To Glee or not to Glee…
I finally got around to watching the season finale of Glee in all of it’s syrupy splendor, and it inspired me to be brave and write what I REALLY think about the show. So, at the risk of pissing off millions of fanatic Glee fans, I will gather my courage and say what many would think sacrilegious. Glee is totally overrated.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the show. I watched every episode of the first season, and it was an overall pleasurable experience. You have to admit, the show has heart. In the wake of cerebral crime dramas with poker-faced detectives and reality TV’s one-dimensional narcissists, Glee’s rag-tag collection of awkward teenagers is a breath of fresh air. I also love that Glee is a serialized musical. I love music, but I love music mixed with drama even more. But the way the music is incorporated into the show is where Glee’s troubles begin.
For example, in one episode, Finn is passionately singing a song about how he wants Quinn back and will always love her. In the following episode, he is singing a song about how he will fight for Rachel’s love. This sort of behavior seems uncharacteristic of Finn, which makes the writing seem sloppy and awkward. Unfortunately, this kind of stuff happens all of the time in Glee. Apparently, the show’s creators write the scripts around the songs, when it should really be the other way around. In fact, the only characters that are written almost consistently well are Sue Sylvester, Emma Pillsbury, and Brittany. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that those characters almost never sing.
But we can’t blame all the bad writing on how the songs are incorporated into the script. Sometimes there are no excuses for Glee’s WTF moments. Sue Sylvester’s plots to ruin the glee club can be really far-fetched and silly sometimes, Will and Emma’s relationship often makes no sense, not to mention Puck and Santana’s, and don’t get me started on Finn and Rachel. Does Finn really think it’s going to work with Rachel, even though when he was with her he couldn’t stand her and was always pining after Quinn? By the way, dancing to Beyonce before a kick in a football game is beyond ridiculous. Is nobody else noticing how absurd this show can sometimes be?
So, let me give Glee a complementary food and be done with it. Like I said, I enjoy the show when I’m watching it, but then I get angry when I reflect on it. Therefore, Glee’s complementary entree would have to be something that is great while you’re eating it, but then has a lousy aftertaste. How about a banana covered in artificial sweetener, followed by a hotdog with mustard? Wow. That sounds awful. It’s pretty hard to believe that I willingly consumed that stuff for a whole season. It’s even harder to believe that I will probably do the exact same thing next season, too.