(SPOILER ALERT: Read only after watching Glee‘s Season One finale)
Now that the first season of Glee is complete, the signature song of New Directions has remained the main theme of the show throughout the whole first season, for both the characters and the viewers. There were some major missteps along the way (Acafellas, Home, Laryngitis) but it still persisted to be one of the best show on TV. Throughout the season one journey (ha) the series has been highly scrutinized by critics, and even myself. However, I think it’s only because the show is of a certain quality that it exudes the highest expectations from everyone who watches it, which is a good thing.
On to the finale itself; Glee has tended to have a predictability and sentimentality to it but it avoids overdosing on the cheese by not taking itself seriously. “Journey” is probably the most sentimental episode thus far, three proclamations of love and a baby! Steve Guttenburg would be proud. Finn loves Rachel, Will loves Emma and Puck loves Quinn. Aw. My WTF moment of the episode though was Shelby adopting Beth. She doesn’t want a relationship with Rachel, despite admitting that she regrets letting her go, so she’ll adopt Quinn’s baby? Weird.
The regionals themselves were awesome. I LOVED the reappearance of Josh Groban. He still remains my favorite guest star of the season, followed very closely by Neil Patrick Harris and Molly Shannon. I do wish we had actually seen some of Aural Intensity’s performance but New Directions’ goosebumps inspiring Journey medley made me forget all that. Vocal Adrenaline’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was visually stunning and of course sounded great thanks to Jonathan Groff’s voice, but it wasn’t nearly as wonderful as New Directions’ performance. (Duh.) It was heartbreaking when New Directions didn’t place, but it was obvious it wasn’t the end. The singing of “To Sir with Love” to Will was great, I do admit I shed a tear or two, but everything seemed almost more like a series finale than a season finale. Especially once Sue decided to show even more that she does have a soul and swooped in to save the day. Generally, I like my season finales a little messier with more cliff hangers and less perfectly tied up story lines but for Glee it works. New Directions has another year and all is right with the world. We’ll see what happens in September.
Update: Thank you! It’s nice to know I’m not alone on this.