Last night’s Glee was a hurricane of sadness and tears. It should’ve been a joyous occasion since Finchel, Klaine and Brittana all reunited, but instead, it was serious conversations that led to awkward musical numbers. It wasn’t all bad though. That new mean girl Kitty (Becca Tobin) made a hilarious prank about The Rapture. It was honestly the best moment of “The Break-Up.”

The Players:

Episode Title: “The Break-Up”

Rachel and Kurt get surprise visitors in New York City. Back at McKinley, Santana and Brittany adjust to their long-distance relationship, and Will and Emma consider the implications of a new job offer.

The Good:

  • Darren Criss’ Acoustic Performance: Darren Criss is a powerful performer. He’s got strong vocals and knows when to hit hard and stay soft. His acoustic rendition of “Teenage Dream” was filled to the brim with heart and emotion. His performance was chilling and romantic. He was choking up with tears at end of it, but still kept his stance. It was one of his best performances on the show — to date.
  • The Rapture Prank: For a while now, Glee has been all about the drama. There’s barely any comedy. To be honest, the show has lost its schtick. Sue Sylvester is not enough anymore. But something funny did actually happen during last night’s episode. Kitty, the mean cheerleader, played a prank on Dottie, Tina’s freshman assistant, making her believe The Rapture happened. It was a mean joke because Dottie had a panic attack, but it was also clever and a nice break from all the sappiness that was happening.
  • Lea Michele: It’s easy to forget that Rachel Berry is played by the ultra-talented Lea Michele. Michele is who Berry hopes to be one day. It was captivating to see the actress transform her somewhat weak character into a powerful force during her breakup scene with Finn. It makes you want to see her in a dramatic movie role.

Best Lines:

  • “Oh God! Joan Didion is calling. She always has the best gossip.”
  • “I am like a bad Carrie Underwood song once I get going.”
  • “You’re both gonna to regret this turn of events because I will tell you one more thing… Obama’s gonna lose.”

The Bad:

  • The Breakups: Breakups happen. They are inevitable especially when it comes to long distance relationships. But does everyone really need to breakup in song? It’s cheesy and unnecessary. But this is Glee right? Expressing your feelings through music is how it’s done. Gee golly. There’s no more Klaine, Brittana or Finchel. There might not be an Emma and Will either. It’s just frustrating to see the show take this direction again because they’re not going to follow through. By the end of the season, they’ll all be back together and we’ll be wondering, what was “The Break-Up” episode for?

The Music:

  • “Barely Breathing,” Duncan Sheik – Blaine and Finn harmonize over their romantic frustrations. 
  • “Give Your Heart A Break,” Demi Lovato – Rachel and Brody duet onstage, in front of Finn. It’s a good performance, filled with chemistry and all that good stuff. 
  • “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry – The best performance of the night, and one of Blaine’s best ever. It was emotional, powerful and the vocals were soulful.
  • “Don’t Speak,” No Doubt – The worst performance of the night almost ruined a No Doubt favorite (for your humble writer). The number had nothing new to offer and the vocals were barely okay. 
  • “Mine,” Taylor Swift – Santana sings to Brittany. It’s okay. Not really worth all the tears though. 
  • “The Scientist,” Coldplay – Everyone is sad about their breakups so they sing about it. It’s depressing and serious. 

Overall:

“The Break-Up” had some strong performances, especially from Darren Criss and Lea Michele. Great acting aside, the show is becoming frustrating. It just keeps going in circles. We’ve seen these couples breakup before. Why are we here again? It’s exhausting. Something else needs to happen because Glee‘s lost its glee.

Rating: 6/10

Glee airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on Fox, and will return November 8.

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