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“This year wasn’t about winning…it was about acceptance”: “New York” (2×22) Gleecap

May 28, 2011

New YorkAs the members of New Directions liked to remind us several times throughout the episode, after two years of struggles, they’ve finally made it to New York City for Nationals. At the beginning of season 1, they were just a ragtag group of five kids trying to get through a lackluster rendition of “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.” Now their number has jumped up to 13, and, well, they’re still pretty ragtag, but at least they’ve managed to hone their skills and come together as a group strong enough to get to Nationals. Not, unfortunately, a group that’s strong enough to win Nationals just yet, but then what would they have to strive for next year? As always, I was disappointed to see New Directions lose, but I think it fit with their story. Surprisingly, Brittany said it best: “This year wasn’t about winning for me…it was about acceptance.” Nobody would’ve thought that Brittany would be the one to sum up the season so perfectly, but her speech about glee club being like a family and how she loves everyone in the group was perfect. I can’t wait to see that messed-up family go through another year together. Until then, however, let’s break this episode down a bit further…

Favourite Character: A lot of characters stood out for me in this episode, but I think I must give the title to queen gleek Rachel Berry. Watching her finally arrive in New York and fully realize that that’s where she belongs was positively magical and incredibly inspiring. She sang on a Broadway stage, she met her idol Patti LuPone, she had breakfast at Tiffany’s…truly, this is where Rachel is destined to be. Her passion for her dreams was stunning in this episode. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also give some love to Kurt, who was positively charming in his NYC love, as well. Considering everything that Kurt went through this season, I absolutely loved his summary line to Blaine: “You know when you stop to think about it, Kurt Hummel’s had a pretty good year.”

Best Throwback to Season 1: I love that Kurt actually referenced their horrible pilot episode performance of “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.” Way to bring it all back full circle, Kurt!

Bella NotteBest Song(s): Hands-down, my favourite parts of this episode were anything NYC/Broadway-themed, so it’s probably no surprise that the top two songs for me were “I Love New York” and “For Good.” The former was incredibly infectious, fun and danceable, while the latter was breathtakingly beautiful and so perfect for Rachel and Kurt in every way. To see those two on the Broadway stage was such a cheer-worthy moment for me — even more so than seeing New Directions on the Nationals stage! I really wasn’t a huge fan of the original songs this week…well, except for “My Cup”, of course  — another win for Brittany! Everyone’s reactions to the song while she was singing were absolutely priceless.

Favourite Quotes:

Dustin: It’s all over the Broadway blogosphere. And by “Broadway blogosphere,” I mean the one blog that cares about Broadway.

Mercedes: Did you know that New York City was built right on top of Old York City?

Brittany: I know I’m gonna be a bridesmaid at Mike and Tina’s wedding, and I’m gonna be anxiously awaiting just like everyone else to see if their babies are Asian, too.

Brittany: This year wasn’t about winning for me. [It was about] acceptance. I know all the kids in glee club, they fight and they steal each others’ boyfriends and girlfriends and they threaten to quit like every other week, but weird stuff like that happens in families. Family is a place where everyone loves you no matter what and they accept you for who you are.

BrittanaWeak Point: Although I’ve mostly talked about the great parts of this episode so far, there were definitely a lot of weak points for me. Overall, I thought that the episode was lacking in surprise/suspense/drama. Finn and Rachel starting back up again? Expected. Sam and Mercedes getting together? Predictable (although cute). New Directions not winning at Nationals? Pretty obvious. I had hoped that they would’ve at least let Will’s Broadway storyline drag on longer for added suspense, but instead the glee club found out he was leaving and then found out he wasn’t leaving, all in the same scene. I’m also really disappointed that there wasn’t a bigger development between Santana and Brittany. Sure, they reaffirmed their friendship, but I was really hoping for a more romantic scene between them. Here’s hoping the writers will deliver on that front early next season…

Guest Star Ranking: Even though his appearance was brief, Jesse St. James was fantastic to watch again in this episode. And although she’s a great singer, I thought that Sunshine’s role was only alright, and I’m quite alright with the fact that we saw very little of her this season. On the other hand, I wish they hadn’t underused Dustin! He was absolutely hilarious in this episode and I wish we had seen more of him — here’s hoping he’ll be back next year!

Next Week: That’s it, that’s all, folks! Sadly, there’s no more new Glee episodes until the fall, but that doesn’t mean we’re closing down shop! Stay tuned for all the latest Glee news, including details of the summer tour, the upcoming tour movie, and, of course, all the gossip about season 3!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2011 9:19 pm

    I really enjoyed the finale to Glee! It made me even more excited to see the Tour! I saw the Glee cast out in Chicago at Sunda and The Underground. Check out pics in an album on this facebook http://on.fb.me/kcS0nS

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