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Friday, March 20, 2015

Glee:An End Of An Era





As some of you may know one of the biggest most influential shows on TV is ending...

Fox's singing/musical loving phenomenon is taking it's final bow and leaving many of it's beloved Gleeks with heavy hearts.

For six seasons the show has followed McKinley High's glee choir group full of misfits on the road to regionals and a sense of belonging in the hash world of High school and beyond.


Now, I have been a fan of the show for about 5 years ever since I heard their cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and just from hearing that song I got interested in it. I'll be honest I did hear about the show before and always thought it was like High school Musical and never found the appeal of it.

But, I watched a few episodes and realized it wasn't like I thought it would be. The show covered topics like teen pregnancy, sexuality, bullying, peer pressure, mental illness etc. and I could relate to more than one character on the show.

The other great thing about the show was the music in each episode went along with the plot of the episode and you'd listen to a song and you' probably never really gravitate towards and it would have this sort of impact on you in a way.  Over the course of 6 seasons they have covered over 700 songs ranging from all different  genres from Broadway to top 40 and even put into mash up songs that you probably never thought to pair together, but it always worked.






 Besides the fact that the greatest songs were being covered, there were also big name guest stars joining in on the fun, some even having recurring guest spots.

 Everyone from Broadway stars:

Kristin Chenowith (April Rhodes),


Johnathan Groff (Jessie St. James)

 

 Patti LePone



 To the biggest stars in the entertainment:

Gwenyth Paltrow (Holly Holiday)



Neil Patrick Harris (Brian Ryan)





 Britney Spears


 John Stamos (Carl)




Demi Lavato (Dani)

Kate Hudson (Cassandra July )




Some even played parents or relatives of the cast:

Broadway  and Frozen star, Idina Mendzel played Rachel's biological mom Shelby





Actors Jeff Goldblum and Brian Strokes Mitchell played Rachel's dads Hiram and LeRoy 

 




Santana's mother was played by Singer Gloria Estefan 


Blaine's brother Cooper was played by actor Matt  Bomer


 Brittnay's parents were played by actors Ken Jong and Jennifer Coolidge

Sue Slyvester's mother was played by the legendary actress Carol Barnett

Artie's mom was played by Sons of Anarchy actress Katie Segal


 
 And then you had all the couples you rooted for and the love triangles that caused all the drama. Almost everyone had dated at least once.

My favorite couples are

Kurt and  Blaine


These two are a fan favorite and we all knew from the time Kurt went to spy on the competition and he saw this cute boy In a school uniform open his mouth to sing Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" it was very evident he had fallen in love, as did the rest of us with Darren Criss. They've had their ups and downs, but in the end they had their happily ever after!

Finn and Rachel


These two were another fan favorite and one of my favorites as well. Ever since that time they had at little picnic in their schools auditorium and shared their first kiss, they always brought the best out of each other. Their chemistry was so strong that  the actors  dated in real life and you knew they'd make it to the very end, but sadly it didn't end up that way.

Brittany and Santana

At the beginning of the show they were best friends who made out a few times and they were attached at the hip. There were a few theories that both girls were lesbians but they ended up dating other people before revealing that they both in fact had feelings for one another.
After going their separate ways for a while, it proved absence made the hearts grow fonder and Santa finally decided to propose and put a ring on it!

Despite having happy endings, there was some sad times off the show, namely the tragic death of Cory Monteith who played Finn.



Just before Glee was set to start their 5th season, news about Cory losing his battle with drug addiction broke, leaving fans heartbroken and questioning whether Glee would continue on without him.

After taking a mini hiatus, the creators decided to go on with the show to help fans and the cast cope with the loss of their beloved quarterback.

The first episode of the 5th season was a tribute to Finn and an insight of how everyone was dealing with the huge loss to the show.



For me, Finn was the character I related to the most because while everyone else seemed to know where they wanted to do in life, Finn didn't. He was trying to find where he belonged and what he was good at. In the beginning he never believed in himself as a singer and he definitely wasn't the best dancer. from the time Will heard him sing in the locker room shower (Creepy I know) singing REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" at the top of his lungs, he took a chance on him and as the show went on you saw Finn's progression of becoming just as talented as the other kids.



Towards the end he sort of found his love for teaching when he took Will's place and took the reigns of taking the New Directions to regionals.

The guy behind Finn was just as inspiring to me because he was Finn, he had never sang, let alone danced, but the creators took a chance on him when he sent them a tape of him drumming with Tupperware and pencils.


But the most important thing I loved about Cory besides being a very talented actor, was how he was as a person. He was never the one to shy away from his past and struggles, he always was willing to share his experiences with others in order to help anyone going through the same things as he did.

He also never took anything for granted and was very appreciative of the people who supported him along the way. Every story I've read about people meeting him or working with him are all very positive and sweet. He seemed so approachable and laid back and really took the time to meet with everyone he could.

He would always say he was just a guy who worked many odd jobs in Canada and got lucky with this role on glee and fans were lucky to have him play Finn Hudson because no one would have portrayed him better than Cory did.




 I, like many viewers have felt the impact of the show weather it'd be good or bad time in life. I actually started watching during a very difficult time in my life and when I started to watch I felt like it was helping me cope with what I was dealing with. This goes for either a part of the show or a song that went with how I was feeling at that time.

But most of all Glee brought happiness and made me feel like I wasn't alone and it was okay being different.

So thank you Glee for making us feel a part of something special and to never stop believin' in ourselves!








 In honor of the finale I have made a playlist of all my favorite songs on the show: