For me the thing is that even though it was established from the jump as an AU, it was also framed as something that *could* have been canon. So I feel like the actions of various characters have to be looked at as though they *could* have happened.
Yep, I think you’re right. I think the idea is that these stories were the stories they “had” planned, but they ended up with the episode we got last year. It’s funny because we read fic all the time, and simply accept the narratives, but it’s weird I think to see these characters do other things. And I think, in the end, that yes, I could buy that any of these things *could* have happened, but didn’t in canon.
Interesting point that we are so accustomed to accepting AU’s in fanfic, but it’s difficult to wrap our heads around seeing an AU on screen, unless it’s something presented entirely as a dream sequence.
I’m really enjoying the idea of viewing the episode as filmed fanfic. The emotions are real, the relationships are real, but we don’t have to deal with any consequences for the “real” lives of the characters. Plus, any and all conversations about problematic plot points? They’re all still valid, but we don’t have to deal with canon ramifications.
Awww. The writers weren’t being assholes.
It’s just that for one night they wanted to BE fandom.
The problem with this, for me, is that the writers can’t be fandom in that way. Whatever they put up on our screen has to have some basis in canon because they are the canon creators, even if the events don’t end up fitting into the actual timeline of the show. The actions and feelings of the characters in this episode should still influence our views of them because, according to the framework of the episode, this was almost canon. This is, according to the framework of the episode, how the writers would have written the characters without outside interference. That’s not true of any fic.
This Glee hiatus is going to be a bloodbath, isn’t it?
Oh god, Scandal is going to be horrifying tonight.
Where do the team loyalties lie? Thanks for tuning into Scandal tonight! Keep watching on Thursdays at 10/9c. Share this one proudly. It’s from our friends at ABC.
This episode hammers home why the new New Directions are my favorite.
Blaine is dressed as an angel again. Twice in one school year.