Glee Season Finale Review: Off to New York

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Nationals finally arrived, along the season finale of Glee, this week.

With "New York" as host to The New Directions and the other 49 top show choirs in the nation, the Naked Cowboy may have been looking for ear plugs as the group broke out its rendition of "New York, New York" in Times Square. And were we really to believe that Rachel didn't know "Cats" was no longer running? Tough start to the season's final episode, but it turned out to be a stumble and not a fall. 


Despite a few unrealistic moments, even by Glee standards, I thought it was a good finale. It didn't leave me with chills, or tears in my eyes, but it definitely had me chomping at the bit for next season.

The original songs didn't live up to the high standards set by "Get It Right" and "Loser Like Me," but that was strategic. The songs were mediocre and that was why they weren't in the top 10 (note to the Directions: don't wait until the day before to prepare your Nationals routine, okay?)

The writers did the storyline justice. The club got a taste of Nationals, but still failed to reach the ultimate goal. Next year with Blaine on their roster, they are a, dare I say, Schue-in? 

I felt the writers put too much emphasis on the kiss between Finn and Rachel being the scapegoat. I was shocked when the song finished and only Will stood and clapped. You're telling me the entire crowd agreed with Jesse that the kiss was common and vulgar? Please, I saw Lea Michele's breasts in Spring Awakening on Broadway and I didn't flinch for a second. It's art, people! Once again, though, I had to remind myself, it wasn't real, it was reali-Glee.

I liked seeing Artie and Brittany share center stage and how she threw a little Charleston into the choreography, but again the results were not a shock. We saw the level of competition they were up against when that Chelsea Handler look-alike belted out Usher. 

While the loss was tough to take, several moments more than made up for it. Santana's Lima Heights tirade; Blaine and Kurt's I love you's and the latter's Pip Pip Hooray; Samcedes!; and how a single Quinn scoffed at how even Zises was hooking up. 

Possibly my favorite moment was when Puck stood up and hugged Mr. Schue. Puck had some great moments in this finale, but please don't ever let him ride a skateboard again. That was just painful. 

I liked the cameo by the "Gas Man" from Dumb and Dumber, who told Will he had real talent. Also, the guard at the Gershwin Theatre letting Rachel and Kurt have 15 minutes on stage was a nice touch, although I'm not too sure if such a nice person exists in Manhattan. I didn't dwell on it too much, however, because I was completely moved by the duet we were treated to. The look in Kurt's eyes as Rachel pulled him to center stage and he looked out on the house was fantastic. 

I was underwhelmed by Finn and Rachel's big date. Patti LuPone made a cameo and Rachel told her she was her idol? I hope Barbara wasn't in the booth adjacent because you know what happens in booth adjacent. Bad things! I thought Rachel and Kurt had more chemistry during their breakfast at Tiffany's than she and Finn shared. It was also strange how they went from midtown to the West Village in subsequent scenes. The transition didn't quite gel with me. 

What did gel though was Quinn's new hair. No pun intended. Loved, loved, loved the new look, even though I had thought they would make more of a fuss over it. It also was a bit weird how she cared so little about the show choir competition after placing so much emphasis on something as frivolous as a school dance, but we have to suspend reality at times with this show and turn a blind eye to some of its inconsistencies.

Like, for instance, when Quinn was so cheery to Rachel and Finn as they walked into the choir room to close out the episode. Do haircuts really work that well, ladies?!?

Dustin was great in his return, as he tried to educate Will at the bar and Jesse dropped his usual lot of lines, as well. I didn't really care for the whole Sunshine scene or Vocal Adrenaline's performance either, for that matter. I was expecting something more. 

Brittany was preaching the truth to Santana and her words made for a great summation. Church was in service as she nailed this season's theme of acceptance. Like Rachel and Kurt sang to one another, everyone in the glee club is who they are today because they met each other.

They have been changed for the better for having met one another, just like I have been after watching this season unfold. Until next season, enjoy the reruns and look forward to the 3D movie. Next year, The New Directions are going to bring home the hardware! 

Did Finchel's kiss cost New Directions the title?


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Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 (182 Votes)

Am I the only one not liking Mercedes and Sam? They seemed...forced. Like the show was like "hmmm...we need another couple...ok here we go!" I did NOT LIKE IT!


