Reaction: ‘Glee’ Tribute Episode
Published: contracostatimes.com (link here), mercurynews.com (link here) October 10, 2013.
About: At the time this article was published, I was working as a Teen Reporter for the Bay Area News Group and a member of the Life in Perspective Board. The topic of the popular television program ‘Glee’ arose at our monthly meeting and how the show would soon be recognizing the death of actor Cory Monteith. I volunteered to write a reaction piece immediately after the episode would air. I had a short window to write my article and had a very gratifying experience doing so.
On a summer night some months ago, I mourned the death of actor Cory Monteith, a young man who was part of something very important in my life, as well as in the lives of other young people for several years: The TV show “Glee.”
But Thursday night, I mourned the death of Finn Hudson, The Quarterback — the cool high school football player who matured into a gentleman before our eyes. Teen fans sat in front of the television for hours to be uplifted by the music and the relatable stories that were shared by the characters they adored.I chose to watch this tribute episode with no expectations so I wouldn’t be disappointed. But I was impressed. Monteith’s death was the result of a serious problem: addiction. And I was afraid that the show would deliver a softened, fluffy story line. Lots of singing and no grieving.
But “Glee” did what it does best, which is confronting the difficult issues that people face every day.
The soulful memorial was handled with grace, yet gave viewers a certain sense of closure that they desired. The show was balanced. For every heavy, somber moment, there was one of lightheartedness. It was also good to see that the William McKinley High School grads who grew up alongside Finn had their sentiments spotlighted — just as they should have been.
The scenes in which Puck, Finn’s best friend, and Rachel, Finn’s love, expressed their sorrow were as heart wrenching as they were relatable. But the most saddening aspect of the episode was when I realized that the raw emotion that we saw through these actors was real. They lost a person they loved just as much as the glee club lost Finn Hudson.
As the episode came to a close, I became sentimental: I thought of all that “Glee” has done for me, always making me happy, despite the changes the show has gone through in recent times. The show is still one of my favorites and this commemorative episode was done so well, leaving viewers with a feeling of relief that Finn’s character will always be remembered.
Feature: Holiday Gift Guide for Teens
Published: contracostatimes.com (link here) November 20, 2013.
About: The features editor working with the
LIP Board was interested in publishing a gift guide from the teen perspective. She asked each of us to pick a product and write a short piece to go along with it.
What: PopRock MiniBoom Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($19.96, QVC.com)
Why it’s a must-have: This nifty wireless speaker comes in eight colors and can fit in the palm of your hand. You can hook up your blue-tooth enabled device to play music and accept phone calls from up to 30 feet away. And it’s waterproof. With its strong suction cup, it can easily be placed in your shower! For the price, its sound quality is exceptional and the color choices make for a fun personal touch.
— Jillian Argento