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Glee Review: A Change Will Do You Good

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Well, Glee, that was better than last week, probably because it wasn't a tribute episode. But it wasn't great. It did serve as a nice set-up for upcoming story lines, I guess, so there's that.

If I'm being honest, and that's what I'm here to be, I found myself incredibly underwhelmed with almost everything except the last 10 minutes of "Makeover." I was happy to see the focus shift to the old school club members, but tonight not even the Glee music was very fun.

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So much of the high school story felt like reheated leftovers, but I was happy to see attention return to our old cast members instead of the new class.

Watching Blaine struggle with feeling left behind by Kurt when he gave up his life to move to McKinley was one of the highlights because it felt the most real. I get it. Kurt's in New York and living this new, exciting life and Blaine is back home in Ohio living Kurt's old life at a school he didn't even attend before meeting Kurt with friends who weren't his.

There are bound to be issues. Jealousy, anger, abandonment, sadness. I felt bad for the guy, honestly. Blaine is one of the characters I've come to care about the most. 

I don't like that Blaine and Kurt's relationship appears to be on the rocks. The set-up for their issues is essentially the same as Brittany and Santana's except we got to see Kurt actively avoid Blaine in favor of his new life. Tonight proved to me that of all the couples on Glee, this is the one I care about the most.

Sarah Jessica Parker as Kurt's mentor, Isabelle Wright, was nice. The character is just quirky enough to fit in on Glee. The idea that Kurt could pursue fashion instead of music is an intriguing one, and at least one of them has to change majors, right? Or maybe he'll find a way to go after both. (Isabelle's advice to Kurt can be found on the Glee quotes page!)

Tonight, for the first time, the Brody-Rachel relationship felt slightly less forced. Just a little. Don't get me wrong, Brody's coming on incredibly strong in a way that doesn't make a lot of sense, but here I believed that Rachel was seeing herself in a new light for the first time. That was the point of the "makeover," right? To help her view herself in a new way? I'd say it worked, and it allowed me to see what Brody's seeing in her. The Finn-spotting at the end of the episode did leave me eager for next week.

What didn't work?

Any of the musical numbers. Seriously. While the vocals on "The Way You Look Tonight/You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" were great, the mash-up was bizarre. The same goes for the arrangement of "A Change Would Do You Good." That's not a sexy song, and it's not a loud rock anthem either.

Will becoming so bored with his life that he's applying to join a Blue Ribbon panel and will leave McKinley if accepted. Unless, of course, Jesse St. James takes over the glee club, in which case, apply away, Will Schuester.

I can't even be bothered to care about the elections, really. They're a pointless attempt to make it seem like life at McKinley is typical, high school life, and I know we've rehashed all the ways it's not realistic before. There were plenty of other ways to show that Blaine is unhappy now that Kurt is in New York.

Overall, I was only sort of impressed tonight. I enjoyed the show, but I always enjoy it. It's an hour of escape from reality. But I want to love it, week after week.

What about you? Do you think more change could do Glee some good?

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Deann

I was LOVING Blaine's Tears for Fears "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" solo at the beginning of the show...it just made me smile and sing along, as that was the big hit my freshman year of college. And I get that he is feeling abandoned, which I think is rather cruel of Kurt, especially considering what Blaine gave up for their relationship. That said, I am really glad Blaine won over Brittany, who is coming across as a real Byotch this season, stupid, monotone and worthless..so much so that I wouldn't blame Santana for dumping her.She has completely lost her charm, and I do not know if that is the direction the writers are going with her, or if she is just not that good an actress and not into the role anymore.
I also really loved Rachel/Kurt/SJP's mashup and makeover, it was fun, funny, and charming. I'm thrilled that Kurt is finding his raison d'ete at Vogue.com, and how impressive is it that he got an internship at such a huge fashion flagship magazine site? Having been a magazine editor, I can tell you that he's extremely lucky to have landed the first job he went after, especially with no professional editorial experience. And finally, I think Brody is screamin' hot, and his chemistry with Rachel sizzles, so I think that she should dump Finn, who is old news, and do the dirty hula with that hot senior guy...yummy. I think Brody is better for her than Finn, because he isn't connected to her old life in Ohio. And I think it would be great if Mr Shue went away for awhile and left the Glee club to Gwyneth Paltrow! She ROCKS! Or Ricky Martin! Or, and this is just a wish, what about Hugh Jackman? He's been angling to get on Glee for a long time...he'd make a great substitute teacher!

