GLEE: SEAS 5 (6 DISC)
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|Contributor||Matthew Morrison, Bradley Buecker, Jane Lynch, Various Others, Lea Michele, Brad Falchuk, Jacob Artist See more|
|Number of discs||6|
|Runtime||13 hours and 40 minutes|
- Product Dimensions : 135 x 13 x 190 cm; 140 Grams
- Director : Bradley Buecker, Various Others, Brad Falchuk
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 13 hours and 40 minutes
- Release date : 9 October 2014
- Actors : Jacob Artist, Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B01FR35KAO
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 6
- Best Sellers Rank: 16,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Entering its fifth season, GLEE is a musical comedy about a group of ambitious and talented kids who escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club, where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice. Episodes: Love, Love, Love; Tina In The Sky With Diamonds; The Quarterback; A Katy Or A Gaga; The End Of Twerk; Movin' Out; Puppet Master; Previously Unaired Christmas; Frenemies; Trio; City Of Angels; 100; New Directions; New New York; Bash; Tested; Opening Night; The Back-Up Plan; Old Dogs, New Tricks; The Untitled Rachel Berry Project.
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An element of the successful dynamic of Glee over previous seasons was that - although it regularly referenced 'Broadway' (songs, shows, stars, history and Rachel's relentless journey there) the producers were not stupid, and we were rarely forced to have to actually sit through any of that. Overall, Glee had watchable storylines, and brilliant singers & dancers, performing cleverly produced versions of contemporary and classic hits.
Part of the Glee magic is that - what should have been pretty naff - geeky teenagers warbling to show tunes - was, thanks to their looks, talent & personalities (not to mention the slickness of the routines and overall musicality of the production) actually, to all but the most pompous and stiff viewer, extremely good fun and undeniably cool.
In truth, Glee had been slowly nosediving since S3, and never really recovered from the sad loss of Cory Monteith who played Finn Hudson (basically the heart & soul of Glee), but S3 and even S4 were a managed decline, S5 however is the Nadir.
S5 somehow managed to turn a successful formula on its head, and the joke is very much on the viewer.
We had (on more than one occasion) to suffer the bizarre spectacle of someone as talented as Blaine (Darren Criss) doing tired & tawdry showtunes at Society events alongside some 'former Broadway star' in her 80s. If you've ever seen Blaine at his best (see Warblers version of Raise Your Glass for starters) this was utterly bizarre, and had my wife and I looking at each other in bemusement, wondering if this was part of a bigger joke. Where was the fun? where was the controversy? where was the world class re-working of great songs?
S6 is Glee almost back to its best (replacing Cory Monteith was literally impossible) and I recmd you steer clear of S5 and just enjoy it all coming together again for 1 grand finale.
One other thing that nagged me too is the fact they introduced Dani, a new love interest for Santana. Although she was someone on the outskirts, it got to a point where her character just stopped appearing and her character was never fully resolved, we just assumed Santana ended it with her. Another character from season 4 (Adam) who had a thing with Kurt was introduced as a love interest yet once again he stopped appearing and then was not resolved. It annoyed me how characters who were introduced just stopped existing really. If I really want to get into a rant Elliot or 'Starchild' who became a recurring character and friend of Kurt and Rachael was also completely wiped from the show. I hated this because they spent some time developing his character and his relationships with other characters on the show and then he disappeared!!!. The cast from season 4 i.e Marley, Jake & Ryder etc. were completely absent from the second half which I could deal with as Lima wasn't really the main focus and had hoped to see them in season 6. Although they give a half-baked reason for their departures I felt like all their development was thrown away and they never came full circle.
Overall another enjoyable season with great characters, just unfortunate that most of them you'll never see again. Also R.I.P Finn <3
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Season five starts really well with a double Beatles tribute and it's immediately clear that the writers have shifted the focus back to the characters we actually care about. The Cory Monteith tribute episode is heartbreaking but beautifully done. There are a few fillers here and there, not to mention probably the worst ever episode that Glee has done (Puppet Master), but the storylines are much better than the previous season's. From Episode 9 onwards is where the show really picks up. 'Frenemies' is one of the best ever episodes which leads into some even better episodes. As usual with a shows fifth season, this season of Glee features the 100th episode, which to put mildly is fantastic and feels like a return to the shows roots. From episode 14, the show (finally, and rightfully) shifts to New York full time, which provides a higher quality show. No more pointless episodes about Marley or Jake - but proper storylines such as Rachel's Broadway career. The episodes from here are the best produced episodes since the shows third season. It all comes together really well, which has left me eager to see the next season!
All in all, season 5 is a much better season than season 4. I have heard that next season will be the final season, which I can fully understand, but I will find it hard when the time comes around to live in a world where Glee is not on TV. Here's to another great season!
Season 5 Hightlights: "The Quarterback", "Movin' Out", "Frenemies", "100", "New Directions", "New New York", "Bash", "Opening Night".
But an awesome tribute episode to Finn, and a great 3-episode arc in the middle of the season make it watchable