This season ended so uneventfully that I forgot to write a review about it.
Okay, perhaps I am being a bit harsh, it’s just a lot of changes happened in one season. This is going to be a mighty long post. You have been warned. Let’s start at the beginning. (Season 1&2 Review, Season 3 Review)
The first episode introduced the plot for whole season really, it made it clear that Wade (Alex Newell) is unfortunately not going anywhere and has become a permanent feature of glee. The first episode does a fantastic job in switching between New York, NYADA and Lima, McKinley High. The episode shows Rachel’s struggle in adapting to new surroundings, being bullied by her sexy dance instructor, Cassandra (Kate Hudson, and she can sing and dance?? What??), it introduces Brody (Dean Geyer) as a potential lover, although we were all still rooting for Finchel, we couldn’t help but melt at how Brody treated Rachel.
Dean Geyer as Brody
What’s left of the glee club is obviously too weak to win sectionals etc., so they hold auditions, and that’s where Marley (Melissa Benoist) and Jake (Jacob Artist) are introduced. Both sing very well, however, I wanted more Rachel, I wanted more Kurt, I wanted more Blaine. Yes, I was somewhat stuck in the past.
Jake and Marley
It then becomes clear that Kurt will move to New York, and how better to introduce a first episode than giving Blaine (Darren Criss) an upbeat single, ‘It’s Time’, by Imagine Dragons. This scene, still one of my favourites of the season.
I had high hopes for season 4 after episode 1, it ended with Rachel crying because she was feeling alone and scared, and who shows up, KURT! I was so happy for her and expected many, many Kurt and Rachel duets, which are my favourites. But no.
Episode 2 and 3 were very average. Britney 2.0 was definitely not necessary, I think Brittany is awesome, but a whole episode dedicated to her again, wasn’t that exciting for me. I don’t even remember much about episode 3 except that Kurt became an intern at Vogue for Isabelle (Sarah Jessica Parker – Is so adorable) and that Finn is back!
Episode 4. Oh my, oh my, episode 4 was brilliant. It was called ‘The Break-Up’, turns out everyone has troubles in their relationships, and we all know, broken hearts make for a very meaningful performance. I’m not going in to detail about who did what to who and why everyone was arguing, because well, it’s far too much explaining. What I will tell you is that Blaine sang an acoustic version of ‘Teenage Dream’, taking us all back to his Warbler days, the first song he sang on the day he met Kurt. It was pretty emotional and slightly awkward because he cried-sang. After this, we were lucky enough to experience a Rachel, Finn, Kurt, Blaine duet, and it was awesome. They performed ‘Don’t Speak’, their voices went so well together. I love it. I still listen to the glee version. Drum roll please dadadadadadadadada they sang ‘The Scientist’, everybody, everybody sang it together and I wept, it was so beautiful and it was Coldplay and Coldplay ignites an emotional fire within me. I can’t emphasise how good this scene was.
The next few episodes were good, not great though. I still hadn’t quite warmed up to the new characters. Also, two new characters were somewhere introduced here. Kitty (Becca Tobin) and Ryder (Blake Jenner), Kitty is basically the new Santana, except with a Quinn-look and Ryder is a new kid on the football team who joins glee. Oh and Finn becomes the glee club teacher somewhere along the line.
Kitty and Ryder
Anyway, my next highlight must have been Grease, because I love Grease and they didn’t do a terrible job, even though I was secretly wishing that Sandy and Danny could have been played by Rachel and Finn, annnnyway, at least Blaine and Santana got a solo.
From here onwards, for me, it went downhill again, there were a few good performances, I enjoyed ‘Some Nights’ and ‘Gangnam Style’ was amusing I guess. Made no sense to perform it at Sectionals. Oh, and the Warblers without Blaine sucks.
I actually have nothing to say about the next few episodes, glee seemed to focus on issues more than singing. So Marley is super poor and bulimic, Ryder is dyslexic and then it comes out he was also a victim of child molestation, Unique is well, unique, there’s always an issue with cross-dressing, Brody is an escort and then there was that school-shooting episode. Weird and uncomfortable. Also, Blaine lost his sparkle. He doesn’t get many solo’s, he doesn’t sing and hop around the place, climbing furniture and just being charming. Now, he is a very quiet character.
Very far down the line, Rachel has her moment to shine and sings ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and they give you little flashbacks of episode 1. So for the viewers stuck in the past, that was awesome and necessary. And then boring boring boring, the final episode they performed ‘Hall of Fame’ which was pretty cool.
I don’t know what’s happening to me to be honest. I love glee and I love musicals, but this season just left me so underwhelmed. I don’t know if other gleeks are feeling the same way? And the new characters are talented, I won’t dare say they are not, but they don’t draw me in, even with all their issues. I must say though, I really want Ryder to be happy.
Anyway, here’s to hoping Season 5 is better, or that glee just becomes NYADA and is all about Rachel, Kurt and Santana.
That’s what you missed, on glee.
Almost forgot to mention that I did love ‘Let’s Have a Kiki’ and am still singing it.