This week’s recap of Glee’s very emotional winter finale, “On My Way,” is written by Glee Chat co-host Jessica O’Neal. Check out Jessica’s detailed recap and analysis.

This post is written by Glee Chat co-host Jessica O’Neal. Follow her on Twitter @jessoneal84 and check out her awesome blog Sexy Little Nerd.

The episode opens with Rachel and a disapproving Kurt perusing a bridal magazine at the Lima Bean when Sebastian walks up. He hands Rachel her engagement present, which is a photoshopped picture of a nude Finn in pumps. Sebastian tells Rachel that unless she drops out of Regionals within 24 hours he will upload that photo and more to the internet. Back in the choir room, Finn is understandably upset and wants to take action against Sebastian. Mr. Schuester says that they will tell the Dalton headmaster, which Blaine predicts will accomplish nothing just as nothing was done when Sebastian nearly blinded him. Rachel tells everyone that it doesn’t matter because she is not going to be bullied by terrorists and they will deal with the consequences. Finn is not pleased with this decision and storms out.

We then go to Sue’s office where Quinn is just arriving. Sue tells her that she is pregnant – though she avoids saying who the father is – and suffering from severe morning sickness. A very stunned Quinn gives her tips for the morning sickness and then asks to rejoin the Cheerios. Sue denies her request.

In the auditorium we see Blaine pacing around, still agitated from the earlier discussion about Sebastian. Kurt shows up and asks if he is okay causing Blaine to snap at him. Blaine apologizes and says that he doesn’t want to “waste anymore time on [Sebastian]” and wants to focus on winning. He then tells Kurt that he has a new song he wants to try out.

Just before Blaine begins his song we are shown Karofsky at his new school entering the locker room. As he walks through, all of the guys begin to crowd around him and the smile fades from his face when he sees his locker. Blaine begins to sing “Cough Syrup” and the show cuts between shots of his performance and Karofsky in one of the most beautifully executed and difficult to watch sequences Glee has ever done. Karofsky backs away from his locker and we see that the word “FAG” has been spray painted across it. He exits the locker room as quickly as he can amid taunts and jeers. Back in his bedroom he gets on the computer and sees that his Facebook page has been spammed with hateful comments about his sexuality. He angrily flings objects off of his desk and wanders around his room, despondent. He then changes into a nice suit, looks up at a rafter in his room, and, crying, steps on to a chair.

In Principle Figgins’ office, Emma, Sue, Beiste, and Mr. Schuester discuss how they should handle the news of Karofsky’s attempted suicide with the students. We are shown the first of many flashback scenes in the episode, this one of Karofsky’s father holding his son, screaming for help.

We then join the God Squad as Mercedes suggests that they pray for Karofsky to find peace. Quinn says that they need to pray for his family instead, that he was just being selfish. Kurt shows up and tells her that she has no idea what he was going through. Quinn questions why Kurt is even there and Joe says that he invited him. Kurt tells them that he had no where else to go and that he feels responsible because he kept ignoring Karofsky’s phone calls thinking they were about what happened on Valentine’s Day.

Back in the hallways, Rachel and Finn apologize to each other for their earlier argument and Rachel says that she wants to get married after Regionals because life is too short to wait for an arbitrary date.

In an unexpected turn of events, Sebastian meets with Blaine, Kurt, Brittany, and Santana to apologize. He says that he deleted the photos of Finn and that the Warblers will be dedicating their performance at Regionals to Karofsky as well as taking donations for the Lady Gaga “Born This Way” foundation. He explains his new attitude by saying that “it’s all fun and games, until it’s not” and we are shown a flashback of him telling Karofsky that he should “stay in the closet” when Karofsky asks for advice on picking up guys.

Back in the auditorium, Mr. Schuester steps into his “good teacher” shoes and shares with the kids the story of how he contemplated suicide in his Junior year of high school. He talks about how everyone has a something that might push them to the edge and cause them to consider ending it, but if they were to do that, they would miss out on so much of life. He asks the kids to think of something that they are looking forward to in the future.

It is then time for Regionals, where one of the judges is a ridiculous man who is the host of late night horror movie show and dressed as a vampire. First up, the Warblers, led by Sebastian, perform “Stand” and “Glad You Came”. They are followed by the Golden Goblets who are a more traditional a capella Chamber group. We only get to hear a little of them singing, but it is enough to make me miss my old choir days (we sang songs much more similar to this than anything New Directions has ever done).

