Kurt – Being Alive
Sophy says: This. Was. Superb. And I have to give major props to Chris Colfer for snatching ‘Best Song,’ in an episode in which Lea Michele finally got not one but two actual Rachel-style solos.
Of course he may have been aided by the fact that the first song Rachel sang was drab, glib and repetitive (yes, I know it’s Barbra Streisand, no, I’m not going to pretend it’s good), and the second one just rubbed it in our faces that when the writers feel like it Rachel is about as Jewish as if she and Brody use bacon rashers as condoms (I may have been more willing to let this slide if “Happy Hannukah!” hadn’t been the sum total of her Jewishness last Christmas).
But really. Whilst Lea did a tremendous job with her songs as she always does, nothing came close to the emotional experience of Chris’ performance in this episode. You guys, my heart swelled with pride. LOOK AT HIS LITTLE DARLING FACE. LOOK AT IT OH MY GOD. And he sounded absolutely stunning. This has got to be one of my favourite performances from him vocally, ever. AND THE TEARS. HE HAD THE RACHEL TEARS. AND I JUST. MY HEART.
I really love the fact that they took the opportunity to address the suck of Kurt nailing his audition and being rejected anyway. I mean, the issue isn’t entirely squared away, because it still made no sense for Thibodeaux to lead him on so cruelly at the time, and not mention a word of her concerns about him not showing enough emotion. Still, at least the reason she’s giving now is plausible. Because it’s true. Kurt did a fantastic audition, but it did lack emotion. He did rest on his gold-pants-laurels. He gave her an excellent Hugh Jackman, but he didn’t give her Kurt Hummel. And I like that that was what she wanted. And I like that he’s able to give it to her now, at least in part because of what he’s just been through with Blaine.
They really were harking back to Rachel’s giddy realization in season 2 that she could use her “pain” over being rejected by Blaine to fuel her art. This time it’s Blaine, too, only it’s Kurt’s pain, and there are no quotation marks necessary. Someone to hold you too close, someone to hurt you too deep… The song was all about Blaine and the way he’s made Kurt feel more alive and more dead inside than anyone else ever has. But he dedicated it to himself. He found a way to harness that hurt and humiliation and make it a positive. He laid his soul bare for Carmen, and he was rewarded.
And I really love that this comes on the heels of him showing kindness to Blaine. Because it feels like Kurt is being karmically rewarded for being the bigger man, for not holding onto bitterness, for not using his pain to hurt Blaine back anymore. Through all the rejection Kurt has suffered – by NYADA and by Blaine – he has held firm to his principles. He has kept his head held high and has not descended into any grief spirals. He put himself out there again after NYADA rejected him by going for that internship and making the best of it. And he put himself out there again with Blaine after he hurt him so badly; he bared himself emotionally for him in the last episode, and that must have been at least as terrifying as singing this song.
And “You know that I’m not my best when I don’t have my careful assortment of bells and whistles,” was one of the cutest lines in Glee history. Just an adorable line, perfectly delivered, and I love that it highlighted Kurt’s insecurities as a performer, and that he was able to overcome them in this episode, with a little help from Thibodeaux, a little help from Rachel, and a lot of help from himself.
You guys, I’m just so proud of Kurt Hummel. He has earned this moment in every possible way and I couldn’t be happier to see him get it. And I think that’s what I find sad, in contrast, with Rachel. I was a smidge disappointed that when the moment came for her that she was finally able to be kind to Finn, it was when she was on a cloud of approval and opportunity. Kurt reached out to Blaine when he was low. Rachel could only do it when she was on a high. That makes it just a little bit less brave and sweet.
And it also irks me somewhat that Rachel is getting all of these never-before-had accolades for her singing, when we’ve seen her do nothing but dirty dance badly with Brody and fondle dead animals. Yes, Rachel is a tremendous singer. But we knew that already. In 322 she basically sang a better version of the Barbra song – ‘Roots Before Branches’. In last year’s Christmas episode, she wowed us with ‘I Wish I Had A River,’ in a way that, when rewatched, makes ‘Oh Holy Night,’ pale by comparison. The point I’m trying to make is that Rachel has learned nothing as a singer at NYADA. We haven’t seen her even take part in a single class. So it kind of sucks to have the epic moments of the envelope being delivered to her and then the against-all-odds victory come as the result of nothing. To have Rachel be rewarded so handsomely for… well… nothing? And I say that as someone who has always been angry that Rachel didn’t get rewarded enough, and bawled by eyes out when the Glee club named her MVP because it was about fucking time.
