I’ve been wanting to write about the Prom Queen episode since it aired, but I’ve been conflicted about it since, and it’s been muddying up my mind. But I’m here now, and you might be interested in my ramblings (I love you both!) so here I go.
First, what was really bothering me, and what’s been bothering me since the spoilers were made public, is that they ran with the gay kid being voted prom queen. There are so few gay teens on television. You’d think it wouldn’t be difficult to come up with original storylines.
And yet, here we are. Last year on Ugly Betty, Justin Suarez was voted Homecoming queen by his classmates. And there are a lot of differences in execution and in character, but the Glee plot was a bit of a disappointment. Again, it’s been done. And it was done very well. I’m just not sure Kurt’s plot was important enough to justify being a copy of another that was so well done.
There were other things too, that had me confused. I was one of the people that had no idea what to do with Blaine’s Sadie Hawkins dance story. Fortunately, Racheline Maltese, easily the smartest person writing about Glee at the moment, had some things to say.
Another friend quite rightly took issue with Jesse St. James’ casual racism when he made a comment about his high school having “some Asian kid” doing his schoolwork for him. Like, really, in a show with two Asian characters who, so far, have not exactly been stereotypes, why did the writers go there?
But I think, at the end of the day, that my real issue with the episode was the pacing. They tried to do so very much that most of the plotlines felt incomplete and unsatisfying. I know that’s always going to be a risk with an ensemble cast, but it was unsettling.
You know what I loved? Kurt’s outfit. You know what I hated? Burt suddenly being all “why can’t you just be normal” with Kurt. And just when Finn had finally copped on! The gay Braveheart comment was priceless.
Brittany telling Santana to be herself, and to be there for Kurt. That was awesome too. They way the paralleled Brittany and Santana’s talk with Kurt and Blaine’s was nicely done.
And over at Gaelick, Hal talks about how we are seeing all the stages of coming out in Glee‘s queer characters, and that’s awesome. Dave Karofksy’s “I can’t” just about killed me.
For me, the real squee! moment happened when Kurt resolved to stand up and be “coronated” (is that a word?) as prom queen. He said “They can’t touch me. They can’t touch us, or what we have.” We’re seeing just a glimpse of that incredible bond a queer couple often has to form. It’s them against the world.
What did you think of the episode? Did it live up to your expectations? I mean, does prom ever?