This also makes me wonder about June’s reasons for not choosing Kurt - is it just because he’s not as good as Blaine (in the context of what she’s looking for, not overall), or is it about the fact that he can’t pass?
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June’s last name is Dolloway. She is Mrs. Dolloway…Which bears striking resemblance to Mrs. Dalloway…(coincidence? I think not).
Who is Mrs. Dalloway? A novel by Virginia Woolf:
Mrs Dalloway (published on 14 May 1925) is a novel by Virginia Woolf that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in post-World War I England. It is one of Woolf’s best-known novels.
Of note for our purposes:
Clarissa Dalloway goes around London in the morning, getting ready to host a party that evening. The nice day reminds her of her youth spent in the countryside in Bourton and makes her wonder about her choice of husband; she married the reliable Richard Dalloway instead of the enigmatic and demanding Peter Walsh, and she “had not the option” to be with Sally Seton. Peter reintroduces these conflicts by paying a visit that morning.
Sally Seton is a love interest of Clarissa’s, whom Sally shared a kiss with, who is married to Lord Rosseter and has five boys. Sally had a strained relationship with her family and spent substantial time with Clarissa’s family in her youth. She can be described as feisty as well as a youthful ragamuffin.
I could see that maybe Kurt tells Blaine to always be true to himself when they talk about June giving Blaine opportunities or whatever, Blaine promises that but before that June made it clear already she wants him to play straight in public and he considers it for a bit.
Usually I would say that Blaine immediately declines but who knows how charming June is and what kind of stuff she promises him and whatnot. Plus, it’s Glee. It creates drama so they go for it.
Then the finale happens, he prepares for the showcase, he has a decision to make, if he really goes through with it, it will reveal the lie and breaks that promise he made to Kurt.
CONCEPT: A quirky Hollywood screenwriter begins to work on ideas for a series based on Rachel’s life, but her hip vision for the script leaves Rachel and the gang feeling nonplussed. On the verge of spending several months apart, Mercedes and Sam make a decision about their relationship. As Blaine prepares to perform in his showcase, he is faced with a tough decision.
Grammy Award-winning violinist, Joshua Bell and Glee and Broadway star sensation, Darren Criss join award-winning Broadway artist Lea Salonga, Hollywood actor Lou Diamond Phillips, tenor Rodell Rosel, Christine Rocas of Joffrey Ballet, singer Apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas and a host of other celebrities will come together in the nation’s capital for a benefit concert for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
I've seen some speculation that the 'tough decision' Blaine is going to face in the finale, according to the 5x20 ep description, is that Shirley Maclaine's character may ask that he hide the fact that he's gay in order to make it as a performer. I know you're interested in how Glee can be representative of queer experiences of decades past- what do you think of this? Would they want to go there? Is it still a relevant story?
It is absolutely still a relevant story.
I think any story about what would you do for your ambition is always relevant and always interesting and one creatives like to tell because we have to ask ourselves those questions every day, no matter where we’ve already gotten.
And I think in a show that has been very good, in a fantastical way, at showing the price of the dream (it’s hard on your relationships, it takes work, you hear no, people won’t like you, often, success is addictive), it’s totally relevant.
I don’t actually think that’s quite what’s going to happen there. I suspect it will be more about the patronage angle and autonomy and integrity and just what it is and isn’t we’re selling when we are, as performers selling ourselves.
But I think it will be implicit in what Blaine can get for being an older woman’s beautiful arm candy.
What I hope, about the story, actually, is mostly that it’s deft and nuanced. It’s easy to write a story about the casting couch or staying in the closet to be famous. But the story about the “well,don’t mention it … in the press” or “you don’t have to fuck me, but I really like to look, and I want to touch you in public like you’re mine” — the spaces of play pretend that bleed into real life to get the thing.
I want Glee to tell me that story.
And I suspect it’s going to. Because Blaine Anderson has practically been designed to tell that story with (and the awesome is compounded there by how Darren Criss does fame, frankly).
And if they do tell that story, eventually, we’re going to see the boy who can’t say no, say no in a considered way.
i’m having a thought that blaine having to make a choice about kurt could be june asking him to hide the fact that he’s gay, because she thinks it will affect his stardom. this would be a really interesting story to tell, considering not just the historical context, but also the crazy conversation that goes on around people thinking darren is gay and hiding it. of course blaine would ultimately choose kurt and being out – this isn’t the 1950s, and while they’re both devilishly handsome, blaine is not rock hudson. ;)
I'm loving all of your spec for 5x20, and I'm wondering what you might be thinking about Blaine/Kurt/Klaine moving away from NYC? I'm just trying to reconcile this move from NYC-centric stories with spec that seems to prioritize Blaine staying at NYADA/with Kurt rather than accepting whatever June's offer might be. Do you think Klaine will stay in NYC? I'm not ready to give up on NYC Glee and I really think they should stay. Thoughts?
