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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. 

In NYC

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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This episode was awful! I am so mad that Jesse was barely in the last few episodes! Is he coming back next season? If not, what a waste! He is way more interesting than Finn. I am fed up with Glee writers not killing good story lines. I just couldn't believe how totally lack luster the entire episode was (save for Rachel and Kurt). Nothing happened with Quinn, kiss scene was really boring, songs were really boring, snore. I can honestly say that I will have no problem waiting for a better season 3.

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I CANT BELIEVE ALL THE NEGATIVITY IM READING
COME ON AL "THE SONGS WERENT GOOD ENOUGH" WELL YEAH I THINK THAT WAS THE POINT .... THATS WHY THEY PLACED A DESERVED #12 I THINK THATS RYAN'S IDEA... MAKE GOOD SONGS
FOR THE NEXT YEAR FINALE MAKE EPIC SONGS ON NATIONALS AND FINALLY WIN. I DID LIKE THIS EPISODE ... IM SORRY BUT I DO NOT GET TIRED OF FINCHEL THEY BELONG EACH OTHER, LIKE LEA SAID IN AN INTERVIEW THEY WOULD BE LIKE ROSS&RACHEL(FRIENDS) ... THEY ARE THE CENTER I LIKED PRETENDING SO MUCH AND YOU ARE RIGHT

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Seriously, that was BAD. Not only were the characters on the episode purely annoying for the biggest part, but it also felt like the writers lost all their energy on putting the episode in New York and just hoping that it would be enough to make a great show. Sadly, it didn't. The songs were worse than mediocre, and I don't mean the ones on the competition, but all of them. Plus, I am soooo bored with the whole Finn and Rachel thing. The kiss didn't ruin their chances - they were just bad. The kiss was however the lamest cherry on top. Oh, and one more thing - how can you keep Groff on the show and give him like THREE LINES to speak?!

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I WANT PUCK AND QUINN BACK TOGETHER:(!

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@katiej totally agree on the Rachel walking off on her own point (yeah Lea's a native New yorker but Rachel?).
Was a total letdown on Quinn's part, why say last week she has 'something big' planned and then it turns out she was simply waiting for Rachel and Kurt to go off on their own to get them suspended (how would she have known they'd do that)? Mr Schue is a dreadful teacher leaving the kids alone as often as he did, surely they would have needed another chaperone anyway (for the girls)?

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it was good but nothing compared to the season 1 finale.. First of all this is .. NATIONALS.. u can't sit in a hotel room 2 hrs before the competition and write songs!! I means what's the point? ..and i liked the songs but they definetely weren't get it right and loser like me...I hope next season it's like season 1 again,, because season 2 was not that good.. It was like asch episode : will writes something on the board, whole week they do that something and in the end they realize that something wasn't anything.... And characters were'nt built up properly..what do we know about all of their personalities from season 2,in season 1 they actually built up the characters... But i still cant wait for season 3 , a hopeully better and more fun season :D :D

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Oh and I thought Quinn was simply annoying, was thrilled Santana and Brittany simply told her to 'man up', too flippin' right.
The competition (that all-girl group) were dreadful, their song was no better (and sucked quite frankly).

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What worked for me:
Blurt admitting they were 'in love', so piggin' cute :D
Rachel and Kurt's duet
Samcedes *squee* (they both deserve each other after being played around by other characters and writers)
Dustin's comments about NDs being 'not baked properly'
The rest...meh.
I'm so sick of Finnchel it's not even funny, I groaned when they went on the date and was relieved when she said she was going to choose Broadway (even though I knew she probably wouldn't by the end). I was REALLY hoping Will would beggar off to Broadway, that performance of his in the theatre was so dull (shameless self promotion Matt Morrison!) I only paid attention when 'Gas Man' showed up, so I was gutted when he said he'd stay.
The songs (other than the Kurt/Rachel duet) were boring, ALL of them, Charice's sounded like a ripoff of 'I Have Nothing' and was ridiculous as a song for the comp as there weren't even backing vocals (what were the REST of VA doing? Just dancing!).
And I found it hard to believe Rachel met Kurt's idol and didn't even think to get an autograph for him (he would have got Barbra's for her if the tables were turned), did she even tell him?!
I enjoyed the sights of NY but then I'm a NY-ophile (just wish they'd done a better song to sing saccherinly around the city), loved the 'Rhapsody On Blue' opening especially (always a great touch).

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@Katiej: I totally agree. When Dustin was saying New Directions had no shot to win because they spent the week prancing around NYC, I was nodding my head.
What group waits until the day before to prepare a routine??

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@Matt Richenthal: well, I noticed later that the reviewer actually did mention them briefly. Yes, perhaps it was for shock, or maybe just a pairing of the spares. But like I said, there *were* Mercedes/Sam moments in the prom episode, so I don't think it came completely out of the blue. There have also been small moments between them in the course of the season, but they were mostly things that took place between any given Glee club member.

Glee Season 2 Episode 22 Quotes

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

Puck

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.

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