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Glee "A Night of Neglect" reaction

This was a terrible episode to come back with, tho. Like, I get that timing-wise it was necessary, but...terrible. I needed plot to happen.

I was so terrified Kurt and Blaine wouldn't be in this at all, tho. ME GUSTA SO MUCH on that. How are they so adorable just by being like 2cm closer than they would have been an episode ago? And Kurt is all shy and giggly and wistful at the start of that scene and I just me gusta me gusta me gusta.

As much as none of these people in the plots this week are my favorite characters, they are all insanely talented and every performance was liquid freaking gold, and I LOVED Mercedes, I love her and Rachel becoming friends more and more since the Superbowl ep and how Rachel developed through it too. Lauren was a BAMF as usual, Tina deserved more of that solo but was incredible, so was Mike, and Tina/Mike/Artie/Brittany is like...kind of my OT4, I'm not gonna lie, Santana can just get in there and join that and she can be the one Brittany loves most. Or she can find another fierce wonderful girlfriend elsewhere. Because really I just want them both to be happy.


Kurt's hands on Blaine's shoulders geeeently pushing him past Sandy like "honey, no, honey, this is - in Lima this is a thing, you can't win this, sweetie, let's go, cooooome on," I love them so muhuhhuuuuuch.

Did I actually like Will this week? Like as contrived as the shit with Holly was, did he actually act like a human being with Emma and act tolerant and respectful towards her and recognize that her illness is actually hard on her? I may have to reluctantly approve. But I don't think he should go after her at ALL right now, it's not the right time for the same reason it wasn't after he left Terri.




And this has been a post.


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Apr. 20th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Pretty much all of this. I didn't feel, as I know some people did, that they didn't seem enough like boyfriends here. It read very right to me. It we extrapolate from Kurt's "fingers touching is erotic to me" thing, he's not going to just go walking around holding Blaine's hand, not because he's shy or uptight, but because he's going to be much more turned on by them brushing against each other once in a while.

I think, from the second I laid eyes on Blaine, that's he's needed a chick friend/rival with similar energy to him to put him in his place a bit. Santana is TOTALLY THAT CHICK. He may not be mean like her, but I find their energies very similar, and it sparked on screen for me.
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
They just felt as natural as they always have with the chemistry, really, and that's more than enough to me. Like they had to plug in so much fighting during BIOTA and Sexy because watching them together if they're not upset with each other, you know that they just ARE.

I would never have expected Blaine to be the spitfire with what we'd seen of him before, I thought much more of it seethed under the surface, though it makes sense as a couple dynamic because usually Kurt's judging is so icy. I wish my headcanon for him didn't change every single episode, but I like what I see anyway. And he and Santana absolutely need to be friends. "You sound like my therapist" made me giggle for like three reasons, one of which is that no therapist would ever tell a client that and another is that Blaine so wishes he could be the world's agony aunt, and Santana needs to be there to tell him "no I am pretty sure I saw that on a poster, Blaine, don't make me dump water all over that hairgel to stop it from going to your brain."
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
I still despise Will/Emma (lol, my reaction to "Wait, so you and Carl never...?"), but I was so happy that Will respected Emma's illness. When he reached for her lunch, I thought he was going to do something like "WELL, LET'S START FIXING YOUR OCD STARTING NOW", and touch her food with bare hands, but then HE DIDN'T and he actually put on the glove and cleaned the grape and I was all ;alskdjf;alsdkf thank you for not being douchey.

oh my gooood, you can see that santana totally thinks herself as being part of the gay community, even though she won't say it aloud yet ("it's more fun together"), and I'm all FEELINGS CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT NETWORK MCKINLEY LGB COMMUNITY VS THE WORLD.

I loved how Blaine is so... combative now. It's not, "Hey, let's talk these problematic things out." It's "Fuck you, you're a shitty person, I'm going to physically move into your space threateningly." And Kurt's all "WOAH, TAKE A MINUTE THERE."
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
It seriously, seriously took me aback, how combative he was, considering what a direct contrast it is to everything we've seen and everything he's ever said about himself. But I sort of LOVE it. And it makes sense if this has been building up in him for a while now, if this is something he just needs to do. "We could have handled it" was a little ungrateful but if Glee is remembering his backstory, he's spent so long wishing he could do JUST THAT, so I'd buy that he's taking every chance he gets now.
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
lol, in hindsight, my favorite reaction during these scenes was how i immediately thought, "I love how Claire's/seaouryou's anti-bullying Blaine characterization is kind of SPOT ON." That fic universe will be the end of me.

