Recap: 'Glee' - 'Hold On To Sixteen'

So here we are, near the end of the Fall run for "Glee." Next week is the holiday episode, which pretty much exists out of continuity. Well, continuity as far as this show goes. It’s a stop-gap episode filled with holiday sweaters and Artie’s Magic Legs. But let’s not worry about that now, because we have before us the task of analyzing what went down at Sectionals. In the first season of "Glee," Sectionals provided the majority of the narrative thrust, given every episode some overall context as New Directions tried to get its act together in order to eventually compete. Now? Sectionals is something that "Glee" tries to get through as opposed to strive for. If it could avoid actually having to go through these motions, it probably would.

But it begrudgingly has to, even though it’s the latest in a series of competitions in which New Directions shows up woefully underprepared to actually perform. Look back at the history of Sectionals, Regionals, and Nationals: each performance was either the result of another set list being scrapped, original songs being written the day of the performance, or numbers conceived after last-minute additions to the overall composition of the club. And yet…everything usually works out just fine. Worried about losing Rachel to an already depleted group? Just head across the border and snag Sam, who has been working in a Chippendales-esque club in order to make ends meet for his family. Worried about losing out on the numbers Rachel would have performed? No problem: you didn’t have a set list anyways. Just go up onstage, perform the worst, and you’ll win anyways. Read More...


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