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Reliable sources are pointing to a very intense and controversial social issue in upcoming Glee episode 4×18, titled “Shooting Star.” (Potentially major spoilers ahead!)

Recently, Glee fan site GleekoutBR reported on a number of interesting plot points coming up on Glee in episode 18. According to this source, McKinley High School will be jolted in episode 18 “Shooting Star” when the story revolves around a school shooting. Yes, they’re going there.

Their Tumblr post simply stated:

Yes, it’s a real gun shot, it’s not a joke and will not be treated like a joke. But no one will get hurt.

Typically, we would see something like this at Hypable and wait until a more reliable source comes along to confirm such a serious and controversial subject matter. However, GleekoutBR has a long history of 100% accuracy with Glee spoilers many weeks in advance to the episodes in which they actually occur. The amount of detailed spoilers that have come out of this source make us wonder if what they are posting is coming directly from Glee itself – a controlled leak if you will.

Another Tumblr post alludes that Brittany assumes that the world is going to end because of an asteroid (which made headlines across the world a few weeks ago when over 50 people were injured by a meteoroid impact in Russia):

According to Brittany, an asteroid is coming and the world will end soon. When they hear a gunshot at school, panic will be the word.

With the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary and the recent debate and subsequent changing of laws here in the United States, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before Glee took on this serious subject matter. Until we get more reliable information, we’ll file this in the “extremely likely, but unconfirmed” category for now.

What are your thoughts on Glee potentially taking on such a serious subject matter as a school shooting? Are they maybe taking things too far, or do you think it’s a great way to showcase a serious issue in American society? Leave your thoughts and comments below!

  • Jessie

    It’ll be the end of my Glee watching days if they use this to push gun control.

  • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

    I don’t want to downplay this subject matter at all, but this just seems kind of unnecessary.

    • aschech626

      If they do it right it could be great, but it’s not worth the risk

      • Sam

        They won’t be able to do it right… its Glee.

        • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

          Agree. They could do something like what they did with yhe bulimia plot-line…

      • http://twitter.com/MarieSD678 MarieSD

        I agree. They have surprised me at how they deal with heavy topics. My state legislature passed a bill allowing school districts to decide if they want specific people to be armed. It is now in the governor’s hands. Although I’m looking forward to the episode, I have mixed emotions seeing it unfold in a show I want for entertainment.

    • Colin

      I’ve personally yet to find any of Glee’s “message episodes” all that necessary. Or, you know, at all necessary. Other shows do it so much better and so much more naturally, I’m not sure why Glee can’t stick to what it’s (sometimes) good at.

      • elskokan

        I’m sorry but their ‘message’ episode with Karofsky’s suicide attempt I found very powerful, as someone who has seen too many friends go down that path in high school. I am confident that Glee can tackle this issue as well as it did that one.

        • http://www.facebook.com/traci.hannel Traci Hannel

          I agree with you. I think their episodes with messages have been really great and powerful. It’s different for everyone because we all have different perspectives and experiences, but personally I have felt that Glee does really well when they do message episodes. I’m not looking too forward to this one just because I go to school close to Sandy Hook and I’m actually helping to raise money for the community, so it kind of hits kind of close. However, I am glad they are doing it because it is a current issue that should be addressed.

        • Marie

          I find their message episodes very hit-or-miss. I feel like if its not related to a gay guy (usually Kurt) it kind of fails, usually. Not always, but their stuff on gays probably has been strongest.

          • Andy

            You mean gay guys. The “message” on the episode focusing on the gay female character “social issue” was that she ought to be thankful for the selfish jerk who outed her in the middle of the school hallway.

          • Marie

            That’s what i said (or meant to say). I remember that. I was angry.

    • xoxoKellyLee

      I don’t like that Glee picks and chooses its “message” episodes. Gay teens and bullying get whole story arcs while eating disorders and domestic violence get glossed over with a Taylor Swift song. I’m not sure how Glee is going to tackle this particular issue, but I’ll be interested to see if it gets it’s own story arc or just a single episode.

      I have to say though, I thought the way One Tree Hill interpreted the matter was so moving. Yes, it was just a guest star, but the person had a history with the main characters. A main character died and several episodes after, people were still coping with the aftermath.

