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Glee Review: When It's Over, Is It Really Over?

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One thing is certain after tonight's episode of Glee: Things are officially done for Kurt and Blaine and Rachel and Finn. Our dynamic duos won't be reconciling any time soon. Mega bummer.

But in other McKinley news, "Glease" rocked the house, and proved to me, once again, life is better on Glee when the drama stays in high school.

Blaine and Sugar
I'm a fan of Grease. I grew up watching it and singing along and found myself doing the same tonight, which is always a good sign. While "Greased Lightning" was a bit slow and forced, the slumber party scene, aside from the hideous costuming, felt like something that Kitty would do: invite the girls over for the purpose of humiliating one (or more) of them.

Overall, the McKinley production of Grease was pretty great. Perhaps not as good as Rocky Horror, but it definitely wasn't terrible. And did anyone else who's a fan of the film besides me marvel at just how much Sugar looked like the original Frenchy? The similarity was downright freaky!

But the ultimate purpose of tonight's episode wasn't about the musical at all. That was simply a means to an end. Or two ends, to be more specific.

Rachel and Finn are now so broken up they don't even want to have contact with one another, even in song. And Kurt refused to speak to Blaine after borrowing Rachel's courage and bravado. I can't say that I saw reconciliation coming for either couple, but at least there's closure now. Their final words, or some of them, are chronicled on the Glee quotes page and were actually heartbreaking to listen to.

The doors are still open for Santana and Brittany and Mike and Tina, though, so fans of those couples should be excited.

I truly can't even begin to think about how clunky the story with Brody is right now. Did he really just sleep with a dance teacher? That whole thing is a hot mess and it makes me kind of cranky to think about being asked to care what happens to him.

I know that Cassandra is bitchy and has it out for Rachel, but Brody sleeping with her, even in the context of Cassandra's conversation with Rachel about Rachel going back to Ohio, makes no sense. While we haven't exactly gotten a lot of characterization for Brody, tonight didn't fit and was, in my opinion, simply an opportunity to have him take his shirt off again.

When this season debuted, I thought the New York scenes were fantastic and fresh and kept the show alive. I was disinterested in the stories of the new high school students. After the past two weeks, I wish more than ever that Rachel and Kurt Take New York had been an actual spin-off instead of what's beginning to feel like baggage.

We all lamented the noticeable absences of Mike, Mercedes, Santana, Puck and Finn in the first several episodes of Glee Season 4. After tonight, aside from the whole Santana-as-Rizzo lunacy, I'm convinced that writing their whereabouts into the dialogue without writing them into the physical scenes was the way to go. 

The same needs to be done with Rachel and Kurt no matter how much I love them.

Here's the thing: Rachel and Kurt are Glee. They are and always will be. But they're not in glee club anymore. And neither are any of the other graduates who've gone off to do their own post-high school things.

While watching Marley and Kitty tonight, and seeing the way Kitty manipulated Marley, and then watching Marley and Ryder, I found myself asking "What if these characters had come first?" If we'd gotten Ryder and Marley and Jake and Kitty first, chances are good we'd feel about them the way we feel about Rachel and Kurt and the other graduates now. In short, our new McKinley High School students need their fair shake, and they won't get that with the dueling story of Rachel and Kurt in New York always diverting our attention.

Those are my musings on things so far, anyway. No doubt there are those who'll disagree with me. I'm okay with that.

What did you think of "Glease"? Are you more or less invested in McKinley after the past two weeks?

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I really like the new season of glee. I think it is amazing and I agree with a lot of you guys this episode has been the best so far. I like the idea of Marley and Ryder together and I think it's great that Tina and Mike may consider each other. I like these couples because Marley and Ryder remind me of Rachel and Finn and since they're gone this is kind of like the mending bridge. I like Tina and Mike because it feels like we're getting back to the old glee. To be honest this season has been weird for me because it doesn't seem to glee like with the flashing back between New York and High school. I feel like the show is completely different. I think they need to give Rachel and kurt their own show because this is 'glee' and Rachel and Kurt aren't part of glee anymore. I think the new characters are being cheated and we aren't seeing enough of 'glee', which is supposed to be taken place in High school, because we are in New York.

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You know I got to thinking about Santana playing Rizzo today as I was listening to the soundtrack. My high school basically had to do the same thing my junior year because the girl playing a major part in Hello Dolly dropped out about two weeks before the show opened. My friend was then given that roll but they needed someone to fill the dance spot my friend left open. Instead of rechoreographing and reteaching things that had been practicing for three months, the choreographer, a teacher much older than us, filled in. Luckily she was short and thin and could blend in easily in the big dance scenes.

