Glee’s season 4 finale was a doozy of an episode and received lots of mixed reactions from fans.

Our season 4 finale begins with Brittany being interviewed in a grand, wood-paneled office at MIT. The professors explain their interest in her, given her terrible grade point average and unusually high test scores, and how, when she took one of MIT’s own math tests, she scored zero on the actual given questions. They tell her that she has a lack of conscious understanding of even basic arithmetic, but it seems that her unconscious mind is a different story – the professors found scribbled patterns of numbers on the back of the paper that turned out to be some of the most complicated codes in mathematical history – numbers Brittany had “swirling around in her head.”

Brittany goes from skeptical to delighted when she realizes they’re not calling her stupid – they’re saying she’s potentially the greatest scientific mind since Einstein. The professors say they’re going to offer her an “unusual proposition,” the details of which we do not hear. I kind of suspect they’re going to pay her lots of money in exchange for doing experiments on her.

We quietly cut to a text graphic screen where Ryder is still worrying about the identity of his Catfish – imagining it as different people – Kitty, Unique, Blaine – and still demanding that “Katie” meet him. In the actual world, Schuester announces to the choir room that Regionals will be held at McKinley this year due to some technicality. He talks a bit about the competition – the Waffletoots – played by the famed a capella choir the Yale Whiffenpoofs, and the Hooiserdaddies, who Schue believes to be their main competition, due to their tiny powerhouse Frida Romero (American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez.) He starts to talk seriously about moments in life, as a performer, which completely define who you are, and how this is one such moment for them. I’m pretty sure it’s not – it’s a regional high school show choir competition – but we cut to someone for whom Mr. Schuester’s statement proves more truthful – Rachel.

She’s waiting for her final Funny Girl callback, and Schue knows this and asks the Glee Club to send her some good vibes. In New York, she demurely enters the audition room, introduces herself, and begins to sing Celine Dion’s “To Love You More,” which sounds incredibly powerful, emotional, and technically precise, but lacks any stage presence whatsoever.

Presumably, she has to do an acting bit as well, because she’s not getting cast in a musical based on that. She’s weeping a little at the end of the song, and the room is silent – some people seem blown away, but the main casting director gives her the standard “we’ll let you know,” and Rachel seems to take that as a negative. That’s the last we see of her this episode, and therefore, this season.

Back at McKinley, it seems Burt Hummel’s sensible logic has had zero effect on Blaine, as he’s still planning to propose to Kurt. He asks Sam for ideas on how to make it special, but Sam is also on Team Blaine Is Deluded. “We’re in high school,” says Sam, who got married in high school. Blaine calls this out, but Sam explains that was because he really thought the world was ending, and that when they’d realized it wasn’t, he’d known they were in trouble.

He also, by mentioning Adam (remember Adam? I miss Adam), comes close to what I feel is a major issue that Blaine’s ignoring – that he and Kurt aren’t actually together. You don’t just go around asking people you’re not going out with to marry you! Is this not something anyone is finding weird? Because Burt didn’t mention it either – surely he should have said something like, “Kurt said he didn’t want to be with you, and you need to respect that. He wants your friendship. Your pursuit of him to this degree is inappropriate.” Anyone? Nope? Okay.

New Directions reconvenes in the choir room to prepare for Regionals. Joe and Sugar are welcomed with mad applause as Schuester counts that they have the standard twelve competition members. Brittany is the last to arrive, and she proceeds to act like a complete psychopath, cutting everyone down.

When Sam tries to tell her she’s out of line, more concerned than anything, she dumps him on the spot – via text. She demands to be given all the solos, walks out of the Glee Club when Schue doesn’t comply, and goes after her next target – Coach Roz. She pulls a Martin Luther – and I don’t mean MLK Jr, I mean 16th century German monk Martin Luther – and nails her Ninety Five Theses – in crayon – to Roz’s door.

Martin Luther’s Theses explained his problems with the current state of the Catholic Church and began the Reformation. Brittany’s explain her reasons for quitting the Cheerios – some of which expose the cruel and unethical practices that Sue was a part of. She also ceremoniously lights her Cheerios uniform on fire in Roz’s trash can.

Her attitude throughout the entire thing with both the Glee Club and Roz is so arrogant, so calculated, and so thorough, that it makes me wonder if she had let MIT do something to her brain – something that healed her inability to make basic connections, and fully able to tap into her mind-power, and that this is her actual personality with the veil of constant confusion taken away.

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Disney’s released a minute-long clip from Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a great one: Emma Watson performing “Belle.”

Belle skips around town as the townspeople observe the “funny girl” in this uplifting sequence from the movie. You can’t help but get excited for Beauty and the Beast after watching this, and Emma sounds great!

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Disney’s released a minute-long clip from Beauty and the Beast, and it’s a great one: Emma Watson performing “Belle.”

Belle skips around town as the townspeople observe the “funny girl” in this uplifting sequence from the movie. You can’t help but get excited for Beauty and the Beast after watching this, and Emma sounds great!

In related news, the cast and crew kicked off their press tour today in Paris. Disney released the following adorable photo of Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, director Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken as they start publicizing the movie, which opens in theaters March 17:

Can’t wait to see it!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?