I don’t know, you guys. Rachel’s whole NYADA experience has been spectacularly unsatisfying so far. And given that she’s still firmly in the middle of Brody and Cassandra, I don’t expect things to improve any time soon.
But I will concede that we saw tiny hints of the real Rachel Berry in this episode, and one of those hints was her referencing Kurt’s performance of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” This show so rarely looks back and reflects on what has come before, and when it does it is normally in generalities. So it was nice to hear the two of them actually talk about a specific performance that we bore witness to, and to know that it was as special to Rachel as it was to us, and it continues to be special to her. And oh god, when I talk this way about Rachel I feel like she’s really here, and it hurts, but more on that later.
I don’t want to ruin this category with any more whining, the way Rachel and Brody tried to ruin the performance with their hand-holding of doom.
Rin says: I never thought I could get so disgusted at hand-holding.. but yep, Brochel have ruined that for me too. Turkey…hand-holding…what next? PUPPIES?! I bet they could ruin puppies. Such is their power
BUT GUYS. EVERY CLOUD. SILVER LINING. AND THAT LINING IS ONE VERY AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL AND OH GOD I LOVE HIM SO MUCH, KURT HUMMEL!
I don’t particularly have anything against Rachel’s performances, it’s just that Kurt outshone her this time. By a mile. And it probably has more to do with the song choice than anything else, because Lea was GORGEOUS AND FUCKING AMAZING AND FLAWLESS as per usual… but usually when Rachel Berry sings. You see that sparkle in her eye. Especially in her solos, there is always a slight hint of a tear and I’m usually left bawling. Instead I felt this with Kurt, because this was it… he was putting everything he had into that performance and it was reminiscent of I Want To Hold Your Hand. WHICH SPEAKING OF, did anyone else have a really sharp intake of breath and almost burst into tears when Rachel said that to Kurt? Because I did. It goes to show how ON THE EDGE I am to claw at any remnants of the old Rachel that I am basically always on the verge of having an emotional breakdown.
And remember back in 308 (I’m sorry to even mention that episode amongst this one) when Kurt sung during ABC and his voice was lower and it was glorious and Sophy said they should get him down there more often? THIS SONG WAS LIKE A GIFT FROM THE GODS THEMSELVES. I adore his voice when he’s singing lower and it just goes to show that even the most amazing performers can continue to grow and expand. This performance was like a shining example of how far Kurt/Colfer has come, and how he’s slowly turning into a little man. IT’S GORGEOUS, and I love it. And yeah, how he used all the pain from his broken relationship with Blaine and is now a bit more mature because of it — and it showing in his performance. I LOVED IT. So yes Glee, this was definitely the highlight of the episode, and at least Kurt remains untarnished in New York.
And quickly, without trying to insert too much NO into this category. I am totally there with Sophy in saying that Rachel literally had no build up to this whole event, and who the fuck even cared when she won? Like… more on that later, but I pretty much didn’t bat an eyelid? AND RACHEL WINNING AT THINGS IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE. BUT BLEUGH.
Sophy says: OMG THEIR FACES. THEY ARE JUST THE BEST. AND DUCKING UNDER THE DOORFRAME CAREFULLY. MAGICAL.
Rin says: I loved how ridiculous they were being, especially with their faces. God, I love Jane Lynch and what she can do with her face. AND FINN MADE SOME AMAZING ANGRY MUPPET FACES. Which shall also receive some awards.
And yeah, the doorjam bit really was a nice addition that really made it. Especially seeing as Sue wanted to RUN OVER THE TROPHY WITH HER LE CAR IN THE FIRST PLACE, BUT NOW SHE’S ALL.. oooh watch out! Haha. Best.
p.s. DOES SUE REALLY DRIVE A LE CAR? Why have we not seen this with our own two eyes?
