I tried to keep it all bottled up inside. I tried so hard to bury it down as deep as it would go. I tried to put it in that dark place where all the rage and hatred in my heart for stupid people and awful movies…but I can’t. I refuse to. And so, let’s talk about the Glee season 3 finale.
Shut up, I know, Glee is stupid and for people much younger than me and so on and so forth. But it’s like Heroes – the first season was so good, I can’t stop now. But my God, if anything could make me turn my back on this show, it would be this insulting finale. Spoiler Alert Abound, y’all.
So, if you saw it, you know what I’m talking about already. But I’m going to sum it up: Rachel Berry, who choked on her NYADA audition, got in over Kurt, who blew it out of the water. But it’s not just that.
Rachel Berry is the star of the show, the single prima donna, bar none. And over the three years this show has been on the air, she has not really grown. She’s the same selfish, self-obsessed diva she always was. Let’s recap all the crap she has done: sent an exchange student to a crack house, cheated on “the love of her life,” made moves to try and keep herself at the top in manipulative ways, and annoyed the crap out of everyone with her obnoxious solo hogging. Is she an awful character? Not exactly – she has flaws, and that’s the foundation for believable characters. And there are times when she’s on the ball in terms of plot.
The stronger ending would have been if Rachel hadn’t gotten in and would have had to deal with failure. Cause guess what, we all have to deal with it. I was crushed at the time college admission but from it I learned to deal with rejection and not being one of the smartest kids in the group anymore. Was it tough? Absolutely, but I ended up much better off afterwards. But no, rather than having her fail, Ryan Murphy thought that she has to get in the easy way, rather than finding her own path to stardom – instead of struggle, Rachel Berry gets handed her future, like everything else in her life.
Kurt, on the other hand, grew tremendously in three years, especially in making himself a more emotionally stable state where he can accept himself and be strong. He’s a better singer, a more confident personality, improved his home and school life, and had to face not only his own father’s morality in the face of having already lost a parent, but also the consequences of his own actions both after his ex-bully’s attempted suicide, and a texting fiasco. And what do we get for all his personal growth, through his struggles and trials? A rejection that comes out of nowhere.
Don’t get me wrong, the failure lesson can be applied to Kurt, but he’s already faced a ton of adversity and we, the audience, know he can surpass it in time cause he is a strong person. Rachel basically has a total life breakdown and resolves it by being obnoxious and getting a second chance through insane persistence. She just hasn’t earned it the way Kurt has and it’s so upsetting to see them make this obvious but stupid decision. Hope it was worth it to have the fanbase raging at you.
…or, you know, it’s just a stupid show on Fox that I shouldn’t take so seriously…
…why do I do this to myself…if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be watching K-dramas in the corner.