Last night was one of the best episodes of Glee in the series so far. And I admit the episode left me an emotional wreck (as it did a lot people, judging from tweets tagged with #glee breaking as it premiered on UK television). Sure, I’d quaffed 3/4 of a bottle of white wine. But it wasn’t cos of that, it was cos of how bloody good – and moving it was.
If you are not watching Glee then, patronising as it sounds, you are genuinely missing out on something rightly lauded by the left and the right of the British media establishment. In a television landscape noted for increasing mediocrity – Glee stands head and shoulders above the rest as a bright, glittering jewel of a programme. And NO, contrary to what you may think if you haven’t yet watched it – it is not like Friends, or 90210 or other dumbed down, ‘teenager’-centric sitcoms. Instead, it actually takes the piss out of that genre and has lots of black comedy and adult themes. But above all – it is uplifting and life affirming and has amazing renditions of great songs.
In this episode, the high school Glee band team up with students from a local deaf choir. It may have less emotional resonance for those (unfortunate enough) to be not following the series. But it was very moving and powerful.
Watch again – and enjoy.