“You know, even if we…we never won our Sectionals, or Nationals had never happened…it still would have been worth it.”
Sophy says: Oh god. THIS SCENE.
EVERYBODY GO LOOK AT THOSE CAPS ABOVE. GO LOOK AT THEM AND TELL ME YOU DON’T SEE THE REAL RACHEL BERRY IN SOME OF THEM. BECAUSE I DO. AND IT HURTS LIKE A BITCH.
As much as I wish the circumstances had been different, I do love that Rachel called Finn, and that she was kind to him, and supported him like a friend, even if they’re not together anymore.
And I know, I know. So many of you are irrevocably set against Finn Hudson because of all the shit that he has pulled up to now, to the point where it makes you want to stab small, defenseless things to see him validated in any way. And I get that. i do. But I couldn’t help feeling things for him in this scene. Warm, fuzzy, positive, back-to-the-beginning things.
Because, you guys. His face when Rachel said she’d won. Did you see that? He was so genuinely overjoyed for her in that moment, even in the midst of his own little Glee club empire falling down around his ears. And it was beautiful. Superb acting from Cory. And a really nice character moment for Finn.
For all he’s been shitty to Rachel in the past, mostly due to the writers being sloppy as hell with his character: using him as a comedic tool one moment, then exalting him as the Grand Poobah of White Knights the next… for all that, the one consistent positive character trait he’s had is believing in Rachel and being in awe of her talent.
And then Rachel said that even if they’d never won Sectionals or Regionals or Nationals it still would have been worth it, and it was the most anti-Rachel Berry thing she could possibly have said, because as Finn rightly points out at the beginning of the conversation, she lives to compete… and yet, in that moment, she was Rachel Berry, more completely and truly than she has been all season. And my heart nearly burst.
It was something in her face. Something in her voice. It’s hard to pin down, but there was most definitely Rachel in it, rather than just Lea. And if it’s the last we’ll ever see of her I will treasure it. If it’s a subtle indicator that she will eventually find her way back to being that girl? I’ll treasure it even harder.
And I love that she told Finn that even if their romance is over, even if she’s moving on, it was still important to her – it is still important to her. Because that’s the Rachel I know and love. The dreamer. The big-eyed girl who believes in people. The one who never lets go, not really. The person who will never stop caring about her first love no matter how much she may want to and no matter how much sections of fandom may wish she would.
So she tells him to promise her that he won’t give up on their friends’ dreams, and he won’t give up on his either.
And then Finn puts the phone down and takes a deep breath and knows what he has to do. And the camera focuses in on the gold stars at the top of the Nationals trophy and MY HEART ACTUALLY EXPLODES INSIDE MY CHEST.
I only have one tiny criticism of this whole scene. And that is that I do feel it was slightly forced for Rachel to say that Glee club is amazing because it led to Puck and Artie being friends… and not mention how it transformed her relationship with Quinn. Quinn/Rachel really is the unlikeliest and deepest bond that Glee created. And given that Rachel is still attached to her friendship with Quinn enough to be emailing her with pleas to come visit… it felt a little off that that particular friendship wouldn’t spring to mind.
But enough complaining about the lack of Faberry in this episode. It feels kind of pointless to complain about it when QUINN JUST DISAPPEARED. See below. Sigh.
Rin says: This is more like it. This is more like the Rachel that I want to see. If it takes more Finchel in order to get her back, I don’t mind at all.
Just reading about Sophy’s comments about who Rachel is, made me tear up a little. Remembering everything great and wonderful about Rachel Berry, is basically the same as remembering everything great and wonderful about Glee. Rachel IS Glee. Which is maybe why we’ve been so HARD on her during this season. By ruining Rachel, they’re essentially ruining the show, and well, we kind of want to like our show? We wish we could love the show and laugh and cry about it every week and that we wouldn’t have to say NO to anything at all… but when they try to “evolve” Rachel and tell us, US, that this is really who Rachel is, and she’s so much better off can’t you see?? Well, no, we can’t fucking see and we never will.
