Mar 22, 2015

2010-2015


A few weeks back I was going through my old posts when writing the Klaine wedding thing. It actually felt really familiar and comfortable and fun to be writing about Glee again. Just like old times! There was a deadline the next day, and once again Glee clashed with my school work! Thank you, Glee! I sort of gave the image in the text that I am super changed and super normal and mature now, and enjoy wine and cheese and opera, and perhaps have taken interest in 16th century German art, as well as become very knowledgeable about quantum physics. Well, as someone who just watched seven seasons of America's Next Top Model in the past month, I feel a bit like a fraud. Don't worry, world. It's still me. And back for one more post. About me. Had to be done.

I started watching Glee in early 2010. I assumed it would be an annoying series, but I had too much free time so gave it a try, and by 1x04 Preggers, and Kurt's Single Ladies epoch, I saw this would actually be something I would enjoy. Push It was cool, too. Season 1 was a very pleasant experience, and I adored Kurt.

However, it wasn't until season 2, as I was looking for something to fill the gaping hole that Lost ending left in me, that Glee won me over completely. Blaine came along in 2x06 Never Been Kissed, one of the episodes I've rewatched again, again, and again. Around the same time I started blogging about Glee, and wrote the first episode analysis on 2x08 Furt. I kept listening on Glee covers on constant repeat, I watched Never Been Kissed, Duets, Born This Way and Original Song over and over again, I went to the Glee concert in London, and listened to Somewhere Only We Know for the hundredth time. I even suffered through Sam's Justin Bieber phase, A Night of Neglect aka the most boring episode ever, and even New York, New York, aka the biggest failure at everything. I thought Klaine was the model of the most perfect relationship imaginable, Heather Morris was one hot mama and Darren Criss was to die for. Chris Colfer was my spirit animal, and I was so proud when he won that Golden Globe. I wore my 'I'm with stoopid' shirt and even the thought of Glee made my day happier.

Years passed, seasons passed, I kept watching and listening, and listening more. Even though my passion towards Glee peaked around the second season, and I kept freaking out over Klaine, and my MP3 was still full of Glee covers. Season 3 was full of disappointments, like the time Ricky Martin was guest-starring, when Schuester sang Kiss by Prince and walked on water to propose to Emma, and when they would always show Finchel sticking tongues to each other throats while Klaine would hardly hold hands. Season 4 introduced a set of awful, boring new characters, but at least the old ones were still present after graduation, and the Break-Up episode remains one of the best episodes of Glee ever.

When Cory passed away I grieved along with the fandom, and 5x03 The Quarterback had be weeping all night in the corner of a dirty little club in Ljubljana. I said Glee would never been the same after Cory, and weirdly enough, that seems to have been the case. Through fifth season, I felt less and less emotionally connected to the show, and I didn't rewatch episodes or blog about the show, not even when the quality of stories and characters went up again on season 6. You can blame the death of a central character, you can blame the writing that got tired, you can and you should definitely blame what's-his-face, the new kid, RYDER, omg yes blame Ryder, the worst most annoying useless goddamn character in the history of everything, or you can blame me for getting old and boring and busy. Whatever it was, so it happened that Glee was indeed never the same for me after 5x03, after Finn died.

This morning I watched the last and final episode of Glee, and there will never be a Glee episode again, no more new covers, so I expect my MP3 to get really boring now, because yes, most of the stuff on it is still Glee music. I cried an appropriate amount in appropriate places, but I don't feel empty or broken or overcome by sadness. I'm not even gonna bitch about anything. It was a solid finale, and I am just really glad about the 2009 part, because it actually made me feel at times like it was 2010 again and I was only getting to know these characters, so ignorant about all that the next five years would hold. Walking on water, fake school shootings, awful original songs, a Blurred Lines cover, useless sub-plots that would never go anywhere, and a stupid, rushed, un-climactic Klaine wedding. And - so so so much glee and happiness.

One comment about the final episode, and then we'll close up shop. Let me quote myself once more. I wrote this in a comment, July 22 2013, about a week after Cory's death, when contemplating the future of Glee, and also, the future of Rachel.

