Glee “A Wedding” Review (Season 6 Episode 8)

It's a double wedding as both "Klaine" and "Brittana" tie the knot.

I’ve had my problems with Glee in the past. It’s always been patchy, frustrating, pandering and dismissive. It’s also always seemed to go out of its way to offend the people watching – it’s loyal fans – at the same time as alienating a wider audience. It’s an infuriating creature, simultaneously offering pure, unadulterated joy and absolute emotional attack.

But, for this very reason, it’s so easy to get caught up in those feelings, of that anger and that joy, that sometimes it’s difficult for fans of Glee to see the bigger picture. For all that’s happened in the intervening years, this is the same show that gave us one gay teen singing Katy Perry to another before falling hopelessly in love, or two best friends slowly realizing that their feelings were romantic ones, and it had been obvious all along.

It’s the same show that gave us Klaine and Brittana in the first place, and that should still matter.

So here I am, publicly declaring my unadulterated love for a wedding episode that unites a couple I think should have broken up a long time ago. Some of that comes down to nostalgia and the crushing reality of this show wrapping for good any hour now, but a good portion of it is also to do with how pleased I was with how the majority of this episode was done.

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It stood on its soapbox, preached to us and forced things to happen that really shouldn’t/wouldn’t have in a universe less insane than this, but it also gave us some of the most beautiful minutes of Glee ever done. Seriously, if there’s anyone who hates that wedding sequence, I don’t want to know them.

But, having said that, the first 20-minutes were the show at its most awkward. It was about nothing more than pushing the chess pieces around, and the Klaine reunion was annoyingly rushed. So, in the spirit of moving away from negativity, I’ve made a list of all the things that didn’t make sense in ‘A Wedding’.

– Quinn wasn’t there, and wasn’t mentioned, but Becky was mentioned, yet wasn’t there.
– Walter was always just a pawn in the Klaine game, put on the earth just to tell Kurt about the importance in of seizing the moment, and was as nonchalant about the matter as Karofsky.
– Blaine was quite happy to take Kurt back, despite the nature of their most recent breakup (this is less of a flaw in the show than it is a comment on Blaine’s self-esteem, but thereyago).
– Puck is one of Tina’s best guys, rather than Sam (which would have given us a scene with the seniors 2.0/Blamtina)
– Pam Anderson has never met Carole Hudson-Hummel, or anyone else at the wedding.
– Pam Anderson is at Brittana’s wedding.
– Pam Anderson was introduced after five seasons, yet didn’t interact with her son, say anything or offer any of the backstory Blaine fans have been desperate for since his Warbler days.
– Burt is officiating the wedding.
– Brittany is the world’s biggest Klaine shipper, and Santana would allow/invite Kurt to crash her wedding.

Now that’s out of the way, we can get on with the rest of the episode.

Because, when it comes down to it, the things about Glee that don’t make sense are quickly forgotten as long as those things lead to the extraordinarily glorious moments it does better than anyone else. This episode was about celebrating one legacy no one can take away from the show – mainstream representation for the LGBT community – and it’s Glee in it’s purest form, both the positive and the negative.

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The Klaine stuff is hard because of what the writers have allowed them to become. Kurt, especially, has become a borderline-sociopathic personality at his worst, while Blaine is portrayed as needy and insecure to the point of diagnosable mental illness.

The last moments of last week’s episode did nothing to ease my concerns about a potential wedding one week later but, I have to say, I’m more at ease about Klaine right now than I have been in years.

Because, though none of those potentially combustible issues have been addressed as such, the vows were about all four of the characters working on their flaws together. That’s so important, especially for Kurt and Blaine (Brittany and Santana are already perfection, fyi), and I feel for the first time like Kurt has acknowledged some of his failings, putting his heart on the line regardless of whether it might get squashed.

The ghost of Finn, which has never been used by the show in a disrespectful manner, hung over the ceremony. Whether it was the doves (do you think Artie fed them glitter?), Rachel’s anxiety about flaunting Sam in front of Carole or the use of his memory to push Kurt down the alter, I feel like it was just enough.

For Rachel, especially, adding that worry here perfectly touched upon a very realistic issue without really taking anything away from Samchel itself. The most heartbreaking part, though, was Rachel’s face when Burt said he had met the love of his life twice, after which there was a shot of Lea Michele doing her uncomfortable lip-lick thing while apparently trying not to cry. It may have been a coincidence, or a find in the editing room, but it held a great deal of power nonetheless.

Her reaction to the surprise nuptials was also gorgeous, so excited and overwhelmed, though I can’t help but feel like Chord Overstreet was either given some awkward direction, or that Sam didn’t quite approve of the union. My Blam-loving heart is going for the latter, obviously, and I’m just glad that Kurt and Blaine fans were given Rachel and Sam in best man positions at the alter at all.

Mike turns down Tina's proposal.

Speaking of, we might not have gotten a lot from Pam Anderson, but what we did get was pretty darn perfect. Dancing with Puck, Blaine’s reaction during the moms number and just the general gaps in the Andersons’ backstory that can now be confidently filled with undamaged headcanons. That’s all we’ve ever had for Blaine, so why stop now? I can believe that this lady raised Blaine and Cooper Anderson, and that’s all that matters.

Something that gets lost in the dust of fabulous wedding-ness, but I feel like is important, was Tina’s story. And it was Tina’s story, not Mike or Artie’s. The episode, heck the show, needed this in order to counteract the pro-young marriage stance of Glee in general, but it was also probably the most likeable Tina has been since season three.

Mike’s mature rejection and ability to talk Tina down from her irrationality made me love him even more, and I wouldn’t even be averse to seeing Tina and Artie go through with their pact.

As hard as it is for anyone watching Glee to detach from their character/shipper allegiances anymore, ‘A Wedding’, when taken for the fabulous, emotional mess that it was, is an episode submerged in so much wonderful history. Some will be disappointed, some delighted but, for all the show is getting wrong in its final season, I don’t feel like this was one.

We’ve come a long way since Teenage Dream and Landslide, and a depressing number of people have tuned out in the interim, but that doesn’t make this any less important and beautiful for those fans who have held on until the bitter end. For that, I can only be grateful, and wonder how they’re going to top it in four weeks time.