Let's face it, "Glee" has been running on fumes for several seasons, making its two-hour finale more a subject of curiosity than the emotional event it would have been except for the hardiest "Gleeks." Nor did this season's buildup inspire much confidence, including such out-there moments as Sue Sylvester's "Saw" homage and the combination of the McKinley High glee bunch with the rival Warblers, creating a giant if colorless super-team. Still, the big finish was everything it should have been, a sweet remembrance of what initially made the show take off. For a night, anyway, the series regained its voice.
Much of that can be attributed to the first hour (and SPOILER ALERT if you haven't watched), which flashed back to the formation of the Glee club in 2009, recalling such elements as Kurt (Chris Colfer) struggling to come out to his dad and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) still faking a stutter.