It's not easy being a Gleek, and times have been especially hard for the fandom over the last year. If Sherlock
is the fandom that waits, Glee
is the fandom that cries. We make up for what Ryan Murphy lacks in his ability to write a script with any continuity by repeatedly having our hearts shattered into a million pieces.
Obviously, the most heartbreaking event that happened to us Gleeks was the tragic death of Cory Monteith and our beloved Finn Hudson. Ever since the memorial episode, "The Quarterback," aired last year and we really said goodbye, a noticeable shift has taken place at McKinley high school, and the fandom.
I've adored the first two episodes of 2014. I thought that Murphy has really taken it back to the old-school Glee
feel with lots of humor, love and yes, heartbreak. When Rachel and Santana started their bickering over Funny Girl
, we knew that the bitches were back and the feud was reinstated. I was thrilled.
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The shift that has made me the happiest, though, is undoubtedly the music. While some pop songs still make the cut (tonight we'll have the amazing "Counting Stars" by One Republic), oldies taken over. We've taken it back to the 70s with Rachel and Elliott's stellar rendition of Heart's killer track "Barracuda." We've shot back to the days of big hair and stirrup pants with the 80s smash "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by The Simple Minds. And we got down and dirty with the 90s with a sweet rendition of "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips, performed by seniors Tina, Blaine, Artie and Sam (as well as some cuts to the crew in New York). They've departed from the Top 40 bubble gum pop, and it's paid off in spades.
Tonight, The New Directions head to L.A. for "City of Angels," where they will compete for the Nationals prize. Thankfully, it appears that classic rock is going to be sticking around for a while, as the songs slated for tonight include Randy Newman's "I Love LA" (natch), "America" by Neil Diamond, U2's classic "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and one of my very favorite songs of all-time, Boston's "More Than a Feeling," which you may hear in the preview found here
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Boston's "More Than a Feeling" is one of those songs that, no matter how times I hear it, I break out into goosebumps as soon as the first soft chords are played. And Blaine and Tina's lead vocals on this song absolutely blew me away. They hit every high note, they have the right energy, the harmonizing was spot-on and I pretty much just loved every single second of it.
The last two episodes have felt like the Glee
of old. It's filled with heart and contention, love and hatred. The music is brilliant and the drama is legit. Rachel and Santana are about to have arguably the most epic bitch-off in TV history, and Adam Lambert and Demi Lovato are, in my opinion, the best guest stars we've yet seen in the series. All-in-all, this Gleek is happy and grateful to be happy and grateful; because I've been around long enough to know how fleeting those feelings are in this fandom. I've got tissues at the ready, just in case.
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