Because Glee should be all year long
Blaine runs for president and Kurt gets coutured-up on one of the more effective Glees in a while.

More or less, Darren Criss’s Blaine Anderson is the best thing about Glee: smooth and charismatic yet understated in his performances, modern but not militantly repetitive with his progressivism, he’s maybe the one character on the show who’s remained blemish-free—spared any of those cringe moments that hit like Scud missiles so often in the Glee world—largely by way of the writers’ uncharacteristic restraint in his deployment. (I guess there’s nothing wrong with Sugar, though it is a tad off-putting that Vanessa Lengies has been playing major roles as high schoolers for a full decade now.) So I’m simultaneously pleased and nervous when “Makeover” opens with a voiceover from the starry-eyed dandy, accompanied by a decent Tears for Fears cover and a vibrantly production designed montage of McKinley High’s silly plethora of clubs. Later, as he stands at a podium in a front of a (pretty funnily) sparse audience, getting tremulously hyperbolic as he defends his right to use hair gel—“next thing you know they’ll start burning books… and then they’ll probably start burning people, too”—I begin to suspect that he’s such a good performer that even the writers’ best efforts to throw him into that atonal squirm-zone where most of the other characters sit, shivering and lost, will fail to derail his winning energy.

(…)

The Blaine storyline, though—man, it’s like this kid’s embodied charm is magically writing for him—dovetails very well with the New York stuff and, so gratifyingly, with knottier maneuvers of episodes past, as he feels Kurt drifting away from him and realizes his presence at McKinley becomes rather superfluous in his boyfriend’s absence. “Yes, people,” I think loudly at the showrunners. “You can do it.” If Glee could transplant the narrative satisfaction and affecting tone of Blaine, alone at his own party, fruitlessly dialing Kurt’s cell to all the flapping limbs of its ungainly show-person, we’d be having a different conversation about its place in the TV world. And I would have to start trying at my job.

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