Schuester decides that the kids need to learn how hard it is to be poor paraplegic Artie and sentences them all to spend three hours a day in a wheelchair a subplot about the fabulously gay Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer, who has brought subtlety and grace to what began as a pretty stock bitchy-comic-relief role).
The wheelchair stuff is funny, then cringey; Colfer's plot is something else.
Cowell clearly despised this country, and he felt the same way about the contenders' hopeful little hearts as Jack Bauer did about terrorists' kneecaps, but we put up with him and his show's ruthless winner-take-all competitive-sport pop music paradigm for ten long seasons.'s whole ethos.
Wild and wishful blog-speculation about on- and offscreen couplings.
The You Tube tribute videos starring kids in their bedrooms, British hairstylists, and Ben 10 action figures.
But what we didn't learn was the 19-year-old quarterback died three weeks prior (before the shiny-happy, nothing-to-see-here two-part Beatles-based premiere).
As a result, the episode was both heartbreaking – you had to be made of stone to not grab a tissue during real-life girlfriend Lea Michele’s tear-soaked rendition of "Make You Feel My Love" while playing on-screen love Rachel Berry – and frustrating. How somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ' This is about a celebration of that character's life.' That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way."There wasn't much celebrating going on in the episode, with the line between TV and reality blurred as one cast member/character after another sobbed onscreen.
Or maybe a show that loves losers this much is the perfect is not exactly at its best when it's being deliberately "progressive." It's as unafraid of teachable-moment overkill as it is of having somebody really go for it on the corniest trucker-gearshift crescendo of a Journey song.
There's a rst-season episode called "Wheels" in which Mr.How the hell did a show about high school theater geeks come to be the biggest TV show in America? (That's talent and ambition, you pervs.) But so does a generous helping of pot-laced brownies, girl-on-girl subtext, and choreographed dry-humping.Gleeksters Lea Michele, Dianna Agron, and Cory Monteith pull Alex Pappademas into the vortex Thursday afternoon in the auditorium at Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, California, and if the twelve relatably attractive young people who play the irrepressible William Mc Kinley High School show choir on TV's are tired—if the pressure of following up a debut season that spawned hit soundtrack albums, a sold-out concert tour, and a crazy-passionate fan base of self-professed "Gleeks" is getting to them, if they feel like they're singing and dancing as fast as they can—it doesn't show.At the very end, after a simple placard bearing Monteith's name flashed on the screen in a moment of silence, some of the stars of the show encouraged viewers who are struggling with addiction to get help.For a show that has prided itself on warts-and-all storylines, was that enough?The sensitive star-quarterback-turned-glee-club-singer was portrayed as a hero of sorts, agilely moving between cliques and helping to connect people. It was therefore natural that ever since 31-year-old Monteith died of a drug overdose on July 13th and it was announced that the show would go on without him by killing off Finn, Gleeks and casual viewers alike had been wondering how the character's demise would be handled.