Glee "New New York" Review: Appreciating the Realness

Glee S05E14: "New New York"?


Glee made its full-time move to the Big Apple this week, and while the voiceover in the "That's what you missed on Glee!" segment—with its odd focus on Mr. Schue's post-McKinley career—made me wonder if we won't be back in Lima in some capacity eventually, Ohio's newest refugees are finding themselves in surprising places. The result is a show that suddenly feels exciting, fresh, and BIG. 

I have a confession to make: DVR is my precious and sometimes, if I'm watching Glee on a delay and a musical routine doesn't snag me right away, I totally fast forward because ain't nobody got time to waste sitting through songs they don't like and choreography that mostly consists of sitting in a bland beige choir room while the camera pans to all the smiling, lip-syncing faces. "New New York" was the first episode in a long while where the urge didn't rise at least once. Not once. The performances felt sophisticated and glamorous and fun with their extended dance sequences, toned-down color schemes, and sweeping scenery. This is everything I thought New York was supposed to be when I myself was but a hopelessly tone-deaf musical geek at my bumfuck meth-ville high school. I know better now. Yes, the city kind of smells and getting around can be a migraine and this one time we got lost on the subway and it sucked and there were tears, but all that came later—and for Artie and Sam it came a little sooner that that—but you never forget the first time you step into Times Square and think you made it


And in retrospect, getting lost and ending up well off the beaten Zagat's path was awesome. 

I have no doubt that the endgame for Kurt, Rachel, Blaine, Mercedes, Sam, and Artie (and everyone else, when they inevitably show up) is happy ever after (though I was wrong about New Directions being saved, so who knows WTF is going to happen). But in the meantime, Glee's new direction appears to involve bumpier roads than its key players are accustomed to—and that's great. I know we're all still a little conflicted about the How I Met Your Mother finale, but regardless of how we feel about where everyone ended up, I think we can certainly appreciate the notion that the most important part of any destiny is the journey, the how, more than the where. With adulthood staring most of McKinley's star pupils in the face, many of them are just now realizing that yes, their time in Lima was a means to and end, a journey from point A to point B, but their stories are far from complete. Yes, Rachel is on the verge of Broadway stardom, Kurt and Blaine are living the Bohemian dream in Bushwick, and Sam cut his hair and got a job, but those destinations are merely layovers until the next leg of their respective trips—trips that, in actuality, have already started without them. That's the scary part about life after high school: the wide-open potential of it. Sometimes, that kind of freedom can feel more like a burden than a blessing. For many of the New Direction-ers, there was only one true route out of Lima: via New York. Now that they've arrived, they see that there are more roads in, out, and all around than they thought, and it's overwhelming. 


Still, our fledgling New Yorkers have just about everything they could want. Even Kurt and Blaine's vocal disappointment with their less-than-swanky digs was constantly usurped by the attitude that the apartment itself doesn't matter because they're in New York and they're at NYADA and they're getting gay-married and life is great... so it very quickly began to fall apart, through no fault of anyone, really. I'm not the only person who's pointed out the delirious WTF-ery of Blaine and Kurt's relationship in recent seasons; it's been so shallow and contrived for so long, with Blaine and Kurt being reduced to primetime television's poster boys for progressive marriage politics. In theory there's nothing wrong with that, but as Glee has become a caricature of its former self, so have some of its best messages. Representation is important, and there was a time when Glee really was a groundbreaking, trailblazing show in that respect. But then we get into the old "quality versus quantity" debate and, well, you can see the problem. 

There was also a time when Blaine's paranoia and Kurt's anal-retentiveness and their shared inability to communicate with each other about the realities of sustaining a long and successful relationship would have driven them apart; in fact, it has driven them apart. That Glee took the time to clarify that Blaine moving out of the loft is not a break-up, but a natural and mature response to the realization that maaaaaybe he and Hummel didn't think their co-habitation through and that doesn't meant that they aren't totally soulmates and future husbands and perfect for one another was thoughtful and, more importantly, it was real. The PSA mentality is ingrained in every fiber of Glee's showtune-spouting soul, and it's been pretty obnoxious about its messaging in the past, but the move to New York revealed a new (or maybe vintage, if we compare recent episodes to Season 1 episodes) subtlety to the preaching. 


