Glee – Marley

As per usual, Glee‘s season finale closed with a competitive spirit. In “All Or Nothing,” the New Directions headed to Regionals, taking along a bunch of drama. The writers tried to tie up some loose ends, but ultimately left us with more questions than answers.

The Players:

  • Director: Bradley Buecker
  • Writer: Ian Brennan
  • Cast: 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., Cheyenne, Darren Criss, Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch, Dean Geyer, Melissa Benoist

Episode Title: “All Or Nothing”

It’s time for Regionals, and the glee club is more determined than ever to advance to Nationals. Brittany returns from her MIT trip with a new attitude, and Ryder has a lead on who is “catfishing” him.

The Good:

  • Brittany’s Speech: In a very moving scene, Brittany shares her feelings about being in glee to the group. She apologizes for her “mean girl” stint, blaming it on her early admission to MIT. She then goes into some personal stuff. “My entire life,” she says,”people have always told me that I was stupid. And after a while I started to believe it. And it wasn’t until I walked in this room and I joined this club, that I really started believing in myself.” We’re not sure if Heather Morris will reprise her role next season. If she comes back, great, but if she doesn’t, that’s okay too. Brittany has come a long way since season one, and her monologue was a perfect stamp on the character.
  • Catfish Revealed (SPOILER): One of the more exciting storylines of the season was Ryder’s mysterious internet relationship. The writers kept us guessing, but last night they finally revealed the catfish. While we were hoping for a new character, Unique was an interesting/good choice too. We can’t say we’re entirely surprised it was him, but his reason for not telling Ryder made a lot of sense. He was looking for a connection and feared Ryder’s reaction. Sadly, his fears turned out to be true. 

The So-So:

  • The Brittany Code: We don’t mind that Brittany’s being called a genius. We’re use to unbelievable things happening on this show. But the whole “Brittany Code” feels like a cheap way to say goodbye to the character. 
  • “Spontaneous” Wedding: Because Emma can’t handle the pressure of a large wedding, she decides to marry Will in a high school classroom, surrounded by teenagers. Does anyone else think that’s more absurd than the Honey Boo Boo wedding?
  • Too Many Cliffhangers: There’s a lot of unfinished business. We still don’t know if Rachel got the part in Funny Girl, or if Blaine will propose to Kurt. Ryder found out the identity of his online friend, but now there’s the question of what he’s going to do about it. Will he really leave the glee club? Will he ever talk to Unique again? Then there’s Finn, who agreed to be a teacher for the New Directions, but never showed up for work. Needless to say, the finale didn’t deliver a lot of closure.

The Music:

  • “To Love You More,” Celine Dion – Rachel has her final Funny Girl callback. Her performance is downright stunning – one of her very best.
  • “Rainbow Connection,” The Muppet Movie – One of the competing teams give their version of Kermit The Frog’s “Rainbow Connection,” from the 1979 Muppet Movie.
  • “Clarity”/”Wings,” Zedd, Little Mix – Frida Romero leads the Hoosierdaddies in two very exciting, high-powered number.
  • “Hall Of Fame,” The Script – The New Directions start off their Regionals performance with an inspiring take on The Script’s “Hall Of Fame.”
  • “I Love It,” Icona Pop – The Glee girls take over the stage and perform a fun-filled version of “I Love It.”
  • “All Or Nothing,” Glee – Marley gets to perform her original song, which tops everything else she wrote.

Overall:

Brittany’s speech was the highlight of the episode. Everything she said about the glee club was beyond moving. While we find it extremely cheesy that Mr. Schue would marry Emma in the choir room, we’re glad their storyline is over. The writers dragged it out long enough. While we didn’t see if Rachel got the part of Fanny Brice, her Celine Dion performance was exemplar.

Rating: 6/10

Glee will return for Season 5 September 24th.

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