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Glee Review: Don't Dream It's Over

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A swan song is, by definition, a final public performance or a person's last performance before retirement. Why tonight's episode of Glee was titled "Swan Song" is anybody's guess.

Even if the New Directions did lose Sectionals, nothing about tonight said "the end." Tonight was about starting over. Regrouping. New beginnings.

Whoopi Goldberg as Carmen
We've debated in recent weeks what the point of Glee is exactly. Is this a show about high school? Or is it a show meant to follow its original cast into perpetuity?

It seemed like the writers were finally trying to tell us what they think Glee is all about.

Rachel: Finn, listen to me. You know, even if we, we never won our Sectionals, or Nationals had never happened, it still would have been worth it. I mean, glee, it's about the love of the music. It's about people like Puck and Artie not just singing together but actually being friends. It's about Brittany and Mike dancing just for fun when no one else is around. It's even about the romances. You know they come and go, but they're just as important. | permalink

Tonight Glee was about the characters. Which is why most of tonight's New York scenes didn't bug me. In fact, most of them reminded me what I love about Kurt and Rachel as individual characters and as friends.

I could have done without the Rachel-Cassie showdown of "All That Jazz." In fact, I'm getting to the point where I'm done with Cassie July altogether. I love Kate Hudson's chiseled abs and ascerbic remarks as much as the next person, but Rachel's not a dancer. (And truth be told, all of the "dance-offs" that have happened this season have sort of proven that point already, with tonight being no exception.)

She's never going to be a dancer and she knows it. Rachel Berry was born to belt out the ballads and belt she did.

Rachel Berry totally owned the NYADA Winter Showcase. I got chills while listening to her sing "O Holy Night."

But it was her speech to Brody beforehand that I loved the most about her performances tonight. Rachel, for all of her lack of confidence, has never lacked said confidence on stage. She has always known who she is when she's singing. That has always been clear.

Tonight felt like Rachel was reminded of that, or reminded herself of that. And using that confidence, she did what she does, which is blow everyone else out of the water.

She also loaned a little of that confidence to Kurt. He's always hidden behind his "careful assortment of bells and whistles" and tonight he showed his vulnerability at just the right moment. Doing so paid off as Kurt is now NYADA's newest student. Finally, something good for Kurt Hummel!

But not so much good happened for the New Directions back at McKinley. Unless you count Brittany and Sam.

They're a strange pair, really, and the set up has been only slightly more developed than that of Sam and Mercedes, but I don't hate it.

Their breaking of the fourth wall tonight to directly address the backlash the writers knew would come out of their pairing was well played. Love is love. And if anything, Brittany's character was always written as bisexual, so her decision to date Sam doesn't seem outside the scope of something her character would do. I can be Team Bam for as long as this lasts.

However, I'm irritated that the only mention we got of Marley's eating disorder came from Santana calling Kitty out and everyone ignoring it. Completely irritated. I don't know why I expected that more would happen with that, but I did. I hoped this would be the Big! Issue! that Glee got right.

I suppose there's still hope for the writers to revisit this in future episodes, but it bothers me that Kitty caused so much destruction and will see no repercussions. At this point, she's irredeemable for me.

After Marley's tumble at Sectionals, the New Directions lost when they fled the stage to take care of her as the judges declared the Warblers the winners. Better luck next year?

To be honest, I was kind of shocked by that turn of events. I expected one of the other girls to jump in, sing with Blaine and the New Directions would go on to a victory. It was interesting to me to see the possible collapse of the glee club thanks to a wonky set of rules and Sue's maneuvering.

But the glee club is kind of like The Goonies, and goonies never say die.

They'll regroup. They'll move forward from here. And Finn will help them do it.

What did you think of "Swan Song"? Are you Team Bam? Did Rachel blow you away with her ballad? Be sure to check out the rest of the Glee quotes (and the Glee music!) and I'll see you in the comments!

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And finally, I LOVED the last song. At last because I was starting to lose hope.

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Why we like the new york scenes but not so much the plot it's because the songs are better in the new york scenes, lets just admit like Rachel there's no other, so that's that. About Brit and Sam, I saw that comming from the first episode, It was set out to happen like that, not that I think is consistent; So Sam was left with undying love for Mercedes last season finale but now it is stated that oh, no! he has had a crush on Brittany for ages! come on! we're not stupid! And finally, can I say I'm so over the whole Finn is a loser plot line?! enough! And I'm also pissed about Kitty not getting what she deserveded for Marly's fallout.

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My previous comment was what Britanny were to say to Sam if Samcedes was the pair in question.

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Here's another version of what was said. "I'm worried because of the Black Blogger Community. I think it meant a lot to them, seeing you and Mercedes together, because she's not the typical stick-thin white girl writers usually pair guys like you. And I'm worried those angry black people will hurt my perfect face. This isn't offensive, is it? What I'm saying? Associating a minority with a mob and insinuating that they get hysterically violent when they don't get their way?"

