I remember my first time watching Glee. I think it was more than halfway through the first season when I decided to watch the first eipisode. I was seeing everyone posting about the show on Facebook and Twitter, and listening to people talk about it at work. I figured I’d check out the first episode and see what the big deal was.
I LOVED THE SHOW, and I immediately went and bought the entire first season on iTunes, and have watched them all over and over again. I fell in love with the characters, the storylines, and the controversial issues they chose to tackle each week. Everything from bullying to sex to homosexuality– Glee had it all. It was a fun upbeat show that I could watch with my kids, and give us some great conversation topics. Because really, who wouldn’t want this as their high school experience?
Plus, the music was just freaking AWESOME.
I always wondered what would happen when it was time for the kids at McKinley High to graduate and move on. Would the show keep the “kids” around forever, leaving them in this eternal state of youth? Or would they bid the show’s best people adieu and get some fresh new faces? Glee went with the latter. Last season, they had us say goodbye to the graduating seniors of the Glee cast — Rachel, Quinn, Finn, Puck, Mercedes, Mike, Kurt, and Santana. Pretty much the strongest characters on the show. These eight characters were behind virtually all of the storylines, yet the show’s producers chose to let them all graduate at once.
I wasn’t really all that disappointed, because the show is about high school kids in a high school glee club. Glee needed to bring new kids to the club so that their national championship storyline could be repeated eventually. Or at least the struggle of kids trying to get to that level could be used again. We couldn’t look at the original characters and see them as underdogs anymore. They made it. They won their trophy. Period.
So this season, I was totally pumped up to see new faces. Marley, the cute fresh-faced girl next door that was destined to become the star of the show. I felt bad for her getting teased because her mom is the “fat lunch lady.” Ryder (Glee Project Season 2 winner) and Jake (puck’s younger half-brother), the show’s two new resident Glee hotties– you just know there would be some great storylines from these two. Then there’s Brody (HATE), Kitty (recycled version of Season 1 Quinn), Wade (Glee’s scary combination of Mercedes & Kurt), Sugar (who doesn’t even sing) and Joe (Glee Project season 1 winner – LOVE!). A perfectly great cast of high school kids, and the makings of a great season.
But then Glee had to jump the shark. They can’t (or won’t) put enough time and effort into the new characters, because they won’t let go of the old ones. It’s just like the old “Saved By The Bell” show. After the kids graduated, they should have started with new kids or just ended the show. Instead, they brought in new kids, but focused the entire show on Screech, the one graduate who refused to just go away.
That’s what needs to happen to Glee. The graudates need to go away and live their fictional college lives. Let the high school show be about just that– HIGH SCHOOL. What started out as Rachel making a few appearances in the beginning of the season as she ventures off NYADA in New York, now has turned into almost all of the characters coming back. I mean, really– didn’t ANY of them successfully go off to do what they wanted? Rachel and Kurt appear every single week, taking over most of each episode. Finn has taken up residence as the “Assistant” Glee Club director. Santana just moved in with Rachel & Kurt in New York, so she’ll be around for more episodes as well. Also making occasional appearances are Quinn, Puck, Mercedes, and Mike (although Mike hasn’t had any speaking part yet?) They WON’T GO AWAY. What’s worse, the characters aren’t even likable anymore. They’ve all become annoying. Rachel went from prudish girl next door to slutty college student in a matter of months. Kurt has gone way over the top, and they don’t even look young anymore. (I mean, isn’t Rachel like FORTY by now?) It would be awesome to bring them back for special episodes, like they did for Will & Emma’s wedding, but to have most of them still appearing on every single episode? TOO MUCH.
Rather than focusing on the love triangle between Marley, Jake & Ryder to the tune of some kicky relevant pop song, we now have to watch the (ugh!) melodramatic Rachel struggle through an unplanned pregnancy. Sidenote: When in the world did she become so irresponsible, anyway?
We have to watch the sad, pained look on Finn’s face every single week as he turns into a pathetic loser that kissed his guidance counselor (REALLY? Who thought up THAT storyline?)
Sadly, Glee –for me– has now gone from “must see” to “meh, if I don’t remember to watch the DVR’d episode, it’s no biggie.”
You are not FUN anymore.
What do you think? Are you still a hard-core Gleek, or find yourself bored with the show now?