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I would like to see the ex wife of Will coming back to seek revenge. Even though she's a total snob and annoying, she brought Will some drama and gave him more of a role.

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Everyone criticizes how the show has so many multiple story lines that are rushed but you all never realize that the directors actually do a pretty decent job showing everyone. If they show more of one person then you'll still complain. I think the story is fine. For Santana, Quinn, etc they will come soon when their part comes up. I don't like the idea of Brody and Rachel but we all have to admit if we were in Rachel's position: all alone in a big city and away from your lover who's in the army. You're going to miss having someone there so much that you'll fall for anyone who's sweet to you and accompanies you. Again, the director's have done well. For Kurt, he is finally getting recognized for his talents and SJP's character pushes him to realize that. It sucks that Blaine misses him and doesn't get enough attention, but distant does that to people. The downside to the episode was Will's part. Was that really necessary? Did it have anything to do with anything? . . . . . The next episode seems very pumped. Grab your tissueboxes. Cannot wait.

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Continued what he's thinking.
I laughed more than in any episode. Is it going to be a real comedy now.
Why did SJP look so old? If they wanted the character to be 64 there are actresses that age that look it.
I won't mind if every episode starts with Blaine singing a classic solo.

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I think you all missed the big point at the beginning. Will is out of ideas. That's Glee's best feature: brutal honesty.
In this case it means the writers are out of ideas. TV is out of ideas. Fashion is out of ideas. Politics is out of ideas.
It was their way of admitting that most episodes from now on will be things we've seen before with different characters and sometimes different results.
Britney forgot she dated Artie. That means by spring she will have completely forgotten Santana and her bicurius orientation and can have sex with Artie again. (That seems to be

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I miss Quinn ..will we wever know what happened to her. She was my favorite character and most similar to the high school students I know. I thought she never had a real chance to display her talents.

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NO chemistry with Brody and they are ruining this show, and Rachel berry
Finchel Forever

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I am so sorry, but except for Blaine, there is no real vocal talent left at McKinley. And the "new" kids are NOT good. The series is all over the place and is frankly boring and predictible. Santana, Mercedes, real talent and powerful characters. So sad. I'll give it a week or two. And don't get me started about Finn and Rachel.

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I'm with the reviewer regarding the music--I wasn't feelin' it this episode. On a side note, wardrobe, music director, and choreographer REALLY need to talk more--Rachel trying to playfully gallop on (what looks like) the High Line in high-heeled boots was EPIC FAIL--she was basically horse-stomping through it all. I like SJP's character--a start contrast to Kate Hudson's alcoholic train wreck--and I'm glad she's nice to Kurt and giving him career options. I also didn't feel blindsided by the plotlines, although there were quite a few. As for the reviewer's comment that Jesse St. James come back if Mr. Schu leaves, BITE YOUR TONGUE!!! I don't like his character and would stop watching if he returned. Besides, Jonathan Groff has a gig on another show so it seems unlikely. Oh, and Finns' return at the end? We could see that coming from space!! :-)

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I'm sick and tired of all this Brody crap on Glee! Finchel don't necessarily have to be together, but to bring in 3rd parties yet again just bores me. It cheapens the whole of S3 for me. Did this mean absolutely nothing? Regardless of how nice Brody might be,I really don't care for his character. If there's no Finchel, there's no Glee for me!

Glee Season 4 Episode 3 Quotes

Artie: I mean, it's no secret that a woman loves a man in power, and don't take this personally, but before I graduate I would like to have a relationship that lasts longer than a couple weeks.
Brittany: Why would I take that personally?
Artie: You and I dated.
Brittany: We did?

[to Kurt] No, you should dream. You should dream very, very big and then you should work incredibly hard and make sure you do everything in your power to make it happen.

Isabelle
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