GLEE “Comeback” Review

GLEE “Comeback” Season 2 Episode 13 – It was Bieber fever on tonight’s episode of Glee when Sam turned to the pop sensation’s music in order to save his romance with Quinn. Along with the “sugary sweet jolt of the Biebs,” Glee also took on songs from Rent and My Chemical Romance, which added up to quite an eclectic mix…and some really odd fashion choices. I haven’t seen that amount of bangs, headbands, and flannel since the 90s.

Sam and the boys formed the Justin Bieber Experience to shake the girls out of their post-Valentine’s Day lull. Sam’s version of “Baby” was fun mostly because it drove the girls crazy while the guys’ reaction was meh. I had hit my Bieber limit by “Somebody to Love,” but I’m sure his fans loved the performance as much as Quinn. After a talk with Santana, Sam came to his senses and realized Quinn had been cheating on him with Finn. And just as quickly as he could dump Quinn, he hooked up with Santana, who has been deliciously evil these past two episodes.

It took one and a half seasons, but tonight we were finally treated to the first duet by Glee divas Rachel and Mercedes. And it was to “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent, a song originally performed by Idina Menzel, who plays Rachel Berry’s bio mom. I’ve been dying to see Glee do some of the music from Rent, so this was easily my favorite performance of the night. I also loved how Sue’s plan backfired, and Rachel and Mercedes are now closer than ever. Rachel’s on the road to a comeback, and it looks like it will come from making friends and writing an original song rather than starting a “sexy schoolgirl librarian chic” fashion trend.

Another first in this episode was a solo from the newest member of New Directions, Lauren Zizes. The funniest visual in “Comeback” was during her version of “I Know What Boys Like” when she imagined everyone in their underwear. Sue was in a dominatrix outfit, Will was wearing a vest and shorts, and Finn was sporting a Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers t-shirt. Ha!

New Directions finished the episode with a group performance of My Chemical Romance’s “Sing.” I’m all for flannel, but I’m not sure what inspired this lumberjack fashion choice. Whatever the reason, Sue Sylvester in a red plaid tracksuit made my night. Well, that and her dig at Will, “Spongehair Squarechin,” which actually became a trending topic on Twitter. Performing “Sing” help Sue get her mojo back, and she’s now the coach of rival choir Aural Intensity. This should set up some good Sue versus Will moments in the episodes to come.

So what did you think of tonight’s episode of Glee, “Comeback?” I’m curious what Rentheads thought of “Take Me or Leave Me.” And what do you think of Sam and Santana?

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