Knowing that this was the big 100th Episode celebration two-parter, I figured it would make sense to comment when both episodes had aired. I have to say, I thought this was a somewhat disappointing farewell to the High School side of the show. Those last twenty minutes were close to perfection, but everything before that was more of a mixed bag.
It was nice to see some of the old faces in the classroom, but is there any reason they had to dominate so much of the episodes? This was the last episode for all of the underclassmen, yet none of them were given a true stand-out moment. Did any of them even have a solo verse in the songs? That brief scene at the end before graduation was nice, but it didn't really resolve anything for the characters.
Did Holly and April actually need to show up? What did they actually accomplish? The rendition of "Party All The Time" was one of the worst things I've seen on Glee in quite some time, and the actress who plays April had her voice auto tuned to hell for some unknown reason. They left everything on a big cliffhanger last week when the two of them talked about a plan to save the glee club. Well, what was the plan? You can't just bring something like that up and completely drop it.
The Quinn/Puck reunion last week was nice, but it didn't do much more than tie off one last loose end for the characters - and they hadn't even been on in ages. Was there anyone in the audience who doubted that Quinn would ditch her preppy boyfriend and come running back to Puck? Their song this week was dull as hell, and had that really been the final performance of the Glee Club, then it would've been a total fizzle.
Thankfully, that wasn't the case. In those last twenty minutes, Glee delivered an absolutely perfect series finale. The final goodbye video to Will was a treat. It successfully played off the history of the show in a way that was both emotional, and packed in a few solid bits of humor as well (my favorite part was Quinn offering to donate one of her eggs to Kurt and Blaine).
The familiar sound of the Glee rendition of "Don't Stop Believin'" began to swell in the background, and I immediately let out a groan. After all, how many times can they go back to that well? Somehow, it turned into an absolutely fantastic moment. All of the Glee club members, old and new, began to rush the stage and seeing Will run up on stage with them was a powerful moment. This is how the show started off in its very first episode, and it seemed appropriate to end with it as the final song.
As for the final talk between Will and Sue, it seemed kind of like a retread of their talk in her office a few episodes back, but it was still a nice moment. We got one final Sue quirk (her favorite red wine coolers), one last kind gesture (getting Will a job interview with Vocal Adrenaline), and one more chance to see Jane Lynch work her magic with this character. Without a doubt, she was one of the highlights of the show, and will probably be what many people remember when they think of Glee years down the road. Her best material may have been in the first two seasons, but she always brought her A-game.
As the episode ends, Sue leaves Will alone with his thoughts in the now vacant choir room. He begins to reminisce and hears the voices of past Glee club members (including Finn). He stands up, takes a bow, and exits the room as the scene fades to black on a lonely piano bench. Given the cluster-fuck that Glee has become in recent seasons, this was probably the most graceful ending imaginable.
There's just one problem: it's not ending. There's still another season and a half to go. The show is moving to New York full time, and it looks like the cast will be made up of Rachel, Kurt, Artie, Blaine, and Sam. Yikes.
My family and I have been watching Glee since early season one, and we're honestly not sure if we want to continue with the show. Could the actual ending pack as much of a punch as what we got last night? It's hard to say. For us, the show was about the trials and tribulations of a High School Glee Club, and with the actual club out of the picture, isn't the new show going to be F.R.I.E.N.D.S with singing? My daughter is the biggest fan in the family, and even she agrees that it might be time to call it a day. There's a time and a place to bow out, and it seems like this was the time. We might be back in front of our TV again next Tuesday night, but it won't be Glee - it'll be The Rachel Berry Show. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but there's only one true Glee: a fun, messy, poignant show that put a smile on our faces for four and a half seasons straight.
Originally posted by turtlebayunlimitedWell, what was the plan? You can't just bring something like that up and completely drop it.
From what I was able to gather by my cursory viewing of the show, their big idea to save the Glee club was to invade the other clubs around school and turn them into defacto Glee clubs that Will could coach.
Yeah, it was a good episode. I actually feel bad for Toshiba after watching this (although it is true about the Apple concept). Meanwhile, one of the first commercials I see during this ep was one for Motorola's Xoom tablet. Oops.