This week on “Glee,” Quinn is determined to win Finn back. Meanwhile, New Directions sings a collection of original songs at Regionals, but will be enough to beat Dalton Academy Warblers and Vocal Adrenaline? Find out in our review…
- Director: Bradley Buecker
- Writer: Ryan Murphy
- Cast: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Fink, Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum, Jr., Darren Criss, Jayne Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kathy Griffin, Loretta Devine
Episode Title: “Original Song”
Kurt is jealous of Blaine, but the two work it out. New Directions decides to all work together on writing the original songs for Regionals, and Quinn becomes Rachel’s friend as a way of winning Finn back. At Regionals, the McKinley High School students shine while performing, which angers Sue and astounds the judges.
- Loads of Original Music: Only three original songs will be available for digital download on iTunes, but the episode included more that each showcased a unique genre and attitude of the singer.
- Venting: Mr. Shue encourages the Glee Club to channel the bad energy that Sue creates by picking on them into a song, which is a productive, inspiring, and safe way to vent their emotion. It also helps them work together as a group to write a song that they all feel good about performing.
- Outrageous Judges: Sarah Palin, a former exotic dancer posing as a nun, and the news anchor that Sue used to date becomes a hilarious panel of judges. Shooting the scene in an Anchorman-esque style made the scene extra-funny by association.
- Brittany and Santana: Brittany tries talking to Santana, but Santana’s response is rude and snappy. Santana doesn’t talk to Brittany about how she feels; she merely accuses Brittany of letting her down. Santana previously seemed to have no problem talking to Brittany (they were best friends, after all). What’s weirder is that she is dating Sam again but obviously doesn’t like him that much. If she has realized she’s into girls, why not date girls instead? She says she’s afraid of what others would think of her homosexuality, yet she doesn’t seem to have the same concern about her reputation if she’s dating Brittany.
- Kurt and Blaine: Kurt’s blatant honesty and jealousy of Blaine’s solos seems rude and overbearing. So Kurt and Blaine’s hookup seems a little unbelievable-instead of being hurt or offended by Kurt’s comments, Blaine kisses him instead?
- Quinn and Rachel: Quinn realizes that everyone has their own role to play in life. Not everyone can be famous, and those who would pursue fame must make sacrifices along the way. But does Quinn have her life all planned out a little prematurely? Does she have Finn’s life planned out too soon as well? What if Finn doesn’t want to live his life the way she is planning? Moreover, Quinn tells Rachael that she cannot have both love and fame-she must choose one. This event does help Rachael write an emotionally-wrought song, but has Quinn’s jealousy gone too far or is she being up front with Rachael?
- “Misery,” Maroon 5- A catchy, boy-band version complete with synchronized dancing by Dalton Academy Warblers. Although Kurt wasn’t happy about Blaine’s solo, we thought it was fantastic.
- “Only Child,” Rachel Berry- Another song written by Rachel that Finn judges a fail.
- “Blackbird,” The Beatles- Kurt’s solo (in response to the death of his canary, “Pavoratti”). Kurt may be known for his falsetto, but a glimpse of his soft, sweet chest register vocals is just as lovely.
- “Trouty Mouth,” Santana- Santana’s jazzy solo dedicated to Sam, whom is angered by the insulting lyrics.
- “Big Ass Heart,” The Beatles- Puck’s rockabilly solo dedicated to Lauren. It’s the funniest number of the episode.
- “Hell to the No,” Glee Cast- Mercedes’ catch-phrase ‘hell to the no’ in song version becomes a pop number full of belting and runs, which is also what Mercedes is known for. This song captured the essence of Mercedes’ character.
- “Jesus Is A Friend of Mine,” Sonseed- The competing glee club that Sue is coaching sings this at Regionals. It is in tune and has choreography to it, but it’s lackluster and soon forgotten.
- “Candles,” Hey Monday- Dalton Academy Warblers’ regionals piece and duet between Kurt and Blaine. It gets a standing ovation by the audience, and is a touching cover-we like that they’ve chosen a less-known song for once.
- “Raise Your Glass,” P!nk- Dalton Academy Warblers sing a harmonized rendition of this at Regionals-the result is outstanding.
- “Get It Right,” Glee Cast- Rachel’s original solo for regionals, a tearjerker that’s heartbreakingly beautiful.
- “Loser Like Me,” Glee Cast- A pop song written by the entire glee club (inspired by Sue’s constant bullying of them).
“Glee” provides us with the first episode to include original songs, and the result is overwhelmingly great music-wise. The episode itself had some unexpected twists that kept things interesting, but some of the characters acted, well, out of character.
“Glee” airs Tuesday nights at 8pm on FOX.
Agree? Disagree? Which original song was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!