GLEE The Complete Second Season on DVD Review [CLOSED Giveaway]

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THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ARRIVES ON BLU-
RAY AND DVD SEPTEMBER 13

FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN BONUS FOOTAGE AND THE
POPULAR “GLEE MUSIC JUKEBOX”

Glee Tackles the Tough Topics

Helping kids go back to school

The TV musical sensation GLEE has been a magnificent success in its second series, bringing more show
stopping tunes, dazzling dancing and witty one-liners. But most importantly, Glee has also brought to our
screens contemporary issues in society and has tackled these tough topics in a sensitive yet effective
manner. Here are some examples we have seen this series:

Bullying

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One of the biggest issues Glee has covered this season is bullying. All members of Glee are continually
subject to bullying as they are considered to be the ‘school losers’ and are frequently drenched by slushies.
The New Directions have a strong attitude against the bullies and stick up for each other. Kurt in particular,
played by Chris Colfer, experiences the brunt of bullying at McKinley High to the extent that he decides to
move schools to Dalton Academy where a strict anti-bullying policy is enforced. It is testament to Glee and
their effective treatment of this issue that Chris Colfer has gained leading status and reputable accolades
including a Golden Globe award, demonstrating the worldwide appraisal of the series. Celebrities such as
Miley Cyrus have admitted that they have been subject to bullying and Demi Lovato has openly spoken
about being bullied. Demi has also created a ‘Teens Against Bullying’ video to increase awareness and to
help combat the problem.

Sexual Awareness

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The main reason why Kurt is tormented and antagonised at McKinley High is because of his sexual
orientation and his strong nature to not conceal this from his peers. Glee celebrates Kurt’s self-assuredness
and demonstrates to young teenagers who are confused about their sexuality that they should be proud of
who they are. Blaine, Kurt’s love interest who fronts Dalton Academy’s Warblers, provides Kurt with help
and reassurance and reinforces the fact that Kurt should be who he wants to be if it makes him happy.
Santana and Dave Karofsky both experience mixed feelings about their sexuality and are not ready, like
Kurt, to be open about this issue. Glee demonstrates the confusion that sexuality can create for individuals
but helps to show the teenage audience that when the time comes, people will be there to help you
through.

Effects of Alcohol

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We’ve all been there, having one too many to drink the night before work or school the next day and
walking around with your friends wearing matching sunglasses. Ok maybe the last part is just Glee. Whilst
Glee portrays this issue in a humorous and light hearted manner, the message is still very prominent
about the serious effects of alcohol. Finn provides an enlightening discussion about the different effects
of alcohol: Santana is the weepy drunk, Mercedes and Tina are the hysterical drunks who find everything
funny and then Rachel and Blaine share a drunken kiss. Yet Finn doesn’t touch a drop of alcohol, showing
that teenagers do not have to bow to peer pressure and can abstain from drink if they choose to. During
the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, Daniel Radcliffe has also spoken about the
damage of excessive alcohol consumption and the destructive nature it can have. Radcliffe states at one
point he was dependent on alcohol but since giving it up has become a lot happier. Glee helps to shed light
on these issues and have created fantastic role models for teenagers to look up to.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Cleaning every grape individually, organising pamphlets on the desk and turning rigid at the thought of
anything being messy. These are just some of the examples Emma Pilsbury’s OCD, a condition that is
often not acknowledged within TV series. Glee illustrates the different characteristics of OCD and shows
the help that is available for those who are living with it, as Emma herself decides to finally accept medical
advice to control the disorder in Series Two. However, it is refreshing to witness Emma’s approach to her
OCD, accepting that it is part of her and part of her personality with the overall message hopefully helping
those who are dealing with OCD on their own. Several celebrities also suffer or have suffered with OCD,

including Jessica Alba, Leonardo Di Caprio and Cameron Diaz but all have made their peace with the
condition to prevent it from ruling their lives.

