running against her, even though he dropped out of directing the musical so he can focus on New Directions) worth watching is if instead of Schue, they talk Bryan Ryan (who has political experience as he is a school board member) to run against her on the Pro-Arts platform. Because there is never too much NPH.

      • http://twitter.com/mcglory13 mcglory13

        My understanding is that it’s not any of those people running against Sue, but a different adult that makes a lot more sense. Schuester would be the worst.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719457376 Molly Adrianson

      I have hope too, and while the last two episodes have been well written, I still can’t quite get over the debacle of last season. Fingers crossed that the new writers are talented enough to clean up this act because they have a heck of a job to do with this one.

    • Anonymous

      Hitler sums up my feelings on this episode perfectly.

      http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/watch?v=Kci2iCbnLRY

    • Anonymous

      I wasn’t surprised they starting laughing at Kurt trying to do Romeo. 1) Romeo and Tony are two very different characters in terms of personality. 2) While Kurt wasn’t terrible per se, he still wasn’t believable. In fact he made a less convincing Romeo to me than he would a Tony. It struck me Kurt was trying to play him the way some people mistakenly think Shakespeare is suppose to be played-like some high brow artsy ethereal piece of work just because the play is written in a poetic style. When in fact he should have been playing him like a real fleshed out person since Shakespeare wrote plays that would be attended by the common man or woman.

    • Anonymous

      1) Schu is not entering the congressional race.  A different adult character on Glee is though from what I have read from spoilers.
      2) I cannot handle Lea’s singing face, “the looks like she is about to cry this song is so emotional” face.  Usually she get this look from the middle of the song on but last night, she had it from the first note.  It is slightly unbearable.  If Idina hadn’t been in the scene with her, I would have skipped it altogether.

      • Lori

        But is it Lea or is it Rachel?     I think the faces were Rachel Berry, not LM.    

      • Anonymous

        i’m with you on rachel’s faces and (go ahead and shoot me) i never liked streisand either. 

        • Anonymous

          I firmly believe it is Lea.  I have seen her make these faces other places than Glee.  It is similar to her fed carpet face but with her mouth wide open singing.

    • Anonymous

      It was an interesting episode, and like all Glee episodes I liked some of it and I hated some of it…

      I had some SERIOUS problems with the emotional blackmail the adults are using on Quinn. Every one around her is telling her that there is something  wrong with her because she is no longer the ‘perfect’ blond cheerleader. Here I was thinking the Glee club thrived on individuality. Shelby holding seeing the baby over her was mean. Make a decision, either invite these kids in or don’t. And while those things needed to be said to Quinn, Will SCREAMING them at her was not the right way. He’s supposed to be a TEACHER. I know the adults have never acted like adults on this show, and Will has proven himself to be a horrendous teacher and role model, but that was particularly awful. Just not ok.

      • Chantelle James

        I also thought it was strange for the adults to be treating her the way they did. She couldn’t see the baby because she was hanging out with bad people, had dyed her hair pink, was wearing black, and smoked? To see the baby she had to be her pretty, docile, blonde, “good girl” self? That makes no sense to me.

        In fact, the only way I could resolve the adults’ treatment of her is if she was on drugs. Having that character turn to drugs would have made some sense given everything she’s been through – and it would have felt like a more honest, realistic situation – so I don’t understand why they didn’t go that route.

        I know, I know. “Realistic” is not always in Glee’s vocabulary.

    • http://twitter.com/megelizah Megan Howard

      I think this episode was definitely a step-up from the season premiere, where the whole time I was saying “Oh BROTHER, not again.” in like, every scene. With that being said, I am really, really, REALLY bored with Rachel, Finn and Kurt. I never really found any of them likeable characters so it doesn’t help that all the focus is on them so far… I’ve fastforwarded through all their songs. :P And while I’ve liked Quinn at times, I am also tired of her inconsistent behavior and I’m not looking forward to her 16 and Pregnant-esque dramz that seems to be upcoming.
      It would seem that I actually don’t really like this show but one I get started with a show its hard to stop… 

    • Sara J Baxter

      I agree that the writing and story was much better in this episode, and people are probably going to hate me for saying this but…I hated the music. I watched it online and skipped through literally all of the songs after the first minute or so. Don’t get me wrong, I love showtunes, but ANOTHER Streisand song, then watching Lea Michelle CryTalkSing a ballady showtune and throwing Darren Criss in the end to try and pep it up a little? Didn’t do it for me.

