This week marked the 40th episode of “Glee,” accounting for an extended length of 90 minutes about self-acceptance and embracing what makes you unique.  What happens during dance rehearsals?  Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
  • Writer: Brad Falchuk
  • CastDianna 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,  Jayma Mays, Max Adler

Episode Title: “Born This Way”

Finn breaks Rachel’s nose, and Rachel struggles with the idea of rhinoplasty.  Lauren and Quinn both want prom queen crown, Emma confronts her obsessive compulsive disorder, and Santana schemes up a way to win prom queen that involves being Dave Karofsky’s beard.  Kurt returns to McKinley High.

The Good:

  • Kurt’s Return: We’re not sure why Kurt would want to leave his boyfriend Blaine and the accepting group at Dalton to return to McKinley High, but we’re glad he did!  It’s good to see him take control of the situation by demanding a PFLAG club and it’s also good to see his dad and Finn stand up for him.
  • The Tee-Shirts: The tee-shirts that the Glee Club members make to present are to represent a trait they dislike about themselves and have learned to deal with. Not only are they written in a beautiful slab serif typeface, they make light of their uniqueness with phrases like Kurt’s “Likes Boys,”  Will’s “Butt Chin,” Mike’s “Can’t Sing,” or Brittany’s “I’m With Stoopid.” They avoid labels in some instances and confront them directly in others, killing the hatred these insults once held.

The Bad:

  • Emma’s Example: Emma confronts her role as a “Ginger” in a display to get the Glee Club members to accept the traits people make fun of them for-the traits they dislike about themselves. Will says how disappointed in her he is, talking her into confronting her obsessive compulsive disorder. But Emma has a routine and has learned to live with her illness in a way that is healthy, even if her behavior seems eccentric and unnatural to others. She shouldn’t take an SSRI just to please Will.
  • Lack of Gaga: An episode inspired by Gaga may have lead us to believe there would be, well,  more Gaga.  This was a bit misleading, but we’re glad that they took the theme and added their own spin on it, customizing it to suit their own individual traits.

The Music:

  • “I Feel Pretty/Unpretty,” West Side Story/TLC – A duet mash-up of TLC and West Side Story performed by Quinn and Rachel, who sing opposite sentiments regarding their noses: Quinn feels pretty, and Rachel does not. The song is light and airy, a pretty melody.
  • “I’ve Gotta Be Me,” Sammy Davis, Jr. – Finn sings while Mike dances, which is perfect because Finn can sing but can’t dance, and Mike can dance but can’t sing.  Together, they embrace their strengths. However, the song was not very memorable.
  • “Somewhere Only We Know,” Keane – Dalton Academy Warblers knock this re-make out of the park.  Their a cappella-esque chorus of background singers brings the song to life, especially in harmony with Blaine’s lead role.
  • “As If We Never Said Goodbye,” Sunset Boulevard – Kurt’s solo was the ballad of this week’s episode, but there was no pining in this song–only a cheery, dramatic return that included-what else?- fantastic vocals on a Broadway musical tune.
  • “Barbara Streisand,” Duck Sauce – New Directions comes together in the mall for a fun and well-choreographed tribute to Rachel and her idol, Barbara Streisand. We were a little disappointed that this wasn’t turned into a remix, but we enjoyed the high-energy fun and dancing.
  • “Born This Way,” Lady Gaga – The title song of the episode, New Directions took the theme of self-acceptance to a new level, bearing shirts with each member’s least favorite personal trait.  The performance made a great finale because each member was highlighted for a one-line solo.

Overall:

“Glee” focused on other aspects of performing than just vocals this week on Glee, working on their dance moves and being conscious of their entire performance, from their looks to their own self-confidence.

Rating: 9/10

“Glee” airs Tuesday nights at 8pm on FOX.

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