While I was prepared with my box of tissues for ‘The Quarterback’ on Oct. 10, I didn’t expect the feeling I got. I was amazed by the magnificent writing, song choices, and the strength of the cast and crew behind the tribute episode.
Raw Talent Was Displayed By Cast & Crew In Tribute
However, we wouldn’t have known it was one take. The true emotions that the cast were feeling, powerfully came through in each and every scene.
With the immense sadness that I felt when I only knew the character Finn, I can’t begin to amend the stars of the show who knew Cory — they would have really made Cory proud.
Ryan, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan did such a tremendous job writing the special episode. I wasn’t sure I would like that they decided not to reveal how Finn had died, but it worked flawlessly.
“Everyone’s talking about how he died,” Kurt (Chris Colfer) said in the beginning of the episode in a perfect way. “I only care now about how he lived.”
If they had named the cause of death as a drug overdose, as they originally were going to, it may have taken away from the focus of the episode. Instead, it was more important that they just focus on paying him respect and supporting each other.
It was a perfect way for the Glee family to not only remember their co-star, but also grieve their friend, Cory.
The songs chosen for the episode were absolutely heartbreaking, but they weren’t overdone or showy. Naya Rivera‘s version of “If I Die Young,” as well as Amber Riley‘s rendition of “I’ll Stand By You” were two of the strongest and most touching songs that have ever been on the show.
Lea Michele Showed True Strength In ‘The Quarterback’
Lea Michele, who was both Cory’s on- and off-screen girlfriend, appeared in just the 15 minutes of the episode — and I commend her for that. Ryan had admitted that she had a huge say in the episode, and I praise her for the participation she had.
Many felt she should have been in more of the episode, but the way she came in at the end and presented the cast with the plaque for Finn was the perfect way for her to show her love for him.
Her character was shown asking Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) how he was doing — the only cast-member who did that. It was a good way to show in the episode how much on an impact she had on the cast, as while she was noticeably distraught, she was also a rock for the entire cast.
Cory Monteith Tribute Was ‘Perfect’
Ryan had said in an interview that the episode was not only showing the cast grieve, but was also about the fans dealing with the loss, as well.
This episode did just that — it dealt with the many stages of grief and the different ways that people react. Some people go into denial, while others get angry — the tribute showed every bit of that.
As a fan, I would say I’m absolutely impressed with the way they remembered one of my favorite TV characters ever.
— Emily Longeretta