i feel a klaine fic in this somewhere
The red thread of fate is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese legend and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie an invisible red string around the ankles of those that are destined to meet each other in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger.
The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.
Tina and Blaine have gotten themselves into a very complex situation, with wrongs and rights on both sides. The writers of the show have actually managed to portray this without using the bang-you-over-the-head PSA style of storytelling. And we are still in the middle of the story, it’s not yet…
“To be fair, Blaine has been sending her mixed signals. He does say, over and over again, that he’s gay and he’s not interested in girls that way. But he takes her to the Sadie Hawkins dance, he nearly kisses her, he is gentlemanly and chivalrous, he praises her multiple times for being sweet and caring toward him, he asks her to the wedding. Tina desperately wants to believe that she can get Blaine to date her, and so she overemphasizes the green lights and doesn’t quite register the red lights.”
I have to say, 99% of these are not “mixed signals.” Being gentlemanly, chivalrous, and appreciative towards someone is not a come-on. Blaine went to the dance with Tina because she asked him, demanded he apologize for refusing her, and then asked him a second time to go strictly as friends. He asks her to the wedding because she earlier shouted at him that he wasn’t grateful enough for her.
I agree that this is a very complicated story and that they are obviously committed to seeing through to its proper end…but a story is only as good as its ability to communicate, and can you really blame anyone for missing the nuance of the writing when Tina’s new predatory diva attitude is garnished with a showstopping number, and the episode ends with her literally receiving a trophy and a hot date for her efforts cribbing straight from the 2013 Domestic Abusers’ Handbook? The other shoe is obviously going to drop at some point between Tina and Blaine, but so far the journey to that point has presented us viewers with nothing but…well. Mixed signals.
And it’d be one thing if Glee has a great track record with darker, emotive storylines…and sometimes it does! We all have our pick of those precious favorites! But we can’t simply declare that people are “misunderstanding” the story as if this isn’t also the show that once had Sebastian being let off for criminal assault, Marley being called selfish for her own eating disorder, and Santana’s outing being lovingly resolved with maybe 20 minutes’ worth of screentime. I love Glee enough to blog about it for two years ongoing but there is precedent — a lot of precedent — for the show just flat out half-assing its Aesops and being wildly out of sync with how it wants to come across and how it actually comes across.