I liked that they showed the different kinds of/stages of grief. Screaming. Crying. Denial and thinking about pettier things. Stoicism. All of it was so real.
I liked that they left it on a sort of “Well, what now? Everything’s changed” point with that conversation between Rachel and Schue. Maybe something better - I don’t know how that’s possible. That’s how it feels. I don’t know how it’s possible.
I liked that they didn’t give a reason for Finn dying - that Kurt said it didn’t matter. Because it doesn’t make sense one way or another, just like losing Cory didn’t. Doesn’t matter what it happened, doesn’t matter what Cory did or didn’t do - all that matters is that it was too soon, and it hurts, and that life is different now.
I liked that there was silent support going on between people who mean a lot to each other. Kurt and Blaine holding each other. Tina and Mike holding each other. Tina and Artie holding each other. Those little moments meant more to me than some of the big scenes did.
I liked that the cast was honest and raw. That they didn’t try to make it pretty grief, because I can’t stand that. Grief isn’t pretty. It’s an ugly, ugly monster, and I liked that they screamed and kicked things and shoved things and sobbed and pulled faces. I could relate, and I hated it at the same time, because I hate that they’re going through this.
I liked that I could laugh. They did it in a way that was tasteful - the Finn quote on the plaque, the chair kicking comment. So Finn. So Cory. So wonderful.
I liked that it wasn’t focused solely on mourning, like I said. That it celebrated who he was and the good things he did. That’s what I want to remember, and that’s what I want to concentrate on from here on out.
I liked that they didn’t give it a lesson. That they didn’t try to make it into some “let’s all be wonderful to each other from now on, yay!” moment. Because it wouldn’t have stuck, let’s be honest. It would’ve just been fake sentiment. I liked that Sue blatantly said there is no lesson to be learned here. Because it doesn’t make sense, and it never will, and it just is. It’s just something that’s happened that we have to remember.
I liked that they focused on supporting those who Finn loved in order to remember him, and I think that’s something we need to focus on too.
I liked that they focused on not bottling in grief, and on letting it out eventually in your own way and time, because I think that’s so incredibly important to remember when you’re mourning. Otherwise you just explode, like Puck. Like Santana. Like Will.
I liked it. And I think it was beautiful. And I think it was everything that I was hoping it would be. And I think that this cast and crew are some of the strongest groups of people in the world for putting their hearts on the air like that.
So again - thank you, Glee. Thank you.