"Glee's" Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) tribute episode is fast approaching, as this haunting promo indicates.
For those who loved both Cory and his TV character, watching next week's episode, "The Quarterback," will be bittersweet. The upcoming tribute will provide fans with a much-needed opportunity to grieve and to find healing.
Yet I almost don't want next Thursday to come. As of now, Finn is technically still "alive" on the show. Once he is laid to rest, the reality will really start to sink in.
One question that has come up is whether or not the fans will continue to watch "Glee" after the tribute airs. A number of Gleeks have indicated that a show without Monteith is no longer worth watching.
Wrote one Live Journal user, "Fully prepared to say goodbye to Glee when we say goodbye to Finn/Cory...watched the promo multiple times and cried each time. I'm not ready."
Wrote another user, "that promo, man. next week will be my last episode of glee ever."
Will Monteith's fans stop watching "Glee" after the tribute airs? Should they stop watching? I'm torn on that one.
On the one hand, I could totally understand why Monteith's biggest supporters would want to call it quits. For several seasons, "Glee" hasn't been able to recapture the magic of Season 1. Implausible story lines, overuse of PSAs, and a new cast that hasn't been able to reach audiences in the way that the original cast did, are all factors that have caused the show to struggle a bit.
Yet through it all, Cory always remained the heart of the show, consistently turning in high-level performances. Even in Finn's less-than-stellar moments, he had such a sincere and believable quality that made us want to root for him. There will be a huge hole once the "Glee"-verse says farewell to Finn.
On the other hand, the late Canadian actor really loved being on "Glee." During his last interview, he was talking about how much he was looking forward to getting back to work on the show. Would he have wanted the fans to continue watching, even without him?
Cory was such a team player that he probably would have wanted the show to go on. He probably would have wanted to see his castmates succeed.
Should Monteith's fans continue to tune in after the tribute airs? Should the fans honor his memory by continuing to support the show that he loved so much? Or is a show without Cory no longer worth watching?
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