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HEY GUYS HEY GUYS.

REMEMBER WHEN GREY'S ANATOMY LET A SHOOTER LOOSE IN THE HOSPITAL AND IT WAS THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING EVER??

GLEE JUST DID THAT.**

GLEE.

GLEE.

I DO NOT HAVE WORDS FOR THE AMOUNT OF GIDDINESS I FEEL AT HAVING ALL OF THIS MAGNIFICENT EMOTIONAL DEVASTATION to watch and rewatch and obsess over and coo over and split off into AUs and set in season 3 and and and so many tears and hugs and handholds and so much love of every variety happening I can't even think straight.

*But with 100% less death, so that's better
*Also it was a pair of accidental gunshots, not a "shooter," but nobody knew that so their reactions were the exact same
(and in retrospect, I can't believe this part only lasted 10 minutes)

And yes I knew a gun was going off in this episode, and yes I knew that nobody was going to get hurt, but then I went on full-blown spoiler lockdown and did not let anyone tell me a damn thing about it (aside from it being "super emotional" + someone saying "Blaine records a video message to his parents" [LIES]), so this was all a shock and delight to me. Expectations exceeded on every level. Still some aggravating bits to the episode, of course, but overall bravo.

GLEE GAVE ME THE STUFF OF CRIME DRAMAS, DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT LEVEL OF WISH FULFILLMENT THIS IS? DO YOU??

(In other words, lol no, I did not cry/feel like crying. I was too busy trying to expand the size of my eyes to take it all in and generally flailing for joy at how much I wanted to hug everybody except the 3 peasants, they still sucked.)

#does not have time for 'you're tacky and exploitative' crowd
p.s. how to say why this was a good episode in an articulate and respectable way [seriously, though. I don't understand these claims of "emotional manipulation." If TV isn't making you feel things, it is either written or acted pretty horribly, because that is in fact the entire purpose of storytelling. It's not an ambiguous poem where you're supposed to interpret your own meaning.]

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dreamsofspike
Apr. 12th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with you. On some level, "emotional manipulation" is the point, isn't it? Don't you *want* a story to DO something to your FEELINGS? That's not a bad thing. If they'd said exploitative, while I don't agree, I could see the point.

I mean, for some people, it will ALWAYS be too soon to fictionalize things like this... it just hurts too much to want to read fiction about it :( And that's okay. I'm glad there was a warning on the episode, even with how things turned out, so people could avoid it if necessary.

But on the other hand, showing a representation of what it might be like to go through something like that is ultimately a GOOD thing, I think, raises awareness and makes people thing... and yes, makes people cry and FEEL for other people... nothing wrong with that.
rainbowstevie
Apr. 13th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad someone had a similar reaction. I just keep wondering how they would want the story to look in a non-"emotionally manipulative" way, short of not doing it. Stories that make you scared and/or sad before delivering a happy ending are the most powerful - and yeah, that's the point.
pianogurl330
Apr. 14th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
OMG the lock-down was so eerie because as a teacher that's something I've practiced. But Shue shouldn't have had them texting because then their phones were going off and if there was a real shooter they could have heard them.
rainbowstevie
Apr. 16th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean. We only did it once and nobody took it seriously, but I had a weird sense of deja vu.

I choose to assume that the protocol is to make sure all their phones are silent and then text. Otherwise it hurts my head.
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