This week’s Glee reminded me of all this terrible after school specials from the 1970s only this was so much worse. All the current hot-button issues facing todays teens were beat over the head with baseball bats and smeared on stale melba toast. Teen suicide? Check! Texting while driving? Check! Vicious gay bullying? Check! Foolish and lovestruck kids getting married too young? Check! Geriatric pregnancy? Check! And it was awful. Really awful. So very very awful. I’ll try to be brief.
It goes without saying that the messages Glee tried so very hard to get across this week are important ones. I’ve suspected Dave Karofsky was headed for some sort of dramatic unravelling for a while now. I figured he’d get gay bashed or something to be honest and Kurt would help nurse him back to help. I was partially right. He did get bullied by his teammmates which he sort of had coming I guess. Wait, I take that back. No one ever has that coming. Still, I could see why they took him there. But when he laid his suit on the bed and pulled out his belt while Blaine sang that song about cough suppressants I came very close to turning the television off. How could they get this so wrong?
Glee has handled drama pretty well in the past. The whole Kurt/Dave bully storyline was masterfully done. But this was just horrid. That being said, Max Adler and Chris Colfer did a wonderful job with what they were given to work with. Their scene together in the hospital was the best thing about the whole episode and I’m very glad that Dave survived his suicide attempt.
And while we are on the subject of bullys…can we just be done with Sebastian? I get that the show needs a villain now that Sue is knocked up and overrun with hormonal changes but Sebastian is hardly worthy. He’s a boring villain and a boring singer, and now he’s not even a villain any more. After threatening to upload fake photoshop porn of Finn and sending Dave over the edge with his Liberace comment at Scandals he has seen the error of his ways and now wants to raise money for the Born This Way Foundation. Bravo for some growth there but wow…just bad writing folks. Bad bad bad.
The one happy note this week was the wedding of Finnchel. After Dave’s brush with death the New Directions are faced with their mortality and after a poor attempt by Mr. Schue to inspire them with peanut butter Rachel decides she no longer wants to wait to be Mrs. Finn Hudson. They decided to tie the knot at City Hall after Regionals and they hope everyone will be there. Sure their parents are still against it and as they gather before the ceremony Rachel’s dads come up with some clever ideas about how to pull the plug. Meanwhile Quinn is racing home to get the bridesmaids dress she didn’t have immediately before Regionals when she hadn’t made up her mind about attending and she gets distracted by her cell phone and happy thoughts about her triumphant return to the Cheerios and kicking ass at Yale. You can guess what happens next.
Right. Okay then. Glee…you are on thin ice. VERY THIN. This mid-season finale was just repulsive in every way. Even the music was bad…or maybe I was just so mad I didn’t notice it.