I haven’t talked about Glee in a while. Actually, I haven’t talked about anything in a while.
I was so ready to give up on Glee this season. But the last two episodes of last season, I really enjoyed. I thought the season finale was well done and executed and I was very curious to see how the show was going to incorporate the college lives with the high school lives. For me, when shows go down that road, I find myself much more interested in the meat of the show vs. the periphery stories. That isn’t the case with Glee. I’m SOOOO invested in Rachel and Kurt and their adventures in NYC than what is going on with the crew at McKinley.
I want to back up to last year’s season finale for a minute because I love the way it went down. They finally won nationals, all the kids were getting what they wanted, kids were going to new opportunities, Mr Schu got the elusive National Championship. And then when it looked like Rachel and Finn were going to make the horrendous mistake of getting married, Finn pulled a level of maturity out of him that most men twice his age don’t have. Showing his true love for Rachel, he put her first, he realized what they were doing is ridiculous, and put her on a train to her dreams…NYC and NYADA. It was such a great scene because you can tell they both want to be together yet both want to branch out and chase down their potential futures. When she was on that train singing “Roots Before Branches” crying her eyes out with Finn running next the train as it was leaving, I couldn’t help but cry. I always loved Rachel and Finn and it broke my heart to see them take that leap of faith, apart from each other.
Return to this season and I couldn’t wait to see how this was going to work. I’m surprised to say that I can’t get enough of Rachel and Kurt in NYC. When she first was there by herself….alone, scared, out of her element…I wanted to run to NYADA and give her a big bear hug. And after the rough time at school and just when she thinks she may want to run back to Lima Ohio, she turns around and there is her BFF, Kurt. I LOVED IT!!!! I was so happy for both of them.
The thing I like most about the way Rachel and Kurt are being handled is that it’s the most realistic storyline I’ve seen Ryan Murphy tell on this show in a while. Here’s the big star from Lima realizing she’s just one of many big stars from lots of small towns. How does she react? How does it impact her confidence? Will it shake her? Motivate her? How does she handle it? Then you have Kurt. Without a real plan until by chance, he stumbles upon an internship at Vogue.com. Now he’s working with one of the top designers, possibly contemplating a career change. As Carrie Bradshaw said, many people come to New York with one dream and end up staying with a completely different dream fulfilled. I think that’s exactly what’s going to happen with Kurt.
I’m sure what people are most upset about is the last episode before the baseball break…aptly titled “The Break Up.” The four major couples were having problems…Rachel and Finn, Kurt and Blaine, Santana and Brittany, and Will and Emma. Two of these couples break up by the end of the episode. Thankfully, it wasn’t Kurt and Blaine because I think their fan group might have torched Ryan Murphy’s house. And it wasn’t Will and Emma. It unsurprisingly was Santana and Brittany (yawn) and Rachel and Finn. It just goes to show you, DON’T GET MARRIED IN HIGH SCHOOL!!!!
While many shippers of Rachel and Finn and Santana and Brittany are heart-broken, I’m glad the story was told. Why? Because this happens more times than not. High school couples promise to stay together and then usually by the fall break, it ends. Sometimes sadly, sometimes happily, sometimes matter-of-factly. But 99.9% of the time, it happens. The scene with Rachel and Finn was fantastic. Lea Michele really knocked it out of the park. It was devastating to watch these two have the break up on the stage where their relationship got started. When Rachel was crying her eyes out telling Finn what a man he was for doing what he did after graduation and what a lack of man he was for ignoring her for months after he left the Army, I couldn’t help but cry with her. Michele was outstanding. But college is a time to find yourself and that’s exactly what Rachel needs to do. And honestly, so does Finn. Unfortunately by the end of his high school career, he defined himself too much by Rachel. Finn wasn’t Finn anymore and he needs to find that self direction again. It looks like he will back at McKinley, which is great for him. He needs to do what’s in his best interest first. He needs to create a life for himself before he starts creating one with another person. So in that sense, I’m glad he and Rachel are going their separate ways…for the time being. We’ll see what happens.
As for the McKinley crew, I really don’t care. Brittany, Artie, Unique, Tina…I couldn’t care less. It’s horrible to say, but it’s true. When they are back at McKinley, I fast forward all the scenes. The only somewhat interesting storyline is the new Rachel and the new Puck. Although it can’t be that interesting if I can’t remember their names!
So sadly enough, I’m on board with Glee for another season. If only Ryan Murphy can spin-off Rachel and Kurt into their own show so I could just watch that! It would make me so happy!!!