Backstage, New Directions prepare to go perform, but first Finn announces that he and Rachel will be getting married after the competition. They invite everyone to be there, regardless of what their personal feelings on the wisdom of the decision are. They then perform “Fly/I Believe I Can Fly”, “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”, and “Here’s to Us” while Rachel’s dads, Carole, and Burt cheer them on. The weird vampire man announces that the Golden Goblets came in third place (once again, the third place group was overly excited for the news that they just lost), the Warblers came in second, and New Directions won. Everyone in New Directions celebrates while Blaine walks over to shake Sebastian’s hand.

After the competition, Quinn is once again called into Sue’s office where Sue tells her that she is going to let her rejoin the Cheerios. Quinn changes into the uniform and runs into Rachel in the hallway. Quinn tells Rachel that she wants to support her and Finn by coming to the wedding.

We then get to go to the hospital where we see Karofsky. Kurt visits him and tells him that he is glad he’s not dead to which Karofsky admits he is too. Kurt says that he should have returned Karofsky’s calls, but Karofsky asks why, when all he did was make his life hell for months. Karofsky goes on to tearfully explain how his best friend told him he never wants to talk to him again and his mom believes he has a disease from which he might be cured. He doesn’t know what to do and says that he can’t go back to his school. Kurt tells him to go to a different school and that there will be days where “life just sucks”, but that he will be able to get through it because he will have Kurt and others who love him by his side, offering support. Kurt then tells him about the lesson from Mr. Schuester to think about something in the future that they are looking forward to. Karofsky doesn’t think he can do that, so Kurt says he will help and tells him to close his eyes. Kurt paints the picture of Karofsky as a successful sports agent being greeted at work by his partner and their son so that he can take off work early and they can take their son to his first football game. Kurt says, “And you lean over to your partner and say—” and Karfsky opens his eyes and finishes the sentence by saying, “I’m so happy right now.” The scene ends with them holding hands and agreeing to be friends.

It is now time for the Finchel wedding and everyone begins to congregate at the Courthouse. Sue tells Mr. Schuester that she is pregnant and wants to help the glee club, no catch. We then see the parents of the bride and groom discussing the wisdom of their actions and ways in which they can stop the wedding.

Rachel comes out in a wedding dress she somehow had the time to buy and gets a text from Quinn saying that she had to go home to change into her bridesmaid dress. It cuts between the wedding party waiting for Quinn and Quinn stuck on a country road behind a slow tractor. Rachel texts Quinn to find out where she is and, as Quinn texts back the words “on my way”, she is hit by a truck. “To be continued…”

Jessica’s Thoughts: This was one of the most difficult hours of television I have ever had to sit through, but it was also one of the most beautiful. I barely even noticed the Regionals subplot with everything else that was going on around it, but I will mention that I thought the performances for it were good. The highlight, for me, was the Kelly Clarkson song. But it was the non-Regional performance of “Cough Syrup” that will never leave me.

Everything about this sequence was nothing short of amazing. In just a few minutes they were able to show the story of Karofsky’s journey into depression leading to the suicide attempt better than they could have done using any other method. Max Adler did an absolutely brilliant job with his acting. My heart ached for him as I watched him sink into despair. And, for once, the cuts back and forth from the actual performance of the song served only to enhance the emotions they sought to convey. Darren Criss was incredible. The passion and feeling that he put into his performance accentuated the desperation Karofsky was feeling perfectly. I guessed where this scene was headed, but that in no way lessened the pain that ripped through my heart when Karofsky took that one last gasping sob and stepped up on the chair. I have never cried so much during an episode of Glee.

Another scene that I want to mention was one of the shortest in the episode, but also one of the most powerful: the flashback to Karofsky’s dad discovering him. I had finally slowed my crying when this scene came out of nowhere and punched me in the gut. I am so glad that it did not last longer than it did because I honestly don’t know if I could have handled it. His dad holding his body and screaming for help just….it undid me.

It was the hospital scene, though, that I think I will remember above all else. Chris Colfer and Max Adler both deserve every award they can get for this scene. Everything about it was perfect. Seeing these two characters who have been at such odds with each other come together and grasp hands as friends was one of the most moving things I have ever witnessed. Karofsky’s pain as he shared the things he went through in the days leading up to his suicide attempt broke my heart into even smaller pieces than it had already been broken into. But it was the story of hope that Kurt painted for him that I found truly moving. The hope in Karofsky’s eyes when he opened them and said “I’m so happy right now” with a huge smile on his face…I can’t even begin to describe what this did to me.