Mietin, että voisi olla melko täydellistä jos Jesse olisi se, jonka kanssa Rachel päätyy olemaan sarjan päätteeksi. Hahmoilla on kumminkin historiansa, ja vaikkei Jesse ole aina ollut se mukavin hahmo, hänellä on aina ollut erityinen yhteys Rachelin kanssa, ja voisin kuvitella, että he löytäisivät toisensa New Yorkissa, jossain vaiheessa ennen sarjan loppua. Parasta tässä on se, että Jessen näyttelijähän on Lean hyvä ystävä. It kind of fits. Onhan se ennenaikaista ajatella tätä, mutta ajatus on nyt päässäni ja toivon että se toteutuisi!

Can I have a moment of smug, and just say... Called it!!! And happy about it. It's how it's supposed to be.

By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy, and that is what I have been doing for the past five years. Glee was a great show. Sometimes it sucked and sometimes I was just embarrassed for it, but overall, there will never be anything like Glee was to me. 

Feb 21, 2015

A trip down the Klaine lane



My 21-year-old self would never forgive my present self if I didn't write a post celebrating the Klaine wedding. It's been a while since I cared enough about Glee to write about it, and although the final season has been an improvement, something drastic needed to happen for me to brush the dust off of this blog. And well, Kurt and Blaine got married. It might have been sort of anti-climatic and not at all as satisfying as I used to day-dream back in 2011, but Glee has changed and I have changed and even Klaine has changed, and for the good times' sake, let's make this an occasion!

The Klaine lane is as much about the relationship of Kurt and Blaine, as it is about my relationship with Klaine. I spend the last hour going through my old posts, and it felt kinda warm and fuzzy to remember how much Glee used to mean to me, and how I got so, so, SO excited about Klaine. I picked out some high-lights from what I've been writing about Klaine over the years. Yes, I am feeling quite nostalgic right now.


2x10 A Very Glee Christmas: Oh baby, it might be cold outside, but after watching the scene with Kurt and Blaine I'm perfectly warm from head to toe.


2x16 Original Song: How freaking long did we wait for THE DAMN KISS to happen??

And wasn't it AWESOME?? -- When Blaine was looking somehow enlightened during Blackbird I didn't dare think there was something personal going on and when he came to Kurt later and started talking about emotions and defining moments in life I still kept thinking he was aiming at something boring and he would just finish by saying "So I bought us a new bird and named him Elton and I think we should do 'Can you feel the love tonight' at Regionals, because I'm really into emotions now" and then walking away. But then it actually was what it sounded like, an epic and wholehearted declaration of love, and when the soft music began to play I stopped breathing, and boom, the most anticipated and maybe the most adorable (and if not the hottest, at least in the top 3, definitely) kiss ever seen on television happened. --

Both Chris and Darren played the scene beautifully. Kurt's reactions were delicious, as he slowly began to realize what Blaine was talking about and during the kiss he did this little thing with his hand that I really liked and how you could see that his breath was totally taken away... Sweet. The true master of the scene was still Darren. The was no unnecessary awkwardness at all, and the sincerity he delivered those beautiful lines (that might have sounded cheesy in some other mouth) with was amazing. "Oh, there you are. I've been looking for you forever." Aw, love. And then afterwards he goes a bit embarrased ("We should practice..."), smiling that adorably shy smile, and Kurt answers with that awesomely flirty comment ("I thought we were") and there they go again, and then some idiot thinks it's a good time to cut to the next scene! Er, excuse me? I was watching that! --

What's next? I don't know. But today... Life is good. Everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.


2x20 Prom Queen: Aww. Oh how I love those two.


3x01 The Purple Piano Project: Those two make me feel all nice and warm inside. They should kiss more, though. Come on, Fox, it's not that dangerous.


3x05: The First Time: Klaine-wise, this episode was PERFECT. It was a perfect and significant milestone in the story than began in Never Been Kissed, continued in A Very Glee Christmas, Silly Love Songs, Original Song, Prom Queen, New York, and now The First Time. I loved all the Klaine scenes, and I loved every moment in all of them. I want to talk about them separately, just so that I can repeat the words "perfect", "sweet", "beautiful", and "wonderful" over and over until everyone loses their minds. Ok, I try not to.

Bedroom scene 1: One of my favorites! Actually, I should write that in every single one of these scenes, so I won't point that out from here on. But I loooooved this scene! -- Loved Blaine's random dancing, loved his hands when he made the masturbation comment, loved Kurt's adorable facial expressions, loved how they talk about sex and it's not awkward, and loved, loved, LOVED the cute little smack in the end. I want to eat that kiss, that's how adorable it was. --



Auditorium scene: My favorite scene in the episode, not just one of them! So beautiful and sweet and wonderful and all the other words I promised not to use, and god damn me, but I LOVED IT, I loved it so much, so much that I want to cry or scream or pull my hair out, or something. Those two just make my heart burst. Those two, not only as in Kurt and Blaine and their beautiful and perfect love, but also as in Chris Colfer and Darren Criss, and how they act these things so sincerely and perfectly, and make me go crazy.

