We Need To Talk About Rachel’s Story Arc In Glee Season Five

Really? We’re doing this again?

I swear to God I don’t hate Rachel Berry or Lea Michele.

I respect Lea: her strength, her courage, her dedication to her job, and her willingness to wake up everyday and do what she does. I respect her talent as an actress and as a singer. I have nothing but respect for her in a professional capacity as someone who writes about Glee for a living.

I was a huge Rachel fan in season one. She was funny and ambitious and kind of socially awkward. She was the underdog. Even though she’s, you know, not real, I still felt for her early in season five. I’m not without sympathy or empathy here folks. I wasn’t going call out her character and be a bitch.

So why does Rachel keep appearing on this blog again and again in a negative capacity? I’m not trying to bash a character. I don’t believe in character bashing. I’m trying to use my degree in English to figure out her as a character. We, at least, learn that much with the degree.

Remember waaay back last year? When I talked about Rachel and Funny Girl? Remember why I said that it was a stupid idea?

I feel validated. I feel so much validation that I could sing.

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It’s Time To Countdown…The Ten Best Episodes Of Glee Season Five

Behold the Photoshopped glory

I know. I know. I’ve been slacking in my posts lately! I’m really sorry guys.

I got into grad school. I’m graduating from college in a few days TOMORROW (June 1st). I am a college graduate as of tomorrow!

I need to find stuff for my apartment. I got work. I had finals and papers due. Hopefully with a basically free month in June before I go to school in July for my Master’s, I can knock out a couple more posts by then.

Especially the one about Rachel’s arc in the latter half of season five. I have things to say about that nonsense. I have a lot of things to say about that.

So I figure with the season over, I’ll do a ranking of the best episodes in season five. Then hopefully once this graduation stuff is done with and all I have to focus on is packing I can air out my grievances over this Rachel plot.

Yeah. That’s going to fun for all of us.

Also for funsies, I’ve linked my recaps (or a post containing my thoughts about the episode) to the various episodes that I have placed on this list so you can get a refresher. One post doesn’t have a link because bad circumstances to the place where I would have linked you too.

So without further ado, here are my top ten episodes for Glee season five.

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Let’s Discuss The First Three Episodes Of All New York Glee

Does NYC really heart Glee?

At the time of this writing, there have been five all New York episodes: “New New York” (season five episode fourteen), “Bash” (season five episode fifteen), “Tested” (season five episode sixteen), “Opening Night” (season five episode seventeen), and “The Back-Up Plan” (season five episode eighteen). Now I won’t really be talking about “Opening Night” or “The Back-Up Plan,” those episodes will be dealt with in another piece I plan to write dealing with Rachel.

Why? Because as always I have a lot of complex feelings toward this character. It’s a pain in the ass and often leaves me cursing at my television.

So for now we’re going to talk about the first three episodes of the all Glee New York episodes: “New New York”, “Bash”, and “Tested”.

Let’s get a general bit out of the way. Are they good? Now, as always, “good” is subjective on my personal taste that said the episodes are better. I’ve given a lot of slack with Glee‘s fifth season because the first half was a scramble for purchase after Cory Monteith’s tragic passing. While a three-week production delay sounds like a lot of time, it’s really not. The first half of season five is basically trying to plug a dam with a Band-Aid and hoping for the best. Luckily though, while the first half is really not great, it has great aspects such as Adam Lambert’s Elliott Gilbert.

Petition for Adam Lambert to come back in season 6.

Glee, due to just bad writing and planning, will never really be truly great again. Still the second half of season five has become much better then previous seasons. I’m not saying there isn’t stupid moments. Oh. There are stupid moments such as Santana becoming and subsequently dropping her role as the understudy to Fanny Brice. Santana, presumably, breaking up with Dani off screen. Everything done with Tina has been…there.

Still with “Frenemies” (season five episode nine) there has been a marked improvement within the show. The writing seems a bit tighter and a bit more focused. It’s a good thing. In fact, I applaud less crap writing in general.

So with “New New York” how has the show been?

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The Final Bow: Let’s Say Goodbye To Lima On Glee

Let’s take all those signs off except the New York one now folks.

Lima, Ohio.

It actually exists is one thing. Something I didn’t know until I was told about. Much like Forks, Washington the real town of Lima, Ohio will probably be known for one thing.

Which is Glee. I can, at least, make a case that being associated with Glee is a billion times better than being associated with Twilight. At least some of the earlier seasons of Glee will be fondly remembered. Twilight is just going to be a general cultural embarrassment that will be studied for years and years to come.

Anyway, this week in “New Directions” we moved on from Lima, Ohio to New York City full time. Glee will be out the titular “glee” club and, rather, we would be following it’s graduated members full time.

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A Heartfelt Thank-You To Glee And Gleeks For The Glee 100th Episode

So in like a day or so, Glee’s 100th episode will premiere.

We’re going to be doing a big week long celebration between both parts of the 100th episode (“100″ and “New Directions” episodes twelve and thirteen of season five respectively) on the new website. So you should go check it out.

Anyway, I wanted to write something here to commemorate it. I’m going to try to get out another post as well this week before I go to Syracuse to check out the grad school I was accepted in. (Yeah I got into grad school. Yaaaay.)

Truth be told, I wasn’t sure what to write here. Eventually I just decide on being honest and heartfelt and all that stuff.

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My Top Ten Favorite Glee Characters In Honor Of Glee 100

In any form of pop culture whether it be a book, movie, television show, radio drama…people are going to prefer one character to the other. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s in people’s nature to be drawn to certain personality types and repelled by others.

Even though these characters are merely, as Shakespeare called them, “shadows” of real life; we still care about them. We invested time in reading, watching, and listening to them.

So in the interest of sharing and celebrating, Glee’s hundredth episode I am going to count down my 10 favorite characters. Now this is totally personal and subjective. These are the characters that I personally have loved over the course of the show.

Now these characters are a mixed bag. They are going to one-off, guest stars, and series regulars. Although, if you read this blog or know me, well you can probably guess who my number one is fairly easily. I make no secret of it.

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The Best Of The Worst: Let’s Talk Glee Villains For The Glee 100

Hello everyone! Welcome to the opening post of the Glee 100th episode celebration here on The Glee Rewatch Project! I’ll be trying to bring you fun posts in the coming weeks for this momentous occasion!

They’re coming for you in a singing rainbow.

I always had a soft spot for the villain of the story.

I always felt bad for the witch and the ugly stepsisters. I think that’s why I like Wicked so much.

I like bad guys especially ones that are sympathetic.

Villains on Glee are something exists all over the place. Now I refuse to believe that people in Glee will EVER exist in real life. Dear God I wouldn’t be able to function or free because I would be in jail for assault.

Sorry. That was kind of dark wasn’t it?

Anyway Glee villains are a bit like the villains from those old animated shorts except without twirling their mustaches and tying people to train tracks.

Now some people, like Dave Karofsky, I won’t consider a villain. Yes I know that all dickery (supposedly) has a root cause. I just believe that the villains I’ve picked are villains because of their choices versus acting out because of their repressed sexuality. Some of the villains are sympathetic and even pitiable in hindsight, but yeah this is subjective and Dave’s not going to be here.

So let’s talk about the villains.

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