If you listen to Glee Chat, you know that I was aware of the impending car crash and Quinn’s involvement. I knew it was coming and I thought I was prepared – I wasn’t. I don’t know if it was because I was already such an emotional wreck from everything else, but the final shot of her being rammed by that truck shook me to my core. I can’t believe we have to wait six weeks to find out her fate. I am clinging to my belief that having her actually die would be too heavy for Glee, which likes to end on hope. They can send a powerful message about the dangers of texting while driving without having her die. I really hope that turns out to be the case.

Watch Daniel Radcliffe’s latest PSA for The Trevor Project which aired during last night’s episode of Glee.

 

This post is written by Glee Chat co-host Jessica O’Neal. Follow her on Twitter @jessoneal84 and check out her awesome blog Sexy Little Nerd.

At a time when the divide between the generations has arguably never been greater, The 100 encapsulates the struggle of millennials more than any other current show.

This article was submitted by Hypable reader Stephanie Farnsworth.

The media churns out article after article about the laziness of millennials, and then complains about how we work too hard. Millennials are branded “snowflakes” even as we struggle to pay rent and bear the consequences of the economic fall-out that we didn’t cause.

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At a time when the divide between the generations has arguably never been greater, The 100 encapsulates the struggle of millennials more than any other current show.

This article was submitted by Hypable reader Stephanie Farnsworth.

The media churns out article after article about the laziness of millennials, and then complains about how we work too hard. Millennials are branded “snowflakes” even as we struggle to pay rent and bear the consequences of the economic fall-out that we didn’t cause.

The CW drama The 100, which is entering its fourth season in February, rather bluntly captures that sense of young people paying the price of previous generations; at the beginning of the series, a council of adult politicians literally sent teenagers to a radiation-soaked earth to try to save their own society.

The 100 season 1 Jaha

The pilot episode revealed the extent of the power imbalance between the generations that reflects our society today: Chancellor Jaha presented the project of ‘the hundred’ as a way for young delinquents to fulfil their duty and gain redemption, even if it cost them their lives. They were even expected to be grateful, because they’d been judged as criminals and would have been executed anyway, even for relatively petty crimes.

And as The 100 season 4 approaches, the adults’ attitudes towards the kids haven’t changed that much from the show’s premiere.

Related: Previewing The 100 season 4: What to expect when you’re expecting an apocalypse

Generational conflict and tension has remained at the heart of the show throughout the series. The generational focus has not been diluted even as the world has expanded to reveal far more of the culture of the Grounders; in fact, this has only given rise to more conflict as the older members of Skaikru have struggled to accept not only the Grounders’ belief system, but the young age of their Commanders.

As the figurehead for all of the delinquents, lead character Clarke has been undermined and derided at every turn. In season 2, her own mother scoffed at the idea that Clarke and Lexa could lead their people to safety, mocking the Grounder Commander’s age and commenting, “They’re being led by a child.” It was up to Kane to point out that Skaikru were, too, because none of the adults had managed to think of a solution, and it was up to Clarke to save them.

Both Abby and Kane’s attitudes play into the infantilising of the millennial generation. Neither Clarke nor Lexa were children. They were young adults, and they were working towards making a better society where all of their people could survive while the adults were focused on internal power plays. Jaha was ready to leave the young adults in Mount Weather to die, but that’s no surprise; he’d made that decision before.

Abby couldn’t bear losing power to her own daughter, to the extent that it culminated in a scene where she assaulted Raven. The young mechanic was cool and composed in her response, pointing out that Clarke stopped being a child when Abby signed off on her daughter being sent to Earth to die.

Raven’s positioning was clear: Although not condemned by any crimes (even if she had committed the crime that Finn was convicted of), she chose to align herself with the hundred and was the one who chose to come to Earth simply to help. The younger generation, in short, pulled together, and when the older generation landed they brought down their old rules and oppression.

The consequences were overwhelming for the younger characters. They were tasked with saving everyone at the expense of any peace to their own souls. Clarke demonstrated this more than any other character and she ended up fleeing her people, unable to carry the burden of expectation they all had for her. It’s something she wrestled with throughout season 3, and with Earth facing a nuclear apocalypse again, Clarke will have to make peace — not with herself, but with how everyone else sees her if she is to survive.

The 100 season 4 Bellamy

Bellamy, too, will have to find his own identity. Last season, he effectively turned his back on the hundred to win the praise of Pike, and Bellamy upheld and supported his bigotry.

His part in slaughtering the Ark survivors’ 300 Grounder allies will not be easily forgotten. Bellamy wanted to be the hero. He wanted to protect people (specifically the women in his life) who never asked for that, and he wanted to be a part of the establishment.

If The 100 presents a metaphor for the real-life relationship between millennials and Gen X, Bellamy is the one wearing the rose-tinted glasses that younger people are supposed to wear when viewing an establishment that has been willing to regularly criticise later generations.