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I am loving the show as it is! I was actually kind of getting sick of the same glee-club restricted story and last season pretty much sucked. I absolutely love Rachel and Kurt, and Glee is not Glee without them! Who cares about the new characters (it is too soon to actually prefer them over any of the old gleeks),they have potential but they are not GLEE! It will take at least a season for me to get used to them! But I am in LOVE with Brody, him and Rachel are perfect! I am sure Cassandra is lying, it is quite obvious since they don't actually show anything happening between her and Brody!

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I know a lot of people like Glee as is, this was the best episode this season so far. I love Grease and the music which helped. Glee was an exact copy to the movie-sets, costumes, mannerisms-but didn't have the enthusiasm like the movie. I'm glad Santana was Rizzo. Glad for the bit with Finn and Rachel singing Your the One that I Want. Not a fan of Kitty or Sue anymore. I wish they went with a spin off so we could see a NY flat shared by Santana, Rachel, Finn and Kurt-it could have been hilarious. But all we've got is drama and all couples broken up. I watch Glee for an escape from reality and enjoy great music. So far s4 has too much drama and top 40 music. I've Glee of the past which introduced all genres and eras of music to the public. Now it is what's on the radio. A drag to me. Acting is not as good too.

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@Bob, I have wished for the same thing. A McKinley high school Glee and a spin off with the graduates and their new lives going into adulthood. IMO, they gelling well together into 1 show. There are fans of the show who favor one site over the other. IMO, Glee has not equalized time and story well between NY and McKinley. Besides, NY with Rachel and Kurt is so much more dramatic with little fun and seriously little music to enjoy. For me, I'm not connecting to McKinley with the new kids. Artie, Tina, Sam, Brit and Sugar are still background characters. I don't like the new. If Glee was separate shows, then better stories and more characters would be focused on. Glee needs more fun, funny, great music, classics, better dancing, performances. HS needs better acting

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I recognized the sugar-frenchy resemblance and I'm only eleven an I've seen grease like five times! I still think that it's better without kurt and Rachel. I mean they could guest star on it SOMETIMES but they are SO annoying!

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I honestly don't think Brody slept with the dance teacher. It's just way too out of character for him, from what we've seen of him. As juvenile as it would be, I will continue to believe that the dance teacher was lying and did something stupid like stole Brody's phone or realized he forgot it and failed to return it... I also don't understand why him being her TA requires them to dance together at night on a weekend...
I, too, am finding myself liking the new characters more and more with each week, and the old cast coming into it is starting to bother me. WHY did Finn call Santana to play Rizzo?! How is that even allowed?

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I love glee no matter who is in it or not. i love the way things are going and its keeping me on my toes on whats up. im very curious to see what in the world is happening next episode artie looks like lex luther

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I'd love for Ryan Murphy to make a new separate show for the old characters off in college. So for those who are truly interested in glee at McKinley high can just watch that and for those of us who love the old characters can just watch that. The old characters are off in college and have a different lifestyle, perhaps a better story plot way different from season 1-3 in McKinley. It'd be nice.

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I am hating the switching between new and old characters. Rachel, Kurt, Mercedes et al have LEFT Glee club. Maybe the fact that I cannot stand Kurt or Rachel plays a big part in my feelings towards the new set up, I just really couldn't care less what happens with them anymore. Fair enough, they will still be mentioned by their friends, they will still come home from time to time (though seriously, who on earth flies all the way back to see a high school production??) I can deal with that but the show needs to move on from them.
The fact that they are so strongly included still is the reason that people are not connecting with the new cast, their stories are being pushed so quickly to make room for New York. The old characters have moved on, so should the show. Marley is adorable, and my eyes certainly wouldn't object to Jake being given more airtime.

Glee Season 4 Episode 6 Quotes

I've seen your true colors, Finn Hudson. You've got hate in that heart, Double Stuff. And probably also frosting.

Sue

Will: I'll be taking a short sabbatical which means I'm leaving McKinley at the end of the week.
Tina: Wait, this is crazy.
Artie: Glee club is your life.

Glee Season 4 Episode 6 Music

  Song Artist
Glee-cast-greased-lightning Greased Lightning Glee Cast iTunes
Glee-cast-look-at-me-im-sandra-dee Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee Glee Cast iTunes
Glee-cast-beauty-school-drop-out Beauty School Drop Out Glee Cast iTunes
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