Glee Finale Review: Reasons To Be Gleeful

June 14, 2010 by  
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GLEE: Monday 14th June, E4, 9pm ALERT ME

Hankies at the ready folks – it’s the final episode of Glee’s triumphant first season.

While you may have noticed that we’re Glee mad here at OTB towers, we’ll admit that the season hasn’t been perfect. Damn close mind, but not quite. Tonight’s episode however is an emotional love fest that had us cheering at the top of our lungs.

After the recent drama with Sue and Mr. Schue bickering like toddlers, Sue takes things up a notch when she announces that she’s one of the ‘celebrity’ judges at the upcoming regionals, sending New Directions into a real tizzy.

If you’d forgotten why regionals it’s so important to win a place at regionals, well aside from stopping Rachel’s head from exploding, it’ll stop Principal Figgins from stopping the glee club’s funding. Mr. Schue asks Emma for some help in bucking up the kid’s spirits but she has some bad news to break to Will – she’s dating someone else.

Meanwhile, the tension between Finn and Rachel reaches its pique and Quinn and Puck faces some serious baby mama drama. With all this going on, can the team keep it together in order to beat Vocal Adreneline? Things look tough for New Directions especially after a showstopping performance of Bohemian Rhapsody by their rivals.

The real mystery should probably be how Quinn has managed to keep up with all the dance moves whilst being eight months pregnant.

The finale is very emotional which doesn’t leave much room for humour – Sue gets in a few good zingers but there is a noticeable lack of laughter here. I’d gotten used to Brittany getting a hilariously moronic line every episode and it’s sadly missing here. But picking up the comedy slack are Josh Groban and Olivia Newton-John as the other actual celebrity judges. When it comes time for voting for the winners, these stars show their true colours.

Idina Menzel also appears once again as rival voice coach and Rachel’s birth mother, Shelby Corcorcan, but will Rachel’s desperate need for a mother break down Shelby’s defenses?

The music’s great and the final two songs really tugs on the heartstrings, with everyone giving the most emotional performances of the series. The ending may not satisfy every Gleek wants but, when you think about how it’ll effect season two, you’ll love it.