He had longed to be part of the Guard since he was a boy, and he saw a way to fulfil that old dream and become part of an order that had caused his entire family so much suffering. Bellamy was never quite the hundred: He was older, and his sole concern initially had been protecting his sister. It was easier for him to flit between the different groups within Skaikru than it was for any of the rest of the hundred.

After the events of last season, however, Bellamy now knows the pain he’s caused by his choices. And in season 4, he will have to choose exactly who to put his faith in: Clarke or the old order?

But maybe, in light of the external threat that now threatens humanity’s survival, the two generations will finally be able to pull together. There have been many hints that Clarke and Jaha will find some common ground this season due to the pressures they are facing, and Jaha knows well the cost of leading. Through Clarke, we will see whether lessons can be learned from the mistakes of the generation before.

Octavia once accused Clarke of being just like the council by deciding who was worthy of life. Clarke now must show whether she will follow that path or whether she can be better. The millennial dream of whether we can learn from the repression and conservatism of the past will be on trial in The 100 season 4, as we see just how Clarke plans to lead her friends into this new battle.

The 100‘ season 4 premieres February 1 at 9/8c on The CW

Teen Wolf season 6 will be its last — but for how long? In an age of revivals, reboots, and remakes, we really don’t know if this will be the end.

Thanks to Netflix, Gilmore Girls returned to add another chapter to its beloved story. And just this month alone, we got news that Charmed and Will & Grace will both be returning to our screens as well.

So, yes, this is the final season of Teen Wolf, but as fans, we can always hope to see more one day in the future.

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Teen Wolf season 6 will be its last — but for how long? In an age of revivals, reboots, and remakes, we really don’t know if this will be the end.

Thanks to Netflix, Gilmore Girls returned to add another chapter to its beloved story. And just this month alone, we got news that Charmed and Will & Grace will both be returning to our screens as well.

So, yes, this is the final season of Teen Wolf, but as fans, we can always hope to see more one day in the future.

And apparently Teen Wolf creator and showrunner Jeff Davis must keep that in mind as well.

Speaking to EW about how series finales have changed in the era of reboots, Davis says it’s smart to keep the series ending open enough to allow for the possibility of a revival down the line.

However, this certainly comes with some concerns as well. “One of the things it does is keep you from killing off a lot of characters,” he says. “So the series-ending episode where you blow up the entire world and kill off half your main characters isn’t the smartest thing to do anymore.”

Killing half your main characters would be a shock, but not necessarily a good one. Today’s media is consumed so intensely by its fans that a series finale like that has the potential to put an audience off the property for good.

So not only do you have to worry about the potential for a revival with half your players in the ground, but you have to worry about whether your original fans will even want to tune in for more. That could make or break the whole idea of a revival.

But what about on the other side of that? Creators want their stories to leave a lasting impression, and what better way to do that than to have one of your main characters sacrifice themselves for their friends?

“I do worry that it makes finales less impactful — you don’t want to give a half-assed ending,” Davis says of the need to keep a potential revival in mind. “You want a story to feel like it finishes.”

And that’s something fans of Teen Wolf have been worrying over since it was first announced season 6 would be the show’s last. Who will we lose in this final season, and what impact will that make on our overall feelings about the series?

We’ve come too far to lose someone we cared about from day one, but we’ve also invested too much time to see a mediocre ending. It’s a challenging balance that all fans of Teen Wolf are hoping Davis and his team are up for.

What do you think of the idea for an eventual ‘Teen Wolf‘ revival?

When the first rumors of a Charmed reboot came out a few years ago I started a mental list of what it has to have. Now that it’s officially happening here’s what I think a ’70s-era Charmed show can still pull off.

The mythology of Charmed runs deep. So deep, in fact, that they could have set this during the founding of America and we’d still be able to get a Charmed feeling thanks to the original show’s flashbacks. (But I’m happy it’s not set way back then.)

Given the show’s history, I’m not worried about it taking place in the ’70s; I’m actually excited about it. It’s an original take on how we can learn more about the Halliwell family before the Power of Three was old enough to realize they were the most powerful witches in the world, and I’m excited to see what they bring to it.

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When the first rumors of a Charmed reboot came out a few years ago I started a mental list of what it has to have. Now that it’s officially happening here’s what I think a ’70s-era Charmed show can still pull off.

The mythology of Charmed runs deep. So deep, in fact, that they could have set this during the founding of America and we’d still be able to get a Charmed feeling thanks to the original show’s flashbacks. (But I’m happy it’s not set way back then.)

