GLEE “New York” Review


GLEE “New York” Season 2 Episode 22Glee wrapped up its second season tonight with a trip to New York to compete at Nationals. New Directions has been working toward this moment for two years—despite frequently getting sidetracked by bullying, jealousy, and the sabotage of Sue Sylvester. Tonight, Gleeks everywhere were rooting for the underdogs from Lima, Ohio to beat out 49 other show choirs, including Vocal Adrenalin.

Well, we knew it was kind of a long shot, right? Especially since they were still writing the songs hours before the competition. But before we talk about Nationals, let’s talk about New Directions hitting New York. It was so much fun to see Rachel and Kurt have breakfast at Tiffany’s and sing “For Good” on the Wicked stage. I would totally watch a Rachel, Kurt, and Blaine spin-off in New York–I can see it now: Glee: The College Years. Anyway, Mr. Schue got in on the Broadway action too with “Still Got Tonight” (from Matthew Morrison’s new album).

Then there was Rachel and Finn’s classic romantic comedy date: flowers in Central Park, dinner at Sardi’s (complete with a Patti LuPone sighting), and then a romantic walk while being serenaded with “Bella Notte.” It was perfect until Rachel, who has spent this season pining after Finn, suddenly reverted to the Season 1 version of herself and decided the stage was her first love. It took the “Superman of kisses” to make her realize she can spend senior year with Finn before she leaves for New York.

Using original songs worked for New Directions at Regionals, but they just couldn’t recreate that magic in New York with “Pretending” and “Light Up the World.” Jesse St. James thought it was the kiss, but I think the songs were the reason for their 12th place finish. Although, Vocal Adrenalin and Sunshine Corazon went with an original ballad too, “As Long As You’re There.” The performances were enjoyable to watch, but I don’t think the songs themselves are that memorable. Actually the song I have stuck in my head tonight is Usher’s “Yeah,” performed by the all girl choir (in fancy dresses, no less).

Remember the epicness of last year’s season finale? Jonathan Groff and Vocal Adrenalin’s mind blowing performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” was interspersed with scenes of Quinn giving birth. New Directions was facing off against their nemesis—Vocal Adrenalin, who was coached by Rachel’s bio mom. The kids came full circle and sang a medley of Journey songs, including the one that started it all, “Don’t Stop Believin.” Compared to that, I think “New York” fell flat. Obviously they set the bar so high last year that it was going to be nearly impossible to beat. Perhaps if Glee had shown more of Vocal Adrenalin (or other competing show choirs) during the course of the season, tonight’s competition would have had more tension.

I do think Glee has set things up nicely for next year. Brittany’s speech at the end—about how this year was about acceptance, not winning—gives me hope that next season will actually be more about winning and less about the kids fighting amongst themselves.

Other random observations:
Quinn was totally freaking out…and then was fine after a haircut? She even greeted Finn and Rachel in the choir room at the end. That must have been one heck of a haircut.

After packing up all his stuff, why couldn’t Mr. Schue stay in New York for the summer? He could have been back at McKinley by fall.

Sam and Mercedes! They must have hit it off at Prom. It’s about time Mercedes got a love interest.

Santana losing it in Spanish and reminding everyone that she’s from Lima Heights Adjacent was hilarious. What’s going to happen with Santana and Brittany? Brittany did say “anything’s possible.”

I couldn’t help but notice Vampire Diaries on the bookshelf behind Finn and Rachel in the library.

Teenage girl sleepovers must have a pillow fight.

“My Cup” – better than “My Headband” but not as good as “Trouty Mouth”

So what did you think of tonight’s Season 2 finale of Glee? Are you happy that Finn and Rachel are finally back together? Did you like the original songs? How do you think Season 2 compared to Season 1? Let me know in the comments!

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  • http://twitter.com/ladypagemaster7 Akeyla Henry

    I think the two main things that brought this episode down was (1) that half the episode was spent basking in fanfic/wicked/broadway dreams, and (2) the whole brilliant idea of original songs isn’t that brilliant since they don’t sound as good as already hit/classic pieces. I am excited about Sam and mercedes, and Kurt and Blaine, but Rachel and Finn are a boring and passed news couple mostly due to the fact that you can only keep them interesting by adding drama and drama gets old…

  • gleek

    I love when the New Directions do original songs because we know where they are coming from, it’s much less interesting from the other groups. The Finn/Rachel storyline was sweet and it’s about time. Hopefully they don’t revert back to the absurd relationship that they had before. They’ve shown themselves to be so compatible as friends, hopefully the writers maintain that in their dating. And it’s about time for them to get it on. Please. 

