Some (a lot of) thoughts about the episode
Since I keep getting asks about this
From both lovely polite anons and angry angry anons:
Colfer has said, repeatedly, that he does not view himself as a singer and is not interested in singing if it doesn’t advance the narrative. This is why he is often not on jukebox songs or audible in the mix and why his solos are rare, remarkable things that we all freak out about, because they give him such powerful material when the opportunity arises.
Yes, his voice is remarkable. Yes, I want to hear him more. But this is not what Glee does with him for a range of reasons including actor preference, narrative, and song sales. Honestly, probably in that order at this point. Although I will also concede that they just aren’t good at dealing with his voice in group numbers very often, because they don’t know how because he doesn’t really fit into the vocal idioms used on the show with much constancy.
I don’t want to keep talking about this, because the conversation devolves into “Glee/the writers/Ryan Murphy are being mean/bad for not giving me what I want” very, very quickly.
It is what it is. We are not owed it to be different. Especially when Kurt’s NYADA plot isn’t about his skill but about being present in his heart and body. His singing happens when he has been pushed until there is no other choice. Look, for a crass analogy, Rachel Berry just comes easier.
I would much rather we talk about the extraordinary quality of Colfer’s voice and how fucking lucky and random it is that we get to hear it at all, and our anxieties about what singing work he’ll do after Glee, than about Glee being exactly the beast it is and not giving us everything we always wanted.
Lol, Chris doesn’t want to sing on the show? Sure, if you disregard every interview where he’s mentioned songs he’s wanted to sing. He doesn’t consider himself a singer first and is unlikely to ever make an album, but that’s completely different from wanting to sing on a show that is a musical and that derives so much of its emotion from musical moments.
Especially when Kurt’s NYADA plot isn’t about his skill but about being present in his heart and body.
He’s in a performing arts school. Being present in his heart and body? That’s a really interesting way of saying the writers don’t know wtf to do with Kurt there given how absent he’s been for actual NYADA things. It’s more than just a little ridiculous that on a show where multiple characters (some a lot, lot more than others) break into song for any emotional beat, Kurt’s is the only one that’s for some profound, realistic character-building reason rather than just general fuckery where some actors get way more songs than they should and some don’t get the things they should.