I think the glimpse we get of Kurt and Blaine during Tina's solo says a lot about how they both handle bullying. Blaine's staring in shock at the hecklers, and Kurt just... ignores them and pays attention to Tina. Okay, actually, every scene showed the Blaine-Kurt/bullying dynamic.

oh my god, so pissed Tina's solo got cut. THAT LOOKED LIKE A REALLY AWESOME PERFORMANCE, OKAY.
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
seaouryou's Blaine and everything she ever writes, ESPECIALLY that fic, completely destroys me. If that Blaine is the actual Blaine, I will die the happiest of women.
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Oh and Santana is a badass angel in combat boots and absolutely them against the world, this forever. If the three of them are friends. Or if we get Blaine/Kurt/Rachel/Mercedes. Or BOTH. I would just, I could not begin to even.
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
i need so much friendship fics from this episode. I LOVED IT SO.

Santana and Mercedes are already sort of tolerant partners (River Deep, Mountain High still in Top Ten duets), so now it's just waiting for Rachel and Santana to have a bonding moment, and it'll be a great friendship circle.

Apr. 20th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)


Of course it won't be rushed, you silly. There is an extra half an hour next week :p

not holding out much hope about it not being rushed or getting a damn good explanation
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
So my headcanon for sassy!Blaine has to do with having Kurt next to him, and it's not about protecting or whatever, but there are just some people who are just more grounded when they're partnered, who feel more free to let their shit out and not keep it so controlled. Hello, Blaine Anderson.

*adjusts tin hat*

I'm not even thinking about how they'll do the transfer. I just can't even - there's no way I'll be happy with it, so better to just roll over and accept it without too much thought. This is also the only way I'm getting over the rich, thick irony of the writers of Glee lecturing the internet about how important sensitivity is.
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
No, not just the writers of Glee. I could tolerate it from Brad, maybe.


As dead on and actually well-written as that scene was, tho.

"Being in love suits Blaine," though, to quote some fabulous meta, I accept your hat of tin. It is not nearly as tinny or hatty as some of the other ones out there.
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
I loved Blaine through this whole ep. Noticing how wistful Kurt is after running into Artie/Brittany, then being a little spitfire with Karofsky. Santana was made of awesome and yes, I think in a way it is her way of letting them know she has their back because she is part of the community, "it's more fun together." ♥ So much there that I want explored.

I also love that couple moment when Kurt steers Blaine past Sandy, lol Blaine I love you and your standing up for Kurt's friends. You are adorable.

Also Mike was the man. He stood up for his friends, TO his friends which is incredibly difficult to do at times. I love him and his dancing was just amazing.

Edited at 2011-04-20 02:54 am (UTC)
Apr. 20th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
I keep saying it, Blaine is me with boy parts. I'm not surprised at all by the shove. Blaine is the kind who cares for others and wants to do the right thing, but he's always had a bit of a temper buried within. There's a reason people say "Beware of the nice ones"

Seriously, what is the first thing we learn about Blaine? He was bullied and "It really pissed me off". He feels his father tried to pick up a hobby to make him straight and how does he feel about it? Upset. BIOTA fight? Somebody got just as pissy there. That look he gives Karofsky when he walks away in NBK? Not very nice.

And Kurt is not just his boyfriend, but his best friend. Karofsky is not just a bully, he's somebody who has harassed Kurt. And they are alone with him in the middle of the night on a place known for doing nothing for bullying, so I imagine Blaine feeling tense. I think he got his temper flaired up, that mixed with the adrenaline caused in part his reaction to Santana and his face when he came back up. Boy didn't calm down until Mercedes' song. This is actually part of my head canon all along. I don't think he's violent at all and I don't think less of him.
Apr. 20th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh, it's not the shove, it's how quickly he did it and how much he went out of his way to do verbal takedowns of everyone too. When someone pushes a button he falls apart pretty quick, but up to now mainly it's been towards Kurt or about sad things, so it's been creys and stuff. It's not that he got visibly judgy and angry at heckling from some stranger adult, it's that he told him so in no small terms to his FACE.

Apr. 20th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
When I was in school with my true platonic love forever (and the one person I usually refer as my Kurt when describing these situations) I saw her with a bully one time. I knew she was being bullied, but she was a grade higher than me and two years older so I never got to see until that day in P.E.

I had this huge reputation as a sweetheart in school even though I had an undercurrent of anger about daddy issues and how I felt about certain things. I masked it well and was very mature and happy go lucky and book smart. But seeing my best and only friend in the world bullied and actively pushed into depression made me snap since nobody was helping her and I threw a basketball to her bully's face with all my strength and started claiming accident as she bleed. I banked my good reputation enough, but I was pissy as hell to the world.

It was a very quick action after hearing and watching what she was doing to somebody I loved SO MUCH. At that point she was suicidal (and hello me talking to her mother a la Blaine in Sexy). I'm as non-confrontational as they come until you mess with somebody I truly and honestly love. Plus I bet this also has to deal with how Blaine feels about his bullying, about Kurt's situation and the type of bullying he's been forced to watch all night.

