If singing lollipops dipped in caramel and spun through a magical musical sugar web had a show, that show would be "Glee." The high school musical series that people love to hate-watch has tackled some big issues in its own way (teen pregnancy, gay identities), but if the latest claims are true, they are about to go there. Like, school shooting there.
Entertainment blog TV Line claims this Thursday's episode, entitled "Shooting Star," will revolve around a "big incident" at the fictional McKinley High School. "Right at the start of a New Directions rehearsal focused on 'last chances' to share one's feelings, two shots ring out in the halls of McKinley," the entry reads. "It's a gasp-inducing moment that rips the frothy high-school musical off its foundation and transports it to a dark and harrowing world."
Allegedly, the rest of the episode is claustrophobic and emotionally charged, as students cower in the rehearsal room and consider their possible fates. There is reportedly also a "big twist" at the end.
Now, spoilers are a hallowed pastime for many popular shows and usually taken with a grain of salt. However, sources closer to the action have also hinted at something big. Show creator Ryan Murphy tweeted a cryptic reaction to the episode:
Just saw the rough cut of next week's "Shooting Star". It is the most powerful emotional Glee ever. So proud of the cast & crew.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) April 3, 2013
Jenna Mullins of E! Entertainment, who has reportedly seen the episode, called it "unsettling," an "emotional roller coaster" and said you will "feel like you've been punched straight in the heart."
So clearly, something serious is about to go down on the show. If it does indeed include a school shooting motif, we have to ask. While the country is still feeling the pain of shootings in Newtown, Aurora, and other terrifying incidents, is it just too soon? Or is bringing a very real American problem to the stage of a feel-good musical show a way of coping with, discussing and examining our fears?