Like Prom Queen, I’m a bit conflicted about Funeral, although in a far less urgent kind of way. While a bit conflicted, I can honestly say there was little in the episode that made me actually care.
I strongly dislike cheap attempts at manipulating my feelings, and that funeral — Willy Wonka decorations and all — struck me as Hallmark cheap. Glee was looking for tears and determined to get them.
The Good Stuff:
Jane Lynch is actually a magnificent actor, and I’m delighted she was finally given a plot that wasn’t completely ridiculous. Her wedding to herself? Bullshit. Her torturing Artie? Stupid. This, now this is real and, for once, they respected one of their finest actors and gave her a story worthy of her talents.
The music. Some People, My Man, Pure Imagination, all wow. The stuff I didn’t name was good too. The music was great. More of this please.
Will Schuester’s closet of vests.
Finn dumping Quinn. About freaking time.
The Bad Stuff:
The memory reel of Sue and Jean in the style of The Wonder Years. I almost expected Fred Savage to begin narrating. It’s one thing to give Sue a special needs sister, and use this as a device to humanise a character that was in danger of becoming a caricature. It’s another thing to kill off the plot-device sister and then flog the audience with the message the show had already achieved with the sister being alive. I think they could have managed Jean’s death in a much classier way. I had no objection to anything that happened outside of the actual funeral. I pretty much object to the entire funeral scene.
Ok, so I guess, at the end of it all, I have only one real objection, but it’s a big one.
What did you guys think?