Revisiting Glee’s sixth season on its new DVDs not only provides a fond farewell to my favorite show, but also reminds me what a great season it was. Sorry, Kevin McHale, but Glee did not “jump the shark” just because Cory Monteith died. Glee remained a superb, richly entertaining ensemble series through its almost fully satisfying end, with 13 more episodes of great songs, great performances and great character moments.
Now, why did I say “almost fully satisfying”? Well, we never can have it all, can we?
In this case, I’m referring to the series’ two-part finale, when it time-jumped to reveal happy endings for its characters as a payoff not only for them and the actors who played them, but also for longtime fans.
The problem for me and many fans (“Samchel” supporters, I’m talking to you) was that the “happy ending” desired by Lea Michele conflicted with what her character, Rachel Berry, would have wanted.
There’s no way in God’s universe that Rachel should have wound up with Jesse St. James — a smug, vain, egotistical clod who once threw eggs at her and was hated by her true love, Finn. Besides, Glee’s creators spent much of Season 6 developing a credible romance between Rachel and Sam, who was easily as sweet and earnest and tender toward her as Finn had been, only to squander it at the end with the head-scratcher of jerk Jesse suddenly taking his place.
But I know why they did it. They did it for Lea, not Rachel. In fact, one of two fine behind-the-scenes featurettes on Disc 4 explains it all with one telling remark.