SO WHEN SHE HAS HER MOMENTS OF REAL RACHEL, it’s glaringly obvious and it’s almost immediate that I feel a hitch in my throat and all of my hopes that maybe they’re doing this all on purpose comes bubbling to the surface.
It’s interesting because a big factor in why Rachel is unrecognisable this season, aside from the writing, is the way in which Lea is playing her. Even if you just go back and look at 322, and compare it to this season you’ll notice the difference. Rachel is a lot more, ‘cutesy’ this season, but in the completely boring rom-com way and not in the OMG RACHEL YOU ARE SO RIDICULOUSLY ADORABLE way. It’s like, Rachel is always EXTREME, but now she’s more reserved and self-aware. The most basic example I can think of is that when she laughs she really laughed, but now it’s more of a cute giggle. It’s almost as if someone told Lea to pare it back this season in order to make Rachel more commercial or more likeable.
And that is pretty much the complete opposite of everything that Glee used to be about. And it’s saddening. It really is.
But my heart did swell when Rachel said that Glee would have been worth it, with or without the trophies. Rachel joined Glee to be the star, but she stayed for the friendships. Being a part of Glee for her was being a part of something special, because of the relationships she had formed. Rachel never HAD friends until Glee, and that’s one of the more lovelier things that is a part of her story. Glee didn’t teach Rachel how to perform or sing, but it taught her to value her friendships and be a team player. I HATE THINKING ABOUT ALL OF THIS BECAUSE I FEAR THIS RACHEL DOESN’T EXIST ANY MORE. BUT WE’LL SEE.
Also, I totally expected her to mention Quinn when talking about Glee Club too. But then maybe Rachel knows that Finn doesn’t really like it all that much when she rubs her girlfriend in his face. It is Finn’s ex afterall.
Best ‘Brittany is random’ Moment
“I’m a finance major at Brandeis. It turns out Glee Club was really holding me back.”
Sophy says: This came at the start of the episode and that’s how it made me squee. I can’t look at Brittany’s face anymore without wanting to throw things (more on that in a jiffy), which bodes ill for this particular category.
Rin says: And we can’t even turn to Rachel to be able to provide adorable cuteness in place of Britt. SIGH. WHY ARE THEY RUINING EVERYTHING?!
But this sequence, with the other kids was amazing. TINA. DRUG MULE. ARTIE SOLD HIS LEGS TO SCIENCE. BLAINE.
The OG’s (Original Gleeks)
Sophy says: I SCREAMED. HE SPOKE. AND HE WAS MEAN. AND IT WAS THE BEST.
Rin says: HAHAAH TBH I DON’T BLAME HIM FOR HATING THE KIDS.
Rophy Says No!
Sophy says: When I finished the last episode, after I had spent a couple of days calming down because Quinn, I found myself thinking how oddly lop-sided the episode had been. Because it started out being centered around the girl at the heart of the group hug, but then her narrative thread just kind of petered out into nothing. I was confused about her scene with Santana, and I was also confused as to how Quinn really felt about, well, anything. Basically I was waiting for the other half of her story. And I remember saying to Rin that given the Fainting Marley cliffhanger, that episode and the next one were clearly meant to form a two-parter. And with Quinn in the audience at sectionals along with everyone else, we were assured that she would be in the next one, and that her narrative thread would be picked up and taken to some kind of sensible conclusion.
EXCEPT SHE WAS JUST GONE. Like. What, did she see Marley faint and just catch the early train back to New Haven? I DON’T EVEN? WHAT? BECAUSE?
Given that she had a total of zero screen-time in this episode, I have to retroactively pan 408. Don’t get me wrong, the Quinn was highly enjoyable, as Quinn always is, but none of it meant anything. I have no idea why they even bothered getting Dianna back on the show if her appearance was going to be that brief, nonsensical and emotionally empty. Like, do they really think waving her face in front of us every 8 episodes is going to cut it? Because it’s really fucking not.
