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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Okay. Most boring finale ever. Seriously, I wasn't even interested. It was obvious they wouldn't win - it seemed like the show itself forgot the choir was in nationals and supposed to sing and perform. THIS should have been the biggest concerne of the episode, not FINCHEL for god's sake ! We've all been waiting for New York and THIS is what we get ? 'Wow, look at this city it's so beautiful and Finchelly and oh we lost nationals. Too bad ! :D ' They were more worked up about regionals than about nationals. Where does that make sense ?? They need to stop focusing on their little personal drama and more about performing. What was Quinn's big plan ? Having a new haircut ? (Which is magical, since now she's all Finchel too. Yay ! -_-') Her storyline was not resolved/explained at all. Sure, she had a lot of scenes this season (I loved the prom episode), but all we get as closure/an explanation to her character is a short, lame 'I need somebody to love me' 'sure, let's get you a haircut' 2 minute scene ?! Talk about inconsistency. I wouldn't even mind so much about Finchel if their writing was good, but it wasn't. The 'I love you' last season at regionals had more impact than whatever they were doing this episode. I might like Rachel outside of Finchel (...sometimes), but together, they're just that much more annoying. They make me feel like I'm watching High School Musical. It's THAT bad. Sam and Mercedes. I honestly believe the writers were just looking for some surprise, looked at who was single in the club, and just said 'okay, these two'll do.' But hey, whatever. The Will/Emma scene just about summed up their relationship this season : fleeting. Just when you think there's a breakthrough... there's not. (Also, bring back Will from season 1. They didn't even give him a good reason for turning down the chance of his life. I get that yeah, he needs to be there or otherwise the show is lost, but come ON. Try and be a little realistic. He could have come back later in season 3, THAT would've been interesting.) The only redeeming things for me was the Klaine scene - Blaine's I love you had way much more impact than Finchel kiss -, Santana 'loosing it' (kinda reminded me of Callie in GA when her father comes to see her), and Britanny singing. I'd forgotten she could. (Seriously, no more Rachel and Finn taking all the stage. I'm dying to hear more of Tina, Britanny and Santana.) So yeah. I think the writers really need a good break. Hopefully by the time they get together to think of season 3, they'll be awesome again and Finchel will not be so much an obsession. (Talk about feeding a couple down people's throat.)


Puck's hug to Shue, Brit and Artie duet "my cup" (freaking brillant), Blaine and Kurt saying I love you to each other and Sam/Mercedes being together made me allllllll forgive the bad parts in this finale. Completely worth it.


Also, I'd like to add that Rachel has been single. FOR A WHILE. I didn't take the kiss between her and Jesse last week as getting back together. Clearly, she was reluctant. So as long as they keep Finchel together this time with just normal couple drama, I'm all for it. I'm so sick of the back and forth crap though. Rachel always gets the short end of the stick. Let her be happy! Also, Puck and Quinn need to get back together. That's all I'm saying.


I may be the black sheep here, but I LOVED the finale. The only thing I would have liked is if they cut the Sunshine/Rachel and added more story line about Quinn's hair and her plans. I would have loved if they would have ended with a group number like they did in season one, but nevertheless, I am a Glee Fanatic and will watch to the end!


Oh...three requests with Season 3: 1) More Mercedes and Kurt friendship - I LOVE THEM. Sure Rachel and Kurt are fine and dandy, but Mercedes and Kurt are amazing!
2) More Mercedes singing - I miss her voice
3) I want the Quinn, Santana, Brittney gang back together :)


I wish Glee would stop putting old movie musical songs into mash-ups and just do them on their own (Singin' in the Rain, I Feel Pretty, and New York New York). I find it hard to believe that NONE of those kids likes old movie musicals. I went to a small high school too and most of the chorus kids loved those movies. I personally love Finchel and saw Samcedes coming. Did anyone see him turn around and hug her when they were done performing? I LOVED the Kurt and Rachel scenes which is a surprise to me because I really dislike Kurt. But "For Good" was amazing and reminded me of my time at high school. That was our senior song. Quinn...Santana and Brittany were right. She needs to shut up. She was more worried about being prom queen then even telling Finn how she felt about him. I don't have a problem with the original songs themselves, I just wish they wouldn't do original songs. However Puck hugging Shue was my favorite too! I actually rewound and watched it again.


the problem with finchel is that finn is just an ass..
everybody is always saying what a great guy he is.. but honestly I never saw it.. but what was the whole build with quin in the previous episode..
after that last line of her I thought she was totally going to sabotage nationals but other than a nervous breakdown and a new haircut we barely saw her..


I find Rachel and Finn really really boring. I completely tuned out during their scenes together and was really disappointed with their reunion. Sadly, if the intent is to make them the Rachel and Ross of Friends, then that is a big letdown for me with Glee. Ross and Rachel had great chemistry and you totally wanted to root for them. I have always felt Finn and Rachel were forced - just like their scenes during the Season 2 Finale. With Ross, he was so in love with Rachel and you knew that he thought she was the most beautiful and amazing woman. With Glee, Finn constantly admits Quinn is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen and that he has never felt fireworks kissing Rachel. Now, he is all like "I feel tethered to Rachel". I'm bored. Someone please break them up.


do people write comments in capitals because they think it looks more impressive?


Woops meant to say fed up with Glee writers killing good story lines (I would want them to not kill them lol)

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