GLEE Finale “Journey” Review

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“Journey” is a fitting title for tonight’s season finale of Glee, as New Directions concluded their full circle journey from the pilot episode.

Glee began its first season (and captured our hearts) with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin,'” and by ending the season with an epic Journey medley, it was obvious how far the kids have come. What a fun ride Season 1 has been: rocking songs, baby mama drama, broken hearts, Sue Sylvester and her tracksuits. It’s hard for me to believe that it has come to an end (sniff).

There’s so much to talk about, but let’s start with what Glee has been building toward since the beginning-Regionals. I agree with Josh Groban, New Directions’ performance of “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” and “Don’t Stop Believin'” had a lot of heart. Vocal Adrenaline’s slick performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” didn’t have that same passion, but, as much as it pains me to admit it, it blew me away and I can see why they won. Jonathan Groff is so incredibly talented and his presence on the show will certainly be missed next season.

What did you think of the way they mashed up the scenes of Quinn giving birth with “Bohemian Rhapsody?” I thought it was pure genius, from the way the choreography mimicked giving birth, to Quinn screams being incorporated in the song.

As far as couples go, I think we can officially declare that Rachel and Finn are finally together. She kissed him, he declared his love for her, they gave each other sexy looks and then each sang “I’m forever yours, faithfully.” If that doesn’t cement their couple-dome, I don’t know what does.

As for my favorite couple, Emma may have started dating a dentist, but she still has a lot of unresolved feelings for Will. The way she went to bat for Will with Principal Figgins and the kiss they shared gives me hope for the two of them.

Quinn and Puck are another couple that shared a moment tonight. He looked like he was going to pass out in the delivery room, but apparently the experience of becoming a father made him love Quinn even more. Part of me wished they had kept the baby, but I do realize that Shelby can probably give Beth a better life than two teenagers can.

All season long we’ve had glimpses of Sue’s softer side, and I think it was all leading up to her voting for New Directions and finagling them a year extension. It makes me think that under her crusty exterior is an actual educator who cares about kids. I don’t think she’s in any danger of losing her edge though. Here are a few of my favorite Sue Sylvester zingers:

Sue to Will: Your hair looks like a briar patch. I keep expecting racist animated Disney characters to pop up and start singing songs about living on the bayou.

Kiss my ass, Josh Groban!! I’m an internationally ranked cheerleading coach!

Sue to Will: But what kind of world would that be. A world where I couldn’t make fun of you for tearing up more than Michael Landon in a sweep’s week episode of Little House on the Prairie.

A few other random observations about the Glee Finale:

Quinn’s Dad was having an affair with “some tattooed freak.” Was that a swipe at Jesse James/Bombshell McWhatsherface?

I love, love, love Will and Puck’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” but every time I hear that song I think of how it was playing when Dr. Mark Green died on ER.

Everyone bawling during “To Sir With Love” nearly made me lose it. How about you?

Well, Gleeks, like Mr. Schue said, “who cares what happens when we get there, when the getting there has been so much fun?” New Directions may have lost, but watching their journey through Season 1 of Glee was an unforgettable experience. I have a feeling they will be back and better than ever this fall.

What did you think of Glee‘s season finale? Do you think Vocal Adrenaline deserved to win? What are your predictions for Season 2? Let me know in the comments!

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