I now am in Season 4 of Glee. What an awesome series. Each episode can stand on its own as far as the main story line goes, but I really do enjoy the subplots and character interaction from episode to episode.
What I find most impressive is how they touch on so many sensitive subjects and do it with emotion and, uh, sensitivity. There’s been racism, bullying, sexism, anti-semitism, pre-marital affairs, extra-marital affairs, abortion, excessive competition, gay/lesbian/transgender individuals, stereotypes, misogyny, and more.
So far, Episode 8 of Season 3, is my favorite. It resolves a subplot for Mike Chang, an Asian high school student, that began with Episode 3 of Season 3, a subplot that touched on the stereotype of the “Asian F” in school.
Mike’s dad wants him to become a doctor. Mike wants to dance.
When Mike gets an A- on a paper, the equivalent of an Asian F, Mike’s dad has a discussion with him that doesn’t exactly go well, ultimately resulting in dad/son estrangement.
It took 5 episodes to resolve the subplot with Mike’s dad sitting in the audience during a performance of West Side Story. The performance earned a standing ovation, and while Mike’s dad was the last to stand, ultimately he did.
That was just one episode that tugged on the heart strings of this openly gay man in a 26-year “non-traditional” marriage.