Glee 5.11 “City of Angels” Review: Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future

If there’s been one thing that has been consistent about the fifth season of Glee, it has been Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan’s commitment to honoring and respecting both Cory Monteith and the character of Finn Hudson. Through “The Quarterback,” which aired early on this season, and storylines like Rachel getting Finn’s name tattooed to her side, Glee has tastefully been able to keep the memory of Finn alive in the series in a way that never felt manipulative or overly sentimental.

Everything about the series’ attempts to remember Finn and honor Cory has transcended the many meaningless plotlines of this season, where the stakes have never felt legitimately high, and this continued with last night’s Nationals episode, “City of Angels,” where the glee club paid tribute to Finn by performing what we were told were his favorite songs.  But that wasn’t it. Along with the New Directions performing “More Than a Feeling,” “America,” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” clips of Cory Monteith as Finn were interspersed throughout the musical number, each one reflecting a moment with the cast, from the series’ pilot up to and including New Directions’ season three win at Nationals.



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