First off, a gripe over what I did watch, and someone help me out here.
So, Santana wants to confess her feelings for Brittany in a way she hasn't been able to in EVER, and she wants to do it ~in song~. She's also one of the best singers on the show, legitimately one of the best. How then do the lead vocals for that song, that song which encapsulates Santana's fears and feelings so beautifully... go to Gwyneth Paltrow?
HELP ME Y'ALL.
Not that I didn't appreciate the extra time it gave for Naya and Heather to just sit there like this at each other for like 3 minutes:
...but Gwyneth and her less-good vocals and the looks between her and Will were unnecessary in that moment, for that song, during that performance, and arguably ever.
Moving on, moving on.
Naya Rivera needs to be on a better show. She was SO SO SO GOOD. She made me want to cry. It's not often Glee portrays a relationship with real emotional conflict and character continuity; usually we get "oh i'll go and date him/her for such-and-such ulterior motive lalala oh wait i cheated" boringness. So yeah, it was just a little refreshing to watch something on Glee that felt so real.
Honestly the "want to go watch Sweet Valley High and get our snuggle on" ALONE would've had me on cloud nine, but then they had to go and get legitimately serious and break my heart. Guys I love Santana so much, she speaks to me on a higher level. Even Brittany's confusion about their relationship felt real and not like a joke the way 80% of her lines usually are.
Anyway, a rundown of things I loved:
-the show acknowledging that lesbians and bisexuals exist. Which, I hear, is more than they did for Blaine's arc.
-Santana basically coming out as bisexual
-the whole theme of her being panicky and running from her feelings for Brittany that I have been fanwanking since like the very first episode turning out not to actually be fanwank
-one of the few non-annoying Holly scenes, with the girls, in which she gives them good advice
"What I’ve realized is why I’m such a bitch all the time. I’m a bitch because I’m angry. I’m angry because I have all these feelings…Feelings for you, that I’m afraid of dealing with, because I’m afraid of dealing with the consequences […] I want to be with you. But I’m afraid of the talks and the looks. I mean, you know what happened to Kurt at this school […] I’m so afraid of what everyone will say behind my back. But still, I have to accept…that I love you. I love you, and I don’t want to be with Sam, or Finn, or any of those other guys. I just want you. Please say you love me back. Please."
And it was Naya's delivery of it that really got me, because it was so palpable how scary this all is for her.
-unrelated to cheerios in love, Burt! Lovely as always, even if I don't love Kurt like I used to. It's so important seeing a gay teenager getting the sex talk, etc.
I don't really understand the Sam and Artie thing because a) I hate Artie, b) I BARELY know who Sam is and the last time I saw him he was with Quinn or something, and c) I haven't been watching the other episodes for the most part. That said I understand that Brittany loves Artie too and doesn't want to hurt him. And while the dialogue was weird in parts, and it's not like they aren't already cheating on both Sam and Artie, it doesn't matter because omg Cheerios in love. <333 In actual love that isn't just about male gaze or ratings but because their relationship had been naturally leading to that point.
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