Glee – The Hurt Locker, Part Two – Review

Barry Quinn

Barry Quinn is an English Language and Literature graduate and a Creative Writer MA studier. He is an aspiring creative and professional writer and is currently in the process of writing his first novel. His writing blog can be viewed here: https://barrygjquinn.wordpress.com You can follow him on Twitter at: @mrbarryquinn

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At this point I think I’m just sticking with Glee out of habit. ‘The Hurt Locker, Part Two’ was just as contrived as its predecessor, but it did have a couple of brilliant moments, I guess. I think Glee is going to be remembered, once it’s ended, for all the wrong reasons.

Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first. Samchel – no, no, no, no, NO. Just no. They’ve never been interested in one another before, and I don’t believe Rachel would go there with Mercedes’ ex. Rachel is a bitch, but she’s not that much of a bitch. As much as Mercedes and Sam felt forced, theirs is a pairing that is still more believable than Samchel. And, to be honest, I thought Max George’s Clint was introduced as a new love interest for Rachel. Even that would be better than Sam.

I hate to admit it, but I am liking the new kids. I laughed out loud at Kitty’s assessment of them: ‘Fat kid, gay boy, creepy incest twins, other girl’ – this was typical Glee taking the piss out of itself (as was Sue’s line about her plan to reunite Klaine being right on schedule, depending on ‘network pre-emptions’). All of the newbies, plus Kitty, got their time to shine in this episode, with all of their performances showcasing their individual voices. I’ve said it before, but Roderick has a stunning vocal. And I am simply loving all the jokes about Mason and Madison McCarthy. Typical Glee. 

And speaking of Kitty, how amazing was her heartfelt declaration to Rachel? Becca Tobin was pretty damn amazing in that scene, as she showed how much her joining the Glee club affected her and what she lost. She joined for the camaraderie but the other members completely forgot her once they were transferred out. Episode 7, ‘Transitioning’, will see the return of Unique Adams, but thus far Marley, Jake and Ryder are completely MIA. I hope they return, even if it’s just briefly, before Glee’s swan song. These five characters, even if they were treated terribly, are as much a part of Glee’s legacy as Finn and co. They need their time of remembrance and their time to shine.

I have to admit, even though I want Klaine to reunite, surely Ryan Murphy could have thought of a better way to get them to kiss than locking them in a fake elevator with a Saw-style Sue doll? Yes, I wrote that. Believe it, because it happened, bizarrely enough. What utter… tripe. I have a feeling Murphy has completely ran out of ideas and is just writing any old shite to bring this show to a close, which is frustrating because some of his writing is brilliant.

I just wish Kurt and Blaine would get it on already; they as so much better suited than Kurt and his 50-year-old date (like, seriously?!) and Blaine and Karofsky.

So, Glee is still pretty rubbish, but at least it has the ability to ridicule itself. I think that’s because Murphy knows everybody else is. I’m still holding onto hope that a decent ending awaits my beloved characters. But who knows, with Murphy behind the scenes? For all I know, Blaine will probably end up with Rachel…

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