Glee "Dynamic Duets" Review: Confessions of a Superhero

Glee S04E07: “Dynamic Duets”

The universal battle between good and evil got personal when the newly formed Secret Society of Superheroes went up against the Dalton Academy Warblers in the fight for Blaine’s soul... and, you know, his allegiance in the upcoming sectionals competition. Blaine’s place at McKinley High has been in flux since Kurt left for New York, with their break-up only serving to exacerbate the loneliness and occasional fish-out-of-water feelings that have plagued him all season long. After all, he left Dalton to be with Kurt. Without Kurt, what’s the point of staying?

The whole superhero angle could have been a trainwreck, but in direct contrast to last week’s exercise in screwing up something that should have been easy, Glee managed to take a concept that was a little out there and make it awesome. Much like Brittany’s dinosaur prom, which by all rights should have sucked but was actually utterly delightful, “Dynamic Duets” was Glee at its best.

The Secret Society of Superheroes was formed to combat the injustices faced by glee club members and other “uncool” denizens of McKinley High. Early members included leader Nightbird/Blaine, Tina the Asian Persuasion, and the delightfully weird Human Brain/Brittany. Their inaugural meeting was interrupted by a frantic citizen directing them to the choir room, where last year’s Nationals trophy was missing, replaced with a laptop bearing a message for New Directions. The face was blurred out, but the flashy Dalton blazer kind of gave things away.

Blaine returned to the root of his origin story to rescue the trophy, but the whole thing was a trap orchestrated by the new captain of the Warblers to lure Blaine away from the New Directions. New-guy Hunter did his research and played on Blaine’s insecurities—why stay at McKinley without Kurt? Don’t you remember how great it felt to belong somewhere? C’mon, buddy, let’s just sing a song, just one song. What’s the harm in one song?

Blaine put up a good fight, but in the end, that blazer fit like an old, familiar glove and Blaine figured that if he was already a villain, citing how deeply he'd hurt Kurt, then why not just embrace it and go total dark side—where I’m told they have cookies, after all. He returned to McKinley intending to finish his senior year at Dalton, arguing to a completely floored Sam, “Warblers are my birthright and my destiny.” Spoken like a true superhero headcase, Blaine. Kudos to whomever on Glee’s writing staff is clearly a huge comic nerd. Kisses.

Elsewhere, Finn struggled to earn the respect of his former classmates as their teacher/not-teacher. His position still makes infuriatingly little sense considering Glee’s insistence on utilizing Finn-as-Schue as, for all intents and purposes, a teacher. He hangs out in the teachers' lounge, drinks their coffee (sort of), appears to spend most of his time in the building, and during “Dynamic Duets,” he complained about his lesson plan. If it looks like a teaching position and quacks like a teaching position, it’s a teaching position—even if the whole “community volunteer” thing gets lip-service every other episode.

Whatever. I’m not going to win that battle. My only hope is that when Schue inevitably returns, rather than continue this logic-blowing exercise in trite and contrived writing, we see Finn head off to college to become a real, honest-to-goodness, grown-up teacher. Finn was never meant to be “the star” like Rachel and Kurt and so many other New Directions alumni, and frankly, at the end of last season, I couldn’t really tell where Finn belonged... but even though the path he took to get to where he is now made absolutely zero sense, Finn is flourishing in his new role. He’s like an early Schue—you know, before he got all creepy and over-invested in his students’ personal lives—and Finn’s sincere interest and rational influence might do the club good.

Under Coach Beiste’s guidance, Finn adopted the alter ego “Treble Clef” in an attempt to bond with the New Directions kids. At first, their reception was a bit lukewarm, but taking the superhero mission to heart, Finn used the week’s glee club theme to draw his students closer together and gently force them to successfully unify as team working toward a shared goal.