Physical Appearances and Plastic Surgery

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Growing up can be an extremely difficult time for adolescents and the pressure of physical appearance
is growing to be an ever more increasing concern. When Rachel is hit in the face by Finn and breaks
her nose, the singer uses the opportunity to consider plastic surgery to change her features, despite the
protests from her fellow members in New Direction. However, Rachel comes to the conclusion that she
likes the way she looks and does not want to revert to plastic surgery. However, unlike Rachel, Quinn
has had plastic surgery and has no regrets about her decision. It is rare for a TV show to depict a story of
someone whose life was changed for the better by surgery, but this further highlights the groundbreaking
and genre-defying success of Glee. In fact, it is a more accurate depiction of real life, where plastic surgery
can help benefit some but can also go horribly wrong.

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In a school like McKinley High, being popular is a massive issue and the school social ladder is a continual
theme running throughout the whole of Series Two; several characters including Santana and Quinn
are desperate to be at the top and be the most popular girl in school. Yet Glee and the members of New

Directions show that as long as you have a caring group of friends that will always stick by you and you
are happy with yourself if doesn’t matter what your school status is. Being popular isn’t everything! And
the ‘Born This Way’ episode epitomises this as the Glee members all wear t-shirts with their insecurities
written on them. For instance, Finn’s says ‘Can’t Dance’ and Mike’s says ‘Can’t Sing.’ Parents should
remember that Glee shows teenagers that they should embrace these and be proud of who they are!

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Comments

  1. Elizabeth Owens says:

    The answer is Born this Way 🙂

    Thanks!!

  2. Kelli Wood says:

    BORN THIS WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! huge GLEE fans!! my four year old LOVES GLEE!!!

  3. Which GLEE” THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON episode highlights that kids should not be afraid to face their flaws? • Born This way

  4. Michele L says:

    The episode is Born This Way

  5. mamabunny13 says:

    The episodethat highlights that kids should not be afraid to face their flaws is Born This way.

  6. Heather says:

    Born this way.
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  7. Marci Clark says:

    The episode is Born This Way! I LOOOOOVEd that episode!

  8. jolly says:

    it’s born this way! 🙂

  9. Audrey Griffis says:

    born this way is the answer

  10. Fawn H says:

    Born this way – Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. courtney says:

    the answer is.. born this way!!

  12. Tracey Byram says:

    The answer is Born This Way.

  13. stephanie miller says:

    the answer is Born This way

  14. Claudia N says:

    the answer is ;
    Born this way

  15. Rita M says:

    Born This Way
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  16. Melissa Lawler says:

    Born this Way. We LOVE this show.

  17. Shelly Peterson says:

    The episode born this way.
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  18. Adrienne Gordon says:

    It is Born This Way.

  19. ShannonQ says:

    Born This Way, my fave t-shirt from the ep was ‘Butt Chin’ for Mr. Schuester.

  20. charlene elswick says:

    born this way

  21. Bonnye Sensenig says:

    Born this way! We love Glee!

  22. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    Born this Way is the answer.

  23. Julie Witt says:

    Born This Way 😀

  24. Amber says:

    It was “Born this Way”!!

  25. Kate says:

    The answer is Born This Way

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  27. Rebecca Graham says:

    It is Born This Way.

  28. Born This Way!
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  29. Rachel says:

    The answer is Born This Way

  30. Ashley H says:

    The answer is born this way.

  31. Alissa A says:

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  32. Stephanie G says:

    born this way episode

  33. Donna B. says:

    Born This way was the episode

  34. Roxann says:

    The episode is Born This Way.

  35. Heidi Daily says:

    The episode was Born This Way

  36. Kristi C says:

    The episode is Born This Way.

  37. amber says:

    Born this way was the episode

  38. Joy F says:

    Born This way. Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. Born This Way!! (loved the episode!)

  40. Leslie says:

    That of course would be “Born This Way” and I strongly believe the Glee version of the title song is much better than Gaga’s. Then again I thought that about Bad Romance as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. JackyKay says:

    Born This Way!!!!

    I love Glee!!!! I watch anything and everything that’s related to it and my favorite character is Rachel Berry!