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Dang it...
I'm not sure the whole NY storyline is strong enough to stand on its own yet. As for a Jewish girl singing a Christian song-maybe it's her favorite because she likes the sound of it...I liked a lot of Christmas carols before I became a Christian, and sometimes you can't so much as go shopping without hearing them!

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Seriefreak, I love the NY scenes too...I'm not sure the whole story l

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Continued from below.... to recognize and accept her sexuality when in fact the outcry comes from the lack of coverage given to Brittany’s bisexuality during her relationship with Santana. During this relationship Brittany found herself muted by the writers and was notably missing during Santana’s forced outing by Finn. She was not a vocal participant of this relationship and Brittana itself received little to no meaningful interaction during the third Season and Brittany was almost demoted to being an extra. Yet once she finds herself paired with a man (after no real closure on her relationship with Santana) she finds herself in a starring role of the show once more.

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I find it so strange that a show that once prided itself on LGBT representation and progressiveness has gone out of its way to repeatedly insult a marginalized section of society that so happens to be an important section of its fan base. The breaking of the fourth wall to promote a heterosexual, white, couple in place of what was once a groundbreaking portrayal of a female same sex relationship that had three seasons of development (however sketchy at times) is strange for Glee to do, given that its ratings have decreased massively in Season 4. It is interesting to note that Glee anticipated outcry from its lesbian fan base and rather than deal with this in a mature manner using consistent story development it decided to ‘force’ upon said fan base the idea that it was wrong and violent for supporting their show and their characters so strongly. Under the guise of Brittany being a bisexual, they are accusing the lesbian online community of refusing to recognize and accept her sexuality when in fact the outcry comes from the lack of coverage given to Brittany’s bisexuality during her relationship with Santana. During this relationship Brittany found herself muted by the writers and was notably missing during Santana’s forced outing by Finn. She was not a vocal participant of this relationship and Brittana itself received little to no meaningful interaction during the third Season and Brittany was almost demoted to being an extra. Yet once she finds herself paired with a man (after no real closure on her relationship with Santana) she finds herself in a starring role of the show once more. Brittana fans are not just lesbians but are a diverse group of people who supported the relationship for various different reasons. But yes, many bisexual/lesbian girls and women found solace in the pairing who encouraged them to come out in a world where people are still murdered and violently attacked for their sexuality. They wrote to actresses, producers and writers to tell them how Brittana changed and saved their lives and now their stories are being entirely disregarded and spat upon by the very show that once provided them with the strength they needed to be open about themselves. The writers have told these people that their support is worth nothing and is, rather strangely, discouraged. The fans who petitioned for years and fought for lesbian/bisexual visibility on the show were shunned in favor of another, frankly unnecessary, heterosexual pairing. Glee decided to be so hurtful and rude to its fan base for no reason. I am not a lesbian but a bisexual who is appalled that they are hiding behind Brittany’s bisexuality to promote this storyline. Glee would not have done the same with black fans (because of Samcedes) or gay men (because of Klaine) because it believes lesbians are beneath these in their struggle for equality. They are not as important. They are irrelevant. They are angry and violent and nonsensical. This show has a self imposed responsibility and it has failed its fans. It was failed the lesbian and bisexual fan base and it can no longer hide behind a veil of “we’re good for the LGBT community� because I am a member of that community and Glee has gone too far this time.

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I didn't understand Brittany's comment about angry lesbians either. I always thought she was bi, not gay. The writers were probably making that comment as one of their ways to make her seem like a total idiot but I can see how that might bother some people. And Fanin, in real life, Cassie would not get away with sleeping with a student, legal or not. In my college (granted, a state school), she'd be suspended or sacked right away. In fact, now that Kurt is in, I wonder if they'll have a storyline involving someone in power 'accidentally' finding out about her and Brody? I mentioned Kurt b/c, even if he
didn't tell, there could be at least one more person to suspect. I also wonder if Brody could get pissed about how Cassie treats people and tell? But maybe I'm overthinking!

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I hated how the others blamed Marley for their loss. It's not like she fainted on purpose, and it seemed like Santana was the only one who knew (or cared) why. Some of the others may have seemed concerned at first, but that went away as soon as Sue announced their loss. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

Glee Season 4 Episode 9 Quotes

Brittany: Did you lay out the line of cereal for me?
Sam: Well, it's Tuesday, and I know how you forget to eat breakfast on Tuesday because the first few days of the week tend to confuse you.

This is all Marley's fault. New Rachel, my butt. I knew Rachel Berry. I was friends with Rachel Berry. And you, Marley, are not Rachel Berry.

Tina

Glee Season 4 Episode 9 Music

  Song Artist
Glee-cast-something-stupid Something Stupid Glee Cast iTunes
Song All That Jazz (feat. Kate Hudson) Glee Cast iTunes
Glee-cast-being-good-isnt-good-enough Being Good Isn't Good Enough Glee Cast iTunes
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