      When did Glee stop being a musical comedy? Probably around the time Burt Hummel had a heart attack…

      • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

        The OTH shooting episode was really good because it took the characters ages to move on, so it was realistic. I cannot imagine Glee doing that…

  • Allison L.

    it is a very serious topic, but so was Karofsky’s attempted suicide, which I really thought they handled well…I would just want them to do it well.

    • Marie

      The difference between Karfosky and this school shooting is that no one will get hurt (not even a ridiculous Quinn in a wheelchair thing, it seems), and I doubt anyone we know (really know) will be doing it. So what it’ll probably be will be is “Oh, that was scary. I didn’t expect him to do that. That was bad.” And while that’s going on, Jarley will probably break up, or something significantly less important. They’ll talk about it, and forget it next episode. And they’ll try to get Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”.

      • http://www.facebook.com/traci.hannel Traci Hannel

        The whole thing with Quinn being in a wheelchair went on for a couple of episodes actually. Glee also isn’t a soap opera like One Tree Hill was, so that’s why it probably won’t be a huge school shooting with a ton of people being killed. I think the real issue they are looking at is gun control and not necessarily school shootings

        • Marie

          I meant the Quinn thing in the sense that she was injured. Not relating to the time.

          I don’t need a ton of people to die for it to matter. I just want to leave the episode believing the characters have been genuinely impacted in some way, and I feel like it’ll be a one-off episode thing that literally won’t matter.

  • theaterboy1

    I think this could be an important message if this is true. I applaud their courage for putting forth this storyline.

  • http://twitter.com/Jakkfarr Jack F

    I’m fine with them tackling this but it just needs to be done well.

  • http://twitter.com/alexacadia alex

    i’m definitely nervous about it, but i mean… could they really not do anything else? i mean yeah everyone’s sick of love triangles but… :| i don’t have any words except for sort-of negative emoticons. :/

    i feel like it’s not really glee’s place to cover *every* social issue.

  • Allison L.

    this is a very serious topic, but so was Karofsky’s attempted, which I really though they handled well…so if they are going there, i just want them to do it well.

    • Allison L.

      attempted suicide**

  • http://twitter.com/rosiegirl62442 Rebecca Richardson

    it’s not glee’s job to “educate” people on matters such as these. the kids who watch it will believe whatever they show just because its on tv, they wont have found out for themselves.

    • http://www.facebook.com/traci.hannel Traci Hannel

      That’s not true at all. People watch the news to get “educated” on what’s going on in the world, but that doesn’t work cause the media is the worst. Glee is just raising an issue and will have people with different opinions, just like in real life, and the viewers can choose for themselves. They aren’t really “educating” people on the subject. They are making it more known so people have the option to know about it and go search more about it.

      • Marie

        I think people who are watching the show, for the most part, are old enough where they’ve heard about Colombine, Virginia Tech, and other shootings. If not, they probably aren’t old enough to be watching this show anyway.

  • Kathryn

    I don’t think any show will ever do a “better” school shooting episode than Degrassi’s “Time Stands Still.” I feel like these episodes are always so random and no one ever gets hurt, or if someone does, it’s an extra or a day player. But Degrassi built up to their episode. The “shooter” was on the show for multiple seasons and was shown to have major issues. You understood his motives and were horrified by his actions, but sympathetic to his feelings at the same time. And they permanently paralyzed a main character (played by rapper Drake no less) who remained on the show and had to deal with the fallout for 4-5 more seasons. Perfection.

    • http://www.facebook.com/katgiambruno Kat Giambruno

      There was also an original Degrassi High episode that did a great job that focused on a student suicide (from the 80′s). It reminded me of the Karofsky episode from last season. I wish there was an American show that covered such hard topics as well as Degrassi does.

      • MyPond

        you are the coolest sister ever, sister!

        • http://www.facebook.com/katgiambruno Kat Giambruno

          Hi, sister! You are also really cool…. Now you know where you get it from!

    • http://twitter.com/alexacadia alex

      oh god thank you for bringing this up!!! degrassi is phenomenal (and quite honestly, the only school-based TV show i feel like should address social issues)

    • Marie

      That was awesome because there was actual consequences. I guarantee there won’t be in Glee. And didn’t that one kid die?

