Glee Season 4 Review “Dynamic Duets”

With almost everything else taking a break for Thanksgiving, Glee has decided to persevere and air a brand new episode during the holiday. Maybe the turkey-induced food coma most American viewers are going through dulled the pain of ‘Dynamic Duets’ but, in the cold light of an ordinary UK weekday, it’s pretty awful.

I almost changed my review simply because the last song, Fun’s ‘Some Nights’, was so entertaining, but it doesn’t change the fact that the bulk of the episode threw away logic and sense with such gay abandon, it left behind a filler episode of the worst kind. This kind of thing is not unprecedented for Glee, since there have been many episodes similar to this that I disliked with equal ferocity, and I’m aware than viewers with a different temperament may have thoroughly enjoyed the hour.

We spend the entire time at McKinley, the first to do this since ‘The Song You Were Born to Sing’, and the experience feels infinitely more stifling than it did in that entertaining slice of musical auditions and Grease parallels. Jake and Ryder are coming to a head over Marley, with the latter seemingly winning out for the time being, and the pair form a king of Finn/Puck-style bromance by the end. The whole thing is almost exactly the same of season one’s love square with Quinn and Rachel, and demonstrates the kind of lazy writing I was afraid would creep into the development of this new cast.

The saving grace is the individual stories for the foursome, with Ryder being diagnosed with dyslexia after Jake and Finn intervene. Ryan Murphy promised a great story for Blake when he won The Glee Project, and this doesn’t disappoint. It’s something I haven’t seen done on a prime-time drama, and they have the chance to really delve into his experiences and issues. Sadly, his new busy schedule has driven Marley, given a new burst of confidence by Kitty’s apparent friendship, into Jake’s welcoming arms, and it’s clear that this new love square will be chopping and changing for a while.

Elsewhere, Finn is finding it difficult to control the glee club now that’s he in charge, as most of the members were at school with him only a few months ago. It brings home how ridiculous it is for the recent graduate to be teaching a class, and he’s even started dressing like Will. It doesn’t help my belief of the situation when the whole club are dressed as superheroes for now discernible reason – they’re 18-year-old’s and really should have grown out of dressing up by now. It makes absolutely no sense in the context of the glee assignment, and just served to irritate the heck out of me. With the flack Kurt received for dressing a little effeminately, are we supposed to believe the jocks of the school would just let this go?

But the Warblers are back at least, as Blaine considers rejoining his old school when his pain over Kurt reaches a peak. The poor guy has been suffering in the background for a few episodes and no one has really talked to him, but Sam gets the full story about his dalliance with the other guy this week. Seeing him back in the blazer and singing an impromptu song with his old group was so nice, since there are a lot of Blaine fans who wish there was away we could have Dalton Blaine and McKinley Blaine at the same time. Obviously, he decides to stay with New Directions, and I predict there’ll now be a Klaine reconciliation sooner rather than later.

For some reason, Glee has saved it’s Thanksgiving episode for next week, and I sincerely wish they’d just cut ‘Dynamic Duets’ out in favor of their planned themed episode. What did you think? Let us know in the comments.

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  • soso

    I actually really enjoyed the episode. It delved more in the newer characters and showed us more sides about them. We finally got some more intel on Blaine and the mysterious Eli C. who apparently looks nothing like his facebook picture [If only I could find this guy, my pitchfork is sharpened and ready to strike since nearly two months!]

    But I had fun with it. I enjoy Glee because it can be so senselessly fun all the time and then there are the genuine moments of sadness that permeate all the silliness. It’s wonderful!

  • jada22

    The episode was really good, but I think the whole bulimia story line makes Kitty seem like a huge jerk and it’s making me hate her to a point that I wish she would just leave. But at the same time I’m hoping that Glee is using this as a way to bring Quinn back, you know, take her under her wing, show her being a jerk is not the way to go, blah blah blah.

    I was also wondering about the absence of Unique in this episode. His parents only pulled him out of the musical, not the glee club, so why was he gone?

    Maybe all my questions will be answered next week. Fingers crossed.

  • Nmrcdl

    Is it just me or are the new cast members the most boring characters ever?? I frankly couldn’t care less what happens to any of them as I feel no connection to them. They are just rehashing old characters and giving life to walking stereotypes. Give me more Tina, Artie and Britney!! And Sue!!!! Please, give the new guys some sort of original personality before they ruin the show.

  • doeseatoats

    I areed with most of your review. At first I thought Superheroes-How Stupid. And it was. But I thought back to season 1 Theatricality and how silly stupid it was but it had a message to learn from and Puck was wearing spandex and high platform shoes. I loved it. I don’t like Finn as an oaf which Glee tends to always do, but it is better than sad and pining Finn. I don’t care for the new cast until this one. Ryder is refreshing. Glee has had too much drama and serious morose drama this season so far,NY story is a drag to me. And that part was what I was going to watch Glee for. I liked Sam so funny. Could care less for Blaine so his Night Bird bit and the Warblers went by fast. This episode has some funny lines in it. I did enjoy them. Kitty is just awful. When I was in school there was a Kitty in my life who gave me hell. A part of HS that I don’t want to relive. So the mean beotches-from Sue through Kitty have never given me any fun to hate them. I despise this part of Glee. IMO, never will be funny. Glee is a ridiculous and stupd show. It makes fun of all kinds of things which this episode did do. It was so stupid it was meant for little kids to watch. I had fun some of it. I was very surprised how much I did.

  • THIS BITCH

    I feel like I should point out that that episode mentioned at the beginning was called “the role you were born to play” not “the song you were born to sing”

  • http://twitter.com/1c2a3p albert

    The new cast are boring and putting them in the same situation as the old cast just show how they aren’t as interesting. If Marley is suppose to be the lead girl she is so far behind in performance and charisma than their true leading lady Ms Rachel Barbra Berry. I was waiting the whole time for the jock to slushie them while in those stupid superhero costumes.

  • Jasmin

    I liked the part of the show that I watched. I only began watching Glee this season, because of Jake, Marley, Kitty, Brody, and now Ryder (but only because of his connection to Marley and now Jake). It wasn’t great, but it was still fun. We saw Jake mature alot in this episode, Marley finally came out of her shell a bit, and we saw a new, vulnerable side of Ryder. Now, we need began to seeds of growth from Kitty. If this trend keeps up, I look forward to what the rest of this season has in store for these four and Brody.

  • Makeitorbreakitlover

    I Think that glee is amazing and i absolutely love the new charatcers especially marley!
    this episode wasnt the best but i think it will get way better during the season.