As I’ve told my friends prior to last night’s episode, the second half of the season hasn’t been up to par with the first. Glee has somewhat lost its direction and sometimes seems to be trying to fit the story to certain songs instead of the other way around. And after a few Kurt-heavy episodes, it was great to take a breather from his coping-with-being-gay storyline with a fun and meaningful episode.
The theme was ‘dreams’ and featured the always wonderful Neil Patrick Harris as Bryan Ryan who was trying to make cuts in the school budget that targeted the glee club. Also, Joss Whedon (Buffy, Dollhouse) directed this episode, which teamed him up with NPH as they did with Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
Bryan Ryan and William Schuester were both in the glee club when they were in high school. Ryan was better and was the coolest kid in school and Schuester always looked up to him and envied him. But things changed. Both Ryan and Schuester didn’t become the Broadway stars they both dreamed about, but Ryan was still bitter about it. Schuester tries to do everything he can to bring him back to life and save the glee club.
In the secondary storyline, Artie and Tina are having some reality thrown at them when they begin to think about how their dreams might be farfetch’d. Tina wants to be a star and Artie wants to dance. Even though some parts of this were too ’emo’ the message was still heart-felt that everyone has dreams, but does it do more damage than good to have unattainable dreams?
In the third storyline, it’s revealed that Jesse has been working with his Vocal Adrenaline director, Shelby Corcoran, and she’s actually Rachel’s mother. Also, Jesse admits he’s growing real feelings towards Rachel and doesn’t want her to get hurt.
The show-stopping musical number was the powerful duet between Lea Michele and Idina Menzel singing “I Dreamed a Dream.” This was without a doubt the most powerful song in the second part of this season and competes with Glee’s “Keep Holding On” number as the most substantial song in the entire season. Oh, the power that the brilliant Les Miserables has. I love how Glee keeps connecting to it.
I can’t end this reaction without mentioning the fun tunes that included Neil Patrick Harris. Bryan Ryan and William Schuester had two duets during the episode. First, singing along to the jukebox in a bar with “Piano Man” and then the incredible duo-audition singing “Dream On.” It’s evident that NPH and Matthew Morrison are friends as their chemistry during their songs jumped off the screen. I hope NPH comes back to Glee in the future.
Next week, Glee goes Gaga. A shiver raced down my spine as I watched the preview. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to handle this.