We're four episodes away from the end of Glee and I'm calling it now.
"Wedding," aka Glee Season 6 Episode 8, was the best episode of the series' final season.
Was "Wedding" perfect? Hahahaha. No. Not by a long shot. There are many, many things to nitpick. Like
- Kurt telling Walter he was going to the wedding with Blaine before actually confirming that with Blaine,
- the fact that Carole and Blaine's mom had never met before, and
- Brittany saying they had their final fittings but then holding a bridal fashion show for the bridesmaids like the final dress selections hadn't been made yet.
Not to mention
- Quinn wasn't at the wedding but Sugar Motta was,
- Puck apparently only owns his Air Force uniforms now,
- and everything about Brittany's parents.
But there's something about weddings, guys. They get me every. single. time.
Glee has caught a lot of flack for being a little too agenda pushing this season, and this critic could not disagree more with those who say the purpose of fluffy Friday night television is to entertain and not educate. Does Glee get it right 100% of the time? No. But it's capable of doing both.
This season feels a whole lot like Glee throwing up its middle fingers to those who oppose gay marriage and/or who may be homophobic. The show basically has no more you-know-whats to give about those who would rip it apart for promoting a "pro-gay" agenda.
If there's one thing Glee is and has always been it's pro-everybody. In that regard, nothing has changed. This series is taking a political stand and openly discussing the issue of gay marriage and how equality is sweeping our country in a way no other show currently on air is doing.
Yes, others are showing gay couples. (How To Get Away With Murder comes to mind.) But there's showing gay couples and there's saying "this is a thing that needs to happen." Glee falls into both categories while the others exist in a universe where the issue of gay marriage doesn't seem to exist. Straddling the real and fictional worlds is one area in which Glee has always excelled for those who happen to like when the fourth wall is broken.
Only Glee could turn a filler episode--and let's be real, that's what this was in the context of telling the story of the New Directions--into a political statement, and for that, they earn a little more of my love. Equality is a work in progress, and Glee is doing whatever it can to help that progress along.
Now, as to the goings-on of the actual episode and not the over-arching message being sent...
Brittana are married! Klaine are married! YESSSSSS!!!!
We knew it was going to happen, that Klaine would be the second couple to tie the knot at the wedding. There was never any doubt that it would be them, even with that ridiculous red herring that was Tina revealing she wanted to propose to Mike Chang.
Does it feel rushed? Maybe a little. Are they too young? Maybe a little. Am I happy for these fictional newlyweds? Absolutely.
Maybe Mercedes and Artie singing "At Last" just kicked me in the feels and helped me overlook the speed with which Kurt and Blaine got back together, Brittany and Sue planned a double wedding, and the guys just decided to carpe some diem. Or maybe I was just resigned to the fact that Klaine was as endgame as Brittana and I'm thankful Ryan Murphy and Co. decided against holding off on getting the guys back together.
The vows which the newlyweds spoke were beautifully done. From the writing to the interweaving to the looks in the audience as they were spoken. The entire thing is recorded on the Glee quotes page because it was all just too pretty not to add. While Brittany and Santana are not my favorite Glee couple, I couldn't help but love them tonight.
I also couldn't help but love Sue. Her character has been all over the place, but that's not really new. Sue is an enigma wrapped in a mystery. She's selfish, yes, but, as has been proven time and time again, she has a heart.
Sue did what no one else was capable of doing and brought Abuela around on the idea of supporting Santana. I actually cried when Abuela showed up in the dressing room and told Santana that family mattered most. See? Weddings, guys. They make me all weepy, even if Abuela coming to terms with Santana and Brittany's marriage was a given. It was a happy moment no matter the predictability, so kudos to the writers.
While I likely would have put a time jump greater than just a few months between Glee Season 5 and this one so that the brides and grooms weren't 20-year-olds, this episode was an attempt at wrapping up the stories of some of the fandom's favorite couples, and in that regard, it was pretty solid.
Here's hoping they all live happily ever after.
What did you think of tonight's double wedding? Were you surprised to see Kurt and Blaine get married on a whim? Where was Quinn Fabray?
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Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.