Reblogged from alltherattlesnakes
On top of terrible writing, we have the genius decisions to cut things that would have made the writing marginally better
- Furt: Cut a scene of Kurt and Burt getting ready for Burt’s wedding, possibly a special father/son bonding moment during an important life and family transition, but still made room for Finn’s angst about being popular and Sue marrying herself.
- TSSS: Cut a scene of Kurt expresses his fear and hesitance to return to McKinley and watch the football game and having Blaine comfort and offer to go with him for support. This would have been a great moment in the foundation of Kurt and Blaine’s relationship, as well as allowing Kurt to voice HIS feelings about HIS experience of being so horribly bullied, harassed, and threatened. But kept in plenty of scenes about Karofsky’s manpain!
- IKAG: Cut the scene of Santana having agency and coming out to the cheerios, an important moment of empowerment for a teenage girl who was outed against her will to the state, and also a moment showing the Cheerios’ acceptance and support of Santana, in contrast to her abuela’s reaction. Still made plenty of room for hero!Finn showing Santana how to be gay on his terms!
- EMC: Cut a clearly romantic scene between Kurt and Blaine, which would have served as a contrast to the parody of media representation of old. Instead Glee looked like it was reinforcing the “best friends and holiday room mates” vibe for the gay couple throughout most of the season. Plenty of time for pimping the Salvation Army and Finchel’s pig though!
- Michael: Cut a scene wherein Blaine, Kurt, Rachel, Artie, and Santana visit Dalton and exchange fightin’ words with the Warblers, a pretty important plot-centric moment that helped to explain the motives of several characters, including Blaine, Santana, Artie, and the Warblers in general.
- Goodbye: Cutting a Tina/Mike/his parents scene, giving the slightest amount of closure to Mike’s story line before he graduated. Still had time for Finchel picking out chairs and Rachel singing a 10 minute closing number!
- TNR: Cutting Kurt and Blaine’s dialogue at the end of It’s Time (“you really are a star” “and you’re mine, you always will be”), the only thing that gave the scene even the slightest hint of a romantic nature.
- Diva: Cutting out Brittany’s solo to Dancing On My Own, giving actual insight to her feelings and thoughts about Santana that went beyond “hey friend”.
- All Or Nothing: Cutting out dialogue that (re)confirmed Kurt’s romantic feelings for Blaine, which completely denied Kurt any POV and made the whole situation look like a complete mess with slim to no chance of salvation, to build ~suspense~. Still had time for Ryder’s manpain about being catfished tho!
Really? Karofsky’s “man-pain”? Really?
The “man-pain” that ultimately led him to attempt to kill himself?
Fuck this self-observed fandom forever.
…what does “self-observed” mean? I think you maybe mean “self-absorbed”, which still doesn’t fit, since I’m not talking about myself.
And yes, Karofsky. I resent that the shift in focus once Kurt left McKinley was onto the thoughts and feelings of a perpetrator of physical and sexual violence, harassment, and a threat of death, rather than the perspective of the victim of these crimes. I will never not be pissed at the sight of Kurt in the crowd at the football game while Karofsky enjoys himself performing with all of Kurt’s friends after he ran him out of his school.
“The “man-pain” that ultimately led him to attempt to kill himself?”
Please. We all know the suicide plot was tacked on for water cooler talk and ratings in season 3. The idea of Karofsky being suicidal did not factor into the writing of season 2 or the episode TSSS in particular. Brad Falchuk even dismissed the idea of them doing an episode on that subject matter before season 3. And at the end of the day, I still find the emphasis on the angst of a perpetrator while his victim is ignored to be disgusting. It would be like focusing on the feelwings of the people who bullied Karofsky in OMW while Karofsky himself stays more or less silent on the matter except when it’s time to graciously forgive them in the face of sudden, unearned repentance.
Now that I stopped to think about it, that storyline was worse than I remembered :P.