Given the show’s history, I’m not worried about it taking place in the ’70s; I’m actually excited about it. It’s an original take on how we can learn more about the Halliwell family before the Power of Three was old enough to realize they were the most powerful witches in the world, and I’m excited to see what they bring to it.

With that being said, it’s hard to think of anything Charmed related happening without its important mythology and history, so there are just a few things this reboot absolutely has to have.

Whitelighters

Whitelighters are the angels in the Charmed universe, and without them we wouldn’t have Leo or Paige and we wouldn’t have the almost never-ending source of wisdom and guidance we’re so used to seeing.

It scares me to think about this happening without the Halliwell family at all, but if that is the (horrible) route they choose to go, then they’re definitely going to need a Whitelighter to guide the characters and tell them what’s up. Without the Book of Shadows, a Whitelighter is going to be the only way the new witches will have any hope of figuring out what is going on.

And I will never get sick of seeing people orb everywhere — that’s one of the best parts of the original show, tbh.

Darklighters/Demons

On the opposite end of angels there are always demons, so it’d be a missed opportunity to not include them in this reboot. Darklighters are the only thing that could kill a Whitelighter, so it makes sense to bring them into the picture as well so we could get some d-d-d-drama.

The only hesitance I have about this new reboot bringing Darklighters and demons into the mix is that today’s audience seem enthralled with demons and fighting, and I worry there’s not going to be as much character growth in the newer episodes as there was with the original series.

I don’t want a Charmed reboot to be all about the demon fighting and not enough about the sisters and their relationship, but hopefully the fact that it’s helmed by women will help prevent that from happening.

Pre-bound Charmed ones

As any well-informed Charmed fan will tell you, the main girls (Prue, Piper, and Phoebe) had their powers bound/stripped when they were children so they could grow up without the threats of demons and death. If the show is about the Halliwell family, I’m hoping it begins at least a good six months or so before their powers get taken away from them.

There are so many questions I have about the pre-bound Charmed ones: Did they have powers in the womb like Wyatt, or was that just because Wyatt was the product of a Charmed one and a Whitelighter? Did the girls having powers bring so much evil that Grandma had no choice but to take them away? What was life like for Penny and Patty with the girls as youngsters? Sure, we saw glimpses of that briefly in the main series, but there’s still so much more to know!

I’m hoping that if the show does indeed take place around the Halliwell family in the ’70s, we’ll get to see what led up to Grandma Penny binding their powers. Hopefully it might be an even bigger surprise and twist than we all thought.

Kick-ass Penny

Speaking of Penny Halliwell, the grandmother to the Charmed Ones and mother of Patty Halliwell, she is one bad-ass bitch. We know this because of the several times she’s been summoned by the sisters for help (both supernatural and remedial).

There’s no way the show could revolve around the Halliwell family in the ’70s and not include one of the most bad-ass witches in the family line. Witnessing Penny kick some ass is something we all need to see, and I’m sure it would be one of the best parts of the whole series.

I know the show is still in its beginning stages and there are absolutely no cast members involved yet, but I would die to see Jennifer Rhodes reprise her role as Penny just to see that unfiltered sass come back to my screen.

Cameos galore!

Don’t get me started on how ticked I am that this is a prequel happening in the ’70s, if it even is that. When I think Charmed, I think Phoebe, Piper, Prue, Paige, Leo, etc. So naturally, to make up for this hideous decision in setting, the show has to make up for it by coming up with some excuse to bring back the original girls.

Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan have all said they’d be totally down to return for a Charmed reunion, so it hurts that whoever decided to put this reboot in the ’70s basically took that interest and threw it out the window. I’m hoping they work in a way to get the girls to show up in this series, and not just once.

Having the main girls appear just once in this reboot would basically be blasphemy, so hopefully the main characters figure out a way to find out about the existence of the Charmed Ones and use some sort of spell to contact them occasionally for help.

Oh, and it wouldn’t hurt to see Leo, Chris, Wyatt or all the other characters every one in a while, too.

Bonus: Reference the original theme song

This is way less likely than anything else, but I’m hoping that when the show starts up they utilize the show’s original theme song, How Soon Is Now by The Smiths.

It’s a damn shame that the entire series is on Netflix but with some rip-off theme song. You can’t have Charmed without The Smiths! Well, you can as evidenced by Netflix, but you really, really shouldn’t.

The music license to use the song expired, but please, will someone contact The Smiths and politely ask them to let us hear it with Charmed again? Here’s the original theme for those of you who miss it like I do.

What do you want in the ‘Charmed’ reboot?