This week, New Directions travels to New York to compete in Nationals on “Glee” for the season finale. What else will they find to do in the Big Apple?  Find out in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Brad Falchuk
  • 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., Patti Lupone, Jonathan Groff, Cheyenne Jackson, Charice, Darren Criss, and Jayma Mays.

Episode Title: “New York”

Upon arriving in New York, the Glee Club members are left with the task of writing original songs. They find no inspiration in the hotel room, so they end up exploring the city to write their songs.  Goolsby, the coach of Vocal Adrenaline, tells New Directions that Will is leaving them for Broadway.  Finn and Rachel go to Central Park and Sardi’s, where they meet Patti Lupone. Finn asks Rachel out, Quinn gets a haircut to cheer herself up, and then they perform at Nationals.

The Good:

  • Betty Lapone: Cast as herself, Betty is not only nice to Rachel after she tells her that she’s her idol, she gives her some advice to be persistent, which is heartwarming.  And she also tells Rachel that Finn is cute, which adds a down-to-earth realistic quality to Betty that we love.
  • The Music: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again–what an amazing soundtrack to this episode! The original songs were great, but it was the mashup of “I Love New York/New York, New York” that really won us over. Okay, we’ll admit it–we can’t resist Sunshine performances either!

The Bad:

  • Quinn: Her character took a weird turn this week. Last week we were intrigued to find out what big plans for New York she has, which is why she told Finn that she couldn’t drop out of Glee.  Once there, though, we never see any plans unfold–instead she yells about losing Finn and her popularity.  And are we really supposed to believe that she’s so superficial that a haircut solves all of her problems?
  • The Kiss: Yes, that moment when Finn and Rachel kiss on stage.  We hate to see Jesse be right, but, well, he seemed dead on when he said it was unprofessional and cost them Nationals. Plus, it was just plain awkward instead of romantic.

The Music:

  • “Theme from New York, New York,” On the Town – This plays at the opening of the show as Rachel whispers “I made it.” A great way to open!
  • “My Cup”, Glee Cast – The song that Brittany writes in the hotel, which encourages the cast to explore the city for inspiration.
  • “I Love New York/New York, New York,” mashup from On the Town – the New Directions crew performs this mashup throughout the city, and it’s an amazing and fun performance.
  • “Bella Notte,” Lady and the Tramp – Artie, Sam, Puck, and Mike serenade Finn and Rachel in a romantic-comedy-esque moment to set the mood. It provided a comedic effect for the show, but the vocal quality was harmonious and sweet.
  • “For Good,” Wicked – Rachel and Kurt break in to the theater to sing on the stage, performing the last number of Schwartz’s masterpiece to help Rachel realize that her true love is the theater.
  • “Yeah!,” Usher - a competing team sings this song at Nationals.
  • “As Long As You’re There” – Vocal Adrenaline’s song for Nationals, in which Sunshine’s solo is full of deep, full notes that lead to a beautiful crescendo in which she belts the lead vocals while others harmonize in the background.
  • “Pretending,” Glee Cast - the duet between Finn and Rachel at Nationals, which had heartfelt lyrics and a performance to match by both.
  • Light Up the World,” Glee Cast - The second song that New Directions sings at Nationals; this time, the entire group performs, singing and dancing. The number is energetic and fun, gaining a standing ovation.

Overall:

This week’s “Glee” began strong, with hard-hitting performances and a high-energy vibe. But even with a great musical line-up, as the show progressed, it became increasingly cheesy with Rachel and Finn’s kiss and Quinn’s behavior.

Rating: 9/10

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

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