Did you catch Glee last night? If you haven’t had a chance to watch your PVR’d episode titled On My Way, I suggest you quickly watch it to get up-to-speed before reading this article. I don’t want to spoil anything for you after all.
I had to admit, I have been less than impressed with Glee’s performance from mid-Season 2 into this current Season 3. While some of the musical numbers and mash-ups have been absolutely brilliant, I feel as though the show has deterred from its original concept of telling a good story and letting the music compliment it on the side. Instead, the music became the focus and the storyline dropped drastically. Even with the amazing addition of Sebastian (Grant Gustin) to the cast as a new villain to spice things up, I still wasn’t convinced. And then, BOOM, I was slapped in the face with last night’s episode – full of plot twists, emotional story arcs, a hard hitting message AND great musical numbers. Let’s discuss below.
Wow! Even though Glee has covered some darker issues in the past with death (Kurt’s father, Sue’s sister), the show has never gone to this dark of place. Finally addressing an issue that has been happening for a while, the writers over at the hit show decided to tackle teen suicide and with a perfect storyline to make it believable as well. Aside from the tremendous acting skills from Max Adler (who plays Karofsky), the juxtaposition of Darren Criss’ rendition of Cough Syrup soundtracked the timeline perfectly. It was emotional and literally hit the nail on the head.
In what usually happens after ever tragic or unfortunate event, many of the characters took a moment to reflect upon the events that had happened. Of course, many feel like the blame should fall upon them. The teachers feel it was their responsibility to treat Karofsky differently to not push him so hard, Kurt feels he should have answered his calls instead of ignoring them and Sebastian reflects upon his mean-spirited ways. He ends his own personal reflection with “it’s all fun and games until it’s not.” In the end, the two opposing clubs decide to dedicate their performances to David Karofsky at the sectionals competition.
I have to say the idea of Finn and Rachel getting married while still in their senior year of high school is little bit mind boggling to me. I have no idea where the writers are taking this storyline but I’ll have to ride the wave to see and trust they know what they are doing. What I did appreciate about this scene was the parents attempt at creating a plan to foil the whole ceremony – watching it progress and become more elaborate. Ultimately, Finn decides to round up the troops to make the wedding go forward before they lose their time slot. Meanwhile, Quinn is rushing home to get her bridesmaid dress and is receiving texts from Rachel. Deciding to look at one and text back, Quinn misses a stop sign and gets T-boned by an oncoming vehicle. BOOM! Didn’t see that plot twist coming from a mile away, although to be fair, the writes foreshadowed fairly well in the minutes leading up the exact moment. But really? We have to wait until April to see the conclusion of this epic moment. WHY! Why do you do this to us?
Lastly, I couldn’t complete a Glee post without discussing last night’s music choices. As I already mentioned, Darren Criss’ rendition of Cough Syrup by Young the Giant was absolutely brilliant. Turning to the Warblers sectional performance, I enjoyed their first song but their rendition of The Wanted’s Glad You Came left a little something to be desired. However, the New Directions hit a home run with their triple feature of Fly/I Believe I Can Fly, Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger and an emotional performance Here’s To Us originally performed by Halestorm. Finally, them winning a competition made sense as they had the better performance (aside from their terrible choreographer).
What did you think of last night’s Glee? Sound off below.