And he was successful! Mostly! Deliberately pairing his two most bitter rivalries, Finn managed to orchestrate a sincere truce between Puck Jr. and Ryder when they botched their first duet and ended up sharing their “weaknesses” with one another; Puck Jr. faces an inordinate amount of bullying because he's biracial, and Ryder is dyslexic and feels like his Ph.D. father is ashamed of having a “dumb” son. Marley and Kitty’s truce, however, was far from sincere (on Kitty’s part, anyway). Not that it will matter once the Jake/Marley/Ryder love triangle gets into full swing. Whyyyyy, Glee? Love triangles blow.

But hey, we got to see Puck Sr. doing the Confessions of a Superhero (GREAT documentary, bee-tee-dubs) thing in L.A., which was a nice touch. Loved the neon mohawk.

In the end, the powers of good triumphed. We finally learned Blaine's side of the story concerning his one-night-stand, which lived up to the name in every possible way. In a shocking display of common sense gone MIA, Blaine hooked up with a total stranger from Facebook (at least it wasn’t Craigslist?) because he was doubting the strength of his and Kurt’s feelings for one another and whether they were truly destined to spend the rest of their lives together. Immediately after the hook-up, Blaine regretted his loss of control and recommitted himself to Kurt... only to lose it all anyway. Sam’s honesty was candid and he didn’t try to sugarcoat what Blaine did or absolve him of responsibility. He didn’t demonize Kurt for “driving” Blaine to betray him, nor did he condemn Blaine for his action. Sam’s mature take on the Blaine/Kurt meltdown was similar to the occasional moments of greatness that his female counterpart, Brittany, sometimes has. I love when the characters who are typically written as comedy relief get to be “intelligent.”

As Sam pointed out, Blaine did a bad thing, but that one mistake doesn’t make him a villain and Blaine is doing everyone a disservice, himself and the glee club as a whole, by continuing to see himself as such. Looks like Blaine Warbler is here to stay after all!

And you know what? I didn’t miss Kurt and Rachel at all.



Musical Notes


– My Glee playlist: So much goodness to choose from this week! Um um um, Kitty and Marley’s “Holding Out for a Hero” and the ensemble performance of “Some Nights,” because “Holding Out for a Hero” was legitimately awesome and I’m just kind of obsessed with the song “Some Nights” at the moment. Everything was pretty solid, though. Blaine and Sam’s take on “Heroes” was really great too.

– Tina is still pissed about Santana being called back to play Rizzo before Finn even considered her. Good. That was a total dick move. Get angry! Break stuff! Don’t just take it! You’ve taken it for four seasons!

– “Please don’t melt us with your bulge.”

– Why, oh why, is Marley even giving Kitty the time of day, let alone embracing her thinly veiled “friendship” as the BEST FRIENDSHIP EVER OMG? Are we supposed to see how Marley is this super nice non-judgy person in contrast to Kitty’s awfulness? Because I kind of got that BEFORE Glee felt the need to make Marley look like a naive little dumdum.


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Artie: "Isn't MS a degenerative nerve disease?"
Finn: "I thought it was a girl's magazine."
LOL

I loved how during "Some Nights" Kitty was all smiles when she and Marley were singing together, but made her 'annoyed' face as soon as her back was turned.

