|Index||3 reviews in total|
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This episode, "Furt," represents the kind of writing that attracted us to GLEE in the furt place. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.) There isn't a loose line or minute in the episode, the musical productions are particularly fine and moving as is the script, sucking us in and making us one of the crowd of friends celebrating the wedding of Kurt's dad and Finn's mom. Everything said and done is in character, strongly so, with Kurt excited about planning the wedding, with him conscious that Finn won't "get" that he's talking about color schemes, with his father not knowing how to dance and showing his apprehension and that dancing is not his forte during the wedding and Finn's mother a little better but no professional at dancing, or so it seems. Their lack of expertise, real or enacted, made the scene even more heart-warming. Love, love,love, the wedding number. Like a split screen, we see Sue Sylvester off at her own wedding, attended only by her talented little sister, and visited by her mother, played by Carol Burnett, clearly at least a partial source of Sue's dysfunction. Burnett, at 77, looks terrific, and her song was beautifully done. Sue's harmony made it even better--Jane Lynch keeps surprising us with the extent of her talents. Her mixed emotion towards her mother tugs at our heartstrings. This wedding is a striking contrast to the Glee-filled wedding of Kurt's father and Finn's mother. And through all the wedding drama is the underlying darker drama of Kurt's situation in being bullied by the boy with gender uncertainty, one that pulls at the hearts of everyone on Glee and on those of us watching it too. The wide variety of responses to the situation from friends and family are all validly represented--love Kurt's father's response (and character, a solid addition to this cast)--whether we approve of them or not. This is what we have come to expect of Ryan Murphy at his best. Well done, well done, well done.
It is rare for a TV episode to be this emotionally intense without skirting into melodrama, which Furt thankfully avoids. Sue Sylvester continues to be developed and her dedication the the kids of the school reveals itself once again, even if she always tries to deny caring for others besides her sister. The Kurt/Karofsky situations becomes more intense, with one of the most terrifying, almost entirely wordless, scenes I've seen for a while in the beginning of this episode. I'm not going to reveal plot, but I was in tears bawling throughout the entire episode, and I usually don't cry easily. My tears were not strictly one emotion. They were tears of fear, pride, happiness, hope, shock, and appreciation, depending upon the scene. Glee is often a very cathartic series, and this episode is the epitome of what Glee represents. After the episode finished I wanted to fight against every injustice in the world and to stand up for others. This episode shows how powerful and friendship can be both when one is in times of trouble or in celebration, and conversely, how much abandonment can affect others. I was shocked that so much power could be present in just 45 minutes. Not to overhype this episode, but it may have the power to change people's outlooks and lives.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This episode belongs, as the title suggests, to Finn and Kurt. The plot
is basically that Finn's mom and Kurt's dad are getting married, and
that Kurt gets ecstatic while Finn is a little more cool about the
subject. The episode continues with the girls in Glee conspiring to
stop Karofsky from bullying Kurt, and have their boyfriends beating up
Karofsky. All of them takes the assignment very seriously, except from
Finn, who backs out to everyone's disappointment. The rest of the
episode revolves around Finn dealing with the fact that the wedding is
happening and trying to step up for the occasion and Kurt's struggle to
plan the wedding all by himself. Meanwhile, Sue Sylvester is devastated
that everyone else is happy and decides to marry herself to ease her
Glee until now has been mostly a comedy/music show, with many hilarious moments and fresh discussions between characters, with a little dash of drama on the side (some episodes more than others). But the dramatic aspect is taken to a whole new level in this episode, where Kurt's character gets darker by the minute because of the bullying and Finn's depression due to that he don't feel like he is living up to expectations.
We get very little sympathy with Finn in the start of the episode, where his first reaction to the wedding announcement were pretty lame. But he finally stepped up to the man we all knew he could be, and his speech at the end of the episode were very touching and powerful. I think Cory Monteith had his strongest dramatic moment yet in that scene, and for once he showed that he can do more than just being a half dumb comedian with a decent singing voice. The Sue Sylvester side of the story were in the background this time, in my opinion, even though it was kind of funny that she decides to actually marry herself. That's pretty original.
All in all, this was a new side of Glee, and I'm glad the songs were kept to a minimum for once. I usually like the songs, but sometimes it gets a little too much, so it's nice with a little break once in a while. I'm looking forward to see more!
|Plot summary||Plot synopsis||Ratings|
|External reviews||Plot keywords||Main details|
|Your user reviews||Your vote history|