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Glee’s 100th episode falls short of expectations

Bailey Stellmacher, 4Play Editor, Commentary
April 1, 2014
Filed under Entertainment

The second part of the 100th episode celebration of Fox’s hit series “Glee” felt like a complete and utter disappointment.

The episode was appropriately titled “New Directions,” with the main plotline focusing on closing McKinley High’s Glee Club.

A lot of the members of Will Schuester’s (Matthew Morrison, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” 2012) original glee club were back for the episode, including fan favorites Rachel Berry (Lea Michele, “New Year’s Eve,” 2011), Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera, “The Master of Disguise,” 2002), Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman (Mark Sailling, “Children of the Corn,” 1996) and Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron, “I Am Number Four,” 2011).

However, it wasn’t really clear why all the characters had travelled back to Ohio from New York or the other places they were living, so their presence felt contrived.

With all these familiar faces back, the episode should be really fun and exciting, right? Not quite.

The episode focused more on sentimental feelings with Fabray and Puckerman declaring their love for each other, and Lopez and girlfriend Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris, “Spring Breakers,” 2012) deciding to run away together.

There was also a really awkward dream sequence in the middle of the episode parodying “Friends” that failed epically at being funny and instead left audiences wondering why it was included.

The episode not only falls short with a boring plotline, but the musical selections were also subpar for such a big celebration.

The characters performed their renditions of Eddie Murphy’s “Party All the Time,” “Glee” original song “Loser Like Me,” Dreamgirls’ “I Am Changing,” Oh Honey’s “Be Okay,” Pink and Nate Ruess’s “Just Give Me a Reason” and finally, the song that started it all, “Don’t Stop Believing.”

This was a disappointment because only three of the songs are immediately recognizable.

The end of the episode left “Glee” fans wondering how the rest of the season is going to play out. With the Glee Club at McKinley High being shut down, how will the characters continue to burst into song and dance at random times?

“Glee” continues on Fox at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights.