Glee Season 5 Episode 2 Review “Tina in the Sky With Diamonds”

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You may have noticed how enthusiastic I was about last week’s Glee premiere, but sadly it felt to me as if this second episode, ‘Tina in the Sky With Diamonds’, was back to the the disappointing season four status quo once again. It wasn’t a terrible episode, but it was nowhere near as fun as last week either.

I’ll start with the McKinley action as it’s always the least interesting to me. It’s prom time again, which means that half of the prom king and queen nominees are from the glee club. I mean really? Blaine was nominated and Sam wasn’t? This is after Kurt was tormented for being gay, and now his boyfriend (now fiancé) is nominated over a football player who’s previously dated three Cheerios – it just doesn’t make sense to me.

The point of it is to make Sam feel lost and insecure, which is a look he’s been wearing a lot lately. He’s right – he has been unlucky in love – but now it seems his luck might be getting better. New love interest Penny is a nursing student who’s working at McKinley on an internship, and she’s very sweet. She also makes Sam happy, which makes me happy in return. Between Sam and Tina, this episode at least made an effort to focus on some neglected characters.

Which brings us to Tina, who turns down Sam’s pity date when she’s nominated for prom queen. It would have been good news a couple of seasons ago, but Tina has been such a dreadful presence on the show for so long now that I was kind of rooting for Bree. I liked every Tina moment that came after her Carrie homage, but her diva behavious is really starting to grate on me. She still didn’t even get a solo – the funniest joke of the hour – and the writers really have some making up to do with her.

But, moving over to New York, there’s one character who’s as happy as can be. Rachel got the Funny Girl role – fulfilling her lifelong dream of playing Fanny Brice at age 19 – and it’s one of the most joyous moments in Glee history. I’m so very glad the writers decided to go down this route rather than keep her miserable for years, and now we can look forward to a whole new era of the show. I just hope it’s better than Smash season one, because I wasn’t as big a fan as Rachel was.

And we also got the long-awaited debut of Demi Lovato, who’s Dani was all charm and talent as she wooed Santana. Her fan base pretty much guarantee the character will be insanely popular, and it was lovely to see another, more vulnerable side of Santana. She’s always had the power in her relationships, and now we get to see what she’s like without it. I approve.

What did you think of the episode? Are you enjoying Kitty’s more sensitive side? Let us know your thoughts in the comment below.