Glee: Farewell to Cory

9 10 2013

I cry every time I watch the promotional clip of the Glee episode that will pay tribute to Cory Monteith on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Cory, who played Finn on the show, died of an accident overdose on July 13, 2013. The final coroner’s report was released last week.

To tell you the truth, it isn’t a particularly good week. It is the anniversary week of several people who have died. This morning I was informed of a dear person’s passing. I cried all day today.

Part of me does not want to watch this episode. I happened to catch the pilot episode of Glee playing on a local station right at the point when Finn starts singing “Don’t Stop Believing.” Quickly, I turned it off. I did not think I could watch the first two episodes of this season, but I took a deep breath, hit play, and I was okay with it. I knew on some level that the show–the actors, the production staff and others–found a way to muster the strength to bring us a story without falling apart.

From reading sources on the internet, it appears that they are not going to say why Finn died, just that he had. They did not want to exploit the situation. I respect that decision. It could have been a vehicle, however, to show that good people wrestle with demons, or maybe that Finn dies of alcohol poisoning, something that is becoming a problem on college campuses across the country. One of the last scenes we see are him and Puck partying at college.

I will bring my tissues and show my support to the show. They had to share some of their grief to us publicly. That takes courage. We all need to find some.

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Related post: Reflection on Cory Monteith





Reflections on Cory Monteith

15 07 2013

There are some deaths that you hear about that hit you in a vulnerable spot sometimes more than others. It does not seem to matter if you knew the person or not. I had a moment like that when John Ritter died. To this day, I am not even sure why. After tweeting for hours about the injustice for Trayvon Martin, thinking about a child who died that did not have to die, news came in that a “Hollywood star” had died in Vancouver. Then it was rumored that it was the star of Glee, Cory Monteith. I watched the Vancouver Police Department’s live conference feed on their web site which confirmed this. It compounded the sadness of the day. Speculation arose that perhaps he died of a drug overdose since he had been battling these demons and went into rehab earlier this year. I pray that it was something else–maybe a brain aneurysm–maybe sudden cardiac death–anything else but drugs. An autopsy will be done today, Monday, July 15, 2013, although I do not know if they will necessarily have the results.

Twitter was abuzz with tweets from people who knew him as a friend, knew him as a colleague, or people who met him at one time or another. His co-star Lea Michelle and he were in love with rumored speculation that they were engaged (although no statement had been released saying such). When he checked himself into rehab, she stated, “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.” Based on the Twitter response from those who were friends or worked with Cory, his behavior was quite the opposite of a typical person using drugs (self-centered, erratic mood swings, careless about grooming). Indeed every time you saw him in a public forum, he always emanated a light that surrounded his being, an aura that was unmistakable.

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Recently I saw him in a Masterchef episode where the contestants cooked for the cast of Glee. He was playful with them. He got to carry the flag for the team that won–the red team.  You can watch the entire episode here.

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Cory is carrying the winning flag for the red team

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Cory holds the winners’ flag

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Cory with his trademark cool shades

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Cory enjoying his meal.

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Cory teasing the contestants on Masterchef

Long before Glee, I knew of him from the Stargate series (both Stargate SG-1) and Stargate Atlantis. He was not a big star then, but I noticed that the camera just loved him. There was something about him–something you could not quite put your finger on.

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Cory playing a young Colonel Mitchell in the episode “200” on Stargate SG-1

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Cory in another shot on the show Stargate-SG1

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Cory playing a Genii soldier on Stargate Atlantis in the episode “Storm” from season 1

The character of Finn evolved into one of the more complex people on the show. When the writers put Finn on a course of becoming a teacher, you knew that perhaps they were grooming him to take over for Matthew Morrison’s character as the new teacher at William McKinley High School. The question will be how do they write these tragic circumstances into the Glee storyline? It has been renewed already for 2 additional seasons and I do not know how far in they are filming season 5 yet. There was going to be a long hiatus with a “creative twist” long before these tragic set of events unfolded. Is it better to just have the relationship end off screen for Finn and Rachel so Lea does not have to pour the real-life grief she is feeling into a scene where Finn suddenly dies on the series? Time will tell.

In the meantime, we are left with that fact that someone so young and so vibrant, a talented young man who has had great success in his career, who was adored by so many around the world, tragically died. The cause of death does not matter. It does not change the fact that he is gone. The world has become less bright without him in it.

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Rest in Peace Cory. The world will miss you.





Glee “The Break Up”

4 10 2012

The question is who is breaking up? Last week on GLEE, Finn (Cory Monteith) returns to Rachel (Lea Michele) & Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) apartment only to find Rachel in a very compromising position with Brody (Dean Geyer). Where has Finn been? In the army for exactly 6 days where he was “semi-honorably discharged” and then went backpacking through Georgia (you know, Lima’s version of Europe I suppose). Blaine (Darren Criss) hops a plane to see Kurt (which every senior in high school can afford to do). Santana (Naya Rivera) returns to visit Brittany (Heather Morris). 

In true GLEE fashion, it is utterly ridiculous one moment (“Twitter is a sign of the impending apocalypse”) and utterly sentimental the next. Get out your box of tissues because you will need them tonight.

The transition between high school and college is rough (or high school and whatever). I had a friend who was in college in Florida who came to visit me in Houston. I already had a very good job, had my own apartment, etc. I did not have any vacation days to take so I warned him that if he came to visit during what was his spring break that I had to continue working. Things were not the same. All he wanted to do was go out and party every night. I had to get up to go to work at 5 a.m. He only lasted several days with me despite us going out every night. He called his friend and said he was not having any fun and was going to leave so he could have fun with what was left of his spring break. I took him to the airport and said goodbye. We have never spoken since that day. Some relationships crumble under transition. Yet, there are some that I can return to and it is as if I never left, that I am that 15-year-old girl again. True treasures that you never really appreciate until you get older.

Tune in to GLEE airing tonight, Thursday, Oct. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX to see the hook-ups, the break-ups and the make-ups. Thank you to OFFICIALFOXVIP for allowing me the opportunity to see the screener.