So... Glee. What did everyone think?
For me some aspects hit a bit close to home. I would have very much liked it if they'd ignored reality and given the underdog, who's dealt with crap from the get-go, a real opportunity at the one thing that's been holding them together. Thankfully I was 23 when I went through that experience and not 18. I'm still 23... in case you were wondering. I don't know... I don't know how to explain that feeling. I think the look on Rachel's face showed part of it but for me at least, there was an incredible amount of anger, rage really, that went along with the disappointment and sadness. When you pin so many hopes on what you cognitively know is a long shot, it's kind of a slap in the face when you see or hear the word 'no' because you realize that you really are the only one to blame. For wanting something so badly, for putting all your hopes on one thing, for spending countless hours working up to one two letter word, no one built it up but you. And in that situation, believe me, anger, disappointment and sadness are fantastic understatements for how you feel. Hence my extremely optimistic post about lemons which I now feel needs a bit of an explanation.
It should be interesting to see where Rachel goes from this point. The true test, as I've discovered, is picking yourself up and finding a new thing to hope for and move toward. And where the hell was Quinn?! Perfect moment to have her in the episode. She's the one that made the "you're bigger/better than this place" speech. Whether or not the Glee people want to admit it, Quinn and Rachel always pick each other up and play off one another. It's what they do and why people like me think THEY SHOULD BE TOGETHER. I'm hoping that using capital letters will burn those last words in your minds.
As for the other storyline with the girls, I actually kind of liked it. I liked that they chose someone "unlikely" to be the victim of spousal abuse. Because it really can happen to anyone regardless of size, ability, whatever. I even liked (though I hated) that she went back to him because that happens too often as well. In spite of their rendition of Chicago's "Cellblock Tango" missing the point, I thought it was hilarious given that the people over at SIMGM did a spoof rendition of the full number a while ago. Prophetic (Santana actually sings 'Cicero' in both) and funny. Not in the actual episode though...
(Starts about 3 minutes into the episode if you don't want to watch the whole thing)
And kind of off topic... but for once, the student/teacher relationships weren't totally inappropriate (Puck aside... that would have to be reported). Because the relationship Mr. Shue has with the students is pretty inappropriate most of the time. I would have had my ass handed to me on my PT reports if I pulled half that shit. Anyway, I liked that the student/teacher relationships were reciprocal. When I was teaching, I really would learn as much from my students (possibly more because I was paying attention) as they would learn from me (maybe). And they really do have the power to motivate you. I liked how it was done in this episode.
Dare I say it after all my complaining? I enjoyed this episode. Not even Black Sue could ruin it for me. Or Finn. Or a lack of Quinn. Or Rachel having her heart trampled by Whoopi Goldberg. I don't get it either, but I did like this episode.