There was an ask the other day about the plots in the story and I thought I’d do a mini-recap of what’s going on with each storyline. This is a very, very brief overview, so there’s not a ton of detail, but hopefully, it will jog your memories.
This goes without saying, but SPOILER ALERT- don’t read this unless you’re completely caught up.
Because without its pistol-whipping diva Santana Lopez, Glee becomes a parody of itself, with a cast full of one-dimensional characters. The show may revolve around Rachel, but Santana’s glaring absence in the finale proved who the real star has been all along. x
This quote is awesome:
"We saw hints of this in Santana’s powerful Season 3 story arc involving her sexuality. In a painfully realistic scene, she came out as gay to her abuelita, who afterward disowned her. Since then, Santana has transformed into the show’s anti-hero, a necessary foil for Rachel, whose prima donna attitude has only worsened since she landed the lead role in Funny Girl on Broadway. Santana’s always there to bring Rachel back down to Earth with superior performances and harsh words. And it’s been refreshing to watch a show anchored by two female stars.”
"but as the seasons progressed, Santana eventually overshadowed Quinn, much like she has every other character on the show."
Because of Amelia, Helena went to the church and Sarah to the state; because of Amelia, Rachel went to the corporation. All three were assimilated not into families like Alison or Cosima but into groups, into systems, and the relationship between individual and system is one that Orphan Black loves to explore. Because of this choice, OB is mobilizing Sarah, Helena, and Rachel into the three most important clone pillars this season, as the mystery unravels. They are thematically representative, narratively connected, and poised for conflict. More so than the others, they act not only of their individual will but also as a result of their contextual upbringing.
So episode 5x20 was very… Glee.
And when bad Glee happens to good fangirls, crack interpretations are the only way to go.
Honestly? We’d probably just be best off if we collectively decided that episode 5x13 was our Brittana season (or series) finale. But if we want to try to make it through the mess that is episode 5x20, here’s how we can do it. Consider what follows a “fix it” patch—i.e., as xkit is to tumblr, so is this crack explanation to canon Brittana in episode 5x20.
So much blatantly ignoring Glee writing after the cut.
This is basically straight-up fanfic, y’all.
In Season 2, however, the story is spiraling the clones and their allies away from each other, and onto their own paths. It’s no longer CLONES ASSEMBLE, it’s Every Clone for Herself - and “Mingling Its Own Nature With It” displayed that in full force. Sarah sought assistance outside the clone group, Mrs. S. is nowhere to be seen, Felix left Sarah’s side, and Alison and Cosima struggled to express solidarity with one another. The support system just isn’t there for any of our clones anymore - Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Helena - and it’s no surprise, then, that the end of the episode finds each of them in pretty dire situations, at the fingertips of the enemy.
Read our interview with Orphan Black star Kevin Hanchard! He talks Art, Clone Club, working with Tatiana Maslany and more!
Quick-Draw Brittanalysis of 5x18: On Santana Lopez, Friendship, and Brittany’s Absent Presence
So here’s the way we play the game:
I’ma call this episode like I see it without providing much or any substantive evidence to back up my claims. I’m not writing an “analysis,” per se, but rather an interpretation of the events of episode 5x18 for the Brittana-minded viewer.
This post goes out to all the Brittana fans who didn’t watch the episode and to all those who did watch it and wanted a take on what the events of the episode mean in terms of our girls.
My basic m.o. here is to show that all roads lead to Brittana, okay?
Lots of jabbering under the cut?
Let’s do this thing, fandom!
Since there is next to no textual evidence to suggest anything about the Lord Tubbington artwork, what follows is pretty much straight up fanfiction from me, okay?
Jabbering under the cut?
Title: My Friends Say that I’m Falling in Love
Pairings: Brittana romance, Brittanacedes friendship
Word Count: ~3,200
Summary: Brittany and Santana spend the week leading up to Valentine’s Day giving Mercedes grief about her date. Brittana romance, Brittanacedes friendship. Mouseverse.
Author’s Note: This story takes place in an AU which diverges from canons starting in episode 3x13 “Heart.” In this timeline, both Brittany and Santana graduated from WMHS in May 2012, and they never broke up. Instead, they moved across the country together and enrolled at UCLA. They live with Mercedes Jones and are currently in their sophomore year at college.
Summary: Santana Lopez’s story is truly a fairy tale. This rags to riches actress came from nothing and made herself into a big star. When Santana’s mother gets sick, however, she’ll discover a whole other side of her life she never expected to find. And the sweet, aggravating cowgirl called Brittany Pierce is totally not going to be a distraction. Probably.
Next chapter is up~