A while back I wrote a post on another website asserting that Glee was speaking about the weaknesses of the It Gets Better message. Everyone thought I was nuts. To them, I say:
And don’t give me any of that It Gets Better crap because I don’t want it to get better; I want it to be better. Like, right now. I want to hurt them the way they hurt us. No, worse. I want them to feel my pain, because frankly that’s all I have left to give.
Amen, Artie. (wow… never thought I’d say that.)
And this scene was good. Because it was the New Directions against the “Old School” = establishment. And they know more than they want to that there is no winning by playing the old game with the old boys. Will wants them to trust the system to sort things out. The glee kids know better.
Racheline has explained better than I could have what it is that made me so completely uncomfortable about this episode.
From there, we witness the strongly implied violence of “Smooth Criminal” in which both Santana and Sebastian are using sexuality in their duel, but in which only one of them, Sebastian, is able to successfully imply the perpetration of acts of sexual violence through that performance.
I didn’t enjoy the episode — watching it the second time was annoying. There were moments — Smooth Criminal, Twink!, Trent Warbler being sassy, Burt — but they were just moments. The episode overall unnerved me, and while I usually enjoy a good unnerving (oo, er) I’m either too tired or this just went too far.
In general, I don’t think they pulled off the musical numbers with the possible exceptions of Human Nature and Smooth Criminal. I thought Artie being out of his chair again was … lazy? maybe. Like he couldn’t be powerful and angry in his chair.
And let’s talk about Quinn and Rachel? Why on earth would Rachel go to Quinn? Why not Kurt? Why not anyone else? Quinn still has something covering a photo of Rachel’s face in her locker. Quinn who has only just managed the appearance of someone with her shit together. Quinn who most certainly has not got her shit together yet. Quinn who believes her status-centric relationships with boys were “love”.
But Quinn is right about one thing: Finn is an anchor. Worse yet, that’s what he wants to be. He wants to bring a piece of their Lima, Ohio hell with them to New York City. He wants the past where he was powerful and popular and privileged to live on for Rachel. Nobody else in glee wants what’s happening right now to last forever. Just Finn, because it worked for him.
And as for Finchel — as someone who was briefly engaged before prom night — I don’t think the engagement will last long. Will Rachel be like young me? Will she see the ring (that she must be hiding from everyone) and feel nauseous? Or will she go tell her fathers and get some much-needed perspective from them? Either way, I don’t see wedding bells before the freshman 15.
I love the anxiety about the future that is suffocating everything right now. Because whatever they think the anxiety is, it’s mostly that the future isn’t here yet.
Oh, and this is fun. Blaine’s room.