Rin says: The second half of 408 was a hot mess, and I kind of felt like maybe Dianna wasn’t even on set for when they filmed most of that. Otherwise they definitely would have used more shots of her, because you don’t just have Dianna on set and not use it in the edit. Even when they were having the show circle before the performance they had a ‘Quinn’ there.. but they didn’t even show her face. LIKE IT COULD HAVE BEEN A STAND IN. It just didn’t feel like Quinn was present at all, except for that half second shot of her smiling in the crowd at Kitty, but they could have gotten that in under 10 seconds. And after her whatever-the-fuck-it-was she had with Santana and how off and out of nowhere it felt, I was also certain that they’d at least tie a few things up in the next episode. It was clearly a two-parter. BUT APPARENTLY IT WAS JUST ABOUT MARLEY AND HOW SHE FAINTED AND IS BASICALLY FINE ANOTHER MINUTE IN. Urgh.
There is no way Quinn wouldn’t have gone backstage along with everyone else.
It’s just lazy on the Glee writers behalf to not include Quinn in the following episode and basically use her for a few minutes and then forget about her. And the others, Mike, Puck, Mercedes got just as shafted. Honestly, it’s just SLOPPY. Especially when I don’t think there would have been any massive scheduling issues for these cast members to film a few more scenes.
I JUST. I don’t know.
They’re mistreating their own characters, the IMPORTANT ONES, and I honestly don’t know how much more I can take. Especially since RACHEL BERRY has only showed up for a total of a couple minutes this entire season and … sigh.
You know that Angel episode, ‘Hero’ where he says ‘you never know your strength until you’ve been tested.’ THAT’S WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO LOVE GLEE AND TO LOVE RACHEL AND TO LOVE QUINN AND TO LOVE FABERRY. It’s like we’re in the freaking modern day Dark Ages right now with Glee.. and SOME DAY THERE HAS TO BE SOME FUCKING LIGHT. SURELY?!
I don’t know. I’m upset. I am not okay with QUINN FABRAY being reduced to special guest appearances. And even though I know it’s never going to happen, I still hold out for when she’s just going to be back.
“I think maybe the reason why Santana was always picking on me was because some part of her knew the truth.”
“About Area 51?”
“About that I’m totally into you.”
Sophy says: Well, isn’t Bram just the worst thing Glee has done in a while? Let’s be clear about this. I liked Samcedes. I liked Brittana. But neither were my OTP. I was perfectly able to deal with any of those four moving on, and I even greatly enjoyed the Brittany/Sam friendship scenes in 403. With that said, if I am offended by what the writers have done here, they should take note. This is not, as they seem determined to pretend, a matter of crazed lesbian shippers wielding pitchforks at the suggestion that a bisexual female could be into a guy. It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with them shitting all over their own story and expecting us to lap it up just because.
There are several things that are wrong with Bram. First, the build-up has been non-existent. Yes, they’ve had some sweet friendship scenes, but friendship does not equal romantic attraction and it certainly does not take us to a place where it’s anything but laughable to be singing about being in love. Second, they are relying on a massive retcon to try to make this plausible. Santana used to pick on Sam because she could see he was into Brittany? Really, show? Really?. I’m supposed to buy that “the truth” was always Bram, even back when they barely interacted and he wouldn’t stop tweeting his feelings about Mercedes till they trended?
Please. It’s just insulting to your viewers to ask them to swallow that. And I was already insulted enough by the fact that the writers felt there was no need for Sam and Mercedes to have any further interaction to the point where he didn’t so much as get to look at her when she came back to McKinley.
Samcedes may not have been my OTP, but it did do a lot to elevate Sam in my eyes. This is because he was into a girl nobody would have expected him to be into; he was actively defying received social norms which dictate that the hunky white boy should fall for the skinny white girl. He looked at Mercedes and saw a strong, beautiful, talented young woman with a good heart, and he was seriously into her. That was special, and part of why it was special was that the show never turned it into a joke the way they did with Puck/Lauren. Now they’ve done worse: they’ve simply turned it into something that never happened. Really, according to Sam, the whole time he was defying those received social norms, he was secretly embracing them, by wanting Brittany all along. That is just a hell of a thematic rug to pull out from underneath us.
