TV Review: GLEE – Season 2 – “Comeback”

Chord Overstreet goes all Justin Bieber in GLEE - Season 2 - "Comeback" | ©2011 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz Writer: Ryan Murphy Director: Bradley Buechler Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 15, 2011 Occasionally GLEE has the tendency to smack the audience over the head with the theme for the episode. This week ran the borderline with the title “Comeback”, and by rights every so often someone on screen would say that they were having a comeback, planning a comeback, or getting ready for a comeback. I’m not really sure why the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: GLEE star Darren Criss is living the Teenage Dream

Darren Criss in GLEE - Season 2 - "Special Education" | ©2010 Fox/Justin Lubin

When GLEE co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed he wanted to find a compatible love interest for gay high school student Kurt (Chris Colfer) this season, everyone immediately assumed it would be Blaine (Darren Criss) – the prep school singing prodigy who has become best friends with Kurt. It’s been a will they or won’t they dance, that Murphy and his fellow co-creators Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk have managed tact and care. For Criss, he admits he’s grateful and overwhelmed by the reception he’s received for his portrayal of the out and proud Blaine. It was a little over a year […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 2 – “Silly Love Songs”

Chris Colfer in GLEE - Season 2 - "Silly Love Songs" | ©2011 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz Writer: Ryan Murphy Director:  Tate Donovan Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 8, 2011 After the uneven mess of the Super Bowl episode,  GLEE gets back to focusing on the personal lives of its main characters without any gimmicks or Sue Sylvester trickery and it’s a winner . In fact, I have to admit, the episodes where Sue is missing in action, have actually proven to be the stronger episodes this season. Valentine’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 2 – “The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle”

GLEE performs Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' during the Season 2 episode "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle" | ©2011 Fox/Adam Rose

It would seem like GLEE has bitten off too much this time out. This is an uber-ambitious episode filled with so many disparate elements, it gets confusing at times. Plus, the show throws in some pretty ridiculous subplots and it leads you to believe that everyone at McKinley High School is capable of belting out a tune and the ability to dance like there’s no tomorrow.

“The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle” deals with the big football game – and whether McKinley’s students can come together and win it. There’s half the team that’s joined the Glee club, the other half think it’s silly and for sissies (well, harsher words are used).

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 2 – “A Very Glee Christmas”

Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith in GLEE - Season 2 - "A Very Glee Christmas" | ©2010 Fox/Justin Lubin

Not surprising, GLEE’s “A Very Glee Christmas” looks and feels like every other Christmas special out there (hitting all the major beats above), but also manages to put its own twists on the formula as well. We get a major break-up between Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) – with no happy resolution by episode’s end. And the very important line by Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) at the end of the episode to Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) is the very un-Christmas-like “I hate you.”

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 2 – “Special Education”

Darren Criss in GLEE - Season 2 - "Special Education" |©2010 Fox/Justin Lubin

There’s a part of me that would really like to see GLEE do more episodes like “Special Education” and “Never Been Kissed” – ones that actually feel well constructed and tell multiple stories that actually tie together properly. It’s also refreshing, in the case of “Special Education” that Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) isn’t shoved down our throats just to have her there for some unneeded conflict. I love the character, but Sue always works in moderation. In the case, she’s totally M.I.A. and the show, weirdly, is the better for it. No guest stars either. No gimmicks. Just the main cast, who are allowed to thankfully shine.

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Exclusive Interview: GLEE star Cory Monteith talks about singing, dancing and covering Queen

Cory Monteith in GLEE - Season 2 | ©2010 Fox

 While many of the characters of GLEE get to wear their emotions on their sleeve, jock and show choir member Finn has proven to be the most introspective. As played by Cory Monteith, Finn internalizes so much, it’s hard to really pinpoint where he’s coming from at times. Yet, for all his internal strife, he’s also the one character who has grown leaps and bounds with last week’s episode finally having embraced Kurt (Chris Colfer) as his step-brother with open arms. ASSIGNMENT X caught up with Monteith to talk about Season Two, exploring his voice and covering Queen as […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season Two – “Furt”

Carol Burnett and Sue Sylvester in GLEE - Season Two - "Furt" | © 2010 Fox/Mike Yarish

“Furt” proves to be another very strong episode as Curt’s dad (Mike O’Malley) and Finn’s mom decide to tie the not. It becomes a growth episode for Finn (Cory Monteith) who has to man up and now realizes he can’t be an innocent bystander when Curt is being terrorized by a school bully who threatens to kill him. It’s a thoroughly touching episode, with moments that have resonance and ring very true for a change.

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TV Review: GLEE – SEASON 2 – “Substitute”

© 2010 Fox | Matthew Morrison and Gwyneth Paltrow in GLEE - Season Two - "Substitute"

One good thing could be said for the latest, lackluster episode of GLEE. The title “Substitute” didn’t result in a show choir version of The Who’s “Substitute.” Now that would be too obvious for a show, that occasionally lacks in subtlety. What is obvious?  “Substitute” features movie star Gwyneth Paltrow in yet another one of GLEE’s throwaway episodes designed to showcase a particular concept (“The Rocky Horror Glee Show”/Britney Spears songs) or to give a guest star the full court treatment to suck away valuable screen time from the very able recurring cast. “Substitute” isn’t as bad as many episodes […]Read On »

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TV Review – GLEE – Season 2 – “Never Been Kissed”

Dot-Marie Jones in GLEE - Season 2 - "Never Been Kissed" - | © 2010 Fox

Something very right happened on the latest GLEE episode “Never Been Kissed.”It was an important episode about fitting in, feeling bad about yourself, forging new friendships and singing songs that actually fit perfectly in with the theme of the episode (and without feeling force-fed).

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