Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Glee, Season 2: Thunderclap Awards

It's been about a week since the somewhat disappointing Season 2 finale of Glee, an episode that ended a season full of tremendous highs and mind-boggling lows. I haven't forgotten my promise to do a State of the Union for the show before Season 3 begins, but that's not what we're here for today. Today we're here to celebrate the best of the best this past season had to offer.

It's time to pass out the 2010-2011 William McKinley High School yearbook, the Thunderclap. And with it, the Season 2 Thunderclap Awards.

As always, these decisions were not easy. The fall and spring superlatives were taken into consideration, but not everyone could make this ultimate "Best of Season 2" list. There's a lot of negative things to be said of Glee's sophomore season, but to those who have lost faith in the show I simply say to go back and relive the following numbers.

Best Group Number
  • Winner: "Teenage Dream" - Pitch perfect execution and the beginning of an incredible relationship between not only Blaine and Kurt, but also Darren Criss and America.
  • Runner-Up: "Loser Like Me" - When I think of the Season 2 original songs, I will always think of this group number—a fantastic summary of everything Glee is about it.
  • Honorable Mention: "Dog Days Are Over" - I'll never know why New Directions didn't bust this out at Sectionals and win the whole damn thing. You can do no wrong with Florence + The Machine.
Best Mash-Up
  • Winner: "I Feel Pretty / Unpretty" - For obvious reasons, Rachel and Quinn aren't often paired together, but this brilliantly composed mash-up makes me wish those two could just get along and sing more. TLC and Bernstein together? Yes, please!
  • Runner-Up: "Happy Days Are Here Again / Get Happy" - It was, and still is, pure bliss watching Kurt and Rachel recreate this classic mash-up originated by Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand.
  • Honorable Mention: "I Love New York / New York, New York" - One of the highlights of an otherwise disappointing finale, this perfectly personified the elation of the glee kids' first trip to the Big Apple.
Best Ballad
  • Winner: "I Want to Hold Your Hand" - Dear Emmys: This scene is all you need to watch before giving the trophy to Chris Colfer. Okay great.
  • Runner-Up: "Pure Imagination" - A somber take on a normally fanciful song, New Directions brought such a powerful and emotional sound to this particularly powerful and emotional scene.
  • Honorable Mention: "The Only Exception" - I love when Glee can cover a song better than the original artist, and Rachel knocked Paramore completely out of the water.
Best Diva Moment
  • Winner: "Blackbird" - Dear Emmys: Oh you're still not convinced? Here, you can listen to this, too.
  • Runner-Up: "Forget You" - The beginning of Gwyneth's phoenix-like rise into our hearts. This could have been a huge disaster, but ended up being a major highlight of Season 2.
  • Honorable Mention: "Hell to the No" - Silly lyrics? Yup. But do they get in the way of me listening to Mercedes belt this out over and over again? Hell to the no!
Best Duet
  • Winner: "River Deep, Mountain High" - Mercedes and Santana are such an unstoppable duo. Step aside, Ike and Tina!
  • Runner-Up: "Baby It's Cold Outside" - It may be cold outside, but my heart warms every time I hear this duet with Blaine and Kurt. This was one of their ultimate "will they/won't they" moments and I'm so glad to have this on my holiday playlist for constant playback in December.
  • Honorable Mention: "Take Me Or Leave Me" - Two of the shows biggest divas belting out one of musical theater's sassiest duets. How could I not include it on the list?
Best Dance Number
  • Winner: "Valerie" - This was definitely the highlight of New Directions' Sectionals performance. Brittany S. Pierce and Other Asian's dance moves were unbelievable and you can't help but want to dance along to Santana's amazing vocals.
  • Runner-Up: "Toxic" - Another incredibly awkward assembly performance (we'll get to that in a minute), but the choreography was totally killer.
  • Honorable Mention: "Tik Tok" - Is there anyone on TV hotter than Brittany? I said it before, but I really think we should just replace the real Ke$ha with Ms. Pierce.
Most Awkward Number
  • Winner: "Toxic" - Nothing against Matthew Morrison's dancing abilities, but Mr. Schue grinding around during a school assembly was just icky. Plus: sex riot.
  • Runner-Up: "My Funny Valentine" - Here's hoping Season 3 brings much better material for Tina. There's got to be more to her character than just crying uncontrollably before the end of every song.
  • Honorable Mention: "When I Get You Alone" - The Warblers performed the hell out of this song, but the stalking of Blaine's crush at the Gap was just too much to handle.
So there you have it. The best of Glee Season 2. Did your favorite make the list? Do these heavy hitters renew your faith in the series? And what was your ultimate favorite memory of the season? Sound off, gleeks!

[Image Credit: FOX]
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