Sam and Artie's stories could have been equally explicit and admittedly, Artie's flirted with the line between tugging on the ticker and tugging on the gag reflex—but that's the price of sharing a storyline with Rachel, who managed to turn Artie's very serious concerns about his safety in the subway into a means of rediscovering her gritty starving artist side so that she feels less like the poser that she is. 

Sam's brief stay at the supermodel halfway house, however, could have gotten really annoying about the dark side of professional modeling—and maybe it still will, and maybe it should—but for now, the fact that Sam handled the situation without turning it into a full-blown morality play is a testament to Glee's new grown-up approach. 


Anyway, the move has been made and the gang is (mostly) together and they mostly have it together despite the inherent panic that dominates those first few months after high school—or, you know, the rest of your life. Overall, the kids are alright, and it's becoming increasingly clear that those "kids" aren't really kids anymore at all.



MUSICAL NOTES

– Playlist o' the week: You know? I actually kind of liked everything. 

– "HEY, I'M ROLLIN' HERE!" Yessss Artie sass. <3

– Yeah, macing a dude on a crowded subway car, I'm sure that ended well for everyone. 

– I think Glee is turning me into an actual Adam Lambert fan as opposed to someone who neither liked nor disliked him, and I don't know how I feel about it. 

– Really sad we didn't get to see Blaine or Sam in the man-bootie boxers. 

– So how long until Mercedes and Sam hook up, do you think?

– So many STFU RACHEL moments this week. So many


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Apr 09, 2014
I think Glee is turning me into an actual Adam Lambert fan as opposed to someone who neither liked nor disliked him, and I don't know how I feel about it.

omg exactly this!!


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Apr 04, 2014
Loved this episode...this felt like Glee again. Like it should be...!!!
I loved how it felt already so natural to see them in NY...
Blaine and Kurt storyline, was pretty realistic...been there myself just like that, that i had the feeling that i couldn't breath because of my boyfriend, who wanted to do everything together, really everthing...pffff so i liked how they tried to solve it...and finally decided to move out to make their relationship stronger...
Loved how Blaine went to Starchild and told him his thoughts..that was so fun!!!
Funny that i was never a fan of Adam Lambert, but i really start to like the guy and his voice...weird...
Rachel acting like a Diva, till Artie told her the truth and loved how she made the change herself and realised that she wasn't that person...
MERCEDES is back! Just loving it...!! So Sam and Merc...hmmm i think soon we will have a new couple!!
Poor Artie, got robbed, but loved how he got back on that dude...payback is a bitch...
Was a nice and very enjoyable episode...me like!!

Did anybody miss the others, or Mckinley, Sue, Shue....i didn't to be honest...