I also liked Ryder and Jake's "I am Superman." 80's REM always takes me back.
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Wow has this show gone in the toilet. What used to be really clever humor (Sue/Brittany) along with a campy problem of the week and half way decent characters has given way to at best a chuckle an episode with none of the new characters standing out in any memorable way. Time to end this shows misery IMO.
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I realized way back in season 1 that Glee exists in an alternate universe where the age of a character, their grade level and the things they do have no relationship to one another (a sophomore being pregnant, another being the football captain and another running his own pool cleaning business and sleeping with older women? Um, sophomores are generally around 14 or 15 years old at best! and did this school have no seniors to lead the football team or participate in any other club whatsoever?) So given that, Finn being the "teacher" doesn't bother me at all, and it's not even the first time the show has had a character one year out of high school back teaching a glee club. The superhero thing was a bit ridiculous and wouldn't fly even at the most out there liberal Hollywood high school. Maybe as a halloween episode but otherwise: no. As an excuse for the songs this week though, pretty good. Heroes and Holding Out for a Hero were great!
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Ugh, Marley has the potential to be such a great character but they are making her sooooooo irritating! First off, I agree that her "relationship" with Kitty is ridiculous? Didn't Ryder already help her establish that sticking her fingers down her throat is stupid during Grease? Yet she's still listening to the chick that belittles/insults her at every turn. WHY?
Secondly, I'm not all that put out with the love triangle except there doesn't seem to be a happy ending each way. We always knew when it was Quinn/Finn/Rachel who would end up together. This is like 3 pretty good people and nothing good can come off it! I do not like the way they wrote Marley's reaction to Ryder cancelling their date. A guy who legitimately has a reason to AND tells her why and she comes off upset and goes to find the next available dude in Puck Jr? Screw that!
My bright spot was how well they played the Ryder vs Puck Jr rivalry and how they gave it a legit reason to end and for them to be quasi-friends. That played as the most real part of the show.
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Oh and isn't Blaine the Student Body President? I think they should have written in him doing something good for the school as part of Sam's argument for him to stay instead of the possibility he would have just upped and left to return back to Dalton.
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I really hated this episode (more than usual). This was just bad. There is something wrong with Marley if she thinks Kitty is her friend. This is just horrible all the way around. Is dressing like Superheroes something high schoolers do now a days?? This is just weird. Or I am really getting old.
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I don't usually comment on Glee, but I really hated this episode. I'm pretty disappointed with this whole season. The new characters aren't that interesting - we basically have a far less dynamic wallflower Rachel character, a cheerleader, Puck Jr. and a jock. This has been done, only I found Puck, Rachel, Quinn, and Finn more enjoyable to watch. How is Marley interesting enough to be the subject of a love triangle anyway? The girl is clearly not that bright. Kitty is a disturbing version of Quinn with zero humanity - good luck redeeming her in any way that doesn't involve a shrink or juvie. It makes no sense that Finn is now in charge of Glee club. The only interesting episodes are the ones that feature Kurt and Rachel in New York, especially when Kate Hudson is guesting. Clearly they need their own show. As far as this episode, I thought it was really dumb. This is not a comic book - and this is coming from someone who likes comics. Glee started off being something innovative, but I'm kind of over it now. I've reached a point where I only watch to see if they do some interesting musical/dance performances - once they all start talking, I skip ahead. I think I'll take a breather and play catch up next summer if it seems like there's anything halfway interesting to watch.
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can they please stop calling Finn fat? poor Finn always just takes it too
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I expected to HATE this episode, but enjoyed it (since it was a return to comedic roots, with a touch of real issue flavoring). Particularly good songs helped. Love seeing Beiste :) And may yet accept Blaine's major FUBAR, since he seems sincere,but that's "may". The Blaine/Sam chemistry is very good and the Jake/Ryder chemistry is developing nicely. That was a great insertion of the dyslexia issue - went well with the storyline and gave us good info/insights. I DID miss Kurt/Rachel, since I enjoy their chemistry a lot. Too bad Kitty's such a b**** - their number rocked :) Finn did well in this one, as did Artie & Britt. Tina needs some time, please! All in all, a very good episode. (which is what we could do more often with a NYC spin-off: keep both camps happy). Yes, missed Emma & Figgins.
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Tina and Sugar got some singing parts together at the end of this episode. Yeah, both of them need more chances of doing lead solos!

Jayma is absent in this episode, where is she? Bring her back to the main cast of this show!