Bedroom scene 2: -- I think this was just perfect, with the eskimo kisses and the touch of the fingertips and the condom on the floor and the gentle, loving looks. And I feel like a pervert for wanting to get a glimpse of some of the real action, because actually, it would've been a bit wrong to show something so intimate and special and sacred. And yes, I'm again taking this too seriously and acting like we're talking about real people, and yes, I bet they would've showed something more if only Fox had given them an OK, but damnit, I still think it was perfect and extremely special the way it was. 


3x17 Dance with Somebody: -- I don't think they can go wrong with Klaine; if they do a Klaine storyline, I will probably be a fan of it. I actually wondered if I only like this episode so much because it has so much Klaine in it. OR, do I like Klaine so much because the episodes they are in are always so good? What a paradox!

-- I just love my Klaine. Period.


4x04 The Break-Up: "I wanna sing a song that is really special to me. This is the song that I sang the first time I ever met the love of my life. So Kurt, this is for you." Need I say more? If you said yes, you can just read my mind, about whether or not I think this is perhaps the most moving and definitely the saddest musical performance in the history of Glee, and whether or not I want to build Darren Criss a shrine and officially worship him, and then give Blaine is big hug after patting Kurt in the back. -- Seriously. Sometimes I want to kiss Glee.


4x08 Thanksgiving: The Klaine! The call! The Klall! Um. Anyway! They did it again. I admit to some tearing up. I don't know how they do it... The Glee writers are not often masters when it comes to coherent storylines and love stories that are not cheesy, forced or rushed, so it's a small miracle how Kurt and Blaine just keep hitting jackpots. And it's not only that I blindly worship Klaine. They just always manage to snatch the most realistic and heartfelt moments. This was one of my favorite Klaine scenes, ever! I loved everything about it, from the tones of their voices, to the look in Blaine's eyes and the giggle when Kurt jokes about the mouse, not to mention what they're actually saying. Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, I salute you fine genlemen! Everything is beautiful once again...


4x09 Swan Song: Blaine texted Kurt. Kurt feels bad for Blaine. Happy face.


4x14 I Do: KLAINE! SLUTTY KLAINE!


4x15 Girls (and Boys) on Film(I feel I should use a lot of exclamation marks here. Perhaps write the whole thing on CAPSLOCK.) -- I was spoiled about Come What May, which is good, for once, because not being prepared for that might have caused some irremediable emotional damage. A bit like the damage that those flashbacks caused me. Flashbacks. A Moulin Rouge! song. Blaine in a suit. Kurt in a suit. Fake snow. Slow-dancing. Slow-hugging. Klaine covering Come What May. I can't even. (I learned that expression on Tumblr, and I think this is an appropriate place to use it.)


4x17 Guilty Pleasures: And then Kurt throws the hoop and who catches it if not Blaine... Oh dear, my heart hurts again, but this time it's the right kind of hurt.


5x01 Love, Love, Love: Mostly because of ALL THE KLAINE but other reasons too. KLAINE THOUGH. It is such a beautiful day.

-- I have watched Got to Get You into My Life at least twenty times today. Can't get enough of it! Such a good cover, they sound so great, and they are so beautiful together. The sunglasses. The flirty, goofy dancing. The kiss. The hungry, bodies-slamming-together, please-take-me-now kind of kiss. I am so happy. I need to watch it again.

-- ALL YOU NEED IS BLAINE UM SORRY LOVE. The proposal was so cheesy but so perfect! -- How about the fact that Kurt knew Blaine would propose? How about when Kurt said Blaine makes him feel safe? How about the fact that they went to The Spot at the staircase? How about Blaine's perfect speech? How about 'our hand were meant to hold each other'? How about 'all I've ever wanted to do is spend my life loving you'? How about how Kurt just breathes out 'Yeah, yeah'? It's fucking true love! Kurt and Blaine are perfect, Darren Criss and Chris Colfer are perfect in the way they act Blaine and Kurt, this day has been perfect despite the fact that I'm sick and hung-over, everything is beautiful and nothing hurts! Not even my head, even though it really does hurt. Kurt and Blaine are engaged! Klaine is perfect. I love Glee. All you need is Glee. 


