This contains speculations for the upcoming episode arc along with a reflection on the storytelling from the past season. As we’re winding down on the season, it feels like an appropriate time to look back on what themes and storytelling devices the show has been shoving in our direction.
I’ve heard several themes and motifs suggested and, unfortunately, I’m going to add to the pile. My conclusion is that Glee has been following the storytelling methods applied by comic books (particularly, the super hero narrative) this season. Now, you’ll say to yourself “this isn’t a comic book” and, obviously, I’ll agree. However, if you look at the similarities in plot and character development, you’ll see some striking similarities. Further, the season is also putting an emphasis on the strange world between childhood and adulthood that so often exists in superhero comics.
So, for the next few paragraphs, bear with me and I’m going to go over the comparisons between Season 4 of Glee and superhero comic storytelling. It gets long, and I apologize for that.