We all know that Rachel, Kurt, Will, Sue and Figgins are absent again in this episode also!
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unfortunate Jayma was out filming so there was a substitute councler it would have been nice to finally have her interact with the 'new kids'
Cory- rocked it
Darren was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I am not a teacher and I was in charge of an after school program. I also assisted in three other programs. I was interviewed, went through a back ground check and everything. I was hired by the district and paid. Finn is not being paid and the show didn't show all the hoops you have to jump through but I know that he can run Glee club without any problems.
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I was very like WTF what happened to GLEE when the episode started and REALLY no other kids care that HIGH SCHOOLERS are dressing up like Super Heroes? It didn't phase anyone at the school! In a real HS they would got a REAL BEAT DOWN! Just saying or a SLushy to the face!
All in all I was watching with my Boyfriend and we were like Yeah like we didn't see the possibility of Blaine going back to Dalton. After Kurt dumped him. But we were amazed with Holding out for a Hero! All in all we both gave the episode 3 stars! Not bad but not the usual Glee we are used to.
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I found this episode to be a huge letdown this week. Very out of character. For example why is Marley listening to Kitty when she tries to convince her to make herself sick in order to stay thin? Erm Marley knows how vindictive Kit can be and the idea of Kit trying to persuade Marley to take hast in a lame bulimic storyline is just not typical of Marley's character and where the storyline should excel, completely tumbles on it's own head. Very disappointing.
The Warblers are so cringe worthy.... I took to my laptop the whole time they were on. I can understand Blaine beating himself up for his deceit of Kurt but for god's sake, was there any need to burst into song with those dull characters? It was the last thing I wanted to see.
I feel like the show has too many characters at the moment. Why has Glee chose to introduce Ryder, a corny, despicable, irritating wimp who, I'm not being funny, could get his bum kicked by Puck Jr easy. The show does not need him.
The show is very disappointing at the moment. Not because of the new characters cause I love Marley, her mum and Puck Jr. Its just the rest of the new cast like Bland Ryder and insensitive Kit that are not needed in the show. Get rid.

And Rachel and Kurt are extremely missed! I love them in New York and I wanted to know what happened to Rachel after she suffered backlash of the tornado Cassandra July had to throw her way.
Hope next weeks episode improves from this agonising episode.
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Generally, I agree with your reviews... but you are so wrong this week. What a lame episode! I found myself yawning and wanting to fast forward the whole time. The only part I enjoyed was the Ryder is dyslexic storyline, because of the amazingness that was the scene between him and Finn. I love Ryder. Marley and Kitty can go die somewhere together. They're annoying. And Kitty is a sociopath.
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This was a good one. Glee seems to better than any other show at forcing people to work through their issues and become better people...and the music was great. I was so hoping they'd do the David Bowie number and though they didn't nail it it was still pretty great. Plus Ryder took an important step towards not being not annoying. I don't know what's up with Kitty, she's a strange villain.
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- I watched On Demand, and paused after Schue and Ryder enter the Special Ed office. I then proceeded to have the following conversation:
Me: "If I know my 100 Basic TV Plots, and I do, he'll end up being dyslexic."
My wife: "I don't know, it's a bit more complicated than that."
Me: "It's Glee. They'll oversimplify it. He's dyslexic."

- I don't know if "villainize" is a word, but "villify" is, and satisfies the credentials of what Sam needed.

- This week's gaping Glee plotholes: No mention during Blaine and Sam's conversation of the fact that they're both important student government officials. Also, it cannot be that easy to transfer to a private school in the middle of a school year.

- I anticipate that should Glee make it to season 5, once Tina graduates, they'll attempt to replace her with Chai Tea.

- Funny that Finn and Artie commented on the insignias of our dueling MegaStuds, but nobody acknowledged the huge BM on coach Beiste's outfit.

- Femme Fatale? No. Catwoman. Sorry, "Kitty." You can't be named Kitty, dress up as Catwoman, and call yourself something else.

- Good playlist. REM, Kelly Clarkson, Fun, and David Bowie in one episode? Good show. Aside from the obvious "hero"-themed songs, I thought "Dark Side" (as Blaine is embraced by the enemy) and "Some Nights" (as the team rallies for battle) were woven into the theme quite nicely. Although I still think "Some Nights" would've been better earlier in the season, when Finn was still enlisted.

- If you think love triangles blow, just be thankful it's not a rectangle anymore.

- Honestly, I would've loved to see the Foreigner idea come to fruition. Just imagine Brittany in a sombrero singing "Sangre Caliente," or Sam in lederhosen doing "Doppelsehen."
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I think not being able to come up with villify was the joke.
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Really good episode, way better than the last two. Glee sometimes neglects humour and fun but this episode had both. It had a nice moral too, I guess. Best of all is that the new New Directions actually feels 'together' now and I actually care for them. Better late than never.
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This episode was possibl one of Glee's worst episodes ever! the show has no direction whatsoever this season....It doesnt know wether to follow Rachel/Kurt or the glee club, what you get instead is two shows in one with neither being any good and one of them simply truing to emulate the tricks of the first season and it's been there done that, what else is new please.