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Apr 03, 2014
I might predict that both Marley and Unique may not be axed yet, because they might have strong talent to move to New York by next season, but Kitty, Sugar, Jake Ryder and Joe characters might be the perfect ones already axed. I still think that Emma should not be axed yet because she still has to give birth on her child.
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Apr 03, 2014
i had exactly the same thought about adam lambert during this ep. As a huge Queen fan i had wondered whether i could bear him singing with them, but during his song with Kurt I realised i just might!
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Apr 03, 2014
Adam is about 98% of the reason I'm still watching the show. Those last 2 eps without him were kind of brutal.
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Apr 03, 2014
"I think Glee is turning me into an actual Adam Lambert fan as opposed to someone who neither liked nor disliked him, and I don't know how I feel about it." ;)
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Apr 03, 2014
This might just get me a whole LOT of backlash, but I kinda feel like I have to say it: despite glee presenting Rachel in a slightly cartoon-ish way as it often does, maybe it's just because I'm a spoiled brat, but I've been in that situation myself where hours spent by myself within a car driven by someone I don't really know and am not really comfortable with and feel bad for imposing on (despite being told numerous times that it is their job), and it makes you start to question whether you will ever be able to relate to other people, or portray characters and experiences as an actor authentically. it obviously isn't as big a concern for most people as having been mugged, facing drug-use or even the dissolution of one's relationship, but it is suffocating, and a minor worry in itself. it was 1 of my first experiences in new york, and has been in most places I've gone to where you feel completely cut off from other people because you've been provided with a car, and you don't want to be rude, but you're twenty and you just want to walk around and explore stuff on your own :/ anyway, sorry, rant over :) loved this weeks episode, the music rocked, and loved ALL the storylines :)
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Apr 03, 2014
Nooooo, I am so annoyed that Mercedes is back on the show. She was not a nice character, she and Artie are my absolute least favourite characters and now they're both staying? dammit! and the whole Mercedes/Sam thing was so retarded, and I bet they're going to revisit that. If it ends up being a Samcedes/Brittana/Klaine show, I am so done.
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Apr 03, 2014
Agree with you about Artie, I find him hard to stand. But of course the show needed a new high note belter now that Unique's not around plus a new rival for Rachel now that she and Santana made up!
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Apr 03, 2014
Fact: I still don't know who the hell Adam Lambert is.
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Apr 02, 2014
Oh this was the first episode of Glee I have enjoyed in a long time. Thank you, thank you.
And as obnoxious as Rachael is, I love her. The worse she gets, the more she entertains me. I find it funny, rather than annoying, makes it more enjoyable!
However, I can do without Mercedes coming back and Kurt is a jerk.
I am also really enjoying the glitter vampire rockstar!
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Apr 02, 2014
They should have done this after Season 3, not Season 5 when the viewership is at 2.5 million on average.
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Apr 02, 2014
I'll admit I really liked this episode. I do wish they'd stop everyone being so cool about the Klaine engagement but they seemed to make it up by having Blaine, of all people, realizing that they need to grow. Loved the Artie/Rachel duet as well as Sam removing himself from a possibly dangerous situation involving drugs. I laughed a little when Blaine tried to be all tough and intimidating towards Elliot because let's face it, Elliot's more intimidating than Blaine. The funniest bit still has to be the mime class with the teacher telling them to pretend to be in a box with the person next to them just coz he was feeling suffocated around Blaine at the time. I rolled my eyes at Blaine managing to get special permission for the mime class from Carmen but I was glad to see NYADA again. All in all much better even if I do miss the new directions a little.
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Apr 02, 2014
I'm surprised to say that I really did enjoy this week's episode. I thought they should have quit at season three but I see they probably should have dropped lima last season. I loved the dynamic of the group, especially the ending. Felt like a bit of old Glee right there.

But some things I didn't like were Rachel's long dialogues. I know they were trying to show growth but there are other ways to do it. Klaine drama is so redundant and Blaine is really annoying. I liked their "Chums" idea and think they could really pull it off if they weren't so focused on Rachel/Klaine drama. Still very refreshing to watch and I'll definitely tune in next week.
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Apr 02, 2014
I actually kind of liked Glee this week.. all the jumping between cities really got on my nerves, and it doesn't help that I didn't like any of the new kids.. but I pretty much fast forwarded through all of these songs, they're just not as good anymore.. I wish Adam Lambert would leave though, I didn't like him on American Idol, I don't like him now..that's the problem with all these guest stars, if you don't like the person you're not going to like them being part of the cast.
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Apr 02, 2014
Wow, this episode was so much better than I expected. Soo many funny moments, I just loved it when Rachel screamed "TAXI!!", and I hope to see more of Rachel and Artie together. Artie was one of the characters I hoped wouldn't move to New York, but i genuinely enjoyed his storyline this episode. The new dynamic of this show is really refreshing. Well done, Glee.

I actually didn't like the songs this episode, mostly because I'm not a big Broadway fan perhaps. I think I just like it more when they use new songs, songs that I can relate to, songs that I already like. Although, Best day of my life is one of my favorite songs these days, and Blaine & Sam totally butchered that one. Besides The Quarterback and 100... was this the best episode of the season thus far? In my opinion it was.
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Apr 02, 2014
I've never liked Artie and I so wanted Tina instead of him, but yes, it wasn't unbearable to have him in this episode. Still, for an episode about the realness of life, making him having his laptop back was really low!
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Apr 02, 2014
Honestly, I'm not sure what you saw in the musical numbers, because every time one of them started I just wanted to gag and fast forward through it. Everything felt pointless and excruciating. The only number I DID like was the 5 second jam sesh that Blaine and Starchild had.
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Apr 02, 2014
Did anyone else notice Rachel look directly at the camera when she said 'I'm so glad Mercedes is here' - Glee's never done that before.
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Apr 02, 2014
Actually, they've done that many times before. Mostly in dialogue scenes though.
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Apr 02, 2014
I was very nervous about this change to New York but I'm rather surprised; in a positive way! This really did feel fresh and like it could be good for more than one episode in a row!