      • Kathryn

        Yes, the shooter died. One character suffered from guilt after being labelled a “hero” by the press due to his actions during the shooting and ending up leaving the school. Another character suffered from major PTSD. Two of the characters who had a hand in bullying the shooter were expelled. The principal was fired. A series long friendship was ended. Basically all the characters were affected in some way. It changed the tone of the whole show from that point on.

        • Kayla

          Exactly. I don’t watch Glee, but I was curious as to what the issue the headline mentioned was. I highly doubt Glee or any other current high school show could handle a school shooting as brilliantly as Degrassi did. I really miss the Degrassi of the early 2000s. Ever since they recasted and reformed the timing of the show (22 minute episodes with 2 to 3 storylines-ugh!) it just hasn’t been as good. The writing and acting in the earlier seasons of Degrassi were amazing.

          • Marie

            Was that when it had Marco, Ellie, Paige, etc.? I sort of watched, but never closely.

    • Daughter of Eve

      I haven’t seen Degrassi’s handling of the topic, but I liked how One Tree Hill took on the issue. Yes they went over with one character killing his brother out of jealousy, but take that out and it’s gut-wrenching.

    • Ellen

      I’m so glad you brought this up. They handled that plot line extremely well. “Time Stands Still” is one of my most remembered episodes, because it was so realistic, frightening, and heart-wrenching. J.T.’s death is another one that has really stuck with me. You could really feel the immense grief the characters felt, even well into the aftermath.The original writers and cast of Next Gen were fantastic at handling controversial issues. Unfortunately, I think Glee will handle this in a very distasteful manner. They have proven that they are not able to handle tough issues. And frankly, I don’t want them too. I started watching Glee because it look light-hearted and fun. Obviously, some drama needs to occur, but they don’t need to try to do every controversial topic out there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/SarahTipton Sarah Tipton

      The thing about that Degrassi episode is that it has stuck with me since I watched it in fifth grade. I had just started to watch the show because my mom deemed me old enough to watch it (she watched the original while in college and high school). I will never forget that episode. It was an eye opener. While I might have been a little young for that particular episode, I had my mom there to explain things to me. It wasn’t glorified, nor was it dumbed down. It was realistically what would have happened. The repercussions lasted for episodes afterwards, and so was the trauma it had on the entire school AND the parents! Unfortunately, I don’t think Glee will allot that much airspace to what should be a long arcing plot. Which saddens me because while it is an important issue, they can’t just throw it away and say “Well we’ve now done that!” like they did with Karofsky. I can only hope they won’t forget about it the next episode, which they most likely will :/

  • http://twitter.com/RyanHBP Ryan Floyd

    I’m actually laughing so hard at the title, though.

  • Inspirit

    I really wish that Glee wouldn’t go there. They haven’t had the best track record with “message” plots this season.

  • Barbara

    I’d like to see them examine the aftermath from the inside – what it’s like for victims and the people around them. I feel like with news stories that happen whenever there’s a great tragedy like a school shooting, we always get the “outside looking in” perspective, and then it’s gobbled up by debates on gun laws. I’d like to focus more on the people who really matter in this kind of situation – the people who are really, actually affected by it in their daily lives.

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      This made me also realize, we all know that 1 episode later (2 at most) it’s back to Sue being absolutely ridiculous and nothing ever happened. No one talked about Karofsky after that situation.

      • Marie

        I still hope for ONE scene where Karofsky and Kurt find each other in New York, and he has a boyfriend. Just one scene. All I ask.

  • http://www.facebook.com/katgiambruno Kat Giambruno

    I think it is a great thing when a show aimed at high school students covers a topic that is so relevant and on their minds… If it is done well. Example- the recent Degrassi episode about suicide. And on a somewhat related note… Why doesn’t Hypable cover Degrassi?

    • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

      Do people watch Degrassi?

      • http://www.facebook.com/katgiambruno Kat Giambruno

        I’m old for Hypable…. 28. But I’ve been watching Degrassi since Junior high. I feel that it is definitely popular in the same demographic that watches Glee and follows Harry Potter. I work in a restaurant and all the high schoolers/ college kids I work with watch it.

        • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

          Interesting, I’ll have to research this. Thanks for the feedback!

          • popk

            To be fair its Canadian, but it is played on MTV. Maybe I’m just being bad/ignorant but out of my American friends only about 1/5 watch it. But that’s just my experience. Great show though.

