This week, Glee starts filming its second season. I’m super-stoked as the show is a ratings smash and hit all the right notes (pun intended). I posted my favorite songs from the first half of season one just a few months ago. Now, it is befitting that I post the remaining five from the second half of season two. There were a lot of goodies such as Artie’s “Dream a Little Dream,” Rachel’s duet with her mother in “I Dreamed A Dream,” Will and Ryan’s short “Piano Man” snip, and the entirety of the Madonna-themed episode. But again, I must the stress the limitations of choosing only 5 because it was a excruciatingly long list. So enjoy until the season two starts this Fall.
1. Can’t Touch This
It’s unfathomable that the show used Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer in one episode with the appropriate title of Bad Reputation. Not only did they make it work, but also the cast performed the song with hilarious results. The dregs of high school (Brittany, Tina, Artie, Kurt, Mercedes) perform MC Hammer’s song in a library complete with the balloon pants. Surely, it was a pure “Laughing Out Loud” moment with an unexpected “epic fail” ending.
2. Rose’s Turn
Seeing Kurt perform John Mellencamp was horrendous and an uncomfortable sight to see. But listening to Kurt bring out his true inner diva on stage solo with “Rose’s Turn” was spectacular. Actor Chris Colfer has an amazing voice range and definitely belts it out with this performance as trying to be the exact opposite can leave him miserable. It’s definitely a good character moment and brings Glee back to the stage theatrics.
3. Safety Dance
Like Kurt’s “Rose’s Turn,” Artie has a chance to shine in the spotlight through song in “A Safety Dance.” With a documentary style filming taking place in a suburban mall, Artie bounces off his wheelchair and dances for the first time with a rousing crowd of teenagers. It’s a sight to see with an unusual (yet appropriate) song for his story arc. But just like Glee would, they give us a happy wish fulfillment moment and snaps it away from us. It’s a great performance with a heart-wrenching ending.
4. One Less Bell to Answer/A House Is Not A Home
I like Kristen Chenoweth. But whenever she guest stars on Glee, it feels like a filler episode. That’s not to say I don’t relish her vocals as she does an amazing duet with Matthew Morrison in “One Less Bell to Answer/A House is not a Home” within the confines of his own bedroom. The song is very soothing and portrays their sad journeys of solidarity through song. I play this song constantly on my iPod, so it is with good reason that this duet fulfills the somber tone of Glee.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody
For Glee’s finales, they have to be fantastic, legendary, and over-the-top. Rachel, in the first half of season one, sang her heart out with Barbra Streisand’s “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” So Jonathan Groff definitely took the prize away from the New Directions out in Regionals with the big guns of music: Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody hit all the right notes when paired with the long awaited birth of Quinn’s child. Within the span of five minutes, Quinn’s pregnancy was synced well with Queen’s showstopper. It was an awesome spectacle proving that Glee does it big with its finales by hitting the emotional high notes.