Originally posted on Variety:
Faced with an impossible situation — addressing the death of Cory Monteith without appearing overly saccharine or in any way glib — “Glee” did what the show does best, letting the music do most of the talking. Given the circumstances it was emotional, certainly, in its painful exploration of grief, but also frustrating — and in some respects, a missed opportunity — in its stubborn refusal to address the circumstances surrounding the 19-year-old character’s death, and by extension, what prematurely took the 31-year-old actor.
Monteith died in July from ingesting a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol. Tributes have already poured in — among them the TV academy including him among several more esteemed luminaries at this year’s Emmys — but it was inevitable the series that made him famous would have to somehow tackle what happened to Finn, its one-time quarterback.
It fell to the show’s raging id, Sue (Jane Lynch), to state the obvious, saying the remembrances should be about Finn, “not making a self-serving spectacle of our own sadness.”