I remember when I decided that Glee was, officially, my new favorite show. It was the final scene in the pilot episode.
As soon as Mr. Shue said, “from the top,” I knew I was hooked. For the first time in a while, I had found a show that I completely related with. Though I was never in show choir, I was a theatre kid in both high school…
I related all-too well with the struggles of a poorly funded fine arts program. My high school didn’t even have a stage for us, so it was a normal occurrence for us to perform our plays at other venues, other schools, or utilize my least favorite thing of all, “theatre in the round“–which meant we were usually having our play in the middle of a gymnasium. We never had a lot of money for costumes either, so it was standard procedure to scour each of our closets and Goodwill looking for pieces. I instantly fell in love with Glee because I felt like I was watching a wackier version of my own high school experience.
Buuuuut all good things must come to an end. When Glee started to kind of suck, I drifted away from the show. I came back to watch “The Quarterback”–and I cried my eyes out–but then I resumed not watching Glee. So why did I watch the finale, and why should you?
The same reason people go to their high school reunions. Because even though you lose touch with people, you still like to know that those individuals you cared about ended up happy. While I may have been unhappy with the showrunners choices after the first class graduated from McKinley, seeing everyone come back together for that last episode reminded me of my high school and college theatre friends–and that relatability is what made me fall in love with Glee in the first place. While we don’t have any Tony Award winners in our midst (yet), I have friends who have moved to New York themselves to pursue set design, I have friends who have moved to LA to become professional actors and agents. I have friends who returned to our old school to teach, and friends who were together in high school who have ended up married. For all the crap I gave the McKinley kids for returning to their old high school, I myself have returned–even to make a “guest appearance” in our annual improv show–and have even kept in touch with my version of Mr. Shue, Mr. C (mercifully, Mr. C didn’t go through a rapping phase like Mr. Shue did). So for all the whining I did over Glee becoming ridiculous and unrelatable, it looks like there were still parts that were right on the money.
Sure, Glee had its rough patches, but even if you decided you were over Glee like I did, you should definitely watch the finale. Why? Because just like a high school reunion, the finale lets you gloss over and straight up ignore the messy, uncomfortable, or awful portions of the show’s past. Instead, you can just sit back and smile at the good times.
Here’s the final number from the series finale. While I was really, really bummed they didn’t do some sort of nod to “Don’t Stop Believing” in the final number, I did love the wink to those original red “costumes” and the choreography from that first number.
Did you watch the Glee finale? What did you think? Have you been watching from the beginning, or did you drop out in the middle like i did? Let’s talk about this crazy show in the comments!