I will call it quits after this season, I might even stop watching soon. total disaster.
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There were a few funny jokes in the beginning:
1) Coach Beiste as The Beiste Master
2) Brittany's phone saying "I think I'm alive and you are the machine."
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"I think I am alive. You are the machine!" was hilarious.
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weird. i thought this was one of Glee worst episodes.
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Can we talk about the whole Finn's crotch thing??

I seriously cannot wait for the new episode. This one was OK.
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i luv the last song they performed on this episode... ummm.. what's the title?
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Fun. - "Some Nights"
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I'm already sick of "Some Nights." They are using it in every movie trailer and every network promo now. I'm also sick of every single thing Tina ever says being about her race. I lost my taste for this show a long time ago, but reading "Asian Persuasion" hasn't changed my mind.
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Ugh, I was really hoping we were done with the bulimia story and I cannot believe how naive Marley is portrayed.
Also, I love superhero movies and stories, but I did not love this episode. It just felt so filler to me (like most Glee episodes) and I did not get why they had to include it. And how do you do a superhero episode and not include the song "Superman (it's not easy)"??
I am really liking most of the new character, though, especially Ryder.
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Oh, and please do not have Finn wear any more sweater vests!
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And did anyone else think of COMMUNITY Christmas episode when they started talking about sectionals, then regionals, and so on? :D
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They are really going to go through with this eating disorder thing aren't they. I know that Murphy likes to push the limits of taste but this is a bit much. And now that Kitty will be buying clothing for Marley, she is sure to make it that nothing fits and drive Marley even further down. Hopefully it is exposed and resolved soon but at this point, I cannot see how Kitty will become a sympathetic character.

There were some high points. Blaine calling Artie on being a professor X ripoff and his reference to X-Men 2 and Pyro joining the Brotherhood. Not to mention Sam's Bane impression which was actually pretty accurate.

The Finn taking over the club storyline still seems off. I understand that it was shoehorned in so Morrison could be on Broadway, but it is still completely illogical. They could have had Sue or Emma take over the club. I could see Sue taking over just to show Will that she can do it better.

With a little more notice by Morrison, this could have been a great way to bring back Holly Holliday or even Shelby Corchran (despite her whole teacher/student affair thing) for a guest stint.
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Actually, love triangles are the best.. just not this one (Marley/Ryder/Jake). The reasons why are:

1. The characters are not interesting

2. They didn't even know each other, they were hopelessly in love with each other out of nowhere.

3. It's superficial and ridiculous

Also, on almost the same note.. Marley is supposed to be a good person right? Then why the hell would she get mad when Ryder had to cancel because he has dyslexia and wanted to study for the FIRST time with a new working method, and then see his doctor. But she didn't just get mad, she also went and asked Jake out. Total bitch move, and really OOC if she's supposed to be "good". Another reason for why the love triangle sucks, Marley/Ryder/Jake are not "real characters", they change personalities whenever the plot requires it.
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Your reasons against this particular triangle are pretty much the same reasons I use against ALL triangles. Anything Else >>>> Love Triangles
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Counterexample: Han, Leia and Luke. Say what you will about the leadup, but in the end it all paid off when you found out that it involved a brother-sister kiss. That was hilarious.
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eugh the bulimia storyline is THE WORST
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I loved when Sam did the Bane impersonation!
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Slaine!! yes. that was good.
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Oh yeah and: "He's like an early Schue—you know, before he got all creepy and over-invested in his students' personal lives—" HAHAHA. so true.
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Sam's Bane impersonation was awesome :D
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I actually do miss the New York's peeps. Ok now that I got that aside, I am enjoying Ryder's storyline, looks like a good character development there. I too am bored with the whole love triangle thing.. and please give Tina more substantial role!
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I liked the episode, however, I'm not loving the love triangle anymore apart from the bit where Kitty was in complete shock when Marley asked Jake out. Also, I wish they'd move away from the whole warblers trying to get Blaine back, plus I am so bored with the whole thing with Blaine (although I did love the Blaine/Sam friendship) am I really suposed to feel sorry or care that Blaine is such a bland character that he can't be developed in anyway unless it's in some way related to Kurt. Thought the Ryder side of the story was great, you could really feel his pain over the whole dislexia thing.
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This was the trippiest episode Glee has ever done. And that's counting the Christmas/Star Wars episode.
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Am I the only one that kind of wishes Blaine would go back to the Warblers? Although I absolutely love him and Sam as best buds, I've always preferred Blaine's singing when with The Warblers.
And I think I loved kitty in this episode, but she's still missing something. Why doesn't she have any other friends? Like she needs her own sidekick friend that'd help her collaborate with her or something.
And I am starting to like the all the new kids though I still feel we're missing some personalities, and I enjoyed the episode. Also can we get some of Sam's impressions each episode please.
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Latex body suit.
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sad

