May 9, 2013

Episode Review: GLEE, "All or Nothing"

It's Regionals time again on Glee! Over the last couple of seasons the competition episodes have been hit or miss, and I have to say that "All or Nothing" fell more in the latter category this time around.

Brittany had a mini-meltdown after meeting with MIT because she was given early admittance and didn't know how to handle the change. Blaine insisted on proposing to Kurt in spite of objections from Sam, but it all worked out in the end because Trouty Mouth flipped flopped on Klaine was guided by a mystical lesbian couple. Unique came out as Ryder's catfish, New Directions won again with a Marley original, and Will and Emma finally got married among their students instead of their families. Oh, and Rachel sang a Celine Dion song for her Funny Girl audition.

Really, I don't have much to say about this one. I thought that the whole "Blaine and Kurt find role models" storyline a bit much despite of the fact that I support the message, and it really didn't help the initial misguidedness of the proposal. I'm glad the catfish arc is over because it wasn't the best idea to begin with, so let's move on. The Wemma wedding was classic Glee meaning that the over-sentimentality took away some of the umph but I'm happy they finally tied the knot.

While most of the episode didn't work, I did think that Brittany's send-off was handled fairly well. Her tantrum was worth a few laughs, and I'm all for new installments of Fondue for Two, but it was her goodbye that reminded me why I watch this show. Those final Brittana moments also made for some good TV.

Other Odds and Ends:
  • I know that I haven't been a fan of NYC, but Rachel's audition was so tacked on that it felt out of place.
  • When was the last time we saw Joe and Sugar?
  • So young homosexual marriage is OK but young heterosexual marriage isn't? Are double standards signs of progress?
  • Brittany's "Will vs. Sue" diatribe sums up this show in a nutshell.
  • Of course it was Unique. Yawn.
  • These judges are getting out of control.
  • Sugar cracks me up.
  • That final shot of Brittany on the stage by herself almost made up for everything else.
  • Having Regionals as the season finale at this point of the game probably didn't help because it contributed to everything feeling a big skewed.
  • "I mean he wants to do me but we're just friends."
  • "You do want to do me!"
  • Musical Highlight: "Rainbow Connection"
Overall, I felt that "All or Nothing" really didn't feel like it was all-or-nothing and that hurt the episode since it was the season finale. It kind of just felt like another outing of Glee and that wasn't quite good enough.

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