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Review of Glee ‘Sweet Dreams’

Sophie Warnes

glee sweet dreams 300x225 Review of Glee Sweet DreamsSPOILERS: Do not read this if you have not seen episode 19 series 4 of ‘Glee’

This series blog is following the Sky 1 broadcast schedule of ‘Glee’ in the UK.

The episode begins with Finn (Cory Monteith) at college, partying and accidentally participating in Harlem Shake scenes (very current Glee, well done, but we don’t need to see it so much!) all over campus. He seems to really enjoy it. Puck (Mark Salling) is also there – living in college, somehow, despite not actually taking any classes or doing anything of use.

Why must the old students always come back? Can’t they move on? Glee’s world is necessarily extremely small but there’s really no need to keep dragging back alumni every other episode because, frankly, it just looks like they aren’t doing anything better or progressing and it’s frustrating. Puck and Finn’s rendition of Fight For Your Right (To Party) is fairly boring – it’s a standard crowd-shouting song that isn’t really anything special. The song is accompanied by shots of students partying, playing games, making out, etc.

The week after the shooting in McKinley, it’s like nothing actually happened. Almost. Sam (Chord Overstreet) has ‘separation anxiety’ and has invented a twin brother, Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) is dressing in steampunk garb, and Unique (Alex Newell) is taking birth control pills. But really, nothing else significant or long-lasting has happened after such a life-changing event.

Marley (Melissa Benoist) deftly demonstrates a lack of empathy and understanding with her thought that “it’s like they’ve all got PTSD” – I can assure you, PTSD is both extremely likely and also to be expected after there was a shooting at your school. She should know better, because she suffered from bulimia, but again that was one of the more convenient-right-now storylines that has never really been fully explored or talked about in detail since the main event.

The setlist for regionals – under the theme of ‘Dreams’ – is predictably terrible. The group get together and agree that Mr Schue’s (Matthew Morrison) song choices are “out of touch”. Doesn’t this happen every year? Why has Will suddenly decided that imposing songs on the students will yield better results than having a group discussion and a vote on it?

Marley is a bit Rachel 2.0. She started out as quite sweet and didn’t have a lot of confidence, but now she’s getting quite irksome. In her voiceover Marley comes across as a bit full of herself but it may be more that she’s trying to bolster her confidence. Her song You Have More Friends Than You Know is cutesy, but a little too twee for me. It sounds like something out of a Disney film that all the characters would sing together at the end. If we’re being honest, it’s too saccharine, even for Glee.

At the end of the episode, Will realises his authoritarian approach to the regionals setlist is wrong, and successfully convinces Finn to come and join him in running the Glee club. Apparently Finn can use this experience in co-running the group as college credits. The group sing Marley’s song Outcast at the end – again, it’s not terrible, but it’s not a particularly memorable song. I hope that if they choose a Marley song for regionals that they actually pick something with a broader appeal rather than something that appeals wholly to angsty teenagers.

Rachel (Lea Michele) is about to rehearse for her Funny Girl audition when her mother (Idina Menzel) pops in and tells her she cannot do a Barbara Streisand song. They sing Emeli Sandé’s Next To Me. It’s a good duet – Menzel and Lea’s voices go together quite well.

For the actual audition, she goes back to her roots and sings Don’t Stop Believing. It could be horribly boring, as this is the third time the song has been performed on the show, however, the sentimental meaning behind it and the fact that she sings it differently each time mean that it isn’t as boring as it may seem at first. It’s quite an interesting performance actually, where she is mentally backed up by the original members of New Directions. We later learn that based on that performance, Rachel has a callback for Funny Girl.

There was absolutely no mention of Ryder’s (Blake Jenner) catfishing storyline – who is it and why are they doing it? Also Becky (Lauren Potter) vaguely hinted at knowing more than she let on about the shooting, but Blaine (Darren Criss) didn’t get to the bottom of it. I’m not sure about the addition of Coach Roz (NeNe Leakes) as a replacement for Sue (Jane Lynch) – Sue was horrible but she was likeable while doing it, whereas Roz is just plain horrible! Hopefully they can find a reason to bring Jane Lynch back before the end of the season.

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