When I heard that Glee was doing an episode where “an unthinkable event happens at McKinley”, I have to admit that my first reaction was to roll my eyes. For me, Glee has always worked better as a satire than a drama, but that hasn’t stopped the show from going overboard with the dramatics over the years. I assumed “Shooting Star” would be another one of those episodes.
However, I will be the first one to say that I was wrong. This episode features some incredibly powerful, emotional moments and incredible acting that I was not expecting. As chaos breaks out, it didn’t feel like a TV show anymore; it felt like a glimpse into an average American high school where something was going horribly wrong and lives were about to be changed forever.
We’re not going to give away too much from the episode, but here are a few tidbits to look forward to on Thursday:
-The beginning of the episode is a little silly, but trust me, it’s worth hanging in there through the meteor and cat talk.
-Brittany shows a different side of herself during a conversation with a fellow Cheerio and it is refreshing to see how much she’s grown.
-The New York side of the show does not make an appearance in this episode and you will not miss them even if they’re normally your favorite part of the show (they’re mine).
-Will and Coach Beiste share several moments; one is incredibly awkward, but the rest are beautiful.
-Ryder’s catfish storyline continues and he goes through several suspects trying to figure out who is on the other end of the computer.
-Even if you never cared about the newbies before (and still don’t), you will feel for each and every one of them when the camera is rolling (you’ll see).
-Sue Sylvester will leave you speechless more than once.
Glee airs Thursday, April 11 at 9 p.m. EST on FOX.