Glee: The Quarterback Review (Farewell to Finn)
On last night's episode of Glee the cast and fans said farewell to both Finn and the late Cory Monteith as the show paid tribute to star and his character. Find out more in the Kidzworld Review of "The Quarterback" which aired October 10th, 2013.
There is no perfect way to do an episode like this, and it's even harder to separate fact from fiction in this situation. Over the summer Glee star Cory Monteith died, and "The Quarterback" is the show's tribute and goodbye to both the actor and his character Finn Hudson.
Instead of focusing on a reason for how or why Finn dies, "The Quarterback" delves straight into the grief of the cast, with each character going through the heartbreaking process in a different way - but of course, because this is Glee, they do it in song. It opens with the cast, dressed in black and singing "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent (which itself, focuses on young artists who die young) in front of a picture of Finn in his football jersey.
Kurt sets the tone for the episode when he says: “People keep asking me what I am feeling and what do I know? They ask about how he died, and I know how he lived. He was my brother.”
For the show they chose classic songs, focusing on love and loss, and Finn's jacket is passed around throughout the episode as each character tries to say goodbye - some angrily, like Santana, and others mournfully or tearfully, like Mr.Shue and Rachel. Watching the parts where Rachel talks about their plans together is especially hard to watch since Lea Michele was also his real life girlfriend. Even Sue is torn up, saying that she never got a chance to tell him how much she truly liked him.
It ends with Mr. Shue, the inventor of Glee club, sitting alone, he pulls Finn's jersey out of his bag and cries into it, and the screen turns to tribute to Cory Monteith.
- Seasons of Love (Rent) - Glee Cast
- Make You Feel My Love - Lea Michele
- If I Die Young - Naya Rivera
- I'll Stand By You - Amber Riley and Mark Salling
- Fire and Rain - Kevin McHale and Chord Overstreet
- No Surrender - Mark Salling
Listen to Lea Michele sing Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" (also covered by Adele) below. All the songs from this episode were made available to stream 3 days before airing.
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