At the time of this writing, there have been five all New York episodes: “New New York” (season five episode fourteen), “Bash” (season five episode fifteen), “Tested” (season five episode sixteen), “Opening Night” (season five episode seventeen), and “The Back-Up Plan” (season five episode eighteen). Now I won’t really be talking about “Opening Night” or “The Back-Up Plan,” those episodes will be dealt with in another piece I plan to write dealing with Rachel.
Why? Because as always I have a lot of complex feelings toward this character. It’s a pain in the ass and often leaves me cursing at my television.
So for now we’re going to talk about the first three episodes of the all Glee New York episodes: “New New York”, “Bash”, and “Tested”.
Let’s get a general bit out of the way. Are they good? Now, as always, “good” is subjective on my personal taste that said the episodes are better. I’ve given a lot of slack with Glee‘s fifth season because the first half was a scramble for purchase after Cory Monteith’s tragic passing. While a three-week production delay sounds like a lot of time, it’s really not. The first half of season five is basically trying to plug a dam with a Band-Aid and hoping for the best. Luckily though, while the first half is really not great, it has great aspects such as Adam Lambert’s Elliott Gilbert.
Glee, due to just bad writing and planning, will never really be truly great again. Still the second half of season five has become much better then previous seasons. I’m not saying there isn’t stupid moments. Oh. There are stupid moments such as Santana becoming and subsequently dropping her role as the understudy to Fanny Brice. Santana, presumably, breaking up with Dani off screen. Everything done with Tina has been…there.
Still with “Frenemies” (season five episode nine) there has been a marked improvement within the show. The writing seems a bit tighter and a bit more focused. It’s a good thing. In fact, I applaud less crap writing in general.
So with “New New York” how has the show been?