Glee released the trailer for their Cory Monteith memorial episode last night, and while it's jarring to see the show's bright color confronting real life tragedy, the emotion feels deeply real. Set to the tune of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" (recently and notably covered by Adele) the trailer shows the members of the titular glee club building a memorial to Monteith's character Finn. It ends on a shot of the character Rachel, played by Monteith's girlfriend Lea Michele, crying in the arms of her teacher Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison).
The show's creator Ryan Murphy told reporters that "almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance because the actors and the crew had a really hard time shooting it," according to The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg. Even in the trailer it's hard to divorce the fact it's a TV show from the knowledge that the actors are having some real emotions. Just this week, the final coroner's report revealed that Monteith was drinking alcohol and shooting heroin the night before he died in July.
In the show's first two episodes of the new season Monteith's character Finn has been a nonentity, and Murphy has said, in a show of restraint, that the episode will not reveal how the character died. It's an episode that is certain to have a number of people who have long since abandoned the show or aren't necessarily Glee fans tuning in, but it also could provoke frustration if audiences somehow think the show has been wrongheaded in their memorial. At least, for now, the trailer looks simply and bleakly sad.