TV Review: Glee, “City of Angels”

I just got home from my Spring Break ski trip to Vermont and came home to a full DVR queue!  One of the first shows I caught up on?  GLEE!  If you missed the March 11th episode, no worries-I’ve got you covered. “City of Angels” deals with the New Directions heading off to Los Angeles for Nationals.  Despite being reigning champions, the club still faces some challenges such as the threat of losing funding if they lose Nationals (thanks, Sue Sylvester), as well as the recent death of Finn Hudson (RIP Cory Monteith).  Finn’s death is a major theme in this episode, so grab the tissues now!

Source: The Backlot

Source: The Backlot

The show starts with Mr. Schuster (Matthew Morrison) telling Sam (Chord Overstreet) that he is the new leader because Finn wanted him to take on that role when he graduated.  Finn’s mom (Romy Rosemont) and stepfather/Kurt’s dad (Mike O’Malley) have agreed to chaperone the trip to L.A., so off goes the glee club, where they encounter their biggest competition, Throat Explosion, led by Jean Baptiste (Pitch Perfect’s Skylar Astin).  Marlee Matlin also guest stars as a judge!

Source: SpoilersGuide

Source: SpoilersGuide

There is clear rivalry between New Directions and Throat Explosion, so the microsecond Finn’s memorial plaque goes missing, Sam and Blaine (Darren Criss) turn to them.  The whole trip becomes too much for Carole (Rosemont), so Burt (O’Malley) tells her they can leave if she feels uncomfortable. Our old friend Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley) also shows up to support her former glee club and share tales of her experience in the recording industry.  She also has a nice heart-to-heart with Marley (Melissa Benoist), telling her not to ever give up on her dreams. Throat Explosion wins the crowd over with Styx’s “Mr. Roboto” and OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars.”  (Sidenote: I don’t care if he plays the rival, I’m always happy to hear Skylar Astin sing.  Pitch Perfect 2, please???)

Sam sneaks a peek under the curtain to find two empty seats in the audience.  But alas!  Burt and Carole return just in time to see New Directions perform.  Their set list includes “More Than a Feeling” by Boston, “America” by Neil Diamond, and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2–all of Finn’s favorite songs, Carole tells Burt.

Source: SpoilersGuide

Source: SpoilersGuide

Now, get the Kleenex ready.  As New Directions is performing, there is a Finn montage.  A MONTAGE OF FINN.  As if “The Quarterback” wasn’t sad enough, they give us a montage of some of Finn’s sweetest moments with Sam, Schue, and the rest of the club.  When the song ends, Sam holds up Finn’s red drumsticks.  Be still my heart. Unfortunately, Throat Explosion takes home the trophy, leaving New Directions in second place.

When they return to Lima, Schue is called into a meeting with Sue (Jane Lynch).  She tells him that while she does like him (since when?), she has to cut the glee club because they didn’t win and the school does not have unlimited funds.  Yes, this totally breaks my heart, but it makes sense.  Most of the gang is about to graduate and then the show is supposed to move to New York.

The show ends with Kurt (Chris Colfer) rushing into the Starlight Diner in New York to tell Rachel (Lea Michele) and Santana (Naya Rivera) that New Directions are officially dunzo.  Kind of a downer ending, but then again, it was a pretty sad episode!  In my opinion, it was the saddest right behind “The Quarterback.”

However, do not be dismayed!  Next week is Glee’s 100th episode which will feature the return of the originals (Brittany, Puck, Quinn, etc.), as well as some of our favorite guest stars (Kristin Chenoweth & Gwenyth Paltrow, anyone?).  Don’t miss it next Tuesday at 8 PM!

Thoughts?  What was your favorite performance?  Also, how much do you miss Finn?  (me: a lot)  We miss you, Cory!

Source: SpoilersGuide

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