Yeah, well, Rachel was obnoxious as ever (although her scenes with Artie were kinda sweet) but well, that's just her. At least she did not keep the car...
I also really, really liked the scenes with Kurt and Blaine. They showed that their relationship can be more than just a shallow "statement". At first I found Blaine a bit bitchy (especially when he visited Elliot) but I could understand his feelings as well as Kurt's and their fight and reconciliation felt very mature. (Seriously, did they replace the writers or what happened?)
This episode also fleshed out Elliot, I think I start to like him, he said some very true things. And I would have loved to see some more jamming with him and Blaine.
I did not like Kurt saying "this is not McKinley, you can't barge in and change everything" - I mean, who was it again who did almost force him to change schools? Well...*cough* Kurt maybe? But, apart from that, I'm totally content with the fight.

The songs were good, too.
I liked "Downtown" even better than the original (I never liked that squeaky voice), it would have been perfect if Kurt hadn't sang.
I also liked the Artie/Rachel and Kurt/Elliot duets and that song Blaine and Sam sang.

Oh, btw: Rachel reminded me totally of a dog when she sang "Downtown". And does Blaine really sleep with gel in his hair?
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Apr 02, 2014
I liked most of the storylines, though Rachel's own was basically pointless in the end. Artie and Sam having a hard time in a new city was realistic.
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Apr 02, 2014
Glee is better than ever.
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Apr 02, 2014
Thank god Mercedes is back because this show has become such a sausage fest. Can Santana and Brittany fast track that vacation? Also, where are they going to live? Did Kurt and Rachel just get rid of Blaine and Sam only to replace them with Brittana?

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Apr 02, 2014
They need a belter now that Unique isn't around!
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Apr 03, 2014
The two best belters are on the show still.
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Apr 03, 2014
I mean "belter" as in what Mercedes and the Unique did, singing almost just high notes at the end of a song
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Apr 02, 2014
I know it's one of those things about Glee you just have to accept but I'm getting so tired of the "Rachel is an insufferable diva, Rachel sees the error of her ways and makes amends, lather, rinse repeat" formula. They're not even trying to pretend like she learns anything anymore. She apologized and then went right back to being Rachel by her final scene. I understand that it's a part of her character and Glee tends to exaggerate everything to cartoonish proportions but don't spend three episodes victimizing her if she's just going to go back to being a diva the next week. I'd love to see Lea Michele get a storyline that is somewhat reflective of reality and has nothing to do with letting fame go to her head, being a special special star or being linked to a guy. Also, can't believe it took them five years to let her sing "People" and they wasted it on this episode. For shame.
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Apr 02, 2014
Rachel nailed "People" and the song was a perfect choice for the story as was the "Downtown" opening number. I really like the Rachel and Artie duets and growing friendship. I think she trusts him which is more than can be said for Kurt and Santana. I'm thrilled that Mercedes is there.
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Apr 02, 2014
I actually thought the Artie/Rachel dynamic was the best part about the episode...

As Sam demonstrated this episode, taking Mr. Shue's lessons into the real world could make for hilarious procedural television. Like, I think season 6 should just be the glee kids applying Shue's 'lesson of the week' to the real world and find out how unhelpful they really were. I'd watch that show.
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Apr 02, 2014
I think it was an interesting dynamic because it was never shown before! They're cute together!
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Apr 02, 2014
It is kind of sad how you don't get the character of Rachel. She is more interesting than 90% of the character now or before.
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Apr 02, 2014
I'm willing to be enlightened. What makes her interesting?
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Apr 03, 2014
She is over the top and can be wildly self absorbed, but she is also extremely forgiving. She is a flawed protagonist unlike some of the others who d never have to apologize for thier mistake. Rachel god fortune usually come with a smack down or a lesson attached. There is some weird double standard with Rachel probably cause she is the lead. Others can be selfish or do wrong and it is fine but not Rachel she is still always on the outside of these so called freinds. She always has to change while the rest are embraced for being who they are...
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Apr 02, 2014
I don't think Rachel is super interesting as much as Lea Michele is just crazy awesome. I adored Rachel in season 1 because she really did feel like an underdog who never gave up but now she just teeters between victim and obnoxious diva. Her talent generally makes me tolerate her though.
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Apr 02, 2014
Rachel is also my favorite character. In my experience as a teacher, no one gets bullied more than the smart and talented girls. This was Rachel's story in high school. But she stayed focused and dedicated to her dreams. This is how someone achieves their dreams and the story is valid. The diva-ness was just an armor for her. I find people who work hard and struggle against the odds to be far more interesting than people who feel entitled to success without working for it.
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Apr 03, 2014
She's driven, but I don't think that makes her interesting. Anyone else, particularly the OP have any idea of traits she has that qualify as interesting?
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Apr 02, 2014
What would an episode of Glee even LOOK like if Rachel didn't act like a terrible person for some reason, then learn an important life lesson, then express her growth through song? I mean, it certainly doesn't stick between episodes, but hey......
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Apr 02, 2014

