The Rundown: Kristin Chenowith really spiced things up; Finn's got a little more spunk; I think I have a crush on Puck; and the Gleeks sang Queen!
I will admit, I was getting a little concerned for the show over the last few weeks, because it seemed the storylines were going at warp speed, but now things are as they should be with Glee. The show seemed to be a little more comfortable in its own skin, this week, and got its rhythm back. The pacing seems to be appropriate, now, for the development of the characters and their storylines. Also, I thought the season recap at the beginning was a nice touch...I hope it will be a regular fixture. Anyway, let's get to the singing part...
A Lil' Bit O' Country and A Little Bit of Rock & Roll
This epi showcased rock & country songs from the 70's, 80's and 00's, and gave us a little bit of Broadway, to boot. Kristin Chenowith (as April Rhodes) was fantastic in "Maybe This Time" from the musical, Cabaret (I wish they had let Rachel sit out on this one...April was sufficient). We got to hear 80's fave: "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey (love that); "Last Name" by Carrie Underwood; and another rock classic: "Somebody to Love" by Queen ( I enjoyed hearing Rachel, Finn, Mercedes, and Artie singing lead on that...speaking of Queen, there a quite a few songs the Gleeks could pull from their "Best Of" album and I hope they do.) We also got to hear Will duet with April Rhodes, on the song "Alone" by Heart, at the bar...speaking of which, is it just me, or was their lip synching a little off? I know it was them singing, but the lips & voices were definitely out of wack. Maybe it was just my computer...or Hulu...hmm...
KC & The Sunshine Band
Ok, Kristin Chenowith needs her own show. She's interesting, funny, and can really sing (she sang her butt off in the Cabaret and country tunes), and managed to inject the show with the fun, energy, and warmth it needed, all with her bubbly little self (of course, props go to the writers, as well). Honestly, I didn't want her to leave...but the show must go on, and she was just too bright and sparkly for Will to, realistically, resist- Emma & his wife would have, both, been a distant memory. Also, it was true what she & Emma pointed out: Glee is about the group shining, and with her up there, the Gleeks were basically her backup singers. She was definitely fun, though, and I'm glad she came, because she was the perfect pick me up for the show. Maybe she'll come back to visit...if so, her presence will definitely be welcome.
All About The Jocks
I don't know if someone said anything to him, or if he just became more comfortable with his character, but Cory Monteith has significantly improved over the past few epis. Now, Finn's got a lil bit of that extra spunk he needed- you can even see it in his eyes sometimes...it's like the lights came on. Maybe the change is part of the character's arc: Finn seemed to be boring, and bored with life, when he was just a stereotypical jock, but as he has begun to open himself up to his creative side and embrace the Glee club, he has started to warm up and become more interesting (I'm sure that thinking he's Quinn's baby-daddy has lit a fire to his butt also).Whatever the reason or rationale, keep up the good work CM.
I know Puck is not supposed to be the one we like up here, but for some reason, I do (a little). Although he was back to his mean self in this epi, I can't forget the fact that, last week, we saw a little glimpse into his soul. It was apparent that he actually cared about Quinn & the baby...but he's the bad boy jock who's not supposed to give a d**n, so he's back to playing the role he's known for. I hope, however, that we get to see more of his sensitive side...we probably will, because I think he's supposed to be the bad boy with a heart of gold, and that he & Quinn are either going to be star-crossed lovers or a happy family...we'll see. I think Puck gave my favorite line this epi: "The wheelchair kid's right...that Rachel chick makes me want to light myself on fire, but she can sing." Lol, Puck...
All in all, this was a great epi, and now that the show's been greenlit for an entire season (Yay! : ), I guess we have many Gleeful Wednesday nights to look forward to. (I know...I just had to say it, lol : )