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I basically loved everything about that episode.

It’s Time was so sweet. JUMPROPE OMG. The plastic cup percussion. Blaine surprising Kurt and Kurt being embarrassed. The song itself.

If I’m remembering correctly, Unique in one scene was dressed in masculine clothes with make up and no wig, which gives me A LOT OF FEELINGS. When she’s dressed completely femininely, she talks about herself in third person to let everyone know “I’m going by Unique, not Wade, right now, okay?” When he’s dressed in a completely masculine way, he’s more quiet and meek. And sometimes he combines the two styles into one look, and I’m actually really happy about that, just seeing that happen on TV. <3 <3 <3

Rachel redeemed herself a lot in this episode for me. I found her relatable and enjoyed her plot. And I kind of enjoy that it’s completely unclear to me whether she and Finn got back together over the summer, or whether she’s completely delusional (or lying) about it when she says “This picture is of Finn, my boyfriend.”

I really like Marley, Jake, and Brody so far. I’m already a lot more impressed with them than I was with season 3’s newly introduced characters. I’m intrigued to see what will happen with Jake.

I think the new mean characters (Kitty, the new jocks, Rachel’s dance instructor) are a really good idea. The school has needed new mean popular kids for a while, to keep the mean kids/nice kids dynamic going, and I’m hopeful that the dance instructor will take some of the burden of being an irrational jerk for a while so Sue doesn’t have to, because it seems like they want her to be nice, and it doesn’t really work when she tries to be both.

AWWWWW KURT AND HIS DAD.

Heeeeee Blaine is the new Rachel. *gigglefit* Competitive snarky sassy Blaine was a lot of fun. I’m interested to see how his relationship with Unique will go. Will they continue to compete? Will they ignore each other? Will they be friends? I was disappointed that Blaine told her not to wear make up except on stage. On one hand, it seemed like he was just trying to protect her from being made fun of, but on the other hand, his advice to Kurt had always been to stand up to people, never to change himself or tone down his wardrobe. Hmmm…

My only sadface over this episode (until I rewatch?) is that Tina and Mike broke up. D: I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since Mike left town and they were never a huge focus of the show. But still. I had such high hopes.

I predict that this will be a pro-Kurt&Blaine&Unique&Jake&Tina blog this year. :D

Date: 2012-09-14 09:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] harmony-lover.livejournal.com
This. ^ I actually really loved this episode, too, and I was surprised by all of the negative reaction it got. I was a little upset about Blaine, to be honest, because it seems like he would be the last person to tell Unique to repress parts of herself - but it is also true that the glee members were walking this fine line between being popular and not, and that makes people do really awful things sometimes. I also noticed that during the lunch table scenes, they were all uncomfortable with trying to be snarky and mean, no matter how much they tried to fit in.

I also had an interesting moment of realization about Unique and Blaine. When Will introduces Wade/Unique, Unique says something about wanting to be in glee where she will be accepted. They then move to a shot of Blaine, and I could almost see him getting angry and defensive. He has his arm curled around the chair where Kurt was supposed to be, and he's obviously internally thinking, "Oh, really? The way Kurt was so accepted the year that I met him? The way I was so wonderfully accepted when I transferred? I had to fight so hard to get here; why should it be easy for you?" Of course, Blaine being Blaine, he's going to get over it - he's going to go hit a punching bag for a while and realize that he's being mean, and that still being upset over what happened last year is not going to help anyone. He has to be the person that reaches out, since no one did it for him. So, he does. Sam invites Marley to rehearsal, but it's Blaine who suggests helping Marley and Unique to get cleaned up from the slushies, and it's Blaine who pulls Marley onstage.

There's obviously a one-shot in my head about this. :)

I also loved what they did with Rachel and Kurt; Rachel was more interesting in this episode than she's been in ages because she's finally encountering some adversity. It's nice to see her be a little more human, and realize that she needs her friends (read: Kurt) to help her.

And Kurt and Blaine just melted my heart, and then Kurt and Burt liquefied it all over again. So gorgeous, all of it. :)

Date: 2012-09-27 09:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] likeasouffle.livejournal.com
Sorry I forgot to reply earlier!

