4 Reasons Glee Should Bow Out Now

By Gigi Peccolo on February 18, 2013

Have you ever watched one of your favorite TV shows go from good to watching-through-your-fingers-bad? I’m sure all of us have at least once. Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to take it anymore. There’s sometimes where you just have to turn the TV off and move on.

Glee, it’s not me, it’s you. I’ve tried to ignore the changes, but I can’t any longer, and here’s why.

1. The plotlines are becoming totally ridiculous.

The show has always been a little bit exaggerated, and in some respects, that’s okay. In high school, events seem larger than life (“Argh, I got a B on a paper!” Hey, that was my high school experience, okay?) Still, the setting is no excuse for the extra dose of crazy we’ve been subjected to this season. Just to give you an idea:

  • Rachel might be pregnant with Brody or Finn’s baby. This idea was more fun the first time, writers.
  • Finn kissed Emma!?!?!?!? There are so many things wrong with that, not the least of which starts with the fact that he’s a student and she’s a guidance counselor.
  • Tina falling in love with Blaine, who’s gay. Tina, I always wanted you to get a storyline, but not like this.
  • Magically getting back into Regionals. Boy, it sure is lucky that the Warblers cheated, isn’t it?
  • Marley’s eating disorder. It was a teachable moment for one episode, and then the writers just let it drop off the face of the earth instead of following through.

And you thought things were bad with the fake baby storyline in season 1.

2. No one cares about the new characters.

Glee has always had trouble balancing its ensemble cast: some characters had serious progression while others appeared every now and then to remind us when they were there. I mean, just look at the picture! There’s like 20 of them! Now, in addition to following Rachel, Kurt and Finn in their post high-school lives, we’ve also got a bunch of new voices in New Directions. I love them when they’re singing (Jacob Artist has the voice of an angel!) but in reality, they’re just lite versions of the original crew.

3. The old characters are unrecognizable.

Characters are supposed to change over the course of a show; you don’t want things to get stale. Transforming Rachel from geek chic to fashionista was a bold choice, but also a jarring one. Her character development feels unearned; three episodes in New York and suddenly she’s forgotten about ex-fiancé Finn. Mind you, this is a guy she pined for for the entire first season. We’ve seen Rachel juggle her desire for fame and her desire for Finn for three seasons now, and throwing her at some new arm candy isn’t just uncharacteristic, it’s unpalatable. Likewise, Finn, the dreamy show choir stud, now has no idea what he’s doing with his life and is coaching the new New Directions. Last season’s big twist about joining the army was played off as a joke within the first four episodes, and it seems like the writers aren’t really sure what to do with him now other than have him sub in for Mr. Schue.

4. It’s fallen too hard for its own popularity.

Before Glee was a ratings behemoth, it was an underdog. It wasn’t held to such high expectations, and as a result, it could be a little quirkier or sillier than a station stalwart was required to be. Critics everywhere were charmed by this musical group of misfits who wouldn’t stop believin’, and soon Glee was thrust into the public eye, for good and bad. Going into season 2, the newly popular Glee thought what it had to do to retain its iconic status was choose more modern songs and add in a little stunt casting, a trend that it’s carried through to season 4. What it didn’t realize is that viewers were just fine with the quirkiness that made the show so charming and refreshing in the first place.

I’m in a bad Glee-lationship. Every week I tune in, expecting to see an uptick in quality and a downturn in drama. And every week, I’m a little bit more disappointed, accepting what is but dreaming about what could have been.

 

 

I'm currently a sophomore at the University of Denver majoring in journalism. I write for the school paper but I also love writing for entertainment, specifically TV and movies, and ULoop is a great outlet for that. In my free time, you can find me doing newspaper layouts or taking a nap to make up for all the sleep I've missed.

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