It is always hard when a familiar actor dies, it is even harder when the actor is part of a current series. Last Thursday, GLEE aired a very special episode which allowed both characters and audience to make peace with the death of Finn. (Monteith died this past summer) As expected, kleenex were needed as each member of the Glee club past and present gave their special tributes to Finn Hudson. Creator Ryan Murphy was reported to say that this episode was very emotional for cast and crew. Most performances were done in only one take. The emotion and the love was definitely there .
Each cast member put everything into their songs. Something that I was glad for that story lines of the past weeks were set aside for this tribute. Everyone will just have to wait for Curt and Blaine’s wedding and Rachel opening on Broadway. Dramatic moments were all over the place as each character came to terms with Finn’s death. Instead of dwelling on the obvious ones like Rachel , Curt , and Mr Shuster. The episode showed how Finn touched everyone’s life. Obviously the most unexpected was when Sue Sylvester broke out of her persona and expressed how she felt bad that she couldn’t tell Finn how she thought he would make one hell of a teacher.There was the usual Emma comical moments as she helped the students in her own OCD way. But overall the episode proved to a sentimental tribute to someone who us brought joy and song .It also reminded us that tragedy can happen at any age. Luckily, the details of Finn’s death were not clear. The flashback premise worked instead of a cliche of the characters sitting through a funeral. The music proved to be the star of the episode as always.
The producers could have taken a preachy premise considering the circumstances of Cory’s death . Instead they just let the story be told with music and emotion. The show ended with the actors telling where people could get help with their addiction . Overall , it was an excellent episode.
Glee will be on hiatus and will return after the World Series.
Lea Michele put her whole heart and soul into her solo. This was especially hard because the couple was planning to marry in real life. For most of the episode, she was not on camera and only brought out a few times.