  • http://twitter.com/LiamFloyd Liam Floyd

    So the episode is titled Shooting Star? Really?

  • http://www.facebook.com/SarahTipton Sarah Tipton

    My only hope is that they handle it well.

  • Tristan

    This is a show that will get the message out to the people who need to hear it. Middle schoolers/high schoolers are the people who need to be reached with these types of episodes and thats Glee’s primary audience. It might not fit smoothly with the rest of the show or the tone but it is necessary for a lot their viewers to hear.

  • http://twitter.com/BilliamSays Bill Anderson

    I applaud them for taking this issue. It’s real, it needs to be address, and as long as it’s done well, like Quinn’s Teen Pregnancy (exploring other options) and Karofsky’s suicide attempt I think will be a good message.

    While many people go to schools where this kind of thing doesn’t happen and feel like maybe this is unnecessary, I went to a high school district that had experience multiple bomb and shooting threats over my time there – and I lived in a surbarn area much like I picture Lima to be on the show.

    I think the reason why people have a hard time with seeing Glee do these thing is because when it first started it was comedy. In it’s four seasons it has matured to the level where it can pass as a drama to some point and deal with real issues.

    So I guess my main thing is, as long as the writers deal with this in a way that is mature and appropriate, it’s very good they are addressing it.

  • Kavitha

    It seems kind of out of place for this show, but I’m just hoping that they do it right. I do think that they handle “message episodes” well for the most part (suicide, abuse, etc.), although they do miss the mark often as well. They have to get this right due to the sensitivity connected with this topic. I think they can…hopefully.

  • http://twitter.com/TrueKlainer21 Klaine Is On Fire ♥

    I’m interested with what they’re going to do with this! I hope they will handle this well. If not, they are looking at a lot of backlash.

  • Lezak

    No, Glee. Stahp. What are you doing.
    You were doing so well this season, you know that? This topic seems entirely left field considering the tone.
    And just that title. No. Nobody will take this seriously with that title.

    • http://twitter.com/BilliamSays Bill Anderson

      School shooting always seem entirely out of nowhere….

      Food for thought.

      • Lezak

        Valid Point, for sure. However, lining up this “blurb” with the rest of the blurbs of the season just doesn’t match up tonally, to me. It’s going to be interesting how they follow it up.

  • Jem

    Honestly if they do it. They should do it like One Tree Hill did. That was an extremely respectable episode. I’m nervous that they are going to treat it like David’s suicide attempt. If they are going to do a shooting episode, they would need to do an aftermath ep also.

    • Marie

      I think you’re expectations of Glee are high. :-P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646947665 Megan Slife

    I feel like this is not going to be appropriate… at all.

  • Brendan

    Yikes. I don’t think school shootings are something that any show needs to “tackle.” On American Horror Story it was SORT OF ok because it did fit the mood of the show and was extremely realistic and not manipulative…and for mature audiences. But this isn’t a topic that KIDS need to learn about on TV and become even slightly desensitized to, or something that Glee should use for a left field source of dramatic depth. It’s also scary to think that seeing things like this could actually be a trigger for some kids…ugh this is too touchy even to comment about. Bad idea in my opinion. They better tread very carefully :(

    • Marie

      Well, it worked on American Horror Story because it was integral to a character. I’m not sure about the kids comment though. A wide age range of people watch Glee. Now, smart parents like one of my friends, will screen an episode to see how child friendly it is before they let their kids watch it.

    • Allaiya

      Well from my experience, I think it is okay for a show to tackle it if its handled well. It is a good way to discuss a serious topic & bring the issue to light. In this day & age, it unfortunately is something that should be discussed with kids, not ignored. Especially before an event happens & then all a kid gleans from school shootings is from the news.

      That’s what happened with me. I was 11 when Columbine happened. I really didn’t understand back then and it was never discussed in my family. All I remember are the news images & videos and those will always stick with me.

      A good show that did approach the topic was Degrassi which was mentioned above. It handled the topic very well. It showed the seriousness & the consequences of such an event.

      But it also showed the warning signs, the dangers of bullying, and not taking a stand when you know someone is being bullied. Sometimes you learn more from a good TV show (that kids actually pay attention to) than a parent or teacher.

  • MiMi

    Honestly? I don’t mean to belittle the impact this topic has on a generation, but calling this “exteremly controversial” is not in my opinion accurate. The issue of gun control and school related violence is nothing new and is certainly no more taboo than any of the other “messages” Glee puts forth.

