Glee-cap: Finally New Directions wins Regionals...but lose focus, our love and some of our respect
It would be easy to trivialize the lessons taken from this week's Glee (Bullies can dish it but can't take it! Don't text and drive!), but then I'm a) out of a writing gig and b) opening myself up to more hate mail than usual from Gleeks. (Ironic given the show's anti-internet bullying stance and all.) So I will sort through the mediocre blah-ness, and find the few hidden gems that Ryan Murphy and his merry men have buried in their latest episode...and then I'll remind you that while Glee's gone (temporarily), you should really check out Cougar Town (Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m., ET)! On to the recap:
Thorns: Ugh - to Sue Sylvester's pregnancy and the ridiculous turns we'll inevitably be forced to endure because of it.
Roses: To the realistic plot turn that Max Adler Karofsky's taken. Tragically real when you think about the current state of LGBT youth in North America and their struggles at school dealing with bullies. Unlike, Karofsky, many kids don't get to survive their suicide attempts and leave behind grieving, hurt, and confused family and friends. Props to Glee's creators and writers for not shying away from a difficult topic; hopefully more kids find hope - instead of hate - at home, school and in the world. Adler and Chris Colfer really are this show's MVPs.
Roses: To Rory tasting peanut butter. Cute! Circle of sharing...double ugh. Too cheesy. Send in the thorns.
Thorns: For this week's track list. Are they all inspiring, uplifting, heroic? Sure. But not only am I not humming a single bar the day after, I felt no need to download a single tune. I miss innovative covers and unexpected mash-ups! Also, this week's songs felt offensive in light of Karofsky's attempted suicide. The lyrics, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" - a little too on-the-nose, don't you think?
Roses: To another Warblers performance! Who doesn't love those blazers all bopping along together?!
Roses: To New Directions fiiiiiinally winning Regionals! And to the former Trouble Tones' hand in that winning performance.
Roses: Masses of them should go to the Berry and Hudson/Hummel parents. Such a delight and breath of fresh air given the other ridiculous adults on this show (here's looking at you
Roses and thorns: The more I think about it, the more I'm completely conflicted about Quinn's plot direction. The texting/driving tale = so completely obvious and dull. The repercussions of this accident = kind of promising. The golden girl had just climbed back to the top of the pyramid (pun not entirely intended); going to Yale, back on the Cheerios, happy again. This will be another hurdle for her (given the photos that have leaked) and probably have some outward effects on other Glee kids - both positive and negative.
Blaine's bow ties: 2 (too few!)
This show used to be fun. I'm not imagining that, right?