'Glee': We'll miss it
As much as Gleeks might have dreaded the fall finale, everyone knew the day would come, and it was well worth the wait.
All season we were teased with a number of what ifs, and no matter how preposterous they might have been (Terri’s fake pregnancy, Ken's and Emma’s engagement) fans kept faith that the story lines would play out and unravel before the four-month hibernation of the show. And boy, did it play out.
There were so many unanswered questions that were answered. Pressing ones included:
Would Finn find out he’s not the father of Quinn’s baby? Of course, and Puck has a few fist prints in his face to show for his betrayal.
Would Ken and Emma actually get hitched? Come on, did we really think that would happen. I was so busy dabbing my eyes at the incredible performances I didn’t notice if he was even in the episode or not, not that I cared. I prefer Ken desperate and single.
And more important, with a leaked set-list, would the kids be able to take sectionals? This show is about underdogs. Of course they’d take the title, and with the kids bringing down the house multiple times, my hands ached from the thunderous applause that filled my living room.
The finale offered a good enough taste of what’s to come for spring. No overbearing cliffhangers, no stupid "to be continued" sequences, no gimmicks. Just fine television. Fine television I’m sure fans of the show will faithfully return back to in April.
Thank God for DVR, I just can’t begin to imagine my life without it. Sure, I’d go online and catch the show, but on my television, curled up on my couch is so much better. Here are my highlights from the finale:
Mercedes’ solo audition: Regardless of how this might come across, “And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going,” although a powerhouse, stand-up-and throw-your-hands-to-the-sky ballad, is a song that remains a staple in the big and beautiful black girl repertoire for a specific reason. Mercedes gets a rare chance to shine -- although her voice is stunning, her character is criminally underutilized, and like Effie in “Dreamgirls” before her, she needed to remind them that you “and you, and you, you're gonna love me!”
Rachel’s solo at sectionals: I’m the first to admit I give the girl a hard time -- it’s fun and someone has to do it -- but she blew my socks off. Walking through the audience was the moment when you realize that this moment, right here, right now is what this girl has dreamed of her entire life.
Schuester on the phone with Emma: Having to hear the kids over the phone didn’t cheapen the moment, and watching his tearful reaction was too much for my little heart to handle.
The kiss: Will running toward Emma, him taking her box and hushing her. I died. I died. Umm, sorry Terri?
Wait ... did Brittany out herself and Santana? I knew it.
As the kids showed Schue in the final number, my life will suck without you, "Glee."
If you missed my recap of highlights from the season, check it out here.
-- Gerrick Kennedy (Follow me on Twitter @GerrickKennedy)
Phot: "Glee" cast members. Credit: Fox
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