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I really, really enjoyed this episode! it was actually so much fun, and I loved the superheroes concept.

1. I really liked SamxBlaine bonding more, especially since they are the President and Vice-President of the Mckinley student body.
2. I really like Ryder/Blake Jenner. He keeps getting better and I loved him on The Glee Project
3. The music was incredible tonight. My two favourites were probably the Warblers' Kelly Clarkson song and Some Nights
4. Speaking of Some Nights, I LOVED the throwback to oldschool glee with the red shirts and jeans. It's a new club, with new kids, and surprisingly I really am starting to care for them.
5. Hate love triangles
6. LOVE Puck in L.A. being awesome/giving out some brotherly advice to Jake
7. Did anyone else think it was really meta when Samuel Larson got these lyrics of Some Nights--"So this is it? I sold my soul for this?" Guy wins the Glee Project and is relegated to background dreads guy.
8. I actually really liked Finn this episode, and thought it was cute that he was channeling Shue.
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"7. Did anyone else think it was really meta when Samuel Larson got these lyrics of Some Nights...."

Not really, look at Heather Morris; during the first season Brittany was mostly window dressing just another cheerleader to help Sue's plans to destroy New Directions, but whenever Brittany was on screen you couldn't help but watch what she was doing. Because of that the writers gave Heather a bit more to do (although still nowhere near enough for me), with someone else playing the part Brittany might have graduated last year.
If in the next episode they recast Joe Hart would anyone really notice? Samuel Larson might not have much to do, but he hasn't done anything with it so of course he's going to fade into the background.
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I think you missed the point of meta. The metaness is the FACT that he is a background character. I don't care what happens to him, but the guy did "sell his soul" to go through and win the Glee Project...the metaness is the fact that he's a background dude...that's all.
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OMG!! Ryan Murphy needs to keep Blake around. That young man can act!! He was amazing tonight. He has certainly proven he deserved to win The Glee Project.
I think this was the best episode so far this season :)
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I thought the episode today was fantastic! It had funny moments( Finn's Yoda response, coffee drinking) , cute moments (Finn's fanny pack kit, BLAM! or SLAINE!) and really good performances. What more would you possibly ask for? The writer deserves a pat on the back!
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we want the american horror story photo recap !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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How did they screw up anything in the Grease episode? That was pretty much their best episode so far.
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Anyway, aside from that I pretty much agree that this episode was surprisingly awesome. Given the superhero theme, I was VERY skeptical but it turned out pretty awesome. I like how Kitty is corrupting Marley because that totally happens with high school girls. That said, how did they totally miss the opportunity to sing Cher Lloyd's "Superhero"? And that final number (the nod to Don't Stop Believin) was the newbies' initiation into the fold right?
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In regards to that last number...you are right. In the first episode of Glee the kids did that Schue-less. And this was their first Glee number Schue-less again. Very appropriate.
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I took the last number the same way. I think they did a good job with that.
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