I realized that Blaine had told Kurt he didn't think he should wear a kilt to prom because it might be asking for trouble. This seems really similar to him suggesting Unique should only dress feminine on stage. He's looking out for them, worrying about them getting bullied. So yeah, sometimes he does think people should repress parts of themselves. I had forgotten all about that.

I found your interpretation of the choir room scene really interesting. At the time, I thought all Blaine's anger was about wanting to be the lead singer, like with the Warblers, and not wanting more competition, just like he said, but there's often more to it where Blaine's feelings are concerned. You're probably right that there's meaning to his arm around the empty chair. And was Unique sitting there meant to be her literally taking Kurt's place in the group? Is Unique the new Kurt? (Queer, different, high voiced, fashionable, doesn't take shit from anyone...?)

Date: 2012-09-27 11:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] harmony-lover.livejournal.com
That's okay! I know it takes a while sometimes. :)

You're so right about the kilt; I had forgotten that too. Blaine has some insecurities left over from Sadie Hawkins that he's probably never going to quite get rid of - he knows what "asking for trouble" looks like, and he doesn't want anyone to get hurt the way he did. Hence his advice to Unique.

You could see Unique as the new Kurt on some level, I think. I really love my headcanon about that moment between Unique and Blaine because it explains so much, even if Blaine doesn't entirely realize everything that he's feeling. He did have to fight awfully hard to get accepted into the NDs, when really he shouldn't have had to, and I'm sure that everything that happened to Kurt still makes him angry. It's going to upset him that Unique and Marley just walk in and get greeted with open arms (not that Unique does, but you see my point.) Blaine also realizes that Kurt is right, though, I think. Blaine is a natural leader, and it's up to the leader to make people feel included and welcome - and having that dynamic is going to help the group function better anyway. I'm sure his inner Blaine Warbler remembers that. :)

Date: 2012-09-15 09:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] springbay.livejournal.com
You know, I've seen the "Blaine/Unique" thing come up in several places now like there's some underlying problem Blaine has. No one has yet pointed out that it's SAM and ARTIE who first tell Wade he can't wear make-up there because their popularity is hanging by a thread. Blaine just suggests he wear it on stage to soften the blow that came from SAM and ARTIE. This was at the beginning when they were all feeling too cocky. No where is anyone talking about SAM and ARTIE having a problem with Wade/Unique. And Kitty, the cheerleader, said the worst thing of all and everyone seems to love the new "mean girl". Plus it's Joe who says to Unique, "dude I thought you were only gonna dress like that on stage".

Date: 2012-09-27 09:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] likeasouffle.livejournal.com
Sorry I forgot to reply earlier! I thought about it, and I think you're right. I think my focus was Blaine because A) I care a lot more about him as a character, and B) he's part of the queer community, and so I care about his interactions with other queer folks. I interpreted his actions differently on the second viewing. The first time, I thought he was saying "Don't wear make up when you're hanging out with us, it'll look bad," but the second time, I saw it more as "I'm worried you're going to get bullied, so maybe you should try to fit in better." And I had totally forgotten that Blaine had also told Kurt wearing a kilt to prom might be asking for trouble, so this is perfectly in character for Blaine.

:)

Date: 2012-09-28 12:34 am (UTC)
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In retrospect, it looks like I was shouting at you (and maybe being a little bitchy) so thanks so much for taking the time to reply to my comment! I certainly didn't mean to be rude at all. My love for Blaine is no excuse ;)

I know people have moved on from 4.01 but I just want to say that of all the blogs, tumblrs, forums and fan groups I look at (probably too many ;)), you're the only person who was open to considering another point of view and I kind of cyber-love you a little bit for that.

Re: :)

Date: 2012-09-28 07:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] springbay.livejournal.com
And I don't know why that show as "anonymous".

Re: :)

Date: 2012-09-28 05:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] likeasouffle.livejournal.com
you're the only person who was open to considering another point of view and I kind of cyber-love you a little bit for that.

Aw! Thank you! <3

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