    Degrassi and Desgrassi the next Generation have been tackling this sort of subject matter (such as in “Time Stands Still”) for years now. They manage to do it in a smart and sophisticated manner, and take their audience seriously. I don’t mean to pre-judge and really shouldn’t comment until the episode airs, but based on the title and the plot synopsis snippets here, this does not appear to be taking the same serious approach as Desgrassi has done for many of their more serious plot lines. I dearly hope they don’t belittle this intense subject matter by trying to be controversial or preach-y.

    • Brendan

      I disagree. School shootings are very, very sensitive subjects. It’s also something that is repeated by people who are often following by example, which begs a very serious question about the ethics of broadcasting it on a kids TV show. This just is not a “hot button issue” for a TV drama/comedy on Fox.

      • Brendan

        this is just my opinion though, i know everyone sees this subject differently

      • http://twitter.com/BilliamSays Bill Anderson

        Glee is hardly a Kids TV show. It’s marketed to (Jr)High Schoolers and College Students. It’s not for anyone below the age of 13. And if there is a 6 year old out there watching this. The parents should the one’s to blame – not the shows writers for choosing a to cover a very real topic.

      • Mimi

        I completely agree with you that it is a sensitive subject and that it does need to be taken seriously. Maybe I wasn’t clear about what I was saying– I think that this issue is not quote on quote any more “controversial” today than it was when Degrassi tackled it years ago in a very mature fashion.

        There is the larger debate as to the ethics of broadcasting this sort of subject matter on TV for kids at all. But that can be said about any of the things people find objectionable on TV these days.

        Also, Degrassi’s whole motif is to educate kids through TV about these tough hard-hitting issues, which is why the show’s tagline is (or used to be) “It goes there.”

    • Allaiya

      I agree with MiMi, I don’t see discussing gun control or school shootings as ‘extremely controversial’ or taboo. Maybe for older adults because it sure is a touchy subject to discuss with kids but for the younger generations we had to grow up with this. I can’t speak for everyone my age obviously but what some people may now call the ‘new normal’, all the security measures etc, was always just ‘normal’ for us because we grew up with it (Columbine, Sept 11th etc) & its all we’ve known.

    • Andy

      It was also different because with Degrassi being a Canadian show, the legality of gun ownership/posession was not even a remote issue in the episode because it isn’t an issue in Canada. This is just going to be “Glee says that guns are bad and even though we will forget this happened before this episode is even over, we just wanted to say guns are bad”, a PSA for the sake of itself. Glee’s motto in their message episodes is essentially “Preaching, Not Teaching”

  • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah

    When Karofsky threatened to kill Kurt if he outed him I was terrified of Glee doing a school shooting in which Karofsky would bring a gun to school and kill Kurt, or maybe just open fire. I held my breath for many episodes after that, and I don’t think I ever actually relaxed until he was able to accept himself.

    I also wasn’t the only one.

    When I was in high school, there was a shooting at my school. A boy was killed and it was probably the longest day of my life. My friend (and roommate at the time of what I believe was Never Been Kissed) was also afraid Glee was going to go into this topic because it brought back memories of that day and we couldn’t imagine Glee being able to appropriately handle the issue. While Karofsky’s attempted suicide was well done (and also an entire season later) I feel like they’ve dropped the ball with several of their attempts to shed light on serious subjects. I’m also glad they gave warning for this so that people who have issues with school shootings will be able to steer clear without worrying about being triggered. (Unlike those who were triggered by Karofsky’s attempted suicide.)

    • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah

      There’s a difference in bringing light to an important issue and piggybacking on a tragedy.

  • http://twitter.com/NinjaWhovian Susan Chilkotowsky

    Whenever Glee does an episode and it has a message to it from something important, I just cringe. They’ve never done it well and its completely unnecessary in my opinion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

    Too soon Glee. It’s just too soon.

    • The World is insensitive

      It makes me angry that people keep saying “Too soon” as if Sandy Hook is the only school shooting that has ever happened. Yes, it was one of the most tragic ones, but last year there was a shooting at my high school with one casuality, and I somehow don’t think anyone would be putting up a fuss if Glee had done this episode a year ago.

