In season one, it seemed like almost the entire fall run of episodes in FOX's Glee was leading up to Sectionals. It was a big deal, constantly talked and worried about. It was the fall finale, of course, with huge drama. This year has been different. Instead of getting 'SECTIONALS! SECTIONALS! SECTIONS!', we got 'KURT! KURT! Uh, oh, we forgot! It's time for Sectionals!' Plus, this week's episode, "Special Education", was not the mid-season finale, as there will be a Christmas episode next week.
Don't get me wrong. I've loved most of season two. However, the sudden arrival at such an important event was slightly disappointing. Not to mention, we only got two songs from New Directions this year, instead of the three they've always done in competition. Despite the threat of last minute shakeups, they did what they had planned to do. I expected Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) to take on the solos at the last minute, but they didn't. I expected Kurt (Chris Colfer) to realize the mistake he made switching schools and rejoin his friends, but he didn't. On the whole, it was relatively low key.
Now that's not to say nothing interesting happened. We finally got a good Rachel / Finn story. They used to be such a focus of the show that I longed for other characters to get more screen time. Now that it's The Kurt Show, I didn't realize how much I missed the central duo. Their relationship woes, and Rachel's sabotage of them, was heartbreaking. I enjoyed them together very much, and while Rachel's drama-queen behavior was not out of character, it was disappointing. I thought she'd changed, as evidenced by her new found friendship with Kurt, which is not something she would have maintained earlier in the show. However, I still liked what was done, story-wise. Something the two of them will have to overcome.
The other couples also got some time this week. Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Quinn (Dianna Agron) sparkled in their duet. The sweet pair are probably the new power couple, since Rachel and Finn self-destructed. For the first time, I actually saw a little bit of plausibility in Artie (Kevin McHale) and Brittany (Heather Morris) together, though I predict they will fail when Brittany realizes that Artie knows how stupid she is. He tried to play off a comb as magic, for goodness sakes, and she believed him! I still can't shake the feeling that putting Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Mike (Harry Shum Jr.) together was vaguely racist. Mike Chang has recently become one of my favorite characters, but he could do much better than Tina.