On a summer night some months ago, I mourned the death of actor Cory Monteith, a young man who was part of something very important in my life, as well as in the lives of other young people for several years: The TV show "Glee."
But Thursday night, I mourned the death of Finn Hudson, The Quarterback -- the cool high school football player who matured into a gentleman before our eyes. Teen fans sat in front of the television for hours to be uplifted by the music and the relatable stories that were shared by the characters they adored.
I chose to watch this tribute episode with no expectations so I wouldn't be disappointed. But I was impressed. Monteith's death was the result of a serious problem: addiction. And I was afraid that the show would deliver a softened, fluffy story line. Lots of singing and no grieving.
But "Glee" did what it does best, which is confronting the difficult issues that people face every day.
The soulful memorial was handled with grace, yet gave viewers a certain sense of closure that they desired. The show was balanced. For every heavy, somber moment, there was one of lightheartedness. It was also good to see that the William McKinley High School grads who grew up alongside Finn had their sentiments spotlighted -- just as they should have been.
The scenes in which Puck, Finn's best friend, and Rachel, Finn's love, expressed their sorrow were as heart wrenching as they were relatable. But the most saddening aspect of the episode was when I realized that the raw emotion that we saw through these actors was real. They lost a person they loved just as much as the glee club lost Finn Hudson.
As the episode came to a close, I became sentimental: I thought of all that "Glee" has done for me, always making me happy, despite the changes the show has gone through in recent times. The show is still one of my favorites and this commemorative episode was done so well, leaving viewers with a feeling of relief that Finn's character will always be remembered.
The Life in Perspective board is made up of teens who write for the features sections. Jillian Argento is a junior at Clayton Valley Charter High School. Reach her at email@example.com.