By Rebecca Pedersen, Staff Writer
Disclaimer: If you have not watched episodes 1-3 of season 5, this article does contain spoilers.
The characters of Glee have been on emotional roller coaster rides ever since the shows start in 2009. However, this year much has happened to the actors of the show off the set as well, including: Naya Rivera’s (Santana) engagement to Big Sean, Amber Riley being on Dancing with the Stars, and the passing of Cory Montieth.
The end of season four left us half way through the school year, right after regionals were wrapped up and Brittany received an invitation to attend MIT. All of the Gleeks were also left with an entire episode of cliff hangers: will Klaine get engaged, will Rachel get the part of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, and where is Finn?
In this television series that portrays the lives of past and present Mckinley High School glee club members there is no shortage of drama. The season five premiere was no exception. The members of Glee were in touch with their inner Beatle in the first two episodes. In the first episode, “Love, Love, Love”, Blaine finally proposes to Kurt with an epic musical number including all the rival glee clubs. What else did you expect? Also, Sue Sylvester replaces Figgins as principal of Mckinley. Back in New York, Rachel and Santana are both working at a New York Diner while they try to make their television and Broadway dreams come true. Also, with a Beatles song, Sam agreed to be Tina’s date to prom. In the second Beatles inspired episode, Tina finds her inner mean girl and dumps Sam because she wants a better chance of winning homecoming queen. A new, evil Cheerio named Bree (or Santana 2.0) is introduced and sabotaged Tina’s victory by having, nothing other than, red slushies dumped on her a few seconds after her being crowned. The glee club gets together to help fix Tina’s make-up and self esteem to make this the most special night of Tina’s high school life. Meanwhile, Santana gets a part in a commercial for a yeast infection prescription and now has a new girlfriend, played by Demi Lovato. Also, Rachel gets the news that she gets to play her dream role as Fanny Brice.
The third episode of this season was the most emotional, heart-breaking episode of Glee to date. It was the Cory Monteith memorial episode. It was closure for the fans, to say one last goodbye to the character of Finn Hudson, and the actor Cory Monteith. Most of the characters from the first season of Glee came back to share their thoughts and feelings on Finn. Sue shares her true, hidden feelings about Finn. The fans joined to share memories and mourn the death of Cory Monteith and Finn Hudson.
With the passing of Cory Monteith and other factors affecting the story line, as well as the actors and writers of the series, they have decided to bring the series to a close after completing their sixth season. As of now, we are three episodes into the fifth season, so I am sure we are still in for a few surprises and lot of drama in these final two seasons. Ryan Murphy, one of the three main writers on Glee, initially planned to have the series end with a big moment between Rachel and Finn; however, now we are in for a turn in the story line and hopefully an exciting season.