“After gaining the incredible platform from Glee, it wasn’t so much of a decision to get involved as it was an opportunity to take part,” Criss said. “I’ll be honest, I’m not so much into the idea of one cause being more important than another; however, I felt that The Trevor Project was a perfect fit for my efforts. It stands for a lot of things that I believe in, as well as falls in line with much of what Glee stands for.”—Darren Criss (x)
Daxie, this for you hot from Fox Research. The preliminary ratings for Glee are good! 3.2 in 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers which is a big jump from the last ep. Also the second ep in a row where the viewer numbers have gone up and the forst ep this season where both the 18-49 rating and the viewer numbers have gone up from one week to the next. These numbers will likely be adjusted up once the finals come in later today.
First of all, I adore my editor for that headline (yes, I don’t write the headlines ever, that’s all editor’s choice), and second yes, I noticed a few typos give it time to refresh, but —-
Glee is at its worst when it muddles its messages, which was clearly the case tonight. In an episode that should be about kids who are looking for approval and the various ways they do and don’t achieve that (Kurt, with his loss at the election but the steadfast support of his boyfriend, Santana with the club and her parents acceptance in the face of the greater world and her grandmother’s negativity), we got the completely opposite message from Sue’s quest to prove her straightness like the assumption of lesbianism would ruin her. Maybe it’s Glee being the real world where hypocrisy flourishes, but sometimes Glee should be the fantasy, for narrative clarity at the very least. And that’s not even addressing the pointlessness of the Puck/Quinn/Shelby situation, that serves no great purpose except to highlight Quinn’s further spiral and pluck at tired teen TV tropes. It even manages to muddle the closing song, with Shelby’s awkward longing for Puck mixed ineffectively with Santana and Kurt’s actually compelling constant cravings.
Because seriously. I loved little bits of this episode but when you throw in Sue’s weird heteronormative quest it becomes such a depressing message. Couldn’t she just ignore the accusations? Why do we need a weird adult love triangle now? On the flip-side, I am excited about Santana and Kurt’s new journeys for the rest of the year, and finally Rachel having something that she does that’s self-serving have real consequences for her life. Yes, the kids are alright, but they’re going to be adults really soon and if they don’t want to end up like the rest of Lima they need to actually learn something from their time at McKinley.
I LIED, I didn’t go to bed; I finished my beer and wrote this.
“I have to find Blaine.”
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“What? No,” Blaine protests, leaning against the bank of lockers as Mike takes out his books for fourth period. “You can’t be serious. They’re amazing!”
“I can appreciate their showmanship,” Mike says, lifting a hand in cheerful self-defense. “But a cappella is really more your thing than mine, and,” he sticks his head in his locker, rooting around; his voice echoes out, “they move really stiffly.”
“It’s not like the Aires were much more grac—” Then Blaine glances up and sees what’s storming down the hall toward them.
As Klaine/Blaine fans, Kurt moving away is like a big dark cloud on the horizon - though I think we’ve all meta’d and analyzed ourselves into appreciating what it could mean positively for both of them individually and together.
But Blaine’s hopeful, cheerful and indefatigable perspective on Kurt’s post-highschool plans was 100% accurate in IKAG.
Kurt and Blaine are best friends first, with a special note that there has never been any “just friends” about them. Kissing, dating and calling each other ‘boyfriend’ all came after the fact that they planned on being in each other’s lives for keeps.
They committed to each other long before either had seriously thought about dating - even Kurt’s initial crush was shown to him as being so much less important than what he already had with Blaine.
So as for them facing a year apart, Kurt and Blaine spent 95% of their time in this episode focusing on that fact without so much as a stage-whisper of hesitation or even wistfulness.
I know how it feels to support someone I love, even as it takes them further away from me. I suspect many of us do. That knowledge of losing the daily intimacy and regular presence in each other’s lives is there…and I expect them to raise this at some point with Kurt and Blaine in an episode…but it sits so far beneath the fact that when you’re best friend is happy, you’re happy.
Blaine said such simple and true words in IKAG when Kurt found himself once again daunted at every turn, but his overwhelming presence as a support system to Kurt spoke volumes: ”I need to find Blaine”, singing ‘Perfect’ to each other regularly in the car, the constant looks to Blaine who is gazing back with such confidence in him, and that steadying hand on his shoulder as he filled out the NYADA application.
In a way, this was all a preview of what Blaine and Kurt will be to each other…which ironically is what they always have been to each other.
The steady voice and eyes that sparkle simply by looking at Kurt, could easily have been NBK Blaine. Long before either of them knew why they were trusting each other and supporting each other…it came as naturally as learning and speaking each other’s names.
Blaine has never once pitied, feared for or doubted Kurt’s ability to look after himself. He’s a rare person who has never, ever questioned or made presumptions about Kurt’s virility and masculinity.
He’s always there when Kurt needs him, but with a hand to his back to urge him forward and words that support but never dictate. He’s a man supporting another man because he loves him. That’s as murky as the psychology ever gets…it’s just truth, pure and simple.
Kurt can refuse to be the victim. Kurt should never give up hope. Ever.
Everything about Blaine’s nature is fulfilled in this role, and it is the only kind of relationship that a powerhouse like Kurt can have.
In that special way that only best friends can understand, being together is the same whether you’re singing and dancing with each other in the car…or swapping stories on either end of the phone, many many miles apart.
This season we’re being shown many ways in which Kurt and Blaine as boyfriends can be threatened and manipulated by the outside world. But as always, the fact that these two young men treat each other as two people and not two halves of a whole reinforces how the writers introduced their relationship to us from the beginning…and that while kisses and boyfriends are all very nice, what Kurt, Blaine…all of us need more than anything is a support system. We need that person who stands by us always, and always has.
That’s my OTP - and even as this show wants to throw my heart around over villains and bullies and separations, it gives me these constant reminders that Kurt and Blaine are to each other what no scheming world can ever break apart.
Can you just write all my blog entries too? My blog would be way better if you did!