On Brittana and Happy Endings
All right, fandom.
Real talk time.
Does one episode which exceeded our expectations make up for a whole season—or several seasons, as it were—full of heartache, disappointment, insult, and upset upon upset?
No, not even a little bit.
After all, any story can begin “Once upon a time…” and end with “… and they all lived happily ever after;” it’s what happens in the middle that really counts.
And, in this case? The middle was disjointed and bobbled at best, offensive and caustic at worst.
Glee is not a good show.
It is hurtful in its messages, sloppy in its storytelling, and doesn’t live up to its potential, as well we all know. Though it’s an equal opportunity offender, it oftentimes does the most damage to the same marginalized groups it purports to champion.
This season finale? It doesn’t make up for the season.
That said, it was the best season finale we could have asked for, given the circumstances.
Because it allows us to finally say goodbye.
Our journey began with our girls in love in the background, a two-shot. It ends with those same girls in love, the only two characters in the frame.
So let’s talk a little bit about our ending.
One more time, guys?
Feelings, feelings, feelings after the cut.
“You know I will always love you the most” - on Brittana, 4x04, and “goodbye”s that are more like “see you soon”s
(otherwise known as “No, Santana Lopez did not break up with Brittany Pierce because of smiles exchanged with some random in the library”)
I know you’re all tired. I know you’re all sad. And I know some of you are angry.
You know who else I bet feels exactly the same way right now? Brittana. Our beautiful, brave baby girls who have been through so much together had a decision to make.
Was this decision slightly misguided? Maybe. Were there other alternatives that could have been considered? Maybe.
Whatever the case may be, never doubt that Santana Lopez did what she did out of respect for the love that she shared, and continues to share, with Brittany Pierce.
Let’s look at their “break up” scene and talk about why.
Edit: Because JJ and I are brain twins, I suggest that you also read her analysis of 4x04 as well; we seem to have written these analyses at the same time, and I suspect that there is a lot of overlap in content, as well as JJ elaborating eloquently on some of the points I make here.
“I will always love you the most”: On Brittana, Love, and Breaking Up
All right, fandom.
This one’s gonna bruise, but I promise it will be okay in the end, all right? Just stick with me. We’ve gotten through worse situations than this one before—like 3x07, for example. For as bad as things are, they’re not as bad as they could be.
Let’s start out with a hug, okay?
I love you guys.
Let’s get down to it, then.
All the feelings in the world after the cut.
“Don’t stop believin’”: On Brittana, Crossroads, and the Future of Our Family
As is so often the case in transition times, tonight we come to a crossroads. As a fandom, we face a choice: we can either stick with canon or diverge from it entirely.
In this Brittanalysis, I don’t intend to tell anyone what he or she ought to do with his or her feelings for our ship or recommend one course of action over another. Instead, I will examine the content of the episode, then discuss some key points we can take away from what we saw on our screens tonight.
Before I start, though, could I just… could I just give you all a hug?
Thank you, fandom.
Now let’s get started.
Feelings, feelings, feelings under the cut.
Can you tell me a story before I go to bed? You know the one-about the two cheerleader who fell in love? Its my favorite.
Asketh - Anonymous
Sure thing, Anon!
Once upon a time there were these two cheerleaders who fell in love, truly, madly, deeply, past the heights and depths, and beyond compare.
But one of the cheerleaders got scared.
Even though she loved the other cheerleader more than anything, she feared what would happen if people found out what was in her heart. Princesses weren’t supposed to marry princesses, cheerleaders couldn’t fall in love with cheerleaders. That’s not how the story went—or at least that’s what the world told her.
So she tried to push the other cheerleader away.
The trouble was that she couldn’t really bring herself to do it. No matter how she tried to fight what was in her heart, she couldn’t deny that she loved the other cheerleader more than anything.
It always just came back to one thing:
She just wanted her.
She just wanted for them to be together.
It took a long time, but, eventually, the other cheerleader helped the scared cheerleader to realize that she didn’t have to feel so scared anymore.
The other cheerleader helped the scared cheerleader to embrace all her awesomeness. She taught her that no matter what, she would never be alone, because the other cheerleader would love her until beyond the end of forever. Even when other people talked behind their backs or threw them out or said terrible things to them because of their love, they would stay with each other and things would be okay.
The two cheerleaders decided that one day soon they would tell the world how they felt about each other, not because they had to, but because they wanted to.
But then something really bad happened.
Someone decided to tell the world how the girls felt about each other before they felt ready to do it themselves.
After that, things got really scary for a while.
The scared cheerleader’s grandmother disowned her. Everyone started looking at the two cheerleaders differently than they had before.
Even still, they kept to their promise: because they loved each other so much, they stuck together and made each other stronger.
What could have destroyed them made them strong.
They made a choice to live their love, and when they did? They felt happier than they ever had before. They had always wanted to hold hands, to kiss, to dance, and to just be with one another, and finally they could do all that.
Their wishes all came true.
Things changed, life wasn’t perfect, but they were perfect, and they were golden.
They finished out high school together, they got married, they had babies, they raised their children, they attended graduations, they had grandbabies all their own.
They lived happily ever after, really.
But you know the cool part about that? There’s a lot of awesome stuff in the middle.
There’s so much love that it’s too much to comprehend.
So they lived happily ever after.
(P.S., I love this story, too, Anon. It’s my favorite, favorite.)
“Best prom ever”: On Brittany and Expectations, Santana and Progress, and How Brittana Finally Won at Prom
Last year’s prom saw Brittany going stag, Santana in tears, and both girls dancing with other people but not with one another, however desperately they wanted just to be with each other.
Though the evening ended with Brittany encouraging Santana and Santana taking a positive step toward accepting her own awesomeness as she supported Kurt, the junior prom certainly didn’t turn out as either girl had planned.
To close out the night, Santana proclaimed, “This prom sucks.”
This year’s prom proved entirely different.
Not only did Brittany and Santana attend prom together as a couple, but both of them had a blast spending time with each other and with their friends. Indeed, I think that if one were to ask them, our OTP would heartily agree that their dinosaur prom was, as Brittany puts it, the “best prom ever.”
And, honestly? For them, I really think it was.
In this analysis, I will argue that though neither Brittany nor Santana left their senior prom wearing a crown, both of them “won” the evening by accessing their awesomeness, achieving their goals, showing character development, and generally being their flawless selves.
Feelings, feelings, feelings after the cut.