And then there’s the fact that it was similar with Brittany. She looked at Santana and saw a beautiful, talented, funny, fierce, and fiercely loyal individual who was incredibly special to her and had been for years… and she decided she was into her. She didn’t care that she was going against received social norms by being in love with a girl – or, for that matter, a girl who was not white like her. And now the writers want to tell us that as far back as before Brittana ever became an item, there was something there with the white male, to the point where he was into her all along. Absolute motherfucking bullshit.
Basically the writers have taken two brave, socially transgressive relationships and sacrificed them to a safe, socially normative one. How Glee ever thought that would be a good idea, I do not know.
And then there’s the way they did it – the lack of build-up, the retcon, and then beyond that, the manipulation of Sam’s character to fit Brittany’s. I’m not going to pretend Sam never had a random bone in his body, but the extent to which they’re pushing this idea that he and Brittany are on some kind of finish-each-other’s-thoughts wavelength is just embarrassing. If they were ever actually this in tune then Brittana and Samcedes would never have happened – and nor, for that matter, would Bartie or Fabrevans or Sam/Santana. When Sam guessed Brittany’s question with his super-random answer and it wasn’t what she was going to ask, but “Oh,” because of course she’s always wondered, because YOU GUYS SAM AND BRITTANY’S LIKE PEAS AND CARROTS… all I could think was how desperate the writers were to push this ship, and I felt like ralphing about it.
And of course, they’ve hurt the Brittana shippers with this. And I am hurt on their behalf. Basically they’ve irrevocably tainted the ship by having Brittany move on so fast and with so little angst about it, and by specifically having her put Sam on a level with Santana, as though he is an adequate substitute for her and everything the two of them meant to each other over three seasons, because, you know, he can make her smile, and is good at lining up cheerios.
And don’t even get me started on the meta framing of the whole thing. They were essentially trying to pre-emptively shame the lesbian community into being okay with this development by having Brittany call them out about it on the show. To put it simply, it was extremely rude. And maybe this show has a habit of insulting its viewers by accident. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen it be actively and purposefully rude to them.
My chest actually swelled with rage when they had Brittany pull out the “Love is love,” card. That slogan is all about combating oppression and repression based on minority sexualities, and for the show to suggest that there’s some kind of reverse bigotry at work that merits trotting it out is just disgusting. POOR LITTLE WHITE STRAIGHT COUPLES. WE SHOULD CAMPAIGN FOR STRAIGHT MARRIAGE AND EQUAL RI –
Basically, they had Brittany tell us that the only worry she had about moving on from Santana was what the lesbians would think of it because they’re lesbians and Brittany and Santana were in a lesbian relationship. That’s it. Not that she’s still nursing a broken heart. Not that she’s still holding a candle for Santana after a staggering four episodes. Not that she’s afraid no one will ever really make her feel the way Santana did because the two of them were best friends before they were ever lovers. None of that. The mean lesbians are the problem, that’s all.
That was hurtful enough to Brittana fans, not all of whom are lesbians by the way. Then they went 658 steps further by having her straight-up call the Brittana fanbase crazy bigots. And then they used her as a mouthpiece for their fuckery again, by having her engage in in-show shaming of any negative feelings they might have about Bram. “They know they’re my sisters,” was basically the show bullying the fans from within the script, and it was about the lowest Glee has ever intentionally gone. And this is coming from someone who has defended them time and time again.
Get out show. Just get out. Seriously.
Meanwhile if Sam was so into Brittany all along where have her deeply unhygienic breakfasts been all this time? Next thing you know he’ll be leaving her a trail of cat poo to eat because he always thought it was candy too.
Rin says: OF ALL the bad writing, missteps, continuity problems etc. etc. Glee has ever had, this is BY FAR the worst thing Glee has ever concocted.
