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Diatribe: Missing The Old “Glee”.

11/17/2012

I’m afraid that one of my favorite television shows from the last few years, FOX Television’s Glee, has jumped the shark.  In its first couple of seasons, I found it wildly entertaining and filled with characters that I could care about facing real problems like actual high school students.  Sure, there were fantasy scenes and performances the likes of which might not happen in the average public school and certainly not on any realistic budget, but more often than not each episode brought a lump to my throat or a tear to my eye.

Since the majority of the original cast has graduated from McKinley High, this Gone are the days of the heart-to-heart conversations between Kurt Hummel and his father. The puppy love enjoyed by Rachel and Finn is no more.  Even the glorious voice of Mercedes is no longer featured in each episode.  The returns of Santana and Mike Chang are convoluted and unbelievable and appear to simply happen so that they can sing in group numbers.  Quinn Fabray has mysteriously disappeared.

Some new characters, some charmingly talented and others not-so-much, have been added and a silly subplot taking Rachel and Kurt to New York City does little but allow Kate Hudson to sing and dance.  Sue Sylvester has become an unbelievable tyrant who’s real-life alter ego would surely be sent to prison.

For me, this week’s episode hit an all-time low.  Featuring the music from Grease, the New Directions focused on relationship closures, Mr. Shue’s farewell and weight problems.  One particularly nasty girl, jealous of the female lead, sabotaged the star’s wardrobe so that she would think she was gaining weight.  While I’m certain that this plot point was intended to focus on the dangers of eating disorders and, the episode became (in my mind) a How-To-Make-Yourself-Thinner-By-Throwing-Up-And-Taking-Laxatives tutorial.  There was a scene that included an actual demonstration of how to stick your fingers down your throat to make yourself vomit.  I was appalled.

I miss the days of Quinn and Puckerman … of Kurt and the football team singing “Single Ladies” … the days when the show was about the Glee Club and how a tightly knit group of slushee-faced outcasts could come together in the choir room and be happy, beautiful and talented friends.  I fear this particular episode was merely a commercial intended to sell “Glease” music in time for Christmas.

I miss the old Glee … the one that got all the Emmy nominations and awards, inspired young singers across the nation, encouraged families to have frank discussions about uncomfortable topics and made millions of people tune in to see what happens next.

Are you still a Gleek?

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13 Comments
  1. i never liked the old glee and don’t tend to like shows that feature kids in high school. but then, i watch so little tv. i still miss firefly…

  2. I still like the show–somewhat–but I think the writers and producers made a huuuuuge mistake continuing with the Rachel-Kurt-NYC storyline. It splits the show into two, and takes away from the original intent of the show [the Glee club] thus giving us no time for the new Glee kids to kind of grow on the audience.
    Plus, all the new kids are just like the old kids, only younger.
    All that’s missing is a Kurt, but then we have Unique.

    • I completely agree. They should have gone on without the out-of-town graduates.

      • Glee is amazing in the fact they could even make her crap sound like music. If you you need autunote to sound tolerable you shouldn’t be singing. It’s not fair that athletes need to know how to play a sport, dancers need to know how to dance, and actors need to have some talent. No one should have a free ride, not even you Rebecca Black.

  3. I am still a Gleek. A die-hard one at that. Okay, the plot lines have changed a lot and okay, somedays I really wanna punch out the newbies. But it’s not THAT bad. We can all agree that we miss when they were all there together in Lima in that quaint little choir room, but the characters have to grow up and move on. I think we’d all be more upset if they just never graduated and never changed.
    I’m can’t see myself giving up on Glee anytime soon. Each episode and spoiler and song still gets me super excited and Glee is often the best part of my week. Change can be good and I think Glee is doing alright considering the situation they have. :)

    • Of course, you’re right. At least they didn’t keep them in school for years and years. And, as long as the music remains as good as it has been, ill keep watching. But I won’t be surprised if I en up recording it and skipping from song to song.

      BTW, the only one I’d like to punch is Coach Sue. Such a creep!

      • I haven’t seen the newest edopise because someone at ABC.com is out for a loooong lunch. Anyhoo, GLEE…GLUE? Synonomous. I’m stuck. I love this show but is it the best show evah? No.Is it in my top ten TV shows evah? No.Is it, however, new and refreshing in the midst of the last dismal decade or so of reality T.V. Blah, blah, blah can you sing, dance, loose the most weight, survive whateverpartoftheworldtheyputyouin, be the new apprentice/top model, live/compete with others for three months, be the biggest tool, blah, blah blah? Don’t care…get a real job.Yes, Glee makes me happy.

    • Did you see the rendition of True Colors they did last week? I know you love that song and I thhougt it was brilliant!I just ordered my Gleek T-shirt online. I heard that Glee isn’t coming back to Fox until APRIL because of American Idol starting up in January! I think that is an insane move because Glee has such a huge audience right now. We have to wait until APRIL for more GLEE awesomeness! *sobs*In the meantime, NBC has this show coming on called Sing Off . Should be good for those of us who will be missing our Glee fixes come two weeks from now.Reply by on December 5th, 2009 at Saturday, December 5, 2009 @ 11:06 am@CP, I won’t be watching any singing reality shows.

  4. I’m having a hard time with this season and the story line with the girl gaining weight (she doesn’t own a scale?????) had me turn it off for another time.

    Thanks! I used one of your Ovations for my Dogably Pawfect post today.

  5. Rick permalink

    I have stopped watching. I miss the original show & can’t seem to find the excitement I had in the first season. It’s been removed from the DVR.

  6. I had the exact same thoughts you had after watching last week’s episode. The storyline with Rachel and Kurt in NYC is a distraction and seems a contrived way to keep two of the bigger stars in the show. The new characters haven’t grown on me yet and I’m tired of Sue’s tirades while the principal stands by doing nothing. I’ll give it a few more episodes, but some of my enthusiasm has waned.

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