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By Katie Bennett
The season finale of Glee definitely had me saying “Goodbye” to season three and begging for season four!
I have an unhealthy amount of anger with the Glee writers for what happened to Kurt.
There are no words for how shocked I am that he didn’t get into NYADA. After he nailed his audition, I had no doubt that he would be headed to New York. Just once, I would like Kurt to win.
But after I calmed down, I realized that this is the realistic result. While there is no denying that Kurt is insanely talented--he said it himself when he wasn’t cast as Tony in West Side Story--but there aren’t a lot of roles for the Kurt Hummel type. This is not to say that Kurt’s going to give up all his dreams and take over his Dad’s tire shop, but the cliffhanger of his future plans is killer. Mark my words: Kurt is not done with New York and there will be bigger and better things for him in season four. He’s going to get his turn.
“I’ll Remember” served as Kurt’s perfect farewell. I am ecstatic that he and Blaine are
staying together, New York or not. Burt Hummel stole the show with his “Single Ladies” impersonation. It was one of the best scenes on Glee ever, no contest.
As for Rachel, while I’m overjoyed that she's going to pursue Broadway at the school of her dreams, I don’t agree with how she got there. She choked on her audition and then essentially stalked Carmen Tibideaux to give her another chance. I don’t understand how this results in an acceptance and Kurt’s flawless audition ends in rejection. I’m going to assume it’s because Rachel is marketable and capable of playing far more roles than Kurt.
Finn showed a lot of growth when he set Rachel free. I’m not surprised he didn’t get
into The Actor’s Studio, though I don’t know how I feel about him potentially joining the
army. While it’s admirable that he wants to do right by his father and go somewhere that Rachel can’t follow, this feels like a cop out. I am interested to see what this will mean for Cory Monteith’s screen time in season four, as well as the future of the Finn and Rachel relationship.
I didn’t really care for “Roots Before Branches.” Instead of yet another Rachel Berry solo, I would have preferred some closure about the other seniors.
I’m honestly not surprised Brittany didn’t graduate, but I hope that she isn’t the reason
Santana stays in Lima. While I’m not sure that Louisville is the answer, I would really like to see her end up in New York with Rachel. Fingers crossed, because I would love to see their friendship develop beyond McKinley.
Quinn studying with Puck and helping him graduate seemed a little forced. I’ve been under the impression that Quinn is dating Joe, so I still don’t understand why she kissed Puck. Regardless, I love that Quinn intends on keeping in touch with Rachel beyond graduation.
I am discontent with the information we received about Mike and Mercedes’ future plans. While I am happy that they both seem to be following their respective dreams, I feel like I didn’t get a proper goodbye.
Speaking of goodbyes, all of the music this week left me in tears. “You Get What You Give” and “In My Life” were two excellent selections for farewell songs between the juniors and seniors.
The actual Graduation scene was unrealistic, but I still loved it. Each senior got his moment in the spot light with Puck and Finn’s “Glory Days” playing in the background. My only complaint is that it didn’t last longer.
Out of all the goodbyes and tears, my favorite scene actually involved Mr. Schue. His vision of the original five’s first performance of “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat” started off the episode on a strong, nostalgic note. His cover of Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young” was the perfect goodbye.
Which senior’s future are you most looking forward to seeing in season four? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll see you in September!