* Spoiler Alert! I’ve waited a couple of weeks to post this, but if you are like me and have some episodes of Glee still siting on that PVR, skip this post and c’mon back later.
True confession. I am a Gleek. I’m not sure who the target demographic Glee is aimed at, but this 40 year old Mama from the Suburbs likes to get her Gleek on. A little popcorn, huddled in front of the TV and I am ready to get my couch dancing on to the awesome singing. The hot (30 year old??) High School boys aren’t hard to look at either.
Other things I adore about Glee. They sometimes provide some awesome teachable moments. Everyone is accepted at Glee Club no matter their size, their colour, their social status or their ability. It’s a good message. They have touched on chastity, issues of self confidence, teen pregnancy, and bullying. The last two episodes had me on the edge of my couch as two of the main character’s, Rachel and Finn decided is was a grand idea to get married. At 18. What? Apparently the parents and all the friends supported this high school wedding and the festivities were planned. The only person against this sacred union. Quinn.
As the show progresses we see stubborn Quinn
the only character capable of independent thought? finally buckle under and agree to stand beside the happy couple as they say their I do’s. She just has to run and get her bridesmaids dress. This dress retrieval is taking far too long for Rachel, dressed up in her Wedding finery, and pacing.. pacing …pacing. She begins texting Quinn to see what is taking so very long. At first Quinn does the right then and ignores her beeping phone. She is driving! Predictably, Quinn can’t taking the bleating of her phone for very long and leans over to do a quick check. Just send one fast text.
Uh oh. Do you see that big old truck coming? Yep. In that one fleeting moment she is broadsided. SMASH and end of show. Blackness.
Breathless. I was breathless. Would the writers of Glee send such a strong message, such an important message? You should never text and drive. I couldn’t wait for the next episode.
…and then, disappointment. Almost disgust?
Quinn comes rolling down the hall of her beloved school in a wheelchair. Huge smile on her face, “I’m Still Standing” playing in the background. We aren’t sure how much time has passed, but all indications are it hasn’t been that long. She has not one hair out of place, not a scratch. She almost casually announces that her spine has been compressed, that yes, she is in this wheelchair for now, but she “WILL walk into that auditorium for Regionals” Or some such nonsense.
For real? Is this the message we are going to send to our youth? To everyone? If you get a slushie with rocks in it thrown in your eye, like Blain did a few episodes back, you spend weeks in your bed convalescing until surgery can be arranged. Bullying clearly should not be tolerated and has serious ramifications. BUT if you text and drive and get broadsided by a truck, you will be just fine. Yes, you will think twice about texting and driving in the future, but not to worry, your future still looks rosy! Just sing a few songs in a wheelchair, keep a positive attitude and say a few prayers and all will be well.
Sigh. I am a broken hearted Gleek. I expected more.
What did you think? Did Glee get it right, or sadly miss the mark?