With all our favourite characters graduating and new kids joining the crew, some ‘Gleeks’ were considering hiding in reruns for the rest of their days. But, I think majority of the fandom were pleasantly surprised at just how well the new stories slipped in.
In Season 3, NYADA became Kurt and Rachel’s sudden dream school after Miss Pillsbury told them Julliard was not the place for them. Much like Dalton, it was nice to flick between the two schools. But I have to admit, the Cassandra July storyline grew old fast for me. Brody Weston was fun from his first scene. Yes, he turned out to be a hooker, but unless you’re a die-hard Finchel fan, it’s hard to hate the guy. Kurt’s new ‘love’ interest, Adam, was funny and adorable and a good distraction for Kurt, though we didn’t see much happen between them. Maybe two conversations. Santana in New York - about time. The trio sharing a place feels fun and different, especially since Kurt and Rachel didn’t exactly get on with the Latina in high school.
Back at McKinley, there are more new faces in the glee club.
We needed a character like Marley Rose: shy, insecure - the opposite of Rachel but with the same big talent. After some bullying she tries her hand at bulimia, but is this all we’ll hear on the matter?
Wade Adams transferred from Carmel High - a thumbs up from me. His sassy, confident personality is fun and just adds something to the show. When he poses as ‘Katie’ to talk to Ryder, it causes a bit of drama. Now that the truth is out, where will it lead to in the next season? I’m thinking Ryder will come back/stay in glee, just like Finn did after he was kicking stuff and yelling before Regionals. He won’t be able to stay away.
Jake Puckerman - why is this guy here? Is he new Mike Chang, except with lots of lines? We know he’s Puck’s half-brother and Marley’s boyfriend, but so far there’s no real story here.
New head cheerleader Kitty Wilde isn’t as clever as Santana’s character, but still entertaining all the same. I love her friendly side; the way she sneakily helps people between being a bitch. It’s a good mix.
Ryder Lynn. I really like him in glee club. His easy excitement is just enjoyable.
Burt’s cancer, Finn and Emma’s kiss, Marley and Ryder’s kiss - these all feel unnecessary. It’s like they’re just creating dramas to fill spaces with. These things don’t lead to anything that I can see, they just moved on from them.
Everyone saw it coming that New Directions would find a way back into competition. But ‘Blam’ discovering the Warblers cheating was fun. And the superhero/spy stuff was just hilarious.
Since Sue has been fired, Blaine continuing to be a Cheerio is now pointless. We’ll all miss her side-splitting insults and her spunk, but Roz Washington is entertaining all the same.
Tina’s crush on Blaine was cute and fun, although I think we were all slapping our foreheads when it began. I think we can agree it’s good to see Tina getting some screen time.
Hunter Clarington: The new Sebastian. This character was a little boring for me.
I have to say, I preferred Finn leading Glee club to Mr. Shue. I’m not sure why but this season had me leaning away from Will; he just seemed immature with how he handled a lot of things. Finn’s ideas were better and since he’s been in high school in the same generation as the current members, he was more able to help them with whatever they were going through.
What will Season 5 bring? We can’t wait to find out.
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Made with magic and love, Lalaloopsys are super cute and colourful. Each doll has its own personality and theme, from cowgirl to pajamas and everything in between. They’re made from hard plastic, but they’re still okay for cuddling, or just sit them on your lap. Their clothes are well detailed and each comes with his or her own pet.
There are so many to choose from, and five different ranges. There are dolls 13 inches tall, ‘Littles’ which are the little siblings of each character, ‘Minis’ which are tiny but still super cute, ‘Silly Hair’ – a lot like Betty Spaghetti if you’re familiar – and soft dolls, which are the same characters in a 2D pillow form for younger fans.
Any little girl (or boy, and there have been some) would be happy to have a gorgeous doll like this. The price is a little steep for the bigger set, but come down to around $20 during mid-year sales.
“Hold the elevator!” Kurt calls, praying to Gaga there’s someone inside. There is, because a hand shoots out to catch the door. “Thank you.” He steps inside, balancing his bags and boxes of gifts for his family, but Carole’s present topples to the floor and Kurt groans. The person the friendly hand is attached to gives a small chuckle and then is tucking the tiny box into one of Kurt’s bags. “Thank you,” Kurt says again. “I hate Christmas shopping.”
