Glee Season 5
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The fifth season of Glee finds Rachel at an impressive crossroads as she, Kurt and Santana take more bites out of the Big Apple. Meanwhile, back in Lima, the New Directions kids hope to win back-to-back Nationals, as the tragic passing of Finn and a potential baby for Will and Emma bring reminders of the preciousness of life. With its hugely popular guest stars, surprising plot twists and exhilarating musical numbers, the Emmy (R)-winning Glee* remains one of television's most acclaimed series ever!
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The season also doesn't feel like one season, it feels like two separate seasons with a really poor transition. It really feels like the creative folks on the show wrote themselves into a corner, lost interest in what they were doing, tried to follow a different path, and then by the end of the season decided to start dismantling what they started building at mid season.
Unlike Season 6, there are some good episodes, and interesting developments in the storyline, but in some ways, that's more frustrating, because you pick up early on that they intentionally hit the reset button for Season 6. This season, it just feels like they lost the desire to follow anything through to a logical or satisfying conclusion.
This episode of Glee (regardless of whether you are a fan or not of the show), is probably one of the hardest and most wonderful shows I have ever watched on TV. I think it is rare to see such raw emotion laid out like this to be experienced by the world and as a fan of the show it was really one of the most touching things I have seen.
I read later on that the cast was forced to film many of the scenes in one take as they were crying real tears and experiencing real grief during taping. I want to thank all of them for not only presenting fans with a poignant good-bye episode, but also allowing all of us to see how wonderful Cory was as a person by experiencing their grief with them.
I honestly didn't make it through the first song before I started to cry. The song choices were so on point and the character's depiction of Finn's death opposite how he was with each of them was really perfect. I don't feel like any of the character's feelings or reactions was overdone or melodramatic.
I have watched many a Glee episode where Rachel sheds a tear, but this episode pretty much broke my heart. Lea Michele singing Bob Dylan's To Make You Feel My Love might be one of the saddest things I've ever seen. It was wonderful, but so sad...equally poignant was both Will Schuester's breaking down and even Sue Sylvester's conversation with Santana. And if you can get through the scene at the Hummel's house where they talk about getting rid of his stuff without crying hysterically, then you either don't have children or you've never lost a family member because that was gut wrenching.
While I love Glee, there have definitely been times when I didn't enjoy a song choice based on taste, or I found the plot to be trying or kind of annoying. I think the actors in general are great, but at times I would get irritated with a character or even an actor's presentation of that character. There was not a single second of me feeling that way during this episode.
I really applaud the writers for this episode and thank all those involved for creating such a wonderful tribute episode. I know that it was probably difficult, but it truly was a beautiful way to remember someone.
A lot of the problem was that the writers seemingly didn't know what to do with the characters anymore. Tina, in particular, was all over the place, her personality and motivation changing with almost every episode. Sam, who was never the brightest bulb to begin with, has become dim beyond belief, making his contrived relationship with Mercedes even harder to take seriously. And Rachel has gone off the charts with being the most self-absorbed scatter-brained diva imaginable, seriously detracting from Lea Michele's very real talent. About the only member of the New York characters who seems to have retained any sense of self is Kurt. As for the younger New Directions characters back in Lima, they seemed to have become a lingering afterthought with almost no character development occurring at all, and it's telling that none of them appeared in the last five or so episodes of the season.
Recommended for Glee fans, of course, but with the understanding that this is the weakest season of the five by far.