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Glee – New Directions

by Alan Rapp on March 27, 2014

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“Sand dollar.”

Glee - New Directions

Using her friendship with Sue (Jane Lynch) to her advantage, Holly Holiday (Gwyneth Paltrow) convinces McKinley’s principal to give Holly and April Rhodes (Kristin Chenoweth)  one week to try and find a way to “shoehorn music” into the existing clubs following the end of Glee Club. This leads to Holly’s performance of Eddie Murphy‘s “Party All The Time” during a meeting of the school’s Animal Husbandry Club which, of course, fails miserably leaving Will (Matthew Morrison) no choice but admit defeat and close the choir room for the final time (but not before we get a host of new and recreated numbers for the show’s 101st episode and the past and current members of New Directions coming together to create a short film thanking Mr. Shue and offering their look at the teacher who changed their lives for his future daughter or son).

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Glee – 100

by Alan Rapp on March 20, 2014

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Glee - 100

For the show’s 100th episode, and to commemorate the end of the Glee Club at McKinley High School, Glee welcomes current and former members of New Directions (plus a few familiar guest-stars) to reinterpret several of the show’s more memorable numbers over its previous 99 episodes (several of which were chosen by a fan vote) for this week as well as next week’s 101st episode.

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Glee – City of Angels

by Alan Rapp on March 14, 2014

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Glee - City of Angels

Nationals arrive in a melancholy 99th episode as the New Directions heads to Los Angeles to defend their national championship with the future existence of the Glee Club on the line. Armed with a mission to win one for Finn (Cory Monteith), whose parents (Mike O’MalleyRomy Rosemont) accompany the team as chaperones, and rising to the challenge presented to him by Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison), Sam (Chord Overstreet) leads the team into competition against Throat Explosion and The Amazonians.

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Glee – Frenemies

by Alan Rapp on February 27, 2014

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Glee - Frenemies

Friends become enemies as Sue (Jane Lynch) pits Jake (Jacob Artist) and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) against each other for class valedictorian and in New York Santana (Naya Rivera) puts her relationship with Rachel (Lea Michele) in jeopardy becoming her understudy for Funny Girl (because she’s the same age, and not in any way the same type, of the girl the producers chose despite thinking she was too young for the role?), and then taking credit for all of Rachel’s success. Meanwhile Kurt (Chris Colfer) frets over Starchild’s (Adam Lambert) influence over the band and New Directions settles on solos for Nationals.

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Glee – Previously Unaired Christmas

by Alan Rapp on December 8, 2013

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Glee - Previously Unaired Christmas

Set during the show’s previous season, this “lost” Christmas episode (obviously filmed this year) centers around various Christmas themes in both New York and Lima. As Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), and a visiting Santana (Naya Rivera) all struggle with their holiday jobs as Christmas elves, the New Directions focus on winning McKinley High’s room decoration contest and auditioning for role of Mary in the live nativity that Marley (Melissa Benoist), Unique (Alex Newell), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), and Kitty (Becca Tobin) all have their eye on.

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Glee – Puppet Master

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2013

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“Did you really think I was too stupid to suspect that you would come back here under the cloak of darkness to claim your monstrous puppet bride?”

Glee - Puppet Master

Control issues are the common theme of “Puppet Master” as the School Board shows up for an inspection to judge Sue‘s (Jane Lynch) performance as principal and both Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer)  have trouble getting the other members of their respective muscial families to listen to their “brilliant” ideas. Blaine’s psychotic break (caused by a gas leak in the choir room which leads him to daydream living puppets of the Glee Club are singing and talking to him) leads to a performance of Queen‘s “You’re My Best Friend” and leads to the creation of his own Kurt puppet (which Sue quickly confiscates).

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Glee – Movin’ Out

by Alan Rapp on November 24, 2013

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“In the words of civil rights leader Genghis Khan, everyone deserves a shot at their dreams.”

Glee - Movin' Out

As Blaine (Darren Criss) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) travel to New York for opportunities after graduation , Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) responds to the lack on representation of careers in the art at Sue‘s (Jane Lynch) hastily arranged McKinley High career fair to offer his students a lesson the the music and unlikely success story of Billy Joel. Of the single artist episodes Glee has done, “Movin’ Out” offers several strong musical performances as character in both Lima and New York belt out hits by the Piano Man.

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Glee – The End of Twerk

by Alan Rapp on November 17, 2013

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Glee - The End of Twerk

With Nationals on the way Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison) continues to try and push the New Directions out of their comfort zone by embracing twerkingSue (Jane Lynch) takes to the airwaves on the latest “Sue’s Corner” to call for the banning of twerking in the entire state of Ohio. Not standing down, Mr. Shue leads the Glee Club in the halls and classrooms of McKinley High School in a twerkfest during a performance of Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines.” Sue’s plan fire Mr. Schuester for his pubic disobedience fails when he enlists the help of the Gee Club to instruct the local school board on a history of forbidden dances none of which are seen as remotely scandalous today as when they first appeared.

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Glee – A Katy or a Gaga

by Alan Rapp on November 10, 2013

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Glee - A Katy or a Gaga

To try and calm the New Directions nerves after learning about their stiff competition at Nationals in only a few weeks, Mr. Shue‘s (Matthew Morrison) latest assignment puts each member out of their comfort zone as the more conservative members master performances of Lady Gaga while the “edgier” members (or what passes for edgy on Glee) of the group are given songs by Katy Perry. Although the episode makes use of the conceived feud between the singers (which may or may not actually exist in any real form), it has a hard time explaining the differences of the two who are equally extravagant (albeit in different ways). In fact, you could easily argue that the episode’s final song, a Perry number, is more over-the-top than the episode’s earlier Gaga numbers.

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Glee – The Quarterback

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2013

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Glee - The Quarterback

Real life hits hard as current and past members of New Directions come together to honor the passing of Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith, who passed away from a drug overdose this summer) beginning with an ensemble empty stage performance of “Seasons of Love” from RENT. From there “The Quarterback” picks up three weeks after the funeral as Mr. Shue (Matthew Morrison)  gathers as many of his current and former Glee Club members as possible to find a way to memorialize their friend the only way they know how – through song. “The Quarterback” is a heartfelt goodbye containing several emotionally raw scenes and well-chosen performances providing a fitting farewell to both the actor and the character.

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