Cory Monteith ‘Glee’ Tribute Episode, ‘Quarterback,’ Reactions, Review Roundup

October 11, 2013

The ‘Quarterback’ episode of “Glee” paid tribute to Cory Monteith and his character Finn Hudson in an emotional, sad goodbye. What are the reactions? What about reviews from critics? Find out more about the episode that has everyone talking.

The episode was as much anticipated as it was much dreaded. The finality of seeing the character of Finn Hudson celebrated in a memorial, a few weeks after his death and funeral, mirroring life. The hit series ‘Glee’ on Fox took its fans, the Gleeks into an unexpected and unwanted journey into grief. Likewise the cast and the crew and the fictitious student body of McKinley High in Lima, Ohio. Four full seasons of the show could never have envisioned this.

The program opened with the first of many songs chosen to pay tribute. The full cast sang a powerful rendition of ‘Seasons of Love’ from the Broadway musical, ‘ RENT.’ Later, all eyes were on the 27-year-old actress Lea Michele who portrays Finn’s girlfriend Rachel Berry, and who has already been mourning the death of her real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith. Her powerful and tearful rendition of the Bob Dylan classic ‘Make You Feel My Love’ was as heart-wrenching as we knew it would be.

With so many spoilers that circulated as well as the official word from creator Ryan Murphy and others, we knew about the premise of the episode. We knew a cause of death would not be mentioned, even as we all knew how the 31-year-old Cory Monteith died in a Vancouver hotel room, back on July 13th at age 31, from what the coroner’s report said was a “mixed drug toxicity” of heroin and alcohol.

And now that the episode is over, what was the reaction? On Twitter, fans were vocal — making note of their tears even as they commended the show and its various cast members — as the “Quarterback” episode was a trending topic for many hours. The hashtag #RememberingCory became a compendium of tributes and outcries of sadness and grief forever archived in the Twitterverse.

As for the critics? Here is a roundup.

“…Given the circumstances it was emotional, certainly, in its painful exploration of grief, but also frustrating — and in some respects, a missed opportunity — in its stubborn refusal to address the circumstances surrounding the 19-year-old character’s death, and by extension, what prematurely took the 31-year-old actor….”– Variety

“…classy, cathartic, heartbreaking, and a gorgeous homage to Cory Monteith and his Finn Hudson….” — The Daily Beast

“…On the plus side, “Glee” was mindful about its mission as a comedy first, where treacle still takes a back seat or gets slapped down….” — Washington Post

“…This funny-maudlin tribute to Mr. Monteith won’t please everyone, but no one can accuse the show of crass exploitation. ….” — New York Times

“….Ultimately, “The Quarterback” was respectful, and was successful as the cathartic memorial — for both the cast and viewers — that it was intended to be…..” — The Hollywood Reporter

“…”It’s a recipe for an hour of ugly-crying, but the writers pull off something better. For Glee, “The Quarterback” is an honest-to-goodness triumph of restraint….” — AV Club

Watch highlights of the episode below; the cast performs ‘Seasons of Love’ and Lea Michele performs ‘Make You Feel My Love.’ Proceeds of downloads for the songs go to Cory Monteith’s favorite charity, Project Limelight, which helps homeless and low income persons.

Pictures: PR Photos

« Previous Next »

Comments are closed.