Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In which Kayla loses her mind over admittedly subpar television.

I don't know how vocal I've been about my love for Glee on this blog, but from the first moment I heard Lea Michele belting out "Don't Stop Believin'" I was hooked. I happen to love musical theatre, so it was pretty much a no-brainer that I was going to be obsessed with Glee. The first season I got together with my musical-loving friends for every episode and watched with the sort of enraptured joy that is usually only present on the faces of small children on Christmas morning. And it didn't hurt that Lea Michele is a dead ringer for Idina Menzel, musical goddess divine. I've been lovingly calling her "Baby Idina" ever since.

For three seasons I laughed and sobbed through each episode, usually while drinking more wine than is recommended. I really felt for these fictional characters with their drama-filled lives and I soaked up all of the emotional storylines. You can imagine how upset I was when it was first announced that several of the cast members, including Lea Michele (BABY IDINA! DON'T LEAVE ME!) would be graduating at the end of season three. But I knew that the integrity of the show would suffer if these kids stayed in high school for seven years so I told myself that it was necessary and that the show would carry on and continue to be as magical as ever.

Throughout season three I prepared myself for the departure of many of my favorite characters. I really didn't know how I was going to go on without Rachel and Kurt, but I knew that I had to get through it somehow. It helped knowing that Blaine (YUM!) would still be around. I got through the last few episodes like a champ until it was time for the highly anticipated graduation episode. I wanted to watch it. I really did. But I just couldn't. I wasn't ready to say goodbye, and the episode sat unwatched in my DVR for ages.

Just when I was finally ready to watch the episode and accept the loss of Rachel and Kurt from Glee, Mike told me that it had been announced that all 15 regular characters would be back for season 4.

SAY WHAT!?!?!?

Now, don't get me wrong here. I'm thrilled that I'm not actually losing my favorite characters. But seriously, Fox? I was a hot mess trying to get through this tough time as a fan of the show and I feel like you set this all up just to get awesome end-of-season ratings. I'm sure it worked, but way to be a total mindf***, you jerks.

I told Mike that this reminded me of when Hannah Montana was supposed to be "ending." I was on a good ol' fashioned college spring break in Panama City Beach, FL when the "last" Hannah Montana episode was set to air. Luckily, I was sharing a hotel room with a few other devotees of the show so we got a bunch of junk food and camped out in our hotel to watch the final episode together. It was beautiful, and we all sobbed. And then at the very end? They announced that Hannah Montana Forever would be airing soon!

Again...SAY WHAT!?!?!

Do you seriously mean that I spent precious vacation time INSIDE to watch this STUPID EPISODE, which I CRIED over, just so you could CHANGE THE NAME of the show and get ratings???

Mike found this entire thing extremely hilarious because he has no soul and can't understand my complex feelings about both Glee and several Disney Channel shows. Rude!

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