Has ‘Glee’ Run Its Course?

Source: TVGuide.com

Source: TVGuide.com

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.”

Dear Glee,

You are not FUN anymore.

Sincerely, Jenni

What do you think? Are you still a hard-core Gleek, or find yourself bored with the show now?

  6 comments for “Has ‘Glee’ Run Its Course?

  1. March 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Couldn’t agree more. I stopped watching after the Thanksgiving episode. Even though I love Kate Hudson.

    • March 11, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      I didn’t like Kate Hudson AT ALL when she was on Glee. Her character was way too over the top, and sleeping with Brody while Rachel was out of town? Just because? Lame.

  2. March 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I’ve had to leave Glee and come back a few times. I just feel like some of the characters are just unnaturally cruel, like Sue (of course) and Santana and Kitty. I don’t get the constant barrage of insults on every character. I don’t know if it’s trying to be funny or ironic, but I find it a turn off. Thanks for writing this!
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    • March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      It’s getting pretty unbelievable, thats for sure! And yes, the meanness of the characters is getting to be a turn-off. There’s only so many times Sue can proclaim she will “destroy the Glee club” before the storyline gets old and tired.

  3. March 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    My experience was identical to yours. I started late in the game, loved it, and it was my must-see show, but now I think I have two or three unwatched episodes on my DVR. I do love the music and I have downloaded almost all the music from the show (at least the ones I LIKE) and I listen to them all day when I’m at work. But they definitely need to move on with the new characters and let go of the old ones. I think they’re running out of good songs also!
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    • March 18, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      I try to keep up with it each week, BUT I do end fast-forwarding through a lot of the songs now. I used to love every single song, but now there’s maybe one per show that I enjoy listening to.

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