I’m a big “Glee” fan, so I was very pleased to get my season two set in the mail this week.
The show may have been all over the map creatively and in execution in season two, but there were several high points.
I was glad to see Kurt (Chris Colfer) get some meaty storylines and great songs. But I was sorry to see him get shoved aside a bit for Blaine (Darren Criss). Criss is awesome, but so is Colfer. And Colfer sometimes seemed to play second fiddle in his own stories because Criss’ “Teenage Dream” was such a huge hit, and he got the big solos. The most egregious example was when Kurt asked all his New Directions friends to come see him at his new choir’s Valentine’s Day performance, only to just introduce the song Blaine sang. Criss did fine with “Silly Love Songs,” but it should have been Kurt’s moment.
One great moment, for me, came when Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele) were in New York, and a bunch of the guys broke into “Bella Notte” from “Lady and the Tramp” as Finn and Rachel walked down the street. It was such a sweet moment, even if it didn’t end the way Finn expected.
Another high point in that episode came when Kurt and Rachel bonded over “For Good” from “Wicked.” Their relationship went up and down and weird over the course of the season (oddly hot and cold at times), but that was a nice bit.
It’s too bad Sam (Chord Overstreet) will be leaving in the new season. I didn’t care for Overstreet that much, but he grew on me toward the end of the season, and I was looking forward to seeing what they had in store for him with Mercedes (Amber Riley).
Now if they can just let Colfer use his chest voice in Season Three I’ll be happy. He’s got a lovely high range and great falsetto, but he’s got more tricks up his sleeve, and his “Some People” was one of the few showtunes of his I didn’t download from iTunes because it sounded so weird in his upper register. It’s not that kind of song.
The DVD and Blu-ray sets have a great “Glee Music Jukebox” function that lets you just skip to the musical numbers. And that’s the real reason we watch anyway, right?