  • Rebecca830

    Glee did NOT do a good job with karofskys suicide attempt. He should have been hospitalized for at least a month after attempting suicide. People aren’t just let out after 24 hours. I am afraid for what they are going to do with this subject. Glee doesn’t have a good tract record. Glee also is a tv show. Not a PSA outlet. Leave it to the so called comedy and call it a day glee.

    • Marie

      They did well with the emotional aspect of that episode. The actual facts were not accurate, but it definitely affected people. I have a hard time seeing this episode being effective.

      • SH

        Karofsky’s story was ok. Of course it was forgotten about basically in the next episode and that’s the problem with Glee, it dismisses the issue almost right away. Also, their understanding of suicide was atrocious and Mr. Schue’s speech about it and the math exam was disgustingly innacurate and inslting to those who have attempted suicide and families who grieved a loved one who died by suicide. Also Kurt’s dismissal of Quinn’s teenage pregnancy said it all for me=women’s issues don’t matter to Glee.

  • http://twitter.com/potterfan92 Raina

    Remember when Glee was a comedy?

  • http://twitter.com/potterfan92 Raina

    First of all its too late in the season for this type of story. Glee is terrible with handling serious issues like this. They are never bring up these issues ever again. Look at what going on the season right now, do they really need a school shooting? This show just thrives on shock value and lacks basic logic.

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    I love this story line. If it’s done right, it can be very effective. Sadly it’s just one gunshot. I wanted a whole big deal made of this with the musical numbers inside the characters heads to show their emotions.

  • Mikenna

    I felt Karofsky’s attempted suicide was handled very well and all scenes involving him were just so powerful. It was by far my favorite episode in the series. However, I feel this is a very raw subject that a. is far too sensitive to be touched on in a teen drama and b. has been done far too many times. I know I should give this the benefit of the doubt but I think this shouldn’t be an episode at all. The fact that “no one gets hurt” is what makes the idea of it incredibly unrealistic and hurtful to those affected by these types of tragedies. Sorry Glee, you’re not doing well in season 4.

  • hpboy13

    And Glee continues to run through its checklist of controversial issues it needs to tackle to preserve its “edgy and important show” rep. Abuse? Check. Body image? Check. Suicide? Check. Pregnancy? Check. I suppose it was only a matter of time.

    • Marie

      Don’t forget alcohol, transsexuality, and homosexuality. And possibly abortion depending on what they do with Rachel. Oh, and texting and driving.

  • Sisi

    idk, I kind of feel like glee might be using this just as a potential way to get their ratings up because it’s been such a hot topic of discussion lately. I feel like they need to just leave this one alone…

  • http://twitter.com/HungerSlytherin Jeremy B

    I feel the only way this could be powerful is if we have a build up to it. (Which from what is in this article might not happen) I know Glee likes to tackle tough issues but Is this necessary? I just don’t see how this could fit into Season 4. We’ve tackled alot in Season 4 alone.

  • Vanj203

    I’ll give Ryan a break on this one. He’s a new parent. He’s also become very politically engaged in the last 2 years. He probably feels he has something to say to teenagers after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The writing on Glee has been really good this season so it could be done very well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmin.ransom Jasmin Ransom

    I can’t say anything about Karkofsky’s suicide, because this season in the first season of Glee that I’ve watched (I don’t intend on watching the first three), but after the terrible way they handled Marley’s eating disorder, I have no faith in this at all.

  • Xavier

    DeGrassi used to be really good. It eventually started recycling its plots over and over again as they brought in newer characters though, and quickly got stale and redundant. Glee is currently on a similar route.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iBewkLesh1501 Ian Thomas

    Since Glee can’t even handle the most basic storylines I’m not excited for whatever character derailment is coming up next. This show is just turning int one trainwreck after the other. The constant inconsistencies are getting extremely annoying and their pitiful attempts at PSA’s are getting out of hand. Like making Marley’s ED a /personality trait/ just so they could have a flaw in an otherwise perfect character. Sorry, but ED’s aren’t a personality trait and should be treated with much more respect than that.