"Rachel has a private driver, a development that of course brings out the worst in her"... Except it didn't.
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Apr 02, 2014
At first, it does. She eventually grows (which will be forgotten in one or two episodes) but at first it really does.
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Apr 03, 2014
How though? Her having the car did not make he tell the story about the homeless guy, which in the end was mostly about getting back out there on getting back on the subway again. The worse thing the car did was have her amusingly said it was a town car when they kept saying to was a Limo. She didn't hold the car over their head or even gloat about it.
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Apr 03, 2014
Hm, yeah, maybe it wasn't directly linked but it it was shown like that (gets a car = becomes a diva) in my opinion. Especially in the beginning when Sam and Artie have to take the subway. It's not really a bad thing but she was shown like she didn't really care.
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Apr 03, 2014
I don't know what Blaine had with his soda, of course he should have sat down and listened to Artie - maybe he tried to be like Sheldon but with soda instead of tea. ;) But other people behaving stupid/careless/selfish doesn't make Rachel less of a (for lack of a better word) diva.
I already corrected myself, the private driver wasn't the only thing. I think, to me, it was a bit like the last straw after her behaviour since she got the role (and her behaviour to get the role).
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Apr 03, 2014
So I guess Kurt and Blaine didn't care either since they didn't offer to walk with Artie or adjust for Artie either? Blaine didn't care either cause he was more worried about his soda machine than the story of Arty getting mugged?
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Apr 02, 2014
Too little to late for glee but it was an improvement. Now if they just cut back on Blaine and Blam and it might be fun enough to watch without skipping 75% of it.
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Apr 02, 2014
I agree. I think they were 75% of it and I preferred the Artie and Rachel story and song. Plus, you have Adam Lambert on the show and his last performance is a duet with Kurt who had two other songs on the show. Waste.
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Apr 02, 2014
New York is kind of too stressful to all guys. Even if there are no more Lima scenes, then I am still concerned about these situations that need resolution:

* Emma character cannot be axed yet because she is about to give birth. The actress, who plays Emma, is appearing regularly in "The Millers" in the meantime, but why do the Glee producers, writers, viewers and critics have to abhor that Emma character for no reason at all?

* Throat Explosion might get disqualified because from they move hyperactively, like the Warblers, they may also have been addicted to drugs beforehand.

* The gun maybe thrown into the lake, but it may be accidentally spotted by a fisherman and then reported to the police.

* You might think that Sue Sylvester is too popular to get removed from McKinley High, but unfortunately, not for long, she is going to become overrated ASAP. The police will arrest Sue, make her get expelled from McKinley High and thrown in jail for the rest of her life for the gun setup action.

* Tina is already in Brown, but she might visit New York as a reduced guest character for the remaining episodes of this show.

I'm glad Artie fought back against the burglar for stealing his laptop with a pepper spray.

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Apr 02, 2014
I loved it. It thought it was fun and refreshing. It's way better when the cast is smaller and the characters have room to exist. The scene with the mime teacher was amazing. And I just love when Kurt and Elliot hang out. Good for you, Glee, keep on doing that! (I was suprised when I saw all the other actors still in the credit, though.)
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Apr 02, 2014
Well that was different, a lot different, not like what I was expecting. I had my doubts about the time lapse, at first it seemed like an excuse to make Klaine act like monsters out of the blue because that's kinda what Glee's all about these days but I was won over when they resolved that well. This episode was nothing like Glee but also a lot like Glee at the same time and it's starting win this hate-watcher over. We're going from a quasi-procedural high school show to a friendship-centric hangout fest and I can get behind that. If 99-100% of the cast can reclaim the better versions of their personalities I'll like it even better. The episode did suffer from rebootitis and not everything worked for me, but it has something now it didn't before and it's pulling me in. And the songs were uncommonly great.

