My friend Gwen said I should be nicer to Glee because criticism makes her sad so I’ll try. I did watch the first episode of the second half of the season again and ya, it still lacked substance. The second episode however was not too bad at all. It was a happy Valentine’s special featuring now super stud Finn which is always a good choice. It also had a little Puck and big Lauren thing happening which was kinda funny. The lonely/vindictive Santana was good and didn’t get into one of those “serious” moments where characters are forced think about their feelings and the piano music plays etc. etc.
Finn and Quinn had a nice little moment and the fireworks kiss was a great little nugget. The after effects were somewhat anti-climatic because it was sabotaged by the mono infection. They need to use Sam a little more to make the high school drama play out a little better but I guess he’s really dumb, and Finn is sort of a charming dumb, and Puck is the dumb tough guy…hey, wait a minute, what’s with the dumb jock stereotype reinforced in a network prime-time, high-school based, tv show? I played sports and got As. Then again, my high-school days weren’t the subject of a hit tv how, but they could have been! Honest.
Glee seems to have a way of starting strong then fizzling for the finish. That’s pretty typical in comedy as it’s easy to come up with a few witty gags but difficult to sustain a middle and end to a plot. I still think the Warblers are getting in the way and Kurt is more one-dimensional now and doesn’t have a chance to use that “golden globe award-winning” acting talent (they give those things out to anyone). Why didn’t he sing that last song that he introduced as his love ballad?
In terms of quality, this episode was a step up from last so here’s to keeping the upward trend going.