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TV Review: Glee – “Wonder-ful”

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Something that may or may not make it into the finale is Blaine’s desire to propose to Kurt. Blaine has a terrific scene with Burt, asking for Burt’s blessing. Burt shoots him down, but not unkindly, basically telling Blaine that the boys are too young. Blaine later chickens out asking Kurt, but that doesn’t mean he won’t screw up the courage later.

I applaud Glee for allowing Burt to view Blaine’s request merely as an age issue, rather than a legal one, with Burt establishing he vocally supports gay marriage. This is the mindset we need to have, as a society, in order for equality to take root.

But Burt’s right, Blaine and Kurt are too young. Not to mention, they haven’t been dating since early fall. Going from barely being in each other’s lives to getting married, skipping the romance steps in between, is a horrible idea.

In New York, Rachel (Lea Michele) must ask Cassandra July (Kate Hudson) to move a midterm for her so that she can attend a 2nd callback for Funny Girl on Broadway. To her surprise, Cassandra not only agrees, but leads the class in singing and dancing “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” with Rachel, telling the student that she will succeed.

I’m sorry, but I don’t buy Cassandra’s about-face. It comes out of nowhere, and is in stark contrast to the way she has treated Rachel all year. There has never been a hint that Cassandra’s sternness might be covering up a soft heart, as the film trope goes, and Cassandra has been downright petty. She has to be up to something, hoping to sabotage Rachel. If not, this is a pretty poor turn of events.

Other complaints about this episode include Will’s sudden re-engagement to Emma (Jayma Mays), with no explanation or reconciliation shown, and the continued absence of Joe (Samuel Larsen) and Sugar (Vanessa Lengies). At least where Brittany (Heather Morris) is this week is explained, but the other two are just gone, and have been for far too long.

So what can we expect from next week’s season finale? There’s a lot to get through! Sue (Jane Lynch) must be re-instated and Becky’s (Lauren Potter) story resolved, the New Directions have to go to Regionals, Will will marry Emma, and Rachel has her audition. If we’re lucky, Glee will have time to jump forward and show the graduation of the seniors, but that seems to be stretching things at this point, especially as I haven’t heard anything about a two-hour finale, which feels necessary. Maybe they could wrap up this school year next fall? Doubtful, but it seems like they sort of need to.

Glee, which has already been renewed for two more reasons, concludes its fourth year next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.

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Jerome writes TV reviews for BlogCritics.org and Seat42F.com, as well as fiction. He is a frequent guest on two podcasts, Let's Talk TV with Barbara Barnett and The Good, the Bad, & the Geeky. All of his work can be found on his website, jeromewetzel.com