If this hadn't been the season finale, I'd say it was a fine episode. But really? This sucked a** for a season finale. Major letdown. LOVED Finchel, but still. Wasn't season finale material


I knew in the first five minutes that the whole was going to be terrible and it was. Totally F L A T. No plot, no story, no payoff. There are so many inconsistencies in character, plot and story in this series, that all the inconsistencies in this show were just confirmation that I have to stop watching it. Glee is the most overrated show on TV. By far. Maybe ever. It's not good. It's mediocre at best. There were much better shows about high school that failed. I can't agree more that Matthew Morrison should leave the show--he's annoying, earnest, cloying character/actor. Did we ever think once, for a nanosecond, that he was going to leave Lima? To be in that silly show, The Lucy Rhoads Story? Cut me a break. And he changed his mind instantly. And why the hell did Jesse St James come back . . . oh, right, he's was a forced plot device. Terrible show.


It was bad ! the only thing that pops up from the fimale was Quinn new haircut ! And even if glee is a unrealistic show : 1) When you see all season long will saying "get ready for sectional for regional ...", it's quite hard to believe that nex direction have non number 24H prior to the national. 2) Lame Lame Lame songs 3) Quinn's plan was ???? Maybe worst season ending ever. I m hopping for a great 3rd season ...


I was disappointed in this finale, it felt more like a build up to the end of the show. There were no real chilfhanggers -- though I suppose that could be good because we won't know what to expect next season -- I wanted something that would leave me pinning for season 3 . And I'm getting sick of this QuinnxFinnxRachel triangle. I mean at least Quinn's character in going through some changes and Rachel is growing to realize where her dreams can truly take her but Finn is still basically the same he's been since the end of last season. I swear if Rachel ends up becoming a choir teacher or something to stay with Finn, I will consider giving this show up. Who expects to stay with there high school sweetheart forever. And to give up a life long dream for your first high school boyfriend is just dumb (especially one thats cheated on you). There should be compromise when you truly love someone. Finn should've supported her right off that bat (if that's what they truly want) and committed to going to NYC with Rachel; it's not like he has any real dreams of his own.


why havent you freaked out enough about sam and mercedes? idiots


Kurt and Rachel have so much more chemistry than Rachel and Finn! That duet was stunning. I found myself tearing up when Rachel passed off the vocals to Kurt. You could see how much they loved and wanted to be on that stage. On top of that, Rachel and Jesse sound SO MUCH BETTER than Rachel and Finn. and of course Kurt and Blaine are INSANELY ADORABLE TOGETHER!! Also loving Brit and Santana's friendship. I love that Santana goes "ghetto" go on Rachel's ass LOL HILARIOUS.


Such a disappointing season finale. For sectionals, regionals, and nationals episodes, they already have their storylines! This epiosde was more about Finchel than Nationals.They had wayyyyyy too much Finn and Rachel and I'm tellingyou, I am so sick of them! BTW: Bring back Quick...QUICKly!


am i the only one who feels like when they do original songs, the slow songs are always incredible (Get it Right, Pretending), but when it comes to the fast songs (Loser like Me, Light up the World) it just seems like it's out of a Disney movie? soooo bad........ I love Glee, but this was honestly the most stupidest episode of all Glee history (including the Britney/Brittany). It was just painful and we all knew it was over when there was only 20 minutes left and Finn talked about placing in 10th, then the top 5, then the winner. It was horrible, parading around New York, serenading Finn and Rachel, OMG if there was anything else on, I would have switched the channel, but I just had to finish watching it. The best scenes were of Santana/Quinn/Brittany. I really hope they become friends again like how close Quinn and Santana were in the first few episodes before they decided to make Brittany part of the mix. And when the hell are Puck and Quinn gonna get back together? They looked so adorable together.


I loved the finale. I loved Kurt and Rachels duet, I think their both amazing singers. I also loved Rachel and Finn, I think they should be together and I'll be upset if they break them up early next season. I am so happy that Sam and Mercedes are together! Awesome! Also Kurt and Blaines I Love You's were cute too. All in all great episode. Loved everyone, especially Puck! :) I also agree that Quinn and Jesse should date! :)

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Glee Season 2 Episode 22 Quotes

OK can we just talk about the Jewish elephant in the room?


Bartender: Do you even know what's in a Manhattan?
Puck: Yeah me, for the first time. Which is why I want to celebrate with a cocktail.