For a display often consisted of of caricatures instead of characters, Glee sure knows just how to flip the tone from silly to major via the snap of a finger.

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Or the shooting of a gun as the case was on tonight"s return episode, "Shooting Star."

In the shadow of real-world issues through firearms and violence and institution shootings, tv reflects need to treview closely to pay respect to the severity of the worries while additionally continuing to be true to their personalities and also storyinforming. In that regard, tonight"s episode of Glee was spot-on. Bravo, Glee


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I came right into tonight"s episode with baited breath. From the synopsis, I guessed that the major story would certainly feature a college shooting. As a former high school teacher, I was nervous to view which direction the authors would take. Would they employ a bullying storyline? Tackle another self-destruction attempt? Would tright here be a crazed gunman on the loose however apprehfinished prior to doing damage to anyone at McKinley? 


And then Brittany S. Pearce proasserted tright here was an asteroid, Lord Tubbingtonbob, headed straight for Planet and also they should all make tranquility through it and also with each other and also I was perplexed.

Was that it? Was that the direction they were going? Anvarious other hare-brained principle of Brittany"s choose the Mayan apocalypse? 

I have to admit it was type of the perfect Glee-esque misdirect. Indevelopment about the episode had actually been so regulated before tonight"s airing that I was really type of deflated thinking that the asteroid that turned out to be a ladybug in a telescope made from a Pringles can was the "shooting star."

Not that I wanted an episode about a school shooting, but, you understand. 

As everyone ready for Lord Tubbingtonbob to come crashing right into the planet, some of them took this as their possibility to say what they necessary to say to those they love.

Ryder observed the girl he"d been chatting through in the hall and also introduced himself and then sang an excellent version of "Your Track." If the civilization was ending, it wasn"t going to end without him informing her just how he felt. But she didn"t feel the exact same bereason she didn"t understand him. As it turned out he"d been Catfimelted. 

Another perchild who took the chance to share her secret was Coach Beiste.

After decorating the locker room and boiling spaghetti in the athletic hot tub, she confessed to Will that she doesn"t simply love him prefer a frifinish. She"s IN love with him. (Wondering why she wasn"t at the wedding? Dot Marie Jones claims this is why!)

He was the initially male to make her feel like a woguy by treating her favor a woman. And she desires him to be the last guy to carry out the same. She"s crumelted to discover out that he and also Emma are ago together as of a week back. The mention of Ken Tanaka, Beiste"s predecessor, as someone on an online dating website with whom she could have widespread interests was a nice bit throwback to the largely foracquired character. While some might have actually uncovered it intrusive, it was likewise an awkwardly sweet point for Will to perform to proceed to support his frifinish despite her romantic revelation.

To celebrate the fact that the civilization isn"t ending, Will invited Beiste to a rehearsal, which is how they all concerned be trapped inside the choir room once shots ring out in the halls of McKinley high college. And this is wbelow points on Glee went from campy to courageous and also type of favor something else entirely.

From the minute the shots rang out, the present changed. It wasn"t just about happy songs and also dancing around. The characters became world that were scared, hurting, and also confronted via their very own mortality, also if no one was physically hurt. 

The scenes through the glee club in the choir room, sans Brittany kind of and Tina, were so emotionally charged I practically couldn"t breathe. There was no background noise or music, no sounds besides the eerie ticking of the metronome. Just panicked, pregnant silence. All of the fear and anxiety that comes through not knowing specifically what"s taking place external the room you"re in but imagining the possibilities was exceptionally genuine in that fictional choir room. 

Kitty confessing to the costume alterations that sent Marley to therapy for bulimia, Marley being unable to contact her mother and also her mommy staring longingly at her phone however afrhelp to move, and also Artie"s decision to video record the glee clubbers saying what could be their final goodbyes and also Blaine"s despondent hand-wave, and Tina"s panic because she was external while all her friends were inside were all punch-in-the-gut moments.

But the award for most emotionally moving character goes to Sam.

Sam"s had kind of a stormy seachild. Much of this season"s characterization hasn"t jived with how the character was written in previous seasons. But namong that unevenness really mattered after watching him try to fight his means to Brittany kind of and also being restrained by Will and Beiste. He had no idea what was happening external the doors of that choir room, however he would certainly have actually risked it all to attempt to save the girl he loves whom he knows is terrified and all alone.

Heather Morris" performance was nopoint short of impressive. She shelp so a lot without saying anything at all while she was perched on the toilet in the girl"s bathroom, tears streaming down her cheeks. Tbelow was such a mix of bravery and also are afraid on her confront and in her posture. I really wanted to offer the girl a giant hug.

Sam provided her a hug and a cat. Lady Tubbington, the fattest cat he might discover at the shelter. It was sweet and perfect for the pair.


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The revelation that Becky Jackboy was the one with the gun was a rotate I didn"t check out coming till Sue shelp the shooter wasn"t a student. 

Becky was afrhelp of what life after McKinley would certainly be favor, of exactly how she would protect herself without the familiar halls of her high college to keep her safe. Sue"s humanity has actually always shone with wbelow Becky is concerned and she couldn"t let the girl take the fall for what was a minute of fear. Watching the scene in between the two of them while Sue cleared out her office and also gave Will no explanation was poignant.

Sue"s monologue listing every one of her achievements yet saying that the just thing she would certainly be remembered for was this was kind of poignant, particularly considering that she was actually giving up her career and also reputation to save one student, a pretty selfmuch less act, if you ask me. She can"t be gone forever, deserve to she?

Clat an early stage not given that previews for upcoming episodes have NeNe Leakes repclimbing her duty as Roz Washington and also going head to head through Sue. But a Sue-much less Glee was type of sad to think about.

In the end, all were safe from physical harm if not emotional damage. It will be amazing to check out what Glee does through this story in coming weeks, or if they point out it at all and just how.

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Addressing problems of college violence is a relevant topic for a display around high college. I think Glee did this specific topic an excellent deal of in-the-moment justice in a method that brought levity to the instance without physical damage to any of its characters. Kudos to Glee for that.

What did you think of "Shooting Star?" Do you think Glee did the topic of institution violence justice while still staying true to itself and also its style? Be sure to examine out the Glee quotes web page and come back for our exclusive intersee via Dot Marie Jones as she discusses tonight"s episode!