"Because I’ve already invested in Kurt and Rachel and Santana and Mercedes and Finn, it’s natural to want to know how they’re faring with internships and auditions and college and the music biz and the hard work of figuring out what to do with one’s entire adult life."
I’ve never truly liked Finn as a character, but now that he’s been MIA for three episodes, I’m actually happy to have him back. It’s startling how different the show feels with his return and he’s better than he’s ever been. And don’t fear, we learn all about where he’s been, how that Army thing worked out, and there’s a pretty obvious set-up for what his immediate future might be.
I know everyone’s excited for Finn and Rachel and Kurt and Blaine to share scenes again, but one of the more touching interactions comes between brothers Finn and Kurt. Their relationship has evolved a lot and it’s sweet to see them together again.
But in the last stretch the episode tightened its focus to Finn, Rachel and Kurt, the three characters with whom an erratic season 3 has felt most grounded in the realities of senior year and in Glee’s more bittersweet theme: the gulf between dreams and reality. And from the point the envelopes start to open, the show—and Chris Colfer, Lea Michele and Cory Monteith—absolutely nail it.
First, credit to the writers for not neatly setting up an exit for all three characters to go to New York together. (Not that I doubt they’ll end up together eventually.) Kurt’s rejection from NYADA genuinely surprised me, and Colfer’s silent expressions as Rachel announced that she got in perfectly balanced hurt, envy and genuine happiness.
The breakup scene with Monteith and Michele, meanwhile, was raw, uncomfortable and dead-on, one of the best examples of Glee’s addressing straight on the show’s real stakes (which Finn voiced in the pilot when he feared ending up a “Lima loser”). This wasn’t just a scene about a boy and a girl breaking up. It was also a scene about a young man and woman who badly want things in addition to each other and finally have to accept that “Love will work it out” doesn’t answer everything. After Rachel’s spent a season trying to convince herself that Finn can just tag along to New York as her new husband, it’s Finn who forces himself to realize that that would be wrong for both of them.
Monteith especially acts the hell out of the scene, but the way it unfolds, both of them in the car watching their realities change, is one of the best things the show has ever done. I half—maybe three-quarters—expected it to somehow resolve with Rachel staying behind on that train platform or Finn showing up somehow at Grand Central Station. Instead, we just get a very long sequence of Rachel, walking the streets of Manhattan alone—because it’s really the only choice she could make and remain Rachel Berry.
My heart breaks for Finn and Rachel of course, but this bittersweet parting is just for now.
But then again I feel this ending will give us some breathing room for Finn’s story to develop in interesting ways. Fort Benning, Georgia? Staying in Lima? Another city? Maybe, possibly heading to New York by the second or third episode of Season 4? Remember this is TV, as one poster on my dash said, TV keeps making up stories to keep the Fated Lovers apart. In the meanwhile, I hope the fated lovers get to have interesting stories to tell, separately and also together.
Which one of you believe they will never meet up again? Or ultimately not end up in NYC with Kurt? :) Of course not. We’ll be seeing Finn, Rachel and Kurt in New York City. They will be reunited. And my OTP3 will be having a lot of adventures there.
Thank you Glee for a great season. I’ll be honest, you made me frustrated at times but hahaha I still love you. I’ll be looking forward to another one. All my love to each and every cast member of this show. But most of all, a big thank you to Cory Monteith for being the wonderful actor that you are.