So obviously the entirety of our thinking about Blaine/Klaine moving away has to do with the fact that s6 is primarily a new location. So I think ultimately in s6, those two stars of Glee must be in that new location.
But like - and this is where it breaks down for me - June is a NYC socialite. I’m not sure why she’d have an opportunity for Blaine outside of NYC - but she could??? I don’t know.
Maybe the move away is part of this story or maybe it’s a thing for season 6?? There is a time jump - could be until after they finish college. I’m as confused as anyone about this.
And yeah - I am basically IN LOVE with NYC Glee and wish the show was not moving to a new location. But given what RM said, I am more concerned with Kurt and Blaine being together in the MAIN ARC, wherever that may be, than in NYC. But yeah, I am pretty much in love with Glee in NY and would never move if I was the queen in charge.
I'm probably way out there with this but I've been wondering if maybe Blaine is faced with the prospect of success individually versus success albeit less than brightly with Kurt as an equal partner in it based on the song etc. So he ultimately decides to turn down June's offer before or perhaps after singing All of Me. I'm almost thinking its samcedes with the breakup cliff hanger here?
This is interesting spec (lol perhaps I think so because I’m thinking along the same lines - ha!)…June is clearly offering something to do with career success to Blaine, and that offer may not involve Kurt. So yeah, that could be the decision. AND OUR BLAINE HE IS GOING TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION. Ahem. Yes. I feel very strongly.
And yeah - I don’t think the samcedes is necessarily a cliffhanger - particularly in light of a time jump. I think they may just break up…maybe with the promise of tomorrow???
And it would be a contrast - one couple ready to choose each other over opportunities that keep them apart (and addendum: In no world that I know is this a weak decision. In fact, people who are committed to each other make choices to be together ALL THE TIME. Giving up an opportunity to choose a path that works for both partners is, IMO - a sign of strength and maturity. I often see posts about this and I wonder who gave people the idea that making joint decision and choosing to prioritize family is a weakness. As far as I have seen, neither Kurt nor Blaine has agreed to give up on their careers and do nothing for themselves in the face of the other’s succes - in fact, the opposite. They are both committed to being stars. And they are going to do it as equals and together - okay. End rant), one couple not at that stage yet - this would actually make some sense (which Glee does not always do - but sometimes it does. Realism isn’t a big part of Glee for me but this would be vaguely realistic).
The ONLY thing I disagree with here - the success with Kurt will be OH SO MUCH BRIGHTER. Theirs is a story about TWO STARS - who shine brightly individually and together. They just have to navigate those bumps and find their footing.
"The Untitled Rachel Berry Project" Episode Description
"A quirky Hollywood screenwriter begins to work on ideas for a series based on Rachel’s life, but her hip vision for the script leaves Rachel and the gang feeling nonplussed. Rachel and the gang are dismayed when all - except Brittany - are confused by what they read, prompting Rachel to try and influence some rewrites that more accurately depict who she is. On the verge of spending several months apart, Mercedes and Sam make a decision about their relationship. As Blaine prepares to perform in his showcase, he is faced with a tough decision."
The music video follows the sometimes tumultuous, but almost-always adorable story of bi-coastal lovers, played by Glee star Darren Criss and Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr. Viewers peer into each of their lives via side-by-side shots as they go through similar events throughout their day, while Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino perform onscreen.
Criss came to the video project after Glee covered A Great Big World’s “This Is the New Year” in January 2013. With a friendship forged, “it just kind of clicked,” said [Isaac] Rentz, adding that it was the actor who suggested that [Jessica] Szohr play his love interest.
“We kind of just trusted him — we definitely thought that he’d be able to bring something interesting to the role, and we loved Jessica’s work as well, so it all came together really fast,” Rentz said. “In fact, we cast them like two days before we actually shot the video, which was really quick and kind of a testament to how awesome Darren and Jessica are.”
Enlisting Criss for the video marks a full-circle moment for the twosome, as they called last year’s Glee cover “a life-changing moment for us. We’ll never forget the first time we saw Darren’s character Blaine sing the opening lines of the song. We were at our apartment with all of our family and friends, and in that one moment, millions of people were hearing those words … he’s one of the sweetest and most humble humans we’ve met.”
(I’ve been googling, and apparently John Legen used “All Of Me” to propose to his girlfriend. Ahhh. Glee and spiritual marriage and you know how we got A Very Public Proposal? This feels like a spiritual one.)
We started with All You Need Is Love, a song that denies problems because love erases them - and we’re ending on a song that is utterly aware of everything that is hard about loving someone, the perfect imprefections, curves and edges - a song that has all the faith All You Need Is Love has, but also knows more - and hell, if that doesn’t make it stronger.
I’m reading the comments and tags on Story Of My Life. It’s started to get out to the Directioners. Some of whom are also Klainers and some who had no idea Glee was doing the song so there’s flailing and keysmashing. LOL So far, the Klaine version is getting a positive response.