Boy, I kinda used to like Klaine, didn't I? I'd forgotten how intense it got. They did give me quite a lot of happiness. They made everything quite beautiful, and there's nothing bad about that! Reading this stuff still makes me smile! It might make me a bit embarrassed, but it makes me smile, too. Sure, things have changed. Here's what I wrote after The First Time:

I wonder what it's like being normal. I'd guess a normal person wouldn't feel that two fictional people having sex is the highlight of their week. Thus, this week must be very boring for anyone normal. I kind of feel sorry for normal people. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to cherish this glorious moment some more. Isn't everything just beautiful? I swear, the keyboard of my laptop never looked better.

Yes. Maybe I am a bit more normal now? Is that bad? Boring? Have a finally grown up a little? Has having a boyfriend made me unable to freak out over things that used to mean so much to me? How disappointing!

Then again, I also wrote this after the same episode:

(So I loved it more than life. At the same time, doesn't this just make a girl horribly depressed? It began with Disney's infinite happy endings, continued with The O.C., Moulin Rouge!, and Kate and Leo, and now it's Klaine, convincing a poor little girl that this is what real life is like, this is what you'll get too, you'll love and be loved and it will be so epic and beautiful that the whole world will cry out of happiness with you. Thank you, all, for these impossible and unrealistic expectations that just turned one inch more impossible and unrealistic. Haha. The encouraging thought is that when I'll be a sad and fat 60-year-old old maid, I will still be a shameless fan girl, and get all the joy I need out of the joy of fictional characters. Can't you just picture me, sitting on a rocking chair with my seventeen cats, weeping over an episode of season 34 of Glee.)

Ok. Whoa. Girl. Maybe this was a bit exaggerated. At the same time, I did really feel a bit that way. Now, being in a real-life, outside-the-Glee-universe relationship has actually done me some good. For one, I was watching the wedding scene today, and I thought, thank god I never need to have such an awfully cheesy wedding. Call it becoming more cynical, call it becoming more realistic, call it becoming more normal, boring, mature, whatever. I like that I know that I don't want a Glee-style wedding. Or a relationship like Klaine. Because, well, it's not real. 

It is safe to assume that nothing fictional will ever again make me feel as warm and fuzzy as Klaine use to do. Maybe that's good. Maybe that's sad, in a weird sense. I always was quite proud about being so attached to fictional characters. Then again, I have to point out that I saw and wrote about the Klaine proposal in September 2013, so not at all so long ago, even though what I've been writing here makes it sound like ancient history. I've been with my boyfriend since October 2013, so, I don't know, someone might just go ahead and say that Klaine was my substitute for a real-life relationship. I'm not gonna say that. Whatever. Klaine was fun. Klaine is still fucking cute! I still enjoy Baby, It's Cold Outside, Come What May, and of course, of course, that epic goddamn first kiss. Can I get a hallelujah.

So anyway. Here'a a high-five to my 21(and 22 and 23 and 24...)-year-old-self. We made it! Klaine made it! I will be very happily watching the final four episodes of Glee, and so help me god, I better weep, because otherwise I will be very worried about my emotional state. Perhaps I'll write more then, and maybe it will be as meta as this post, or maybe it will actually be about Glee. Though my posts were always mostly about me. If this is the last Glee-related post I'll ever do, then bye. Been fun.


Come what may, I will love Klaine until the end of Glee. And probably a little while after that.

Oct 11, 2013

5x03 The Quarterback


"Everyone wants to talk about how he died, too, but who cares? One moment in his whole life. I care more about how he lived."

"He was the first cool kid to be nice to any of us, and he was our leader in here."

"It was the perfect time for a hug. But for some reason I just gave him a bat in the back and that's that. Now he's gone."

"You don't get to stop waking up. You have to keep on being a parent, even though you don't get to have a child anymore."

"I feel more than I know how to express. I'm heartbroken."

"What chance do I have of not being an idiot and hurting people without him around to remind me who I really am?"

"He's dead. And all we've got left is his voice in our head. I'm sorry, but it's time you got to be your own quarterback."

"He was a much better person than I am."

"He was such a good guy. And I never get to tell him. There's no lesson here, there's no happy ending. There's just nothing. He's just gone."

"He was my person."