      I don’t miss the theme episodes at all, but I miss the energy in the music from season one, and even some of season two. They did a mix of pop, classic rock, and well known showtunes and it worked. Lately it seems like it’s been more a bunch of showtunes, not all of them particularly familiar, with maybe some more obscure rock and pop thrown in. I get that they’re trying to appeal to a wide audience and that it’s usually in character for the people singing it, but it seems like there’s less music that you’re humming along to and thinking about after the show has ended of late. It’s like the song ends and you go “oh, well that was nice” and forget about it. I do watch the show for the story but I feel like a show about a Glee club should probably have some slightly more memorable music. *shrug*

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. Glee is best when they give new life to old numbers (Don’t Stop Believing, River Deep mountain High). But the ballady showtunes are usually so literal. I fast forwarded most of this weeks songs too.

    • Anonymous

      Not that Glee has ever been immune to plot inconsistency, but didn’t Shelby say something to Quinn about how she felt when she gave her baby up for adoption? In her case, I believe she was a surrogate hired by Rachel’s dads. That’s not quite the same situation Quinn found herself in.

    • Anonymous

      the implication that Schu is going to jump into the race doesn’t fill us with… well, glee

      I didn’t read that scene that way at all. I think its going to be Coach Bieste jumping into the race. Mr. Schu promised the students his focus was going to be solely on the glee club this year. Hard to do if you’re running for congress.

    • Anonymous

      Someone needs to tell these kids to enunciate, especially Brittany and Quinn. 

    • Anonymous

      i’m with you on darren criss performing.  hell-of-annoying.

    • Anonymous

      brittany is my favorite character, she’s just such a sweet little air head, and so sincere.  i hope the relationship between her and santana is developed this season (hot girls!)

      in spite of all the ragging on last season, the episode “rumours” was my all time favorite.  i watched it many times, and it put me on a whole new fleetwood mac trip.  even read mick’s memoir.  my second favorite moment was in season one, when mercedes sang “i smashed the windows out your car”.  priceless.

      random thoughts on glee.  

    • Denissa Lim

      Can I just be annoyed for one second here about how this article’s writer hates ‘Darren’s’ performing style? Have you seen Darren Criss perform???!!! Like his actual concerts?? While yes, he has his cute moments, none of it stem from ‘his performing style’. Those cute moments are from his personality. so am I going somewhere with this? Yes I am. The performances we see on Glee are BLAINE ANDERSON. A CHARACTER. Who Darren happens to portray very well. The performances are all consistent with what we know about BLAINE ANDERSON’S performing style, which is the cute, awkward dancing, jump on furniture style.

      Kindly stop hating Darren Criss for a character he portrays. There needs to be an actor-character separation. Just like how Chris Colfer is nothing like Kurt Hummel.

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        Fangirls are so tiresome.

        • Denissa Lim

          Hey, you have your opinion, so do I. Fangirl and proud of it XD

          • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

            Fair enough, Denissa. However, it’s entirely tiresome to have someone who stumbled across the blog (through a Darren Criss google search?) and clearly knows nothing about TLo or their ridiculously awesome reviews give a fangirl lecture. (I sympathize. I’m a fangirl. Not a Darren Criss fangirl, but a fangirl nonetheless) This blog post was a review of the Glee episode, “I Am Unicorn.” In it, they reflect the popular opinion of this blogs readers that Darren Criss isn’t god’s gift and that his performance on Glee (the only thing being reviewed here. In the review of Glee.) has been incredibly tiresome at times.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

      I have the episode DVRd, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to watch it.  I was too afraid that the potential reflected in the first episode would be squandered- but now I’m actually looking forward to pushing “play.”  I love good writing, and if someone can resurrect Glee from the abyss of season 2, that will be something worth seeing.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t got around to watching this season yet. Unlike other shows, reading the recaps first might actually help and doesn’t feel like it’s being spoiled.

      I have always thought that 95% of the time Jane Lynch is wasted as a talent on this show. She can be such a fine dramatic actor when given the right material. Have any of you ever seen her turn as Diana Reid, Spencer Reid’s schizophrenic mother on Criminal Minds? She’s just amazing.

    • taodon

      I got through the first 20 minutes of this week’s episode and determined that it was also my last 20 minutes of watching Glee.  The show boat is over for this old queen – just no longer interested, unfortunately.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ehormell Eric Hormell

      Yeah, the writing was pretty good in this episode. Too bad the music completely sucked.

    • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

      Other  moments of note for me: Brittany is more than a joke-machine, and Harry Shum actually got more than one line of dialogue, and a way to make his dancing part of the plot. It will be interesting to see them explore issues of pregnancy and adoption as more than just plot devices.  When Shue was yelling at Quinn, it was a reminder that this IS a girl who has been through a lot. If her emotional journey is given as some complexity instead of just being a convenient plot device that would be a good thing.

    • Jessica O’Connell

      In reference to the “but what about the minorities!” comments that are
      sure to follow, I just want to say that they’re also going to be giving
      Mike and Mercedes bigger story-lines and more depth this season, so it’s
      not all going to be about the core 4 white kids.

      And TLo, in Darren’s defense for his sugary performance during “It’s Not
      Unusual,” I think that was intentional for all of the fans that are
      around his age. It was a direct reference to something that was on “The
      Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” in the 90s. One of the characters LOVED that
      song and did that dance to it. So, I will say, while he is often all
      smiley and way more happy than people generally are in real life, that
      was done purposefully.

      I’ll also give the disclaimer that I’ve loved Darren Criss since before
      Glee, so to me he can do very little (to no) wrong. I will often go on
      the defensive for him just because, but I really thought that this was a
      cute reference to all the 20-somethings in the Glee audience.

      • Anonymous

        Carlton!

    • Anonymous

      Last night was such a relief.  I love the premise of the show, but last season’s finale was so god-awful I was just burned out.  The first episode was boring, but this one moved along and picked up old plot arcs that needed to be brought back. 

      And yes, yes, yes regarding Darren Criss.  He was way overused last season because of his preteen fan base, but last night was the first performance of his in ages that wasn’t cutesy-smarmy.  He still mugs too much, but he delivered on a believable Tony.  

      Relieved, too, that they found a way to have MattMo dance in a way that makes sense with the kids–ah, yes, let’s teach them and get some cool moves with Mike Chang.  But, most of all, they’re beginning to let Will Shuester start to act like an adult on occasion.

      And I like retconning about half the kids into juniors–we get continuity and the show gets focused–and the stakes are inherently interesting.  What happens with the seniors and college.

      I do miss the weirdly, whacky funny moments that only show up in Glee, but my fingers are crossed.   

    • Anonymous

      I liked it a lot, better than any individual episode in season 2, for sure. The writing is tighter and the characters all have stakes that make them much more interesting. I suspect that for the actors, their roles seem much meatier this season.

      In Burt’s shop, before I realized it was Finn, I thought Rachel was talking to “Cassius, from my dad’s shop” that Kurt referenced in his audition. It’s getting harder and harder to suspend disbelief and see Finn and Puck as teenagers.

      I *like* show tunes, so the show tunes don’t bother me a bit. And as much as there’s a thing as too much Rachel, I would watch the Idina Menzel/Lea Michelle Variety Hour show daily.

    • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

      I loved this episode so much! I kept watching in season 2, hoping it would get better, and it has!! I’m encouraged that Marti Noxon (from the Buffy crew) is on the team now. I loved last weeks and felt like they were building some very deliberate groundwork, and this week just kept expounding and handled each of the characters in a beautiful (read: believeable) manner. Schu’s lecture to Quinn was freaking fantastic! I actually *liked* his character in that scene. And I’ve NEVER liked his character. If they let him be a real teacher and adult this year, I’ll be thrilled.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, the minute I found out Marti Noxon was on board I knew things were going to get better! YAY!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

      Isn’t Darren annoying like that?! THANK YOU. I mean, I adore the man (seriously) but I, too, wanted to slap him last week. So hard. Not in the sexy way. And I HATE that song so it was incredibly painful for me to watch. But this week? Much better!

    • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

      This thing keeps eating my comments. :(

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LV4XSASTPOSTYPUBR4OLOFO66Q Dare

      What fills me with dread was last night’s the revelation that Blaine is a junior (uh, yeah, right: he LOOKS older than Kurt, for cryin’ out loud). But that means instead of Rachel stealing all the solos next year, we’re going to get Blaine doing it so that talents like Artie and Tina will STILL be ignored. Sigh.

    • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

      I thought i was the only one who couldn’t stand Darren’s performance “skills”, I hate Blaine and I hate Darren Criss, and I avoid conversation with any of his supporters, those people are scary

    • Lisa

      I’ve made absolutely no secret about how much I can’t stand Darren Criss/Blaine (I wailed “NOOOO!!!” during the season premiere when I found out he was transferring to McKinley – “Now we’ll never be rid of him!”), but wow – do I have to give credit where credit is due.  “Something’s Coming” was probably one of the best performances I’ve seen on that show, it was perfect for the character, perfect for the moment, it was just ideal.

    • elzatelzabelz

      I agree with your summary. Many of the scenes and stories and acting were all better than last season. I’m also done with Sue’s one-dimensional character and her little lap dog too. Move on with better stories. And, I LOVE the return to showtunes. Indina and Lea’s duet was perfect. Perfect. Perfect.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jean-Colbert/100002199277033 Jean Colbert

      Wow. I’m of the exact opposite mind regarding Darren Criss and singing. I think he’s good at pop tunes, but the weaknesses in his voice were completely exposed when it came to singing Broadway. Chris Colfer is miles ahead of him in that regard, because it’s not just about singing them perfectly, it’s about telling a story and making the song your own when it comes to Broadway, so I don’t agree with your assessment there. I’m not sure what you were listening to if you thought “Something Coming” was knocked out of the park.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you. I enjoyed “It’s Not Unusual” far more than “Something’s Coming,” which seemed a bit weak vocally — but which was better, I suppose, from the standpoint of acting while singing (the gestures, etc.). 

        One thing I really enjoyed was Kurt watching Blaine sing, with the smitten look on his face. I wish he would have applauded with the others.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

      I know that it’s kind of pointless to pick apart unrealistic plot points on Glee, but I think it’s odd that they decided to point out in this episode that Blaine’s a junior.  I guess it was to give some justification as to why Blaine should have to take a backseat to Kurt for the Tony role and to set up Blaine being around next year, but it really seems unrealistic.  That means that when Blaine was heading the Warblers and was doling out wisdom to Kurt last year, he was a sophomore.  I don’t buy it.

      • Anonymous

        I noticed that too.  Wasn’t there a moment last year when Kurt didn’t get a solo in the Warblers (or maybe it was input into the song) and Blaine told him, somewhat condescendingly, that his time would come?  It doesn’t make sense…

        … so maybe the old Glee (the inconsistent crazy one) isn’t entirely gone after all.  That’s actually o.k. with me.  

    • RyzandShyn

      Darren Criss did knock that out of the ballpark. You’re right, there is a difference with show tunes. I hadn’t noticed that as the difference, I just knew there was one.
      I like the way the writers are introducing the idea of the students as big fish in a little pond. My children went to a small high school in a small town where they could join any activity offered that they were interested in and have an active part in it. Some of the kids who particpated in the choral programs and musicals went to college as voice/theatre majors, expecting to continue to have starring roles, and returning disappointed as early as their first freshman year break.  
      I thought it was good that Rachel and Kurt were knocked down a peg by the group they watched perform in the opener. This week they continued that theme with Quinn wondering about his future and with Kurt considering that he might have acting limitations.

      Just for the record, I think it’s great for any kid to be the big fish at some point, it served my children well.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dwight.lake Dwight Lake

      I love where they are going with this season. I mean i just love that they seem to be GOING somewhere for a change.

      Did anyone notice that the baby is blonde? Is that not odd since her dad is jewish and her mom is a bottle blonde (remember her fat pic?) 

    • http://paintingchef.myopenid.com/ Susannah

      FINALLY!  Someone else who isn’t drinking the Darren Criss kool-aid.  THANK YOU!

    • Anonymous

      Loved that they addressed the inevitable tension between Kurt and Blaine as they’ll compete for roles and solos.  Two of my best friends in high school were a gay couple of the same height, build, and voice type, and they both decided to go into musical theater.  It nearly ended their relationship several times during our senior year when they were constantly competing against each other and the one who was better at playing straight won without fail each time.

      Also cringed when Kurt came out singing Barbra for that audition, but I thought remedying it with Romeo was a really smart idea.  Too bad the reaction to it was similar to that horrible article that came out when Jesse St. James was on the show saying that gay men can never play straight once they’re out, b/c they lose believability.  Rupert Everett said something similar in an interview as well.  It’s something very real that our poor unicorn will have to face soon enough.

      • Anonymous

        That Romeo scene was painful, and not because Kurt can’t play straight. I thought he was very believable in that scene, but no one gave him the chance. That was more about the observers not giving up their preconceptions than the observed not being able to distance himself from who he is. The Glee producers let that idea go too easily.

