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Glee Review: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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I'm going to go ahead and say this, even though I know half of the TV Fanatics who read it will probably disagree with me:

I haven't enjoyed an episode of Glee like I enjoyed tonight's episode in a long, long time.

Maybe my elation is turkey and stuffing induced. Maybe my happiness is from the sweet potatoes. Somehow, however, I doubt it. "Dynamic Duets" solidifies, for me at least, what I saw two weeks ago, and that is that the focus of this show needs to be on McKinley.

Blake vs. Jake

I won't lie. I spent the first three minutes tonight wearing my "WTF" face. The real-life Superhero Squad, complete with Coach Beiste as faculty adviser, was more than a little bizarre. It was downright delusional and unnecessary. And yet... as the episode progressed, I found myself overlooking the fact that the characters were actually, really wearing capes and tights and focusing on the boatloads of information in an episode that was essentially buried under a mound of tryptophan.

Information such as:

  • Jake and Puck have developed a friendship where Baby Puckerman calls OG Puckerman for advice about girls.
  • Marley is developing bulimia after taking Kitty's "advice."
  • Will Schue left Finn a nice collection of sweater vests when he went to Washington.
  • Ryder is dyslexic.
  • Blaine's side of the break-up.

Finn is having some issues as the leader of the New Directions. They don't see him as an adult, but really, he's a baby adult, so I understand their confusion. His "Foreigner" plan was bad. So bad High School Finn from seven months ago would've called it bad. But as a mentor, he maybe doesn't suck.

He was really great with Ryder and Jake tonight. His plan to make them sing together was straight out of Schuester's Handbook, and when it backfired, he dropped back and punted just like Will would have. He forced them to be vulnerable so they could work together. I was kind of proud of him in that moment. Our little Finn's all grown up, guys.

Blake Jenner as Ryder is blowing the winners of The Glee Project Season 1 out of the water three episodes into his seven-episode arc. Neither Sam Larsen as Joe nor Damian McGinty as Rory are half as good as he is at being a believable character. Maybe it's that Ryan Murphy and Co. sought out a "leading man" in season 2 of The Glee Project, but really, they couldn't have chosen a better winner.

And Jake? I kind of love him.

While he may have betrayed Ryder's confidence in going to Finn, he did it with good intentions. Great intentions, even. He didn't like Ryder and really had no reason to even after hearing his secret, but he helped anyway. It's reminiscent of the time Puck made Becky Jackson a crown for prom. Both of them have these hard exteriors, but on the inside, they're good guys.

Speaking of Puck, it was great to catch a glimpse of him and find that he's just as industrious as always, hustling people on Hollywood Boulevard for money.

I couldn't be sure of Kitty's motivation for being nice to Marley until the point of the episode when Marley asked Jake out on a date. And to be honest, I'm still not entirely sure why Kitty is hellbent on having Marley become bulimic aside from just being an evil person intent on destroying Marley's life. But I suppose that's reason enough. I hope Glee treats this storyline with delicate attention because the relevance of eating disorders among teens shouldn't be treated as a lesson-of-the-week and then forgotten.

Finally, we got an explanation about Blaine's cheating. Yes, it happened. Yes, he's sorry for it. So sorry he seriously contemplated a move back to Dalton Academy to get away from Kurt's memory. Sam, however, convinced him to stay at McKinley. I believe there will be a conversation between Blaine and Kurt at some point and right now, after hearing Blaine's explanation, I can't decide how I want things to end up. (You can read Blaine's explanation on the Glee quotes page!)

Sure, I love Blaine and Kurt together. But Blaine's cheating, and with a stranger no less, was reckless and lame. If Kurt never listened to him, he'd be justified in that decision. The part of me who wants to see these two work it out, who believes in forgiveness and second chances, is hopeful they'll reconcile at least to the point of being friends again, however tenuous.

And that, my friends, is what you missed on Glee. Plus other things that I didn't include here lest this become a rehashing of ever minute of tonight's episode.

Seriously. There was so much to learn tonight! And all of it was done without the intrusion of New York. And yes, New York feels like an intrusion after tonight.

This? The high school? This is Glee now. And this Glee? It's good.

What did you think of "Dynamic Duets?" Have you visited our updated Glee music section yet? Are you starting to like Ryder and Jake as much as I am?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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I totally disagree with your statement about Blake Jenner blowing Samuel Larsen out of the water. Samuel is a better singer than Blake Imo and just as good of an actor. I am very disappointed that Samuel Larsen has not been given more character development this season. I don't like the Bram story line and Brittany should stick to dancing. I don't hate Ryder but he is just another bland jock like Cory to me. I like Marley, but I would like to see her with Joe, even though I like Jake better than Ryder. I have been a gleek since the start and have convinced some of my college friends to watch Glee. We all love Samuel Larsen (Joe) but we find ourselves going to his videos from the Glee Project and his original songs because he is not being featured on Glee.