  42. Ellen B says:

    Born this way is the episode

  43. Karen says:

    The answer is Born This Way

  44. Michelle C says:

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  45. Elizabeth H says:

    Born this way is the answer

  46. Bridget Connolly says:

    Born This Way! What a good message!

  47. Kristen says:

    It was a good one…Born This Way.

  48. joanne major says:

    it is born this way
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  49. Penny W says:

    Born This Way! Amazing episode!

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  50. Janna Johnson says:

    born this way
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  51. Missy Lynnh says:

    Born this way

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  52. Jennie Swencki says:

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  53. That episode would be “Born This Way” which is an amazing episode that I watch over & over on my DVR!

  54. Zene snider says:

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  55. Nicole C. says:

    It was Born This way.

  56. Born this way. I haven’t seen it so it would be new to me. Rita

  57. Jamie Anderson says:

    Born this way…which I may add is one of my favs! Love Gaga, and Love Glee even more!

  58. Tammy Allgood-Hemmerling says:

    Born This Way!

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  59. Sadie says:

    great season of GLEE

  60. emily l says:

    Born This Way! 🙂

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  61. Amber says:

    Born This Way! LOVEEEEEEEEEE that song!

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  62. julie ann miller says:

    Born this way happygirl074@hotmail.com

  63. Jessica says:

    The answer is Born this way!

  64. Marianna says:

    Born this way
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  65. Jenavieve says:

    the episode Born this Way

  66. angie says:

    It is Born This Way.

  67. Tara Berke Torres says:

    Born This Way was the episode.

  68. Anne Loyd says:

    Born this Way.

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  69. Kate says:

    Born this way episode

  70. The answer is the born this way episode.

  71. Amber says:

    Born This Way!!

  72. David Hollingsworth says:

    Born This Way.

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  73. Miss Amy Lynn says:

    born this way! ;D

  74. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Born This Way
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  75. Megan Gerth says:

    Born This Way is the episode =)

  76. jenn says:

    born this way
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  77. Cody says:

    Born This Way

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  78. Tracy Carroll says:

    It was the awesome episode that was “Born This Way”! =)

  79. Shannon Moore says:

    Born this way. They wore the t-shirts with their “flaws” on them. Pure greatness.

  80. Daniel M says:

    born this way is the one

  81. Caryn S says:

    Born this Way

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  83. Emily says:

    Born This Way!
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  84. Pauline says:

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  85. Kelly Hutchinson says:

    Born this way is the answer to the Glee question.

  86. Lina says:

    answer is Born this way

  87. Adrienne Hayes says:

    Which GLEE” THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON episode highlights that kids should not be afraid to face their flaws? Born This way

  88. Tammy R. says:

    Born This Way is the episode you are refering to.

  89. Katie White says:

    Born This Way. It’s a great episode because I love that song.

  90. gwyn says:

    The episode is “Born this way”

  91. ferriz says:

    born this way. 🙂

  92. Lisa Brooks says:

    Born This way is the episode. My daughter Loves Glee! (Who doesn’t right) =)

  93. Jim W. says:

    Born This way is the episode

  94. Caitlan says:

    Well, most episodes try to highlight that, but specifically we are talking about the amazing episode “Born This Way”. 🙂

  95. valerie mabrey says:

    born this way

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  96. Angela says:

    Born This way, thanks for the chance

  97. Kayla says:

    It is the Born This Way Episode.

  98. Ross Hassel says:

    I love glee! It’s like a modern day cop rock.

  99. Erica C. says:

    The answer is Born This Way!

  100. Jackie Wertish says:

    Born This Way 🙂
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  102. Donna K says:

    It is Born This Way

  103. Susan Smith says:

    The answer is Born This Way

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  105. Stacey M. Signor says:

    Born this Way 🙂

  106. Jaque R. says:

    The episode is Born This Way. 🙂 Thank you.

  107. Carrie says:

    The answer is Born This Way

  108. Leah Shumack says:

    It was born this way!

  109. Ed Nemmers says:

    “Born This Way”!

  110. Pauline M says:

    I’ve actually never seen this show, but my kids never miss it! They have informed me it is Born this Way

  111. Sand says:

    The answer is: Born This way.

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