All You Need Is Love … and Glee

Originally Published: September 28th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014

In the premiere of Glee’s 5th season, the episode aptly titled “Love, Love, Love” was a beautiful way to start a season that is sure to be ripe with sadness following the show’s third episode, “The Quarterback,” set to air on October 10th, which will deal with the passing of and memorialize Cory Monteith/Finn Hudson.

It was, really, all about love. And for a show with such a tight-knit cast and a devoted fan base, that’s exactly what it should have been.

One of the bigger storylines this episode revolved around Blaine and Kurt, who finally reunited when Kurt was able to forgive Blaine.

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Last season, Blaine was dead-set on proposing to Kurt, because Kurt was “the one,” which lead many a fan on many a blog to cry out phrases akin to: “this is so unbelievable! They’re in high school! Plus Blaine cheated on Kurt! I hate Blaine! Wah wah wah!” Well, I’ll give you the high school thing — yes, they are too young to be getting married. But really, on a show that, in it’s first season, allowed it’s VIRGIN male lead, Finn Hudson, to believe that he got a girl pregnant by ejaculating into a hot tub, I would say that an engagement at 18 is child’s play. (Let’s also not forget that far less-aware shows — like the horribly written One Tree Hill — married two of it’s main character’s off as SOPHOMORES, had them nearly divorced, and then back together in time to get pregnant and have a baby all before they graduated from high school.) Glee is an extremely self-aware, self-depricating show, where a “we don’t take ourselves too seriously” attitude boldly intersects with extreme awareness about current issues and problems and comments on them smartly. Many don’t get that the show is poking fun at itself while using that humor to make a statement; it’s all very ironic. And what’s even more ironic is that many don’t get that it’s not supposed to take itself too seriously in moments like these, where a high schooler proposes to his colleged boyfriend.

Take, for example, this moment earlier on in the episode where Blaine explains his proposal and his desire to unite all of the New Directions’ competitors for the sake of this proposal:

“I want this to be more than an ordinary proposal. I want this to be a cultural statement. Our generation is at a turning point. People everywhere — except, like, Russia — are beginning to see that it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you’re from, or even what God you believe in; they’re beginning to see that people really aren’t all that different. And honestly if we can get a bunch of cutthroat show choirs to stand side by side and unite in something? Then anything is possible.”

(If Glee has taught me anything, it’s that through show choir, anything IS possible…)

We all know that this type of speech never would have happened in real life because love is love, and a proposal is not done to gain national recognition, but to express love for that one other person you cannot live without. But this is Glee, and Glee is known to make sappy, ultra self-aware statements. That doesn’t make it bad writing, it just makes it iconic because it’s commenting on what’s happening all around the world right now: Love is love, and moments like this are meant to unite.

And if that wasn’t enough, Artie hits us over the head with:

“Blaine is just using the world of rival glee clubs as a metaphor for this incredible time we’re in right now.”

Y’know, for all the viewers out there who are busy fixating on high school aged kids getting married and not the fact that right now truly is a HUGE turning point for gay men and women all around the world. Again, stop fixating on the believability — since that surely went out the window with the Hot Tub Ejaculation Pregnancy of Season 1 — and start hearing the messages.

As the episode progressed, it was clear that Glee was taking the “love heals all” route to this new season without the beloved Cory Monteith, and although his lack-of-prescence was certainly felt — especially during Lea Michele/Rachel’s emotionally raw performance of “Yesterday” post-Funny Girl callback gone awry — I think that this kind of light-hearted re-introduction to Glee was exactly what was needed.

In all culminated a moment I didn’t quite expect before I started the episode: The Blaine-to-Kurt Marriage Proposal:

It was filled with memories, history, and most important: love. It was important because in 2013, two men getting married is important, and to have this kind of weight given to a gay love story in TV show where it’s all about the ensemble, not about one star over another, is important.

In the end, it’s not about the statement it makes or how important the role it plays in today’s gay marriage conversation for young viewers, or the way in which it was done. In the end, it’s all about love. It’s all about the right here and now. And as Burt, Kurt’s father, says right before the proposal when Kurt expresses that both he and Blaine are “so young”:

“Your mom and I met when we were 22. And I asked her to marry me six months in. We were just kids. It was really hard at first. Y’know, you go in with these fantasies about what your life together is going to be nothing but laughin’, dancing around your underwear, cooking pasta, sex…a lot of sex. It’s hard being married, though. It’s hard enough being in your 20s. (Kurt asks: “Do you wish you’d waited?”) Not one second more. I wish I’d met her ten years earlier. I didn’t know then that I was only going to get so much time with her, y’know, the she was going to leave us so soon. I’d take 50 more years of late night fights about me working late or the gas bill or letting the milk go bad for just ten more minutes with her…next to me. We only get a few days when you come down to it, Kurt…”

We only have these moments.

We only have right now.

And right now, all we need is love. And maybe Glee.

What Do You Think of Glee? Did You See the Premiere of Season 5? Sound Off in the Comments!

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Also, If you liked this post, check out:

The Significant Death of Ignorance: My Reaction to the End of DOMA

Roots Before Branches: My Reaction to Cory Monteith’s Death

12 Comments

  1. This is sooooo true! It’s so easy to focus on the unbelievable parts of glee, rather than the most importaNt, which is the voice it’s giving to gay teens!

    Love this!!!! It makes me appreciate Glee more. Also love the other two posts you linked to!

    1. Thanks, Steve! 🙂 Glad I was able to capture and echo that sentiment about Glee, because I do believe that, after all the silliness, Glee is really about something bigger.

      Yeah, those other two posts are some of my favorites as well!

  2. What the world needs now is love, sweet love. I agree with you that it doesn’t matter what age these kids are, it’s the idea of love that should be appreciated here. Same love.

  3. Glee has gone down hill ever since the original cast left the show. The whole Blaine storyline is ridiculous. I guess it’s good for marriage equality exposure for kids watching to showcase such a positive, love story. But idk, Glee as a whole is kind of ridiculous.

    1. I respectfully disagree. I think that it should be natural for a TV to show to grow creatively and explore new avenues. Most of the original cast is still on the show, or at least returns somewhat regularly. And the split NY/Lima storylines are really fun to watch unfold. Glee is, by nature, a dark comedy. It relies on hyberbole and ridiculous storylines. And i Love Blaine!

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