And Sam avoiding drugs was good but I would've preferred he stayed at the model house and said no to drugs to their face, that would've meant more but I guess it's narratively more effective to have him lodging with his people.
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Apr 02, 2014
I stopped watching years ago, I'm too old for the teenage melodrama it was boring me to death. I used to watch it for the music numbers but even those don't hold my interest. But if they have indeed moved away from the high school set that seems like a step in the right direction, I wish the show luck in its final season.
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Apr 02, 2014
I really, really enjoyed this episode and am looking forward to more! The opening Downtown was perfect. And I was completely charmed by Blaine and Kurt's You Make Me Feel Young - that number just made me smile from start to finish. I'm would not be telling the truth if I said I wouldn't miss Mckinley High - I will. I liked some of the characters they had brought on, but we all have been "emotionally" invested in the original characters for so much longer. Looking forward to a wonderful season!!
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Apr 02, 2014
Wow. So much better without McKinley.
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Apr 02, 2014
Okay, I made it about 15 minutes in, got bored, and went to work early. Glee is over. Last week was the series finale, this is something else, and it doesn't seem like the sort of show I'd have started watching.

I'm not saying I won't finish the episode later, just that going to work early seemed less boring. So, there's that.
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Apr 02, 2014
I think the episode improved as it went on, in case you were wondering.
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Apr 02, 2014
Wow, I honestly didn't think anything could turn around the boring sub-par mess Glee has gotten itself into the last couple seasons, but this episode was refreshing! It was all the bits of Glee I used to love, while still feeling new and interesting. It actually made me remember when I used to get really excited to watch the show in the first couple seasons. Songs were great too!
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Apr 02, 2014
I liked it. Gonna be even better once Santana and Brittany are back!
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Apr 02, 2014
I thought it was a pretty good episode. Glad to see they didn't go down the "one of them gets caught up in drugs" scenario. Out of curiosity, did anyone else notice the piano player from Glee Club playing the keyboard in the music store?
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Apr 02, 2014
That was one very good episode; I really enjoyed it. It was relatively realistic (at least for Glee) with real life situations that can happen living in a big city. Nightmare Rachel was partially back, until Artie gave her the smackdown. I love Sam, and he did great when faced with a situation where drugs were involved: he got out!! Glee even managed to cover for the guys breaking into song in the subway, the park or the middle of the street by including the street performers, which I have seen around New York the couple of times I've been there.
My only peeve: how come on TV, everyone moving to New York manages to find great apartments so easily, and apparently on the cheap?
The music:
- Downtown is one of my all time favorites and they did a great cover of it
- Rockstar: loved it
- People: also loved it
- Don't Sleep on the Subway Darlin: OK
- Best Day of My Life: Ditto
So far I am liking the full move to NYC; I hope they keep up the good work.

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Apr 02, 2014
Glee writers lost the plot when they forgot what the show was about.
Introducing so many characters at the same time without developing them and getting rid of a lot of favourites was another bad move.
The over choreography of the music was the next bad step that reached ridiculous proportions last week with Pepper Potts and her foam party.
Let's hope the final season brings the originals back together for a music competition in New York. And yes that includes Harry Shum Jr who was woefully under developed but still managed to shine from the background.
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Apr 02, 2014
Well, no... they pretty much painted themselves into a corner. It was a high school show, and they chose to do holiday episodes, which meant time was progressing as normal. They did the best they could by going back and claiming all of the kids were freshmen or sophomores when the show started, but that was only a band-aid. The show was about a bunch of misfit high school students who found themselves through music. Bringing in new faces was exactly what they needed to do in order to keep true to the plot. The problem is that Rachel and the rest of the original cast had grown too popular, so just letting them graduate and completely leave the show was too much of a leap. In order for that to work, they would have needed to stagger the ages from the start, so that only 2 to 4 characters would leave each season, rather than have a mass exodus. Following Rachel and Kurt to New York was a compromise that sort of worked, but again, it was a short term fix. Sure, Glee has a tenuous relationship with reality, but having all of the kids end up in the same place after high school would have been ridiculous. Of course, having them all come back so often for days at a time during the week wasn't exactly realistic either.

The time skip and move to New York was the only logical decision for the show unless it wanted to bring in another 9 new characters for the glee club, but then they would have needed to drop all the past graduates and maybe put them in a spin off. This new concept is a departure from the original premise, but it's the only way the show can work at this point.

