Six years ago, I said 'I do' to Glee.
Since watching the first revolutionary episode, I've stayed loyal to the Fox comedy. For better ("Don't Stop Believin'"), and for worse ("Run Joey Run"). For richer (That gigantic Bushwick loft) and for poorer (Sam's hotel-room home). Through sickness, (Burt's cancer scare) and in heath, (Quinn's magical paralysis recovery), until the series finale parts us.
Like all true TV marriages, I stuck by the series when things got tough — aka nearly all of seasons four and five — because once upon a hallway, I fell in love with a group of high school misfits who all just so happened to have miraculous musical abilities.
There's no denying that Glee is riddled with ridiculous inconsistencies (Where the heck did Sugar Motta go?), or that we wanted to strangle some characters with our own hands (Looking at you, Brody), and that some storylines were excruciatingly frustrating (That fake school shooting. WTF?).
But after enduring five seasons of the highest highs (The first ever mash-off!) and the lowest lows (Oh, dear God "The Break Up" episode), I'm pleased to see that Glee has finally got their groove back, and here's why…
1. Back to the Basics:
Although I was worried that Rachel coming back to Lima to restart the glee club was going to be redundant and ridiculous — these first five episodes have tugged on all of our nostalgia-loving heartstrings. Seeing all our favorite WMHS alumni rally around Rachel's and the newest New Directions is exactly what we needed. Plus, when you add in the fact that we're once again rooting for the underdogs means that we're in for a satisfying victory.
2.. So. Damn. Meta.
The powers-that-be at Glee have been listening to the fandom's praises and puh-leases?! from the past few seasons and now they've funneled all of that feedback directly into the mouths of their characters. Each and every rage-fueled Sue Sylvester monologue sounds like it's coming directly from a Gleek tumblr rant that we can all relate to. And the fact that our characters keep blatantly referencing some of Glee's most true and tired troupes — like the pop-up proposal — has brought an ironic new freshness.
3. Superb Set-List:
Maybe it's because I can't get enough of the Warblers, or that watching Vocal Adrenaline perform will always remind me of the perfection of Jonathan Groff's "Bohemian Rhapsody," but this season has brought their A-game when it comes to what made Glee so unique in the first place: the music. From Roderick's "Mustang Sally" audition, to the Unholy Trinity reunion with "Problem," and the epic New Direction set-list at Invitationals — we're getting all the season one feels.
4. Happy Endgames:
Alright, fellow shippers — this one's for you. After tormenting our hearts with the will-they-won't-they relationships of Klaine and Brittana, it seems like Glee is finally going to fulfill all of our romance-filled dreams. Thanks to a recent proposal, wedding bells are ringing, and all I'm going to say is get ready for double the ooh's and aww's.
Despite the fact that the original plans for the series finale have changed, Ryan Murphy promised ETonline that fans are in for an "uplifting" finale. "It used to end with Cory [Monteith] and Lea [Michele] and it was a much more micro relationship ending," Murphy revealed. "But I think we've taken the heart of what we were going to do and expanded it so it feels more macro and universal and I'm happy with that."
So there you have it, Gleeks. Glee might not be perfect, but to quote Rachel's wildly predictable season premiere solo, fans just need to "Let It Go," and not fixate on the mistakes of the past. Instead let's view this season as our last hurray with the characters we fell in love with and said "I do" to six years ago.
Glee airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on Fox!
What do you think about this final season of Glee? What is your favorite memory from the show? Chat with your fellow gleek @LeanneAguilera on Twitter using the hashtag #ETNow!