He looks around the bags and boxes in his arms to see a guy about his age with dreamy hazelnut eyes and a holiday themed bowtie. The stranger is a little shorter and travels lightly compared to Kurt: a single Bath & Body bag slung over his shoulder.
“It’s not so bad. Though I guess my family’s easy to buy for. My parents are bookworms and I bought my brother a mirror.” He held up the bag.
“Well, I’ve got family and a whole glee club to buy for. And a lot of the girls are extremely high maintenance; I don’t even know why I bother.” But Kurt knew perfectly well. He loved each and every one of the Glee kids, even the ones that were harder to get along with.
“You- you’re in a glee club?”
“Yeah. We just won a competition which means we get to compete at the National heat.”
“Yeah, reg- How did you know that?”
The boy chuckled as another box fell from the top of the heap and he knelt down to pick it up. “I’m in my school’s glee club too. We also just won our Regionals.”
“Hey, that means we’ll be competing.” Kurt said a little too excitedly. This guy was cute, he was looking forward to bumping into him backstage.
“I guess we will. What’s your group called?”
“We’re the New Directions.”
“And what’s your name?”
“Kurt.” He’d only just remembered not to hold his hand out before his arm was acting on its own. That would’ve been embarrassing.
“I’m Blaine,” the no-longer-stranger supplied.
“Nice to meet you. Uhm, what’s your group?”
“Oh, you’ll recognize us,” Blaine said just as the doors opened with a ‘ding.’ “We’ll be the ones being handed the ginormous trophy.” He leaned forward and poked the small rectangle gift into the pocket of Kurt’s coat and stepped out into the mall. “Look forward to beating you.”
And Kurt just stood there, stunned and breathless as the doors closed on a waving Blaine what’s-his-name.
“Hello, Buzz Lightyear.”
“Buzz can’t even fly.”
“Well, what does Woody do?”
“So does Buzz!”
“But Woody has a pull string.”
“Buzz shoots lasers.”
“Woody has a whole gang and a TV show.”
Chris rolled his eyes and glanced to his brother to share a look and noticed something wasn’t right. “Kurt, you okay?”
Darren and Blaine abandoned their argument to follow Chris’ gaze down the sofa. Kurt sat silently, more pale than usual, cradling his head in his hand and staring straight ahead at the wall.
“Dude, you look awful.”
“Darren!” Blaine scolded.
“I-I feel a little… out of sorts.”
Chris reached out to feel his forehead and frowned. “You’re burning up. We should get you upstairs.”
“Kurt, why didn’t you tell us you’re not feeling well?” Blaine asked while Chris helped him to his feet.
The room spun with his transition from sitting to vertical. He knew it wasn’t a blood sugar thing: they had worked through a bag of cherry licorice not an hour ago at the cinema. He must be coming down with something. “I didn’t want you to go home.”
They all relocated upstairs, Kurt sliding into bed and the other boys sitting on the edges. He was lucky he had a king-size.
“Want me to make my cure-all tea?” Darren asked, feeling helpful.
“No,” Blaine answered on Kurt’s behalf. “I’m not letting you poison him.”
“What’s in it?” asked Chris as he passed the thermometer to Kurt who was almost blending into the white pillows.
“Special secret ingredients,” Darren replied proudly.
“Most of which come from the backyard,” Blaine added in disgust.
“And how often am I sick?”
“Buzz glows in the dark!”
“Quiet, children,” Chris shushed the pair. He checked the thermometer and his brow furrowed.
“Slinky kicks both their butts,” Kurt informed the dark haired twins now that his mouth wasn’t full of thermometer.
“The perishing has spoken,” said Blaine solemnly.
Darren caught the concern on Chris’ features and knew it wasn’t good. If Kurt was sick they were going to cheer him up and nurse him back to health, contagious or not. “Hey, Kurt, did I ever tell you about the time I put purple food dye in Blaine’s hair gel?”
Kurt smiled weakly and Blaine shook his head, unimpressed.
“It was brand new, too,” Blaine remembered aloud.
“Was it a good look?” Kurt asked.
“Oh yeah. The teacher felt so sorry for him she let him wear a hat in class. In fact, she recommended it.” Then Darren was pushed off the bed and they all heard the thud.
Chris and Kurt bit back laughs, imagining Blaine’s purple-y head.