Before this episode I had read a few things in passing about how Bram was going to be bad, and I thought it was just standard unhappy shipper feelings. Like any fandom would have when their ship started moving away from each other and in a new direction. And I actually JUST had a conversation about this with one of my friends (IRL! ) before the episode about how crazy shippers can get, and I was using this as an example saying how if Brittany was to date Sam, or any male, it wasn’t homophobic (I read an actual comment saying Bram would be a homophobic storyline), and it would simply be Brittany being bisexual. And it was entirely valid for Glee to want to explore that.
SO I HAD NOTHING AGAINST BRITTANY/SAM, especially when they DID have chemistry and some really cute friendship scenes. Pretty sure we applauded them back when we recapped the episodes.
And then this happened.
And wow. AGAIN I HAVE TO SAY. WORST WRITING GLEE HAS EVER DONE TO DATE. They could not have been more absurd if they tried. Retconning is never the best idea, but at least when most people do it there is an actual slither of sense and you could see how you get from point A to point B. WITH THIS? IT’S JUST A BIG FUCKING JOKE. There is no way, if you EVER look back on the previous episodes, that Sam was always into Brittany. Are we honestly forgetting that Sam dated Quinn for a decent amount of time, and it even got to the point where he GAVE HER A RING? And that after that relationship he started dating SANTANA HERSELF? Plus there is no fucking rhyme or reason as to why if Sam was ‘into’ Brittany all this time, that he wouldn’t pursue her himself. There are many opportunities when he could have, and Sam has shown that he’s not SCARED of pursuing someone, even if they’re in another relationship. HELLO SAMCEDES.
It’s honestly the worst, and I CANNOT STOP SAYING THAT IT’S THE WORST BECAUSE IT’S REALLY FUCKING BAD. Like, worst than Skins 6 bad. OKAY?!
And you guys know I’m not even a huge Brittana shipper?! For fucks sake. They were actually making huge STRIDES with the Brittana relationship ship this season (which in itself is a feat because of the shit storm it has become), and I was starting to appreciate all the nuances they had. And then to throw all of that away in favour of.. what? Something that NO SELF-RESPECTING PERSON could appreciate. Really. I am trying not to be mean, but come on, you can’t honestly accept the way they’ve just STRAIGHT-UP BULLSHITTED their way into trying to make this relationship feasible.
If you have to destroy two characters in order to make them a couple, you are fucking doing something wrong.
And one of the things that bugs me the most is that Brittany and Sam had some REAL POTENTIAL to be an amazing friendship. I mean, they were prior to this episode. And Glee HASN’T explored a male/female platonic friendship.. it’s like they don’t understand that you can have opposite sexes be friends without it leading to kissing! Fucks sake.
And okay. I love Glee. I REALLY FUCKING DO. And I get upset when fans bad mouth it and say they only watch it in an ironic way and that if you love Glee you HATE it too.
But. I was downright ashamed of the Glee writers for how they called out fandom, and not just fandom in general but the LESBIAN FANDOM — because RIGHT they’re the only people who could possibly ship Brittana, and basically told them that if they weren’t okay with Bram then they are just being hateful. It was one of the most fucking rude things I have ever seen a TV show do to its fandom.
IT WASN’T FUNNY.
AND IT WASN’T ALL IN GOOD FUN.
It was R U D E. And I cannot stand it when shows are rude to their fans, it is HORRIBLE to do so. Especially because as much as the fans can sometimes bite, they are the ones who are supporting you and on more than one occasion defending you against the nay-sayers. Glee, moreso than other TV shows I follow, know EXACTLY who their fans are. They must have known this wouldn’t have worked and that no one with half a brain would have accepted this meta bullshit and gone, ‘Oh, okay! BRAM OTP!!!!’ It’s frankly disgusting.
Okay. I know that shows are always bringing in new people and new writers… and I’m sure Stacy Traub didn’t MEAN TO PISS EVERYONE THE FUCK OFF like she did. But it’s frustrating, you know? To have a show that you’ve followed and written about for years and then have someone join the show in Season 4, and write an episode like this. This storyline feels like a complete lack of respect and understanding of everything that has come before. You don’t even have to pay close attention to Sam’s history to realise that he has had NO INTEREST in Brittany until they became friends at the start of this season. And even then it’s only because Sam miraculously turned into a junior, and Brittany had to repeat her final year.