It's a bit disappointing that New Finn, New Puck, New Rachel, New Quinn, and New Mercedes have effectively been written out of the show now unless there's yet another time skip, but it's the only way the show could maintain another season.
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Apr 02, 2014
I personally think ots great for them all to be unemployed.
They're all loathsome individuals especially the god awful irritating Unique
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Apr 02, 2014
I would argue that they hadn't had a chance to develop yet. If you think about it, several of the original characters were rather awful too. Rachel? Puck? Quinn? Santana? Then Tina and Mercedes became awful as well. Even Kurt had his moments. About the only ones who have been consistently good have been Mike and Artie. Possibly Finn and Brittany as well since they were too dopey to be malicious. They all had their redeeming moments. The problem with the new kids is that they didn't get a chance to develop like the others did.
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Apr 02, 2014
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Apr 02, 2014
The shift to being 100% in New York was definitely a good move. And it was refreshing to see the kids (sorta) deal with real world problems. Blaine and Kurt realizing that maaaaaybe living together wasn't the endless musical dream they thought it'd be and making the decision to live apart but remain together was VERY good. Sam removing himself from a potentially unhealthy living situation was also a commendable plot. Artie getting mugged! That sucks, but it happens (and without the clandestine meeting-the-same-guy-on-a-train-and-yay-he-still-has-my-laptop thing....which I will forgive this once....also, wouldn't pepper spraying someone who isn't threatening you be assault? Just saying!). Rachel.....sigh. No comment. But thrilled that Mercedes is in NYC too! Looking forward to next week for sure.
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Apr 02, 2014
Everything you've said. Is so true. Rachel oh well. She is what she is. But, she is learning. It was full of realism. This is something young people have to face too. We have to grow up sometime. This was the first episode in a very long time I can say that I truly enjoyed an episode of Glee. I am so glad that Mercedes and Artie are in New York too.
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Apr 02, 2014
I thought that this was one of the best episodes of Glee ever super sad that it was Elliot's last episode though.
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Apr 02, 2014
It was? It's a shame, Adam Lambert is an amazing guest star and he has great chemistry with Chris Colfer. I'm going to miss their characters' friendship.
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Apr 02, 2014
Well according to twitter it was his last episode but it may not be. I agree Adam is an amazing guest star & I too will miss his & Kris's friendship.
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Apr 02, 2014
It was Elliot's last episode? I don't like how they just allow people to disappear instead of giving the proper sendoffs.
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Apr 02, 2014
Well word on twitter was that it was his last episode I don't know if it's true or not. I don't like how they just let him disappear either but it leaves space for him to come back in the future.
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Apr 02, 2014
Sure, but there could be some proper explanation involving the character instead of either going "Adam kicked me out of the Adam's Apples once he heard about my engagement," or basically pretending characters like Joe and Sugar never existed.
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Apr 02, 2014
I agree they could have given us an explantion on why he left.
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Apr 02, 2014
How ironic the show that was once the most unrealistic (bursting into song 24/7) is now becoming so realistic! love tonights episode & looking forward to what is to come :D
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Apr 02, 2014
Um Rachel burst in the song in the car, and then went on to sing with Artie in the subway, while passengers and even that homeless man danced around them. :P
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Apr 02, 2014
LOL I mean in terms of the story lines tonight...Blaine & Kurt decided not to live together for a very mature reason. Sam & Artie not adjusting so quickly etc.
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Apr 02, 2014
Uh...I don't know if I'd go so far as "so realistic"....perhaps "Glee: now with 2% more believability" would be a better place to start.
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Apr 02, 2014
This was a realistic look for them. Poor Artie having a tough time, but, caught the sucka. So glad that Mercedes is there. They see that moving in together as grown ups is not all kittens and roses. A pretty good episode I think. The music was good. We saw that Sam really didn't want to be around people who did drugs. So glad. Glad to see them move into another phase of their lives.
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Apr 02, 2014
I finally quit on Glee four or five weeks ago. It was always about the Glee club. Now it's just cut-rate Smash and cut-rate Girls jammed together into one awkward joyless combination.
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Apr 02, 2014
It is nothing like girls or SMASH.
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Apr 02, 2014
girls is so gross, started off great but then there were way too many Lena Dunham naked scenes among other things -_- Agreed! Glee is nothing like it.
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Apr 02, 2014
How do you know that if you quit?
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Apr 02, 2014
It's been half in New York for a year and a half.
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