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Gle Blog: S4 Ep 18 Shooting Star

Gle Blog: S4 Ep 18 Shooting Star
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by Faith-Ashleigh Wong

This contains major spoilers – please do not read on if you have not watched this week’s episode!

Ryan Murphy tweeted that this episode was "the most powerful emotional Glee ever" and I have to agree.  I somehow managed to avoid any spoilers – a rare feat these days thanks to social media! – and so was completely thrown when the narrative took that very shocking, very unexpected turn.

Fellow fans such as myself will know that the series has never shied away from what many consider taboo topics but this is perhaps the most controversial of them all.  With so many strong opinions out there about US gun laws and only four months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, it’s arguably still too sensitive an issue and too soon to be doing an episode like this – even if it is intended to be a “tribute”.

Hat's off to the cast, particularly the glee club kids for the most raw and emotional performances I have seen to date – and for some it would be the first time that we are seeing them be so vulnerable.  I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to get in to that head space when they were filming those scenes!

I must say while I had an inkling Becky may have had something to do with it, I did not foresee Sue’s involvement in the matter.  As noble a gesture it was, what she did, I am left wondering now – is this the last we’ve seen of Sue?  Her character has certainly come full circle and I have really enjoyed the progression.  She has been there from the beginning and whether you love her or love to hate her, she is very much an integral part of Glee.  I really hope this isn’t the end and we get to see more. 

On a lighter note, there may have been only three numbers this week, and rightly so, but boy were they all goodies!  Your Song and More Than Words are both personal all time favourites of mine and I thought Blake and Chord (Ryder and Sam) did them justice...though there’s no beating the original!  I also rather enjoyed Say, the closing number – it was a nice way to conclude the episode.

All in all, a very poignant, unsettling and gut-wrenching episode and one I daresay would be impossible for you to get through without shedding at least a tear or two.  Respect to you, Ryan Murphy!

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Gle Blog: S4 Ep 18 Shooting Star

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