    • Laura Goldsmith Nikolas

      I am writing this not only as a LONGTIME fan of TLo, but as a twenty-something-yr-old adoptive mother.

      The adoption storyline is beyond unrealistic. If the adoption process was legal and not fraudulent, there is no way Quinn & Puck will get to parent that child. I hope that is realized soon.

      This episode bought into ignorant stereotypes about adoption (by the way, saying that she “gave the baby up” is really not PC). The fact that they basically handed Beth to Shelby in the hospital is not even close to being realistic. There are months (or years) of paperwork, interviews, etc. before any of that can occur. It’s frustrating to those of us in the adoption community that had to struggle and wait, and then in the media it’s portrayed as such an easy thing.

      I was also hurt by Quinn’s comment that Shelby can “pretend all she wants but she is Beth’s real mother”. Get real. We have a great relationship with his birth mom, but I am my son’s real mother regardless of the fact that he didn’t grow in my womb.

      I’m so done with this show.

      TLo, I hope you keep this in mind during your re-caps. I adore you both.

      • Anonymous

        I think the point, yet to be fully illustrated on the show, is that all those comments were made by a CHILD, essentially, who does not have a full grasp of the legal ramifications of adoption.  I don’t think that any adult watching the show believed/believes that it would/will actually be possible for a teen birth mother to get “full custody” of a child she gave up for adoption over a year ago.  I don’t think that Quinn’s dialogue is a writing error–I think it is intended as part of the characterization of Quinn.  In addition, if a birth mother picked an adoptive parent for their child in advance, I do believe they could give custody and guardianship of the child to the adoptive parent immediately, if they chose to, before the adoption was finalized.  This is an hour-long show with more than a dozen principal characters.  They were not trying to illustrate the steps to adoption in the episode, but wanted to get the adoption aspect of the storyline across as simply as possible.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.  Frankly, I took issue with Shelby (an adult) saying that she gave her daughter up for adoption when, in fact, she acted as a surrogate.  But, hey, it’s television.  I can’t get too worked up about it.  I do think it’s too bad that something like this would cause you to give up watching the show entirely.

    • http://profiles.google.com/emily.w.sings Emily Wilkerson

      “You sing like Diana Ross and you dress you like you own a magic chocolate factory.”

      Simply put, this was the best Glee episode in a long time.

    • Anonymous

      I’m really late in posting but I just watched this episode.

      Federal Funding for the Arts has recently not only come under fire, it’s in dire straights. Theatres are closing left and right and school arts programs are getting cut at massive degrees. This country was founded, in part, on a large level of culture and it’s not only wrong, it’s downright scary. It’s being looked at as “not important” when the opposite is true. Kids in music and arts programs have higher IQs, are well rounded and kinder to others, not to mention have a far less chance at falling victim to substance abuse. The Sue storyline is a political statement to our politicians that cutting arts programs will be dangerous.

      But they would NEVER cut funding for sports, would they? (sigh)

    • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.eric.hill Shawn Hill

      TLo, you’ve convinced me. Can’t wait to see where the new serial threads go.

    • http://twitter.com/onecrazymuggle Aubri Tuero

      Gosh you guys nailed it! I agree 100% with everything said. Darren’s face deff needs to be toned down, he’s cute as hell and has talent pouring out of everywhere but when he performs it’s a little much. 

    • Betsy Rausch-Phung

      Wait, but, WHY did Kurt spin sais in the conclusion of “I’m the Greatest Star” while auditioning to play Tony in “West Side Story”?  What do sais have to do with either “I’m the Greatest Star” or “West Side Story”???

      • Anonymous

        The sai is one of Chris Colfer’s skills.  And what better time to throw it in than in the scene where he is auditioning for a role by singing a song that is irrelevant to the part.  The irrelevant sais were a way to emphasize the point that Kurt isn’t of the type to play Tony.  Yes, it’s typecasting, but Glee has never clung to political correctness.

    • Anonymous

      I loved that Sue engineered that scene with Quinn and Schu. Failing to record her ostensible expose? Perfect Sue machinations to do some good without anyone being the wiser. That is the side of Sue that I love to see, her being evil, but a method to her madness occasionally peeking thru. Sue works in mysterious ways.

      • Anonymous

        One of the things TLo pointed out early on is that, horrible person she may be, she really is interested in preparing her students for the ‘real world.’  If they can learn to handle Sue Sylvester, they can handle anyone. School of hard knocks and bludgeoning.