We know what you guys want: a Glee reaction post. Well, you can have it because you deserve it. Blog stats are awfully nice these days.
One of us (okay, Leeard) spent the episode crying off and on, but Ern didn’t even care until the second half when we started saying goodbye to Quinn and Rachel. It didn’t help that the episode started out with Will singing “Forever Young.” Can you think of any Will Schuster song that you ever absolutely loved or downloaded? We can think of maybe one. And we didn’t download it. (It was that one with Mike Chang dancing when Will had a fever.) Will is just sappy and lame and we don’t love him.
Mercedes is going to L.A. to be a back-up singer, which is awesome, but we will miss her on the show if she leaves. She has arguably the best voice on the show. Rachel is the one who would be arguing. Brittany has a 0.0 GPA, much like Britney Spears before her. Gloria Estefan guest stars as Santana’s mom and does a good job. Santana decides to skip college in Kentucky, where she would have been a cheerleader, and go to New York to pursue singing and dancing. Gloria Estefan gamely ends up supporting her. We love that she was supportive of Santana’s sexuality as well. Also, we're supportive of Santana never finding her fabulous self in Kentucky.
Quinn kisses Puck to help him get his confidence back. This sounds stupid, but it was actually charming. He got a “Puckerman A” (a C-) on his test and graduated! Burt reenacts Kurt’s dance to "Single Ladies". Burt is the sweetest and the best, but Ern doesn’t think anyone needed to see that. To the shock of tumblr, Finn and Kurt were rejected by their schools in New York, but Rachel gets into NYADA. This makes perfect sense to us, because there are hardly any roles for Kurt and he can’t sing without autotune. Finn is talentless, this we know. He can play the drums though. Rachel showed passion, persistence (okay, stalking), and she can sing the house down.
Rachel tries to be stupid and stay with her friends, but Finn actually mans up and drives her to the train station, dumping her and joining the army. Rachel travels to New York City and walks around it, singing "Roots Before Branches" and crying. And you know what? We were touched. Rachel has been on this rocky journey for three years. Sometimes she was obnoxious in the past two seasons, but we remember her being the heart of the show in season one, and we were happy to see her living her dreams. As she looked around the city, it was striking how far she has come from Lima. We are alright with Finchel being over, especially for such smart, unselfish reasons. Plus, it's only temporary.
The songs in the episode were okay. "Glory Days" doesn't seem like the right choice for graduation as the seniors are walking across the stage, but this is Glee, so we don’t care. Kurt’s "I Remember" was forgettable, and surprisingly, so was the cover of The Beatles’ "In My Life". We got to see how blank the underclassman voices are together. Yayyy, something to look forward to. The Glee Project had better find some good people this summer. We need replacements, fast! "You Get What You Give" was lame, which was disappointing because the recorded version was so good. It had a lot more energy and voices behind it. We don’t know why that version wasn’t used.
At the end of the season, we really don’t know who is staying on the show or going. That tainted our enjoyment of the finale. We assume Mercedes will be gone. Ryan Murphy (who has lied to us before) said that Kurt and Rachel are not leaving the show and that he has a plan to keep the seniors around, which is weird. We think it’s time for new blood and new characters, with guest starring appearances by Rachel and Rachel’s voice at least once a week. Sadly, Finn will be back next season, or so we hear. How is the show going to manage this? Artie is still a junior. Ugh. Tina has been sounding great lately, so we are glad to still have her for sure. As dumb as this show is, we want to see what season four does, so we will be back next year. Sidenotes: We loved the Nationals episode and the one where Beiste walked out on Cooter. Bad ass.
Finale grade: A-
Season grade: B (Which is a step up from the C+ we gave the second season)