"The show must go... all over the place... or something."

Sep 28, 2013

5x01 Love, Love, Love / all you need is Klaine


Got to get Glee back into my life! Time flies for an Erasmus student, so this wonderful day arrived sooner than I expected when bidding my farewell to Glee in May. A Beatles tribute had been a long time coming, and at least this first part was just as amazing as a Beatles tribute should be. Mostly because of ALL THE KLAINE but other reasons too. KLAINE THOUGH. It is such a beautiful day.

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I thought the beginning of the episode was lovely. A very appropriate way to start the season after Cory's death. It was subtle, yet emotional, and it reinforced my trust that the tribute episode will be done right. When she walks past Sardis and sings 'why he had to go'... I also enjoyed Ioan Gruffudd. You know, I was a big fan of Lancelot back in 2004. Even Daddy Cullen was kind of fun.

Artie has a new haircut, finally! And surprisingly enough, I like him and Kitty. The surprise is that I like Kitty. A new kid. Yeah, still newbies for me, all of them. Luckily there's no other newbie storylines in the episode! Hide Your Love Away was really nice, though. So freaking charming, as Santana would say. And Kitty was very sweet and humane.

I have watched Got to Get You into My Life at least twenty times today. Can't get enough of it! Such a good cover, they sound so great, and they are so beautiful together. The sunglasses. The flirty, goofy dancing. The kiss. The hungry, bodies-slamming-together, please-take-me-now kind of kiss. I am so happy. I need to watch it again.

Figgins, my idol. "I go to church every Sunday, for God's sake!"

Sam! Sam Sam Sam. I love you Sam, even though your hair is totally out of control again. And I still love Blam. Blam is so sweet. Loved how Sam slapped Blaine is the ass and then went on about gay marriage.

Tina! Tina Tina Tina. First, I WANT her dress, the one with the read bottom and stripes. WANT IT. GIVE ME. Also, "Are you crazy, are you insane, good God, have you lost your mind?" Hahaha. 

"Oh God, it's those McKinley nerds."

Sebastian has a new haircut, too. Now he looks even less evil.

I also like Santana and Rachel, the singing waitresses. A Hard Day's Night was SO GOOD! So good.

"Yes, Memoirs of a lame Geisha."

The whole 'Tina has become angry and bitter and she needs help' thing was the only subplot in the episode that seemed loose and random. But I still liked it, because it was about Tina. And there was a hilarious scene where the guys were distracted by chocolate cake, and then Blaine talked in a Paul accent. Loved it. But I don't approve damn Ryder as Ringo. Love Ringo, don't love Ryder.

Brittany is gone. That's weird.

Kurt and Burt in the car! I could watch those two talk for hours. Burt is wearing the rainbow pin.

ALL YOU NEED IS BLAINE UM SORRY LOVE. The proposal was so cheesy but so perfect! A hundred times better than Will's proposal to Emma, because Blaine's didn't include anyone walking on water. How about the fact that Kurt knew Blaine would propose? How about when Kurt said Blaine makes him feel safe? How about the fact that they went to The Spot at the staircase? How about Blaine's perfect speech? How about 'our hand were meant to hold each other'? How about 'all I've ever wanted to do is spend my life loving you'? How about how Kurt just breathes out 'Yeah, yeah'? It's fucking true love! Kurt and Blaine are perfect, Darren Criss and Chris Colfer are perfect in the way they act Blaine and Kurt, this day has been perfect despite the fact that I'm sick and hung-over, everything is beautiful and nothing hurts! Not even my head, even though it really does hurt. Kurt and Blaine are engaged! Klaine is perfect. I love Glee. All you need is Glee. 



The only thing wrong in the proposal scene was the absence of Finn. It's so freaking sad.

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I hope the whole season five won't be as good as the first episode, because I will spend the whole year inside, rewatching episodes, rewatching Got to Get You into My Life, and being happy for Kurt and drooling at Blaine. Do you remember when we first met Kurt in the Pilot and he was being thrown into a dumpster? I love, love, love this show.

Aug 20, 2013

(Some of) My favorite musical numbers from season 4


I began writing this post after Swan Song (4x09), which some might argue is too early for a post like this. (And then I accidentally published the post when it was nothing but a sorry little draft. I'm a technology genius.) I listed 18 numbers that I wanted to be in the final 20. My heart was sorrowful, knowing I'd have to cut so many of them in the end. Unless there would only be two good songs during the rest of the season. And that would not make my heart any less sorrowful.

