After a season 2 that was by and large one disappointment after another, we’ve been pleased with the progress of “Glee” this season. Are there too many characters? Sure, but we at least do have some storylines that have been carrying over throughout the year.
Tuesday night marked the return of the show following a lengthy hiatus, and it brought with it more romantic drama than we ever thought they would jam into an hour — from Will popping the question to Emma (which she accepted) to Mercedes thinking about her past with Sam to Finn pulling one of the biggest shockers ever in doing the same thing. (However, the show was not so kind as to give us Rachel’s response.) There was also a moving story involving Becky trying to find love with Artie, and it included both a rather hilarious vocal cameo by Helen Mirren playing the character’s inner voice and some strong moments from Jane Lynch where she proved that Sue Sylvester can be more than a little bit sympathetic. (Did we mention that Coach Beiste is now married to Sue’s old flame Cooter? It wasn’t given much attention, but it is certainly important.)
Thankfully, the vast majority of this action was done well … even if some of it was a bit rushed. For example, wouldn’t the scene involving Finn finding out about his father’s past in the Army be more effective if we actually hear Finn talk about his father more? His shock at finding out that Dad wasn’t quite who he thought him to be did at least play well into the sense of confusion that Cory Monteith has showcased brilliantly in the past few weeks. In addition, we never really saw Will fighting back to the lack of “permission” given to him by Emma’s parents.
The real moment that stood out to us this week didn’t actually come from Will’s proposal, which felt at times like something pulled from a YouTube video — instead, it was the brief moment during Rachel’s “Without You” performance where Finn lovingly put his hand on her cheek. It’s not often that the show delves into subtlety — and more than anything else, these moments are what we find ourselves saying “yes” to.