What I mean is, that quick moment, how fast he did it, I doubt it was just for that moment. Blaine knows about the kiss, about how physical Karofsky can actually get. How he chased Kurt away. And here he was zoning in on them and they are alone. It adds up little by little, just like that. I know me, I would have been all smiles until that happened and I would have pushed at that same time and said those words. Me who usually would talk to the teacher and try to talk to people.
Apr. 20th, 2011 09:12 am (UTC)
What you said here and above re: being taken aback by being combative.. I dunno, this may sound weird but re: Sandy, I thought that it was kind of similar to/a flip side to him talking to Burt. He isn't afraid to say things to people's face, even adults, even if it's difficult/inappropriate, and he is clearly quick to anger - I've thought that since NBK where he was like 'It really ...pissed me off' where he was controlling himself so hard like he had to cut himself off from swearing or ranting for the sake of the conversation with Kurt. Speaking to Burt was very calculated and planned and he still did it - when fuelled by anger, I don't think he has a lot of reservation at all, like that he works very hard to control himself, and hasn't had anything to set him off in a long time, but that it can overwhelm him. Plus Karofsky called him an offensive SEXUAL nickname, as opposed to just an offensive flowery one, and it probably put him back in his old place.
Apr. 20th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
Your thoughts are all my thoughts.

Kurt and Blaine were adorable as always. Especially Blaine in his reactions to the performances and the hecklers' shenanigans.

I keep seeing people commenting on how they weren't being physically affectionate here, and how they didn't seem like boyfriends, but I think their chemistry was as natural as always. Also, I think several factors are at play. They're at McKinley, the place that Kurt was driven away from in tears, and where they know that at least two of Kurt's tormentors are around. Also, their relationship is very new, neither has been in a relationship, and Kurt doesn't strike me as one to be comfortable with PDA anyways.


THIS. After that scene, I so badly want a power trio of badass snarky friendship. Pleeease, RIB.

WHY OH WHY did they cut Tina's song? It sounded gorgeous. Poor girl gets no love. :(

I freaking loved Sassy!Blaine's comment to Sandy and how Kurt just steers him away like he's done it dozens of times before. They're basically an old married couple.

Hoo boy, the transfer....I can't even. I'm going to take my usual stance on Glee and say it's best not to get our hopes up.
Apr. 20th, 2011 07:45 am (UTC)
I could put a longer response...
But basically I agree with everything you've said.

Klainetana NEED to become the Holy Trinity of Gay. The Triumvirgay (that sounds funny if you say it with the Latin pronunciation- try-um-we're-gay basically...). The Gay Army. Whatever, there needs to be a big ol' friendship development there.

At first I was a little disappointed with the lack of Klaine klisses or fluffy boyfriendness- but they're a new couple (I mean it would've only been a few weeks), and they're obviously not going to be openly affectionate in a school we're Kurt was mocked and attacked just for *being* gay. It's obviously going to take some getting used to for both of them and the environment there is VERY different from the safer environment of Dalton.

I also thought it was really interesting to see a different side of Blaine than the side we normally see. You know, the happy puppy, please everybody, "PLEASE LOVE ME!" side. I think it was interesting to see how Blaine can get really angry about something he really cares about- and it was lovely to see that Blaine really cares that much about Kurt AND ND. I hope that side of him gets developed, should be interesting.

I liked all the character development we got in this episode (Will/Holly, Mike, Mercedes, Rachel, Santana, Klaine, Emma/Will- I could detail them all but then my comment would be essay length...), I thought that was all good, but I felt the plot itself didn't advance the story too much. I mean there were some clear messages, but it felt like the storyline was all over the place.

I also thought the "you miss them" was a little TOO subtle a hint to lead in to Kurt's return to McKinley. But hey, they have an hour and a hald to do it next week. They better make it good because I'm ALREADY not down with Kurt going back. Oh yeah, and what is with people attacking Blaine for saying that? I could go into an argument on that too but then I'd be even further off topic...

Okay, this ended up a lot longer than I thought. Oops.

But yeah, my thoughts.
Apr. 20th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
You know, it also occurs to me we see Blaine react so quickly to Karofsky because he's not at Dalton performing all the things he's performing at Dalton.

I am also sure Blaine is aware that like Karofsky, he's "straight acting" enough that he could have made choices like Karfosky's, so I'm sure he's a little bit galled by it and I can see him deciding it is his fight for that reason as well.
Apr. 20th, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
...I love this interpretation. Like, a lot.

And oh man, yes, Blaine at Dalton is definitely less campy and emotional and generally HIM than he is just sitting with Kurt at coffee or wherever. It's subtler at this point than during, say, Special Education, but I'm glad they kept that.
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