Turned out there were more than two good songs. In fact, there were quite a few more. This is why you are now looking at a top 25, instead of a top 20. My list, my rules! I'm THIS close to making it a top 30, because the musical numbers have been noticeably good this season. Also, I haven't been writing about the episodes that often (because they have been, again, noticeably varying in quality), so there are many numbers I haven't had the chance to talk about yet.

I put the list together before Cory passed away, and I decided not to tamper with it, even though I kind of wanted to, to honor Finn and Cory. Well, I did move Don't Dream It's Over up quite a bit. But that doesn't count.

If GIFs give you a headache, I'm sorry. They might give me one, too. But they're fun.

Jul 21, 2013

Glee after Cory


On Sunday morning, a week ago, I opened my phone to check the news as I routinely do, and learned that Cory Monteith had passed away. One of my first thoughts was that Glee wouldn't ever be the same again. I know it's shallow to immediately think of the fate of a TV show, but even though losing a real person is of course the most tragic thing, losing a character means a lot, too. The news of an untimely death of a celebrity had never felt more personal to me than they did with Cory, because Glee has played such a special part in my life for years now, and Cory was naturally a huge part of that. Finn was, for four seasons, the leading male character on the show, and although he was never my favorite (and I admit on occasionally experiencing "mild" dislike towards Finchel), he was a core factor in keeping the story together. He was always in the center of Glee. He belonged there. We liked him there. And, as it happens, I liked Finn on season four more than I'd ever liked him before. He was in his element as a leader. He found a direction for his life.

Thinking that Glee wouldn't ever be the same again was a natural thought. It's not only because Finn was a central character, and him not being there will leave an aching gap in the halls of McKinley, the choir room, the auditorium. As I've said a million times before, I love Glee because it's an endless source of joy. How indeed could Glee be the same again? Now, there will never be more Finn Hudson. There will never be no more songs sung by Finn Hudson. There will never be more backstage interviews with Cory. Now, whenever I watch Glee, be it season one or five or eight, I will always know and remember that once a person died when he was only 31, for a stupid, stupid reason, leaving behind friends, family, colleagues, a girlfriend, and lots of fans who looked up to him. How's that for a source of joy... Is Glee now ruined?

I've been watching season one of Glee this past week. On the Sunday when I heard the news I watched the Pilot, and, indeed, it felt weird. The thought that Finn was now gone, that Cory no more existed, that Lea was at that moment living through a horrible nightmare although on screen they were just meeting for the first time, it was all too weird. Now, it's been a week, I'm halfway through the season, and it's beginning to feel more normal. I guess a week's worth of time has worked its magic, and the healing has begun. Sure, I keep tearing up in random places, like in the middle of Papa Don't Preach, just because I happened to think about how there will never be a Finchel wedding, and so eventually they'll have to create a new serious love interest for Rachel. But even if I cried more often than usually, I still found myself enjoying the musical numbers, fangirling when thinking about how next season Blaine will show up and save the sad little puppy that season-one-Kurt is, laughing at Sue's old school insults and fast-forwarding over boring Terri scenes. Like it was just the same as before.

It is sad, so sad and so stupid that Cory died. But we'll still always have Jessie's Girl. We'll have the moment in Quinn's bathroom when Finn is doing silly ninja moves in front of the mirror. We'll have his contribution in all three versions of Don't Stop Believin'. We'll have Finn as Brad in Rocky Horror, and we'll have him as Kurt in Tina's reverse-fantasy in Props. We'll have Finn uniting the Glee club in Don't Dream It's Over. In October, we'll have a tribute episode for Finn, and we'll get to properly say our goodbyes to the character and also to Cory. We'll cry our eyes out, but we'll have closure, and I know it'll feel good. I know letting the character die is the right thing to do, and I trust they'll do it right, in a Glee kind of way.

Perhaps Glee won't ever be exactly the same, but it will still make me feel good. "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened", they say, and although it's an absurdly tall order, I'm choosing to follow the wonderfully cheesy proverb, and try to concentrate on appreciating what Cory gave us via Glee, and also what he got for himself out of Glee. I'll finish this post and I'll watch another episode before going to bed, and I'll probably cry, but I'll also get further confirmation that Glee will always be a source of joy, which is a wonderful thing to have been a part of, and a wonderful legacy.


"C'mon, give me a hug before I go."