So here’s what you missed this month on Glee… Since saying so long and farewell to the New Directions Glee Club, the Lima guys (Blaine, Sam, and Artie) plus Mercedes have joined their friends Rachel, Kurt, and Santana in the city that never sleeps – New York City! The permanent switch in scenery (for the remainder of Season 5, anyway) was long overdue, and the change has lead to more mature storylines (such as exploring the struggles between balancing your career aspirations with your personal relationships, with much less backstabbing and cheating as catalysts for conflict thankyouverymuch) and stronger musical numbers (including more Broadway-esque songs, naturally) for this talented bunch. And of course, I can never get enough of the gratuitous glory shots of my favourite city on planet Earth. Already, the Gleeks’ adventures in the Big Apple have lead to some major memorable moments…
Since the start of Glee, I have eagerly waited for Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) opening night on Broadway. In her dream role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, she rose to the spotlight as the gold star that she is, as witnessed through her amazing performance of “I’m The Greatest Star“. Kurt, Blaine, Santana, Mercedes, Sam, and Tina were all present to support their friend during her big debut. (Oh, and just ignore the annoying Sue bits – I still don’t get what the point of all that was).
Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) have been engaged since the season premiere, but you may have forgotten since they’ve always been separated from each other. Finally, they are reunited, studying at drama school together and achieving their goals together… but it’s not as idyllic as it all sounds. Now, they are facing real issues familiar to many young couples in serious relationships – living arrangements, the balance of roles, etc. Never is their tension more intense than in their duet of “Love is a Battlefield“, which brings their competitive natures and insecurities to the forefront.
Glee made a wise decision indeed to bring their top vocal powerhouse diva (or the woman otherwise known as Miss. Mercedes Jones) back to the show as a member of the new New York crew. Signed to a recording contract, Mercedes has chosen to relocate to NYC in an effort to capture that urban vibe in her music, and along the way, she reignites her romance with her old flame, Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet). To him, she dedicates “Color Blind” (an original song from Amber Riley) as her way of expressing her feelings on keeping an open-mind when it comes to love.
Back in high school, Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale) was unlucky in love (though come on, dude. You hooked up with Tina, Brittany, Sugar, AND Kitty. Not bad for some small town nerd!). As a budding filmmaker in the big city, he has become quite the hot commodity among the female population. Shall we say this ladies’ man has become quite “Addicted to Love“? His rockin’ cover of the Robert Palmer’s hit screams yes! But these playa playa ways comes with consequences, for which Artie pays a terrible (and nasty) price! Let this be a lesson to all: protect yo self!