“I got my revenge though,” Blaine smiled at Kurt.
“What did you do?”
“I hid his guitar for a month. He went nuts trying to find it.”
Kurt was grinning, but his eyelids were dipping, threatening to close.
“I think we should let Kurt rest,” Chris shuffled off the bed and closed the curtains.
Blaine and Darren followed Chris towards the door, but Kurt called out, “Blaine? Will you stay?”
“Sure,” he agreed and backtracked to the bed. He inched up a little closer to Kurt now the they were alone.
“Can you sing?”
Blaine was happy to oblige.
It was a lazy Saturday afternoon where Darren was hanging around at Chris’ place. He had called in unexpectedly, and Chris was busy while his creative mind was throwing ideas at him, one after the other. So Darren was left alone in the lounge room to flick through YouTube. After some pretty impressive Beyonce covers and some Glee parodies he grew restless and tried to watch some TV. He wished Chris would hurry so they could spend some time-
Most of my Kurtbastian fic is up. I hope you guys don’t hate it!
Read it here.
Calling all lovers of Kurtbastian! If you haven’t yet read Don’t You Remember you’d better clear some free time cause this one’s worth “all the awards.”
When Kurt is thrown into a coma after a serious car wreck, he awakes thinking he is still in high school. He is in for a big shock when he finds out he’s now older and living in New York - and he’ll be horrified to find out he’s married to Sebastian Smythe!
In this heart clenching story we witness a different side to the hot Glee villain. Caring, capable of emotion and committed. But it wouldn’t be Kurt and Sebastian without snark-fests.
Before I came across this fic I was hopelessly devoted to Klaine. Now DYR has me jumping ships - literally! So hold onto your OTP, this story is stirring things up!
My first ask! Thankyou so much! Yes, it did feel very premature. I can’t believe after five years of work they left it so untidy.
In a land of myth and a time of magic, the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young man. His name, Merlin.
Since the first episode I was hooked on the world of Camelot. Merlin’s clumsy, witty ways made for great entertainment. The cast worked well together and gave great performances week after week, the fans left wanting more everytime the credits played. So with five seasons come and gone, it’s time to discuss what we’ve been left with.
Spoilers for 5x13 ahead
In the epic battle of good vs not-so-good, Morgana’s army and the knights of Camelot have at each other, and all seems lost for the “once and future king.” But Emrys is standing by and forces the enemies to retreat, not before Mordrid deals a fatal stav unto Arthur by a sword forged in a dragon’s breath. To prove that you get what you give, the young king ends Mordrid’s victory monologue he was probably doing inside.
Arthur’s wound is not treatable and Gaius tells he will not survive the night. At this time, guilty, hopeless Merlin confesses his sorcery, and Arthur is horrified, feeling betrayed and niave. Despite his master giving him the silent treatment, Merlin must take the clotpole to a [insert far away place here] where there is a Sidhe who can help save him. Surprise surprise.
Along the way Arthur witnesses Merlin using his magic for good deeds and begins to accept his abilities and talents. And that’s when they run into Morgana. Sure she’s won, Morgana prepares to finish what Mordrid started and do away with her brother, but Merlin surprises her. High and mighty, the priestess brags that no mortal sword can defeat her, but Merlin’s blade is also forged in a dragon’s breath. Finally, Morgana is dead and the two continue their journey. However, Arthur grows weak before they make it to Avalon. He tells Merlin he is entirely grateful for all that the boy has done for him and his kingdom, and dies, leaving Merlin distraught. The Great Dragon tells the warlock there is nothing to be done, and that in the time of need Arthur will rise again. Merlin then throws the sword to the Lady of the Lake and sends King Arthur off across the water after one last broken goodbye. After Gweneviere is crowned queen, we see an elderly Merlin walking past the lake, still awaiting the day his best friend will rise and they can fufil their destiny.
The finale was disappointing for me. Other fans are content with how it left off, but to me it feels unconnected. The whole season felt rushed. I heard talk of a spin-off series an I really hope that does happen because the whole plot of the show was for Merlin and Arthur to bring about a new world, which didn’t happen. It almost seems sloppy and there was definitely no closure. Sorry Merlin fans.
*Please keep in mind this is thoughts of one fan and is not claimed to be right or wrong. Leave your thoughts on the finale if you wish.