As a longtime entertainment journalist, I acquired a healthy cynicism toward show business, yet I always also believed in so-called “Hollywood” endings, which is to say, happy ones. But I didn’t believe in them as mere wish fulfillment, and I didn’t believe in them as shrewd audience pandering to sell tickets.
No, I believed in them as truth.
Some will say Glee’s amazingly cohesive double-header of Episodes 20, Props, and 21, Nationals, was too feel-good — too Hollywoodish — to ring true. They’ll say that New Directions winning Nationals, Rachel getting another — and apparently solid — shot at NYADA, Will winning teacher of the year — and heck, even Will getting laid — was too much too quickly, and more phony than feel-good.
And to that I say: Not in my book. After all the struggles and heartbreak, after all the slushies in the face, after all the “L” sign of losers from contemptuous fellow students, after finishing in 12th place last year, our little glee club had this championship coming. They’d worked for it. They’d fought for it. And this time they won it. And it was right, because sometimes underdogs do come out on top. Sometimes the right people do win despite the odds. And that truth is as real as any heartbreak, and certainly as meaningful. (more…)