It seems a little strange, watching such a normal episode of Glee. The most recent episode completed the two part Beatles tribute, ending with prom and Tina becoming prom queen. Rachel ends up getting the role of Fanny for Funny Girl and Santana ends up starting a new relationship with a co-worker at the dinner Dani, played by Demi Lovato. All in season 5’s second episode, Tina in the Sky With Diamonds.
While the vast majority of fans of the show are probably looking at this as the last episode before the larger catharsis of Finn’s death and being able to, finally, say goodbye to Cory Monteith, it was a pretty typical Glee episode.
The Cherrios have a new leader who is out to oppose the glee club. We have another great moment of being shown how to overcome challenges by meeting them and pushing through, even after a Carrie-esk prom queen incident with Tina. Santana and Sam both get new love interests. Rachel gets the part, everything, for the most part, seems great.
Everything that is feel good, inclusive, and dramatic of life and high school was in this episode. Yet, I cannot help but notice all the little ways the characters, and the story, is setting up to embrace the tragedy we all know is coming next week. This is the first time we, the audience, have been privy to information unknown to rest of the characters. These last two episodes have been fairly typical, Glee wise, but they take on a different taste and feel because we know something tragic is going to happen.
We have been allowed a moment of bittersweet indulgence is the simplicity of life and the things we find consuming. All trivial compared to the impending death of a pivotal character in our lives. It seems as if we have been gifted these last two upbeat Beatles weeks to enjoy how things were, before they all change forever. I am very interested to see how the writers evolve the characters, how they will each remember and react to Finn’s sudden death.
Everyone is so happy-go-lucky. With a wedding on the way, two new relationships starting to bud, with Rachel’s first broadway performance, with the normalcy of school and the glee club. It is so beautifully, wonderfully bitter sweet, and perfectly tragic. Yet, what makes this cliff, that we are all heading towards, so perfect? It is not the death, but the lives of those who remain. It is the unfolding, the very intimately human reaction to tragedy and death for these characters we have grown to love. How they will each, in their own way, deal with loss?
As the show continues, as in real life, it wont actually change many lives. It will most likely be of greatest impact to Kurt and Rachel, possibly to Mr Shue, but everyone else will continue on. In the grand scheme of the larger story line, this may shift a few episodes for some, where as it might be a little longer for others. With the festivities of the first two episodes sung with Tina in the Sky With Diamonds, we prepare ourselves for The Quarterback and grief.
Written by: Iam Bloom