“Glee” tackled another musical great Thursday with a night full of Beatles’ songs. As is his style, Mr. Schuster used the Beatles and their musical struggles as a teaching moment for his students—a group that stuck together through the best and the worst, and as a result was able to persevere through whatever life threw its way.
“Love, Love, Love” reminded us why we love the McKinley crew: Rachel’s need for success and theatrics, Santana being practical and sassy, unlikely romances blooming in the choir room (the shocking pair of Artie and Kitty). And above all else, love. In keeping in line with its bizarre love for young engagements, Blaine proposed to Kurt through an elaborately coordinated performance of the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love”, bringing together multiple rival choir groups. And although Kurt expressed some concerns and the couple just recently started dating again, Kurt said yes, and our favorite McKinley couple is engaged!
Yet the most important part of the premiere was the part that went unspoken: The absence of Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith). The series is scheduled to address Monteith’s recent and tragic passing with the third episode of the season through the death of Hudson. But watching “Love, Love, Love” was a little bittersweet, especially because we know something that the rest of McKinley doesn’t. And using the Beatles as a teaching moment is the perfect lesson for the McKinley crew with respect to what’s about to come: By relying on each other and their mutual love, they will be able to get through the most difficult of storms, including the death of one so important to them all.
Watch “Glee” every Thursday night at 9 p.m. on Fox.