Glee 5×14 ‘New New York’: A new direction.

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - March 14, 2014

Many months have passed according to our new New Yorkers! The episode had a different feel to it and I kind of liked it. Obviously Sue will be missed and I hope she finds a way to make an appearance or two and I hope Kitty comes to visit Artie. I feel like Glee has matured and the next season and a half left will show how much.

Kurt, Rachel’s and Santana’s apartment is looking more than crowded now with it’s two new lodgers: Blaine and Sam. Blaine has taken over Kurt’s life as well as his space. It is noticeable from the get-go that Kurt isn’t happy with his new living conditions. Blaine somehow manages to get into six out of the eight classes Kurt takes – told you Blaine is taking over. This annoys me because he started off as a secondary character and then in his final year at McKinley he put Tina and Artie into the background. I know it isn’t Blaine’s fault persè but it’s easier to be annoyed at him then the writers. The final straw for Kurt is when Blaine re-arranges Kurt’s apartment. This ends in a row with a lot of sass and Blaine storming over to Elliot’s because he thinks Elliot wants Kurt. Finding out that he was wrong he apologies and tells Kurt he will look for his own place and then they had make up sex!

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I may be an anomaly but I don’t like the Klaine marriage story – I feel like they’re too young and need to think about it more. Maybe their characters will be better off single? I don’t know but I know that they shouldn’t get married. Bring the British dude back from NYADA.

Meanwhile back in Rachel land – she is offered a 24/7 limo service from the producer of Funny Girl and her first stop is downtown in which Rachel and her New York friends perform “Downtown” as they all make there way… wait for it… downtown! I loved Kurt’s ‘What the fuck?!’ face but everybody else kind of just accepted it. I don’t really like the diva Rachel storyline and it’s kind of getting old. Rachel acts diva-ish and then seems overly shallow and then she realises her mistake and apologises.

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This is made prominent with Artie’s storyline – being the romantic that he is, Artie loves New York and it’s culture. He loves the underground tube service up until a crook robs his bag and his laptop and other belongings. Whilst stressing out Rachel finds a way to make it about her in which Artie puts her in her place and soon she comes to realise that he was right and she ditches her limo car service and explores New York the way a real New Yorker should. With this being said they both sing “Don’t Sleep in the Subway” whilst they brave the underground subway together. On the way home Artie pepper sprays the thief and finally gets back his stolen goods – yay!

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The final storyline for this episode was that of Sam’s. He is still struggling to land a modelling job even though he’s just been lounging around the apartment playing video games. After some wise words from Blaine, Sam decides to snip off his proud lock and get the restyle everybody has been craving for him to get. The bromance that is Sam and Blaine take Time’s Square’s centre stage and sing out “Best Day of My Life”. With his new found makeover, Sam lands a job with some butt underwear company. He also finds himself moving into a model house with a model called Sam. However Sam doesn’t feel comfortable with Sam’s drug use and decides it’s best to leave and get a place with Blaine instead.

I feel like the writers wasted this story in passing – it should’ve been developed a lot more because it had real good potential, as it was a topic that hasn’t really been tackled. It would have been more effective if there were more of a build up and maybe more hesitation and struggle for Sam to adapt to model lifestyle!

The soulful sensation that is Mercedes Jones makes an appearance and brings the good news of a new home with a spare room or two for Sam and Blaine! Yaay Mercedes will be joining the New York cast. I wonder how the house dynamics will go in this new household and if Sam and Mercedes will rekindle old flames?!?!

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The episode ends with Rachel performing “People” from Funny Girl whilst thinking about all the positivity she has around her. I enjoyed the new direction that Glee is trying to go in, even though it might not seem like I did from this review. We have to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day and maybe Ryan Murphy wants to try out a lot of new things. Glee has the potential to be brilliant again and I hope it reaches it – I predict heavier storylines with a more grown up approach…it’s going to be like dramatic sitcom with random bursts of song. Next week’s episode looks likes it’s going to very good!

Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts opinions on the new direction Glee is going towards.

Hassan H.

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