thoughts on glee: hold on to sixteen

STORY

Rachel: The Voice of Reason?: I don’t think Quinn is being reasonable in her attempt to get Beth back – that goes for Puck and Shelby – and now Rachel. I don’t like the Shelby/Puck fling but ruining Shelby’s blossoming teaching/coaching career may be a bit drastic – like, seriously, think of the Troubletones Quinn. If it’s gotten to the point that Rachel Berry is giving you advice about anything other than the glee club then you should know it’s time to come to your senses.

Pumas and Cougars, Mr. Sexual Chocolate?!: Honestly, I missed Sam. Maybe it was the acoustic awesome, or the relationship we missed with Mercedes, or maybe even his “trouty-mouth”, either way I’m glad he’s back performing on the right stage. I’m glad he is over Quinn because she is dealing with WAY too much right now but I am interested to see how much drama he stirs up with his effort to get Mercedes back.

Finn’s Leadership: If Finn hasn’t been helping Santana cope with her sexuality or semi-stalking Sam on Facebook to get him back to McKinley he is apologizing to Blaine for being a jerk earlier on in the season. I admire Finn stepping up when the group needs him most because – let’s face it – he is probably the most sane, and relevant, member left to take up the mantle.

Dance to Your Heart’s Content: I hate it when people try to stop others from doing what makes them happy – unless that other person is a serial killer or that kid who likes to make fun of  you because he saw your grandmother give you a kiss on the cheek because she clearly loves you more than his grandmother ever could…or something like that. What I’m trying to say is that I’m glad Tina stood up for Mike when he was afraid to do so. I can’t wait to see Mike on a future season of America’s Best Dance Crew.

Unfair Advantage: Why did The New Directions sing like 30 songs at sectionals while the other clubs had one? I know the New Directions have to persevere and all that jazz but can we at least make the competition believable? Even though FOX cut off the beginning of “ABC” (did that happen to anyone else?), I still don’t think the New Directions’ barrage of songs beat out the Troubletones.

All Together Now: If you didn’t see a “New Tones/Troubled Directions” super-group in the cards when they branched off then, let’s face it, you’re not that smart. I was actually more excited for the reunion than I thought I would have been but maybe it was because it was a last minute pick me up I needed after a overwhelmingly lackluster episode. Now let the countdown to the next big “diva-off” begin!

MUSIC

Red Solo Cup – Sam (B)

Would I have enjoyed this more as a Puck/Sam duet? Yes. Is it believable that fresh from Ireland Rory knows all the words to this song? Not at all. However, it was fun. More fun would have been seeing those red cups filled with something a little bubblier than sparkling cider, but alas, I was just happy to see Sam seamlessly transition back into the club.

Buenos Aires – Unitards (C)

Harmony was like Rachel, but flirtier, and in true Rachel fashion, she put on a one-woman show. The group aspect didn’t even remotely shine and giving Lindsay Pearce some much deserved screen time was clearly the only purpose. Post-performance: I KNEW they weren’t going to win sectionals.

I Will Survive/Survivor – Trouble Tones (B)

Mercedes and Santana providing double the diva power? Smart. Going with a mash-up? Also smart. The choppy and kind of awkward choreography? Not so much. Overall, this was a great performance, but Santana’s voice wasn’t as strong as its been in recent episodes when she sounds like she’s battling her inner demons via song. Post-performance: I wasn’t quite sure they were going to win, but I KNEW they weren’t going to place behind the Unitards.

ABC/Control/Man in the Mirror – New Directions (A)

First things first, Artie should always be the go-to guy for any Jackson classics (see PYT for reference) and I would really like to see Artie, Sam, Blaine, Finn and Puck do a Jackson Five song (or any 5-member boy band for that matter). This performance had what the first to competitors didn’t: a showcase of the group’s overall talent and good choreography….but then again, they also got three songs to get it right. For a moment, we got back the Blaine from his pre-New Directions days, back when he was the head Warbler in charge. I missed that Blaine. I also missed Artie, which I didn’t realize until this performance. Post-performance: I was pretty sure they were going to win. Hello…medleys trump mash-ups, it was obvious.

We are Young – New Directions and Trouble Tones(?) (B)

The Finn and Rachel combo is always great and everyone seemed so happy and young. I doubt Rory’s ever heard this song either, but he looked carefree, which was the point of the performance, so points for that. I guess this means the band is getting back together or at the very least, the Trouble Tones are joining forces with the New Directions.

Also…

  • I truly heart Sebastian. Sorry Klaine lovers, but I wouldn’t mind seeing something happen between him and Blaine, even if it’s only in some weird, trippy dream sequence.
  • White Chocolate Trouty Mouth can just come back? Without registering for classes or anything? Wait, Glee isn’t realistic and that’s part of the appeal.
  • Dalton has a fight club? I’d LOVE to see Blaine go all Tyler Durden.
  • I don’t believe Santana needed to write down all those insults for Sam, she is the freestyle queen!
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