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I loved the superhero's storyline. Reminds me of what drew me to Glee in the first place. Lest we forget that these kids are supposedly the "rejects" of the school so their quirks are amplified. This episode really brought back Season 1 Glee for me. Who doesn't remember that Will blackmailed Finn into being in Glee club?

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I seriously think that some people forget that these are teenage kids and they do not need a reason to cheat or a reason to lose interest and just move on. Most teenagers hearts are fickle and they break up religiously. No reason to put adult expectations on teenagers.

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I missed some episodes in season one and the season two episode in which Rachel made out with Puck for no apparent reason. She pursued Will briefly while he was still married, dated Puck twice while he was technically with Santana, fathering Quinn's baby and making out with anyone else he came across.
Finn never cheated on Rachel. This kind of proves that Brody is worse than Finn, but she had no right to expect Brody to be better than her. Her standard should be for Brody to be better than Puck.

Amie

But I think saying that she's stringing them both along is somewhat premature. Right now, she's just not being exclusive, you know? Oh no, she is definitively not stringing them along, she is not pulling an Elena Gilbert on us, thankfully. Tbh, though, I really don't think Glee needs another love triangle sicne for me personally the only one that ever worked was back in s1 and s2 with Quinn, Finn and Puck. Anyway, Blake Jenner is awesome and I hope they keep him for longer than 7 episodes.

Amie

I think Rachel's tears were over more than just Brody possibly sleeping with Cassandra. She effectively left Finn, her high school sweetheart, to see what's out there with Brody and the thought that he could sleep with Cassandra, coupled with Cassandra's words, were why she was crying. I think they were over the realization that this isn't the life she necessarily imagined for herself and where does she go from there now. I guess I think she wasn't crying because Brody slept with someone else but because of the entire situation. Very well said, I hope that it was 90% the reason behind her crying but you know the promo for next week's episodes kind of got me thinking that since he says why do you care whom I have slept with, it really did hurt her and I just don't see why Rachel is waisting her time on him.

Amie

@LilAngel, yes, I think Rachel as being lame because she claims and tries to come off as a girl who has grown up since she came to NY and she reverts to acting like a high school girl wayy to often. Plus, forgive me if maybe I sounded to harsh but the shower dude has yet to prove that he is worth crying over, so I did not understand her instant tear works or why she immediately tired to call him..

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I gave 1 star. cant help it and cant stand for it

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Stick to High school Glee, its when you are at your best. Speaking of which, While I don't exactly miss New York, I think I wouldn't miss Mekenly if they did a whole episode in NY. Plus I love new Rachel, and I would hate to see that story line just pitter out

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She is not stringing them along. Although I cringed when she asked Jake out, you just know it is going to end all kinds of badly, but at least we have a love triangle that doesn't feel like their is a real winner just yet (unlike Finn Quinn Rachel when you knew where Finn would end up)
To be honest the Deslexia storyline was kinda bugging me, although that is more because I am deslexic and issues that hit close to home always annoy me unless they deal with them in the EXACT way I dealt with them. Which is strange. Although there were a few things in it that I liked such as him being told that he is "very bright" which is the buzz word when talking to deslexics and his speech to Finn when he finished his test. as for beluima, this programme really annoys me when it tries to tackle "issues" because there is no follow through that feels believable, and they mostly deal with it irresponsibly. Please take for example, teen pregnacy, birth mothers in adoption and domestic abuse. Stick to high school stuff Glee. Speaking of which, while I never really miss New York, I would hate for that story line just to fizzle out a disapear, I love new Rachel, and I want to see if her dance teacher really did sleep with a student.

Glee Season 4 Episode 7 Quotes

Finn: The theme is 'Foreigner.' We're going to sing songs by Foreigner, in foreign languages, wearing all the costumes of the world's nations.
Artie: Wait, seriously? That's your idea?

What kind of name is Ryder Lynn anyway? Because it sounds like your parents named you after a cowgirl doll who comes with her own pony.

Jake

Glee Season 4 Episode 7 Music

  Song Artist
Glee cast dark side Dark Side Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast superman Superman Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast holding out for a hero Holding Out For A Hero Glee Cast iTunes