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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I thought the last 30 seconds were the best of this show. I loved SJP and her "I am not a manager..I can't say no" line. cracked my up cause I have been there. The songs were not great, but I would have loved some dialogue and more screen time with the Superhero Sidekick Club. But the actual Rachel makeover was a bit too much at once. I know many girls who got makeovers, but they did not become unrecognizable (nor acted like they received a brain transplant) all at once. The make up overload is a bit crazy. I kind of miss the fresh faced Rachel from S1. I know that Finn told her to do it on her own without him there, but he also was chasing the train upon its departure and that is not really a break up. I know that RIB said that Finn will get a new love interest, but it won't be until after episode 10. I am glad, because I have a feeling I will like this girl a lot more than Brody, because she is won't some lurking character in the background as Brody has been shown. I hope she is a little older than Finn, someone that will teach him how "hot and sexy" he is. He has spend so much time trying to convince Rachel she is hot and sexy, he lost his mojo. It's time to find a girl to sexualize Finn!


Isn't Rachel a vegan???!!! Why was she cooking a duck for Brody?!


Thank you for all the little Easter eggs in this episode. SJP singing the song from ANNIE was lovely because she starred in that musical on Broadway for a year. And, Becky's xylophone intro to Sue's morning announcement had me LOL. GREASE, anyone? What a nice homage to Eve Arden. I always appreciate seeing Sam's well-formed chest for a few seconds. But, is it possible that Rachel is getting MORE shallow and self-centered, even with the cutthroat competition? Wearing full makeup (w/false eyelashes!) with your hair down & styled like a Victoria's Secret model is a sure way to get laughed out of any serious dance class. My guess: Rachel is Brody's conquest of the semester. Didn't Cassie, the dance teacher, allude to that earlier?


im pretty sure rachel and finn broke up. thats what that whole scene was at the train station on the finale!!! I was confused why ep1 we were supposed to think they were together? Finn let her go. He chose the military instead!


Meg- where did u hear that?


well, let's see - Rachel is a teen -ager, who should never have been in that serious of a relationship to begin with, so the idea that she is attracted to someone else make total sense. I do think, however, that there is a dark side to Brody - maybe because of what happened with Jessie, but something doesn't smell right in that direction. Love that Kurt went to NY and is working in fashion - that's awesome!


I don't get why people are jumping all over Rachel. If my boyfriend stopped talking to me for MONTHs, I would be assuming we were no longer together. I don't think the show went far enough to show that Rachel was wondering that. I know when people go to basic, their schedules are loaded and they are exhausted but you don't go off the grid so you don't have any contact with your loved ones for months. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think after several months of no communication from your boyfriend, you are allowed to think it might be over and move on when the opportunity presents itself.


How can Will be out of ideas? There are soooooo many musical genres and artists Glee has barely touched. How about some Frank Sinatra? Some more country? Maybe an all musicals episode? Classical musicals like some Rodgers and Hammerstein? 60's music? The Beatles? Elvis? British imports? Disney?? Movie themes? I could go on and on.


You know, there's an app called "Find My Friends". How did Kurt find Rachel in NY? How Brody and Finn found Rachel and Kurt's home? It's Apple guys! :)


And I don't even wanna talk about how Rachel and the shower dude ALREADY kissed! And now like in every soap opera we end on Finn showing up to surprise Rachel... I love it how everyone is saying "Oh, but he has been MIA" and Rachel is so unhappy and Rachel is this and that....what about looking at this issue from Finn's side? What if all this time he was still deciding on what to do with his life? What if he understood army life was not for him? What if something happened that made him go to NY and see Rachel I am guessing right away? its gonna be sad when these two break up next week, cos lets face it they are. Shower dude's fans can rejoice, but the sad truth is, he might like her, but he still does not know what and who Rachel is beyond those new clothes she got. And Finn knows and loves the real her. Thats the difference.

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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.