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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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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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"Too many rabbits to keep up" This so much. They storylines are way too rushed. Gives me whiplash.

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I'm still not a Brochel shipper. I'm still rooting for Finchel. I'm excited for next week's episode because we get to see some incredible acting from Lea and Cory-even though its gonna hurt to watch. They always have the best scenes together. I still have complete faith that Finchel will reunite- call me delusional or naive- i don't care. I don;t believe Rachel has moved from Finn. i also don't believe that Rachel has developed any real deep feelings for Brody.

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Miranda I agree with especially that Glee often wants to resolve all these storylines in one episode. It's better this year, but I remeber how they took the time to build the storylines in the fist season. And I also agree with what you said in a previous review, they should have created a spin-off for Rachel, Finn Kurt and others.

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The show isn't the worst thing on tv. Yes we have become invested in the graduates of McKinley but the show is realistic in the since that life moves on after graduation especially at high school. I think the writers have to show how different the new kids are....remember Sam was once the new guy as well. Even though I miss the old class... I m interested in Jake, Marley, and Kitty.

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@Aquariuz and charmed Jenna, In rereading my review, perhaps I *could* give Glee 3.5 stars. And it's not that Glee has to work extra hard compared to other shows. It's that Glee has so much potential to be so much better than other shows and it very often squanders that potential by chasing too many rabbits at once. That will be this season's weakness. There's simply too many characters to keep up.

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I thought glee last night was awesomer than last weeks episode. But I rank every episode every star in the world. Glee is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SHOW EVER ( even though I'm only 11 years old... I didn't know any of the songs but I loved them. My favorite part was when Sam started stripping!!!I'm the absolute Sam fan! I hope Samcedes lives on!!! I just wish we knew what was going on between SAM and Mercedes.

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I loved everything about Kurt's Vogue plot... it was so great to see him succeed at SOMETHING, finally! I would have given five stars for that alone, ha ha. Isabelle was so cute. I love that she was really pushing for Kurt's success, and that he was even invited to a work party so soon after he'd started as a lowly intern. Networking! I do hope that Blaine's emotions steady out somewhat in the weeks to come. His boyfriend just left him a couple of weeks ago, and anyone should know that the first week at a new job is going to be insanely busy and that the new employee is going to have to focus on making a good impression. Blaine seems to be really adrift when he started off as such a strong character, like that season two boy never existed, and I hope he figures out who he is pretty quickly.

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I was never Finn's biggest fan and I didn't realize I missed him a little until he popped up at the end. The scenes for next week with him singing Coldplay's "The Scientist" and how direction that episode appears to be headed made me instantly sad. I can't wait for next week. Finally, some really great musical selections -hopefully.

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the episodes get stronger and stronger this season. And this one was absolutely awesome. The Brochel relationship is evolving step by step and I found it great (and I was a Finchel shipper until now). It's amazing how Lea Michele can have chemistry with everyone. So now, go Brochel!!!

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Everyone in this episode has changed their looks by far from season 1, more fashionably and beautiful. I wish they had made Finn dress a bit more different from High School. I honestly was so intrigued with Rachel and Brody's relationship and how Finn will react next episode. Kurt and Blaine's relationship was so realistic, I loved it so much. Some scenes in this episode like will shuesters meeting was a waste of the episodes time honestly. I wanted to see more of the glee members or at least the old characters. This episode made me impatient for the next. That's what an audience wants to feel every time they watch a show, the feeling of impatient ness until the next episode. Now that makes a good episode in my opinion. 4 stars.

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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