I went down with ship, but I don't regret a second of it.
Okay, I get it. Jesse's a jerk. Rachel deserves better. He never liked her. He was obviously just playing with her. Etc. Etc. If you haven't seen any of those statements made about St. Berry, you have clearly been living under a rock. But regardless of whatever those haters say I cannot stop shipping this couple. I can think of hundreds of reasons why, but here are my top five.
I honestly do not think there is anyone who can logically dispute this one. Lea and Jon have the kind of sparks that can make your heart break and squeal with joy in the same scene. I'm sure it comes from the being best friends for years, meaning that it isn't able to be copied by any of the other Glee ships.
Take Home for example. In an episode where neither of the really spoke, they managed to be the highlight of the episode for me. These adorable background scenes were so sweet and so natural. The hug in Like A Prayer? Jon and Lea own spinning hugs.
2. The talent.
I'm a bit of a Spring Awakening nerd so I wasn't expecting shocked at the pure amazingness of their voices again. But the first time I listened to the thirty second clip of Hello, I fangirled like no other. The notes Jon hits! Finally we had a male lead that could keep up with Lea's talent. Lea and Jon have the best voices on the show. Probably two of the best in the entire world. When the sing together, I get chills every single time.
3. They make sense together.
Many Finchel fan have argued that they're the same person. They're not. They do, however, have things in common. They're both musical, driven, intelligent, a little obsessive at times, and have star potential. Would anyone else have pick the Stephen Sondheim section to meet with her? If Rachel told Finn or Puck about her mother being Patti Lupone, they would have absolutely no idea what she's talking about. Jesse can not only keep up with her vocally but intellectually too.
4. She gave her heart to him.
As an obsessive Rachel fan even I have to admit that she can be obnoxious at times. When she's stalking/obsessing over Finn, I just roll my eyes. When Rachel was with Jesse, her character was at it's best. She was adorable, funny, and the most likable she's ever been. She fell for him. And for one time in her life a boy wanted her. She wasn't taking the backseat to Quinn Fabray.
5. He did love her.
I know since the egging scene, this has been a big argument. Was he lying? If he actually loved her, then why did he stop? So many questions! In my opinion, Jesse really did love Rachel. Just look at the looks he gives during Total Eclipse of the Heart! And did you noticed how he flinched when she was being egged. It was like they were egging him.
But the thing that brought St. Berry together drove them apart. Jesse chose his career over Rachel. And face it! In the same situation, Rachel would have chosen her career over anyone. Even Finn. For all we know Jesse's scholarship could be riding on winning Nationals. And New Direction is not going to win Nationals. He was given a choice between two things he loved, and he picked the one he loved more. Rachel would have done the same thing.
I fell for this couple hard and fast. Everything about them made me giddy. As upset as I am about their ending, they gave a hell of a ride.