If they were going to do Bram, there were a million other ways they could have done it, and I would have been fine with it. I might have even found it cute if they continued down the path of where they were earlier in the season.
Yet, Glee found the most insulting and horrifying way to do it, that it almost feels like they WANTED to give a big ‘FUCK YOU!!’ to the fandom.
“I think I’m just gonna start doing things like I’m never gonna get another chance to.”
Sophy says: Yuck. Just yuck. I literally don’t understand how anyone could ship Brochel. It’s just the worst in every possible way. So much so that I’m starting to think they’re just trying to make Finchel look good again by comparison. And, well, it’s working on me.
Also allow me to re-register my objection to the fact that Rachel has not been allowed to make a single friend at NYADA, because her new, sexy man is all she needs. Fucking revolting. Glee should be ashamed.
Rin says: That’s the THING. The whole point of Rachel and Finn breaking up, and Rachel going off to New York was to gain some Rachelpendence, and get some ROOTS BEFORE BRANCHES. But instead she just jumped from branch to branch. Why couldn’t we see Rachel Berry evolve in a way that doesn’t revolve around ANOTHER ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP? Would it really fucking kill them to leave Rachel single for more than 2 seconds?
And nothing about this scene is new, it’s just like.. a fast-forwarded version of the S2 finale. When she sung on that Wicked stage (JESUS CHRIST ) and told Kurt that she knows what her true love is, being up on that stage. And she was brimming with tears and looked so fucking sure of herself and ready to take on the world. And then went home and started dating Finn again. Except even then it was always setup in that bittersweet frame of ‘just for the year’.
URGH. Glee. There are other ways to keep Rachel Berry interesting that doesn’t include jumping from man to man. This isn’t Gossip Girl.
At least we can be grateful that Lea basically covered up the kiss with her hand.
Congratulations! We didn’t hate you?
“I joined the Interfaith Paintball League, where Christians, Jews and Muslims can shoot at each other safely.”
Sophy says: AHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHH TEEN JESUS. HOW ARE YOU EVEN AWESOME. I DON’T KNOW BUT YOU ARE. HIS FAAAAACE.
Rin says: HAHAHAA I was actually giggling. It’s probably the best face Teen Jesus has ever had, and nothing will be able to top it.
Head In Hands
Sophy says: Seriously, they are the cutest. I demand more cute texting between them and singing at each other and is it wrong that I really, really wish they would stay Cheerios? Seriously, Tina and Blaine as cheerios is one of the best things that has ever happened. ESPECIALLY WITH HULA HOOPS. ESPECIALLY WITH HULA HOOPS AND CELL PHONES.
Too bad it will be a one-episode-only deal.
Rin says: I want them to stay on the Cheerios too, just for the uniforms!!! And yet again, I am ‘hoping’ when I shouldn’t hope at all, but I do want them to continue to show Blaine/Tina together. They would make such AWESOME friends, so it’d be nice if they could have at least one conversation together? Maybe? Please Glee? Is one scene too much to ask for?
ALSO FUCKING HULA HOOPING. Darren and Jenna are amazing for having the coordination to read off their phone and continue to hula.
“Can I just say what everyone is thinking? This is Marley’s fault. New Rachel, my butt. I knew Rachel Berry. I was friends with Rachel Berry, and you, Marley, are no Rachel Berry.”
Sophy says: A woman after my own heart. I especially like that if you selectively quote “New Rachel, my butt,” she’s also bemoaning the turkey-fondling travesty that our Rachel Berry has become.
Rin says: I’m sure you guys saw this one coming, but HOW COULD WE NOT WHEN TINA SPEAKS SUCH TRUTH?
But it was pretty freaking awesome how Tina is still a Rachel Berry stan and basically called out Marley on how much she DOESN’T measure up and Glee were wrong to even try. AND ARTIE SUPPORTING HER. Best.
Also, Jenna is gorgeous in those first few caps.
Quinn Glory Shot
It’s a word.
Rin says: That may be true, but please come back anyway?
Sophy says: For the greater good?