Just when you think they were hitting a slump (or a um…funk) and losing traction, Glee hit us with a whammy of a season finale. They might have single handedly made Journey totally cool again! Seriously, this was a surprising, moving season finale, with excellent song choice and some well wrapped up previously-sticky plotlines. Well done Glee!
Favorite Moments/Quotes of Journey:
* I really enjoyed all of the songs this week. I think my favorite was “Faithfully”? Because of the simple but sweet Finn “I love you” immediately precedeing and how emotional they were singing? But “Don’t Stop Believin'” was a great new arrangement, and we got more Puck and Santana singing and it was pretty awesome. And “Bohemian Rhapsody” had the best choreography hands down, possibly of the entire season. And I can’t forget “Over the Rainbow” — which was the Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole version, which is pretty much my favorite version ever, even over Judy Garland. Basically I’m trying to say that I think this had the best selected group of songs for it’s episode, and therefore I loved them all. No favorites sorry!
* Quinn’s baby’s birth interchanged with Vocal Adrenaline performing “Bohemian Rhapsody” was great too. The visuals, and the matching dialogue at points and the “Puck! You suck! You suck!” of it all was fairly realistic and pretty funny. Not that the 5 1/2 minute labor, and the speed with which the rest of New Directions got to and from the hospital was realistic, but who’s nitpicking, really? I liked that her mom showed up to Regionals, even if it was pretty out of the blue, since we haven’t seen her since she kicked Quinn out. I’m also glad that the birth brought Quinn and Puck together, and they decided to go through with the adoption. There is nothing fun about main tv characters with babies — that is a last ditch effort made in season 6 of a tv show to bring some new blood in, not a good move going into season 2. I’m hoping this doesn’t mean that we won’t be seeing Shelby anymore. It seems unfair that she gets to have a whole second chance at the daughter and happy home thing with Beth, while Rachel has to go on being mom-less, and now knows her mom picked a new baby over her. Ouch. Plus I love me some Idina Menzel. Please let her come back in season 2! Please!
* They brought Emma back! She’s been gone…basically forever in TV-time. And now she’s back and bitching people out! Yay! I’m glad she helped Mr. Shue wise up in how to cheer up the Glee kids. I’m not really glad her awesome freakout on Principal Figgins caused another hallway kiss. First off, I have a predisposition to love Uncle Jess the Dentist more than Mr. Shue (sorry!) and secondly, Mr. Shue totally stole his “this isn’t over!” speech from The Notebook. And Ryan Gosling did it better. And in the rain. So here’s hoping the dentist makes this choice very difficult for Emma next season, and that maybe they giver her more to do outside being the object of Mr. Shue’s affection.
* There was way to much crying in this episode. Seriously, crying all the time. Even Sue Sylvester was getting teary. Which then makes me get all teary eyed. Stop being so teary Glee kids! Their little monologue before “To Sir, With Love” was too much. Too. Much.
* I was actually pleasantly surprised that they didn’t win regionals, since that’s the typical way out, even though it was incredibly depressing for about 10 minutes there. I’m disappointed that they brought Jesse St. James back to sing but no snarky dialogue! Luckily Josh Groban and Olivia Newton John were back with enough snarky to even out-snark Sue Sylvester (for one scene, anyway). “Brunettes have no place in show business” “When Josh Groban was their age he was already in the Mickey Mouse Club or something.” I like that someone kind of knocked Sue down a peg, and that she decided to side with the Glee club, even if it was only momentarily. We can’t have a nice Sue Sylvester for season 2 after all. “Bon chance William. I relish another year of constantly besting you.”
* Was anyone else having Breakfast Club flashbacks with this little exchange? Mercedes – ”Do you think Puck and Santana will even look at me once we’re not in glee club anymore?” Puck “She has a point.”
*Anyone else notice that Oral Intensity were wearing all white…kinda like, I dunno, teeth? That made me laugh. I’d love to see more of them. Crazy kids.
* Sue’s final speech, where they showed that she did indeed put Glee first (though we know Will assumes otherwise), and got Glee another year, was awesome. She wins for best quotes of the night, easily:
“I spend large parts of my day envisioning you choking on food.”
“You’re tearing up more than Michael Landon in a sweeps week episode of Little House on the Prairie.”
And, best quote of the night: ”I’m having a really difficult time hearing anything you have to say today, because 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.” Ah.may.zing.
Everyone ended on a happy note. It’ll be great to see how the writers blow that up in the first couple episodes. Who woulda thought that a television musical would be hailed as one of the freshest, best shows of the year considering how anti-musical most people are? (Also, the fact that it’s never happened before. Ever.)
Luckily, Fox is re-airing the entire first season all summer, so there will be minimal withdrawals until fall 🙂