From the contrived attempts to keep last year's seniors in the picture, to the ridiculous eating disorder story line, to the season 1 redux plots, "Glee" season 4 has been painful to watch.
I'd be on board with scrapping the McKinley story lines and keeping Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) in a New York City-based spin-off.
Rachel's Golden Ticket
I am loving the scenes of Rachel and Kurt in New York City. Rachel really is "the New Rachel," confident, sassy, stylish, with killer pipes.
This was a successful week for Rachel as she earned a golden ticket and subsequently won NYADA's winter showcase with her performances of "Being Good Isn't Good Enough" and "O Holy Night."
Rachel has shown the most growth this season as a character, from her improved fashion sense, to her confidence in the dating department, and her ability to support Kurt. This is quite a change from season 1 when she was constantly competing with him for solos, and letting him give her that "sad clown hooker" makeover.
Rachel's character is so much more appealing when she isn't desperately mooning over Finn (Cory Monteith).
Kurt Loves "Being Alive"
This week, we also learned why Kurt didn't get into NYADA last spring. Carmen Tibideaux (Whoopi Goldberg) felt that while he had talent, his performances lacked soul and depth. Fortunately, she gave him an impromptu chance to re-audition.
Kurt wisely chose a stripped-down, bare-bones, heartfelt rendition of "Being Alive," minus props and gold lame pants.His performance earned him a letter of admission for next semester.
Meanwhile at McKinley, New Directions was preparing for their swan song after they lost sectionals. Marley (Melissa Benoist) had fainted on stage due to starvation and abuse of laxatives, resulting in their immediate disqualification.
While the Warblers certainly deserved to win sectionals (based on the merit of their performances), it's a shame that their victory was tainted by New Directions' disqualification.
Now that the glee club's competitive season was over, New Directions members decided to find new extracurricular outlets.
Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Blaine (Darren Criss) joined the Cheerios. Artie (Kevin McHale) joined marching band (wasn't he on the the football team last year--as the team's battering ram?), Jake (Jacob Artist) and Ryder (Blake Jenner) joined the basketball team, Joe (Samuel Larsen) joined an interfaith paintball league, and (in a Sue-induced dream) Brittany became an economics major at Brandeis University (apparently glee club was holding her back).
Wonder if Blaine regrets his decision not to transfer back to Dalton. He could have been busy preparing for regionals with the Warblers.
You, Marley, Are No Rachel Berry
This week, Tina said what we've all been thinking. "I knew Rachel Berry. I was friends with Rachel Berry. You, Marley, are no Rachel Berry."
We hear you, Tina. We're still wondering why these writers insist on shoving New Girl Marley down our throats. We loved "Glee" season 1, but not enough to want to relive the same story lines with new characters. Haven't we already been through this love quadrangle with Rachel/Finn/Quinn/Puck?
Thankfully, there was little mention of Marley's contrived eating disorder. However, we know that the issue is not completely off the table. Santana (Naya Rivera) alluded to the laxatives she found in Marley's bag, and we saw glimpses of Kitty (Becca Tobin) looking awfully contrite.
Catty Kitty will probably get her comeuppance in the next few weeks, but it's difficult to feel sorry for Puppy Eyes Marley. She was gullible enough to believe that she was gaining weight, simply because her Sandy costume didn't fit (despite the fact that her regular clothes were fitting just fine).
Can we please just send Blaine back to Dalton, get rid of "Saved By the Bell: The New Class," and give Rachel and Kurt their own New York-based spin-off? (Long-suffering accompanist Brad can stay on as a staff pianist at NYADA)
While we're at it, bring Brittany and Santana back together, Mercedes (Amber Riley) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) back together.
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