Championing the underdog, embracing your individuality, and a love for and the importance of the arts are three things that I will take away from my five years devoted to Glee (yes I came aboard the Glee juggernaut in season two). Oh and not to mention a continuing love for some classic music, epic musicals, and a new appreciation for the wonders of red pants (among other Costume Department gems). It’s hard to believe the journey is coming to an end, but it’s definitely time to say goodbye.
The two characters that have made a lasting impression on me have been Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss). I touched upon some of the reasons Kurt has resonated with me in our Glee 100 series; his relationship with his Dad, his keen eye for fashion trends, his sass, and of course, his relationship with Blaine.
The character of Blaine is an interesting one. He’s extremely complex, but also painfully obvious. There was so much untapped potential that the writers could have capitalised on, but they didn’t fully explore them. Who am I kidding, that could describe any character. I love him for these juxtapositions, for the fact that you never quite know what he’ll do next. He’s extremely staid and loyal, but then has these crazy moments, zagging all over the place. I’m going to miss seeing the over-gelled, bow tie-wearing hobbit every week.
The episode that I keep returning to, time and again is season one’s “Laryngitis”. The songs are on point, the Rachel/Finn storyline is interesting, but it’s Colfer and Mike O’Malley’s work throughout that draws me in. Another honourable mention has to be to season five’s finale, “The Untitled Rachel Berry Project.” If Glee had ended there, I would have been perfectly happy. The actual finale has a lot to live up to.
With over 700 musical numbers to choose from, it’s hard narrowing it down to my favourite. I previously had the Troubletones mashup of “Rumour Has It/Someone Like You” as my top song, but then the Kurt/Blaine duet of “Somebody Loves You” from “Transitioning” was released!
There have been some amazing Klaine duets over the years (“Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Got To Get You Into My Life,” “Love Is A Battlefield”), along with impressive individual solos (“Not The Boy Next Door,” “Being Alive”, “Cough Syrup” and “Somewhere Only We Know”), however, “Somebody Loves You” just captures the best of Klaine – the flirtiness, the vocal chemistry, a perfect partnership in the song, and the lyrics are so fitting.
The Troubletones… Naya Rivera nails it in this song, perfectly capturing Santana’s pain, fear, and frustration over the outing of her sexuality. I played this repeatedly for weeks after “Mash Off.” I love the harmonies, I love how they mashed up the two songs, I love the simplicity of the performance and I really love Santana’s dress.
I also have to throw in a mention for another heavily emotionally driven performance that I love more every time I watch it; “The Break Up’s” “The Scientist.” Kudos to Colfer for his delivery of “Pulling your puzzles apart,” gets me every time.
Apart from these things I’ve listed above and the many other examples littered through six seasons, it’s everything that Glee has brought me I’ll miss. The excitement over new songs, dissecting and flailing over scenes, meeting new friends through Twitter, stage doors, and book signings, and especially my work here at 4YE. While sad, I’m excited for the next chapter in everyone’s lives. See you in line at the next book signing/stage door.
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