Tonight’s episode of Glee (9 pm, FOX-TV) may be a little much for some residents to stomach. Less than four months after Adam Lanza killed his mother in her bed, then shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot to death 20 children and six faculty members, tonight’s episode will reportedly focus on a shooting in the hallways of William McKinley High School.
Sandy Hook resident Andrew Paley heard from a friend this morning, who wanted to let him know that in light of 12/14, the episode may be a little intense for residents of Newtown.
Michael Slezak, a longtime friend of Mr Paley, is the senior editor of TVLine.com. He alerted Mr Paley to tonight’s episode, called “Shooting Star,” because the plotline involves a school shooting, with a story line that is told from the point of view of students, said Mr Paley.
“He watched the screener episode a few nights ago, and he said this one is ‘pretty intense,’” Mr Paley said Thursday afternoon.
According to Mr Slezak, who posted “Glee Preview: 10 Scoopy Tidbits From This Week’s Harrowing ‘Shooting Star’ Episode” on Tuesday, the shooting at the fictional high school “rips the frothy high school musical off its foundation and transports it to a dark and harrowing world. …Much of the ensuing action is claustrophobically confined to the choir room, where Schue and Beiste hit the lights, find hiding places for the students and try to keep down any noise that might attract the attention of a shooter/shooters.”
Since its debut in May 2009, Glee has focused on a glee club called New Directions, based at the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio.
The original premise of the show was to be about the glee club while its members attend high school and compete in the show choir competition circuit, as well as deal with relationships, sexuality, and social issues. The series features numerous songs covered by its characters during each episode; the show’s co-creators reportedly try to strike a balance between popular songs and showtunes. The show also includes up to eight production numbers per episode.
In its three-plus seasons to date the series has dealt with the issues of suicide, bullying, and domestic violence. School shootings, unfortunately, are not unheard of in this country. Andrew Paley just thinks it’s a little soon for the subject to be covered by a show with such a young fanbase, including many residents of Newtown.
“I think it’s terrible that the writers and producers of that show didn’t think to contact someone in Newtown to let us know this was coming,” Mr Paley said of his hope to spread the word to fellow residents. “A lot of people watch that show. They shouldn’t be upset by it.”