  • Kathryn

    Honestly, I prefer when Glee approaches issues in a It’s Always Sunny and Philadelphia kind of way. Case in point: their anti-drinking episode. It sent a horrible message, but it was hilarious. Due to the wide-age range of the show’s viewers, the writers seem to believe that they have a responsibility to “educate.” I understand that, but as a viewer in her early 20s, it’s not always the most enjoyable thing to watch onscreen. If Glee continues to try to toe the line between outrageous comedy and serious drama, it’s always going to fail, because frankly, there is NO LINE between the two. I can’t take something seriously and suspend my disbelief at the same time.

  • Lucy

    My question is: is it too soon?

  • robertvenne

    if they do this school shooting, then the episode should have NO music in it. NO singing in it. it would be a better episode and more serious if things were dealt with by speaking or silence and not by song.

    • Marie

      That’s definitely not going to happen. Like I said, I have bets that they’ll at least try to get Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”, solely based on the line “No, I don’t have a gun”.

  • Lotte

    I think not talking about a controversial topic isn’t a solution either. If it is executed correctly, a tv show reaches more people then political campaigns. Sad, but true.

    However, it needs to be treated with great care and sensitivity. Considering the writer hired also wrote ‘I kissed a girl’, I have high doubts about this storyline. Nonetheless, other controversial topics on Glee, such as teen suicide and bullying, was actually presented in an emotional and critical manner. At least that was my interpretation.

  • LooKat

    By no means am I trying to overlook the seriousness of the issue, but this has been done too many times before. It doesn’t seem to have helped “educate” anyone in the past. The only thing it will do is further depress an already upset society.

  • pandaprincess143

    One thing about Glee, whether we want to admit it or not, is that when it tackles controversial issues, I think it does so to stay relevant as well as controversial. Every controversial storyline on the show has been directly related to something that really happened in a school or schools somewhere, which I think is their way of attempting to realistically portray high schools (even in the hyper-realistic context of the show). As horrible as it is, this is something that happens in schools and I feel like they are trying to stay current and as honest as possible. And, like many others have said, I thought the Karofsky episode was amazing and handled with a great deal of sensitivity and compassion, and I just hope that they do the same here.

  • Kelsea

    I don’t think a show that features singing and funny one-liners should tackle a “school shooting” scenario. It’s just not right for Glee, especially in light of the many shootings that have taken place over the past year (Aurora, Sandy Hook). Might skip this episode.

  • Kelsea

    Also… I feel like Glee is exploiting the headlines for this one, just to get ratings. Kind of disrespectful to all the victims of school shootings. Just a thought.

  • Mark

    I think it is great to tackle the issues of gun problem. Especially in America. This would be a great episode, but it doesn’t change the fact that the show still lacks the capacity to give a probable story for its other “MAIN CAST”, particularly with mercedes jones. Throughout the long run of the show, characters that have been neglected for the pass seasons have evolved in the current season, Tina especially. It is admirable that we are seeing the brighter side of everyone. It can be concluded that Tina and Mercedes have switched places.

  • Juliet

    Maybe the shooting won’t be in McKinley, but will instead be a flashback of how Betty (Artie’s hookup in I Do) became paralyzed. She’s in a wheelchair, but she said she was a cheerleader, implying she wasn’t always in the chair. Also, she was upset to see Artie was in a chair, which made it seem like she was still coping with her own wheelchair. I think Ryan Murphy will bring Betty back because she’s played by Ali from The Glee Project and her relationship with Artie open. Although Glee does have a history of unfinished plotlines…

  • Ellen

    I think its a really bad idea to have a school shooting episode. its way 2 soon after the CT tragedy. If there was an episode like that the families from the tragdy will never be able to sleep again

  • SH

    Glee should not, EVER EVER cover a topic as serious as this and I dread to think what angle it will take with the issue. Apart from Kurt’s coming out story, Glee has never done justice to any social issue that it decided to cover. It is NOT a PSA and should stop trying to market itself as one because it does a poor job of it. Any issue related to women has been appallingly covered (domestic violence, rape, teenage pregnancy, bulimia sexuality and more) so I cringe every time I hear it is attempting another serious topic.

    Why can’t is be a simple comedic musical? It has lost its gloss and enjoyment when it decided to try and take itself seriously yet make a joke out of itself at the same time.

  • NotATroll

    Maybe Schu finally starts regretting leaving behind Broadway to babysit ungrateful sociopaths and tries to blow his brains out.

  • July

    One Tree Hill did this ages ago, and it was probably the best episode in the whole show. I don’t know if Glee has the potential for that.

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