  • Ruinwyn

    I would’ve loved this episode a whole lot more if it wasn’t for all the Rachel/Finn stuff.  Finn has been the most sucktacular person for the whole second half of this season.  He used to be one of my favorites, but I can’t even stand him anymore.  He is the WORST.  They got back together without addressing any of their issues or Finn’s awful double-standards.  Rachel deserves so much better.  Her choice shouldn’t have been between Finn and Broadway.  It should’ve been between Finn and valuing herself as a person.  But even so, I liked that initially she chose herself and her dreams; I only wish she would’ve stuck to her guns. 

    I hope at the end of next year we see Rachel, Kurt, and Blaine move off to New York and share a really crappy apartment, try to make it big on Broadway, and argue over whose turn it is to do the dishes.  Best spinoff ever.

  • Ruinwyn

    I would’ve loved this episode a whole lot more if it wasn’t for all the Rachel/Finn stuff.  Finn has been the most sucktacular person for the whole second half of this season.  He used to be one of my favorites, but I can’t even stand him anymore.  He is the WORST.  They got back together without addressing any of their issues or Finn’s awful double-standards.  Rachel deserves so much better.  Her choice shouldn’t have been between Finn and Broadway.  It should’ve been between Finn and valuing herself as a person.  But even so, I liked that initially she chose herself and her dreams; I only wish she would’ve stuck to her guns. 

    I hope at the end of next year we see Rachel, Kurt, and Blaine move off to New York and share a really crappy apartment, try to make it big on Broadway, and argue over whose turn it is to do the dishes.  Best spinoff ever.

  • Live

    This whole Rachel and Finn thing is so boring and predictable and I have a sneaking suspicion than  Quinn and Finn aren’t quite done yet. But otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable episode

  • Live

    This whole Rachel and Finn thing is so boring and predictable and I have a sneaking suspicion than  Quinn and Finn aren’t quite done yet. But otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable episode

  • http://twitter.com/gilheyer Gillian Heyer

    Lea Michele and Cory Monteith are freaking good actors and they can make anything stick but the writers need to stop throwing unecessary relationship angst at Finchel. Let Finn and Rachel be together and be happy. I hope next season will be all about both of them planning for their future. Individually or maybe together. Let them grow more as characters.

  • Zee

    I think this final episode is about acceptance..I kinda agree with Brittany’s speech and pretty much show how they bond together as a family. and about Finn/Rachel thingy, I think Rachel deserve to be the one that she love and i hope there’s no other drama that will make them apart..overall, I think this episode is amazing! :p

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHFJLOURUEVT6D33MGUYT5IN5I David

    OK, I just wanna get this out of the way:  How is it that Rachel’s (allegedly) 2 gay Dads let her go to NYC looking like piece of fruit-striped gum? And don’t EVEN get me started on the tights and wedgie sandals!!!!!

    Now…I agree with the reviewer; despite the excellent performances, the ep fell flat.  All the brewing intrigue about whether Schue would leave McKinley was resolved in less than 2 seconds; the whole Finchel thing is now officially jumping on my last nerve; and why dress girls like post-modern Aphrodites if all they’re gonna do is bump and grind?  Oh…and Jesse dear—GO AWAY!!!!!!

  • Legalizeit

    I think that the episodes was too easy, there wasn’t anything special about it. it was predictable. of course, finn and rachel get back together, quinn cried a lot, and they liked new york, pretty much the entire episode. but i loved, dustin goolsby, he was hilarious. totally the best part.

  • steve

    First and foremost lets remember that “New York” was not a series finale it was simply a season finale.  Many questions/conflicts left unanswered… of course!  Season 3 will be better and perhaps even epic because that is the way this shows brilliant writers and producers have set it up to be.  I look forward to the maturing of Rachel and Finn’s relationship and I am constantly amazed at how good these two young actors are a making me believe just how much they care for each other.  The softening of Santana’s character thru her enduring friendship with Brittany can only mean great things are in store for next season.  My wish for next year – make Glee a 2 hour show because while Cory and Lea are the stars… I would love to see even further development of the other great talent on this show.  Looking forward to Season 3, as hard as it is to fathom I know it will be even better than the first two seasons.