My Falling Out with Gleekdom
Posted by CJ Cregg on April 28, 2010
I’m feeling not so full of glee these days. It could be that final papers and grading is looming. It could be that my hard drive has gone to the big Apple Store in the sky along with all of my data. Or it could be that the show Glee kind of sucks these days.
I embraced being a Gleek at first. This is exactly the kind of sugary-toothache-sweet show that I like. Mr. Feeny pointed out the show’s strengths in his review of the premiere, and I agreed wholeheartedly with what he had to say. The show stuck to singing, but made it mainstream by making it not as contrived. Songs were believable because they were in the context of auditions or rehearsals. Mr. Feeny did note that predictability could be a problem for the show, and while he is right, I feel like the show has gone too far afield. Writers and producers have strayed from the recipe of what works. And now my sugar toothache is starting to hurt.
Why? Well, gee, I’m sure glad you asked.
Now, Glee seems totally contrived (in a weird, i-have-n0-idea-what’s-going-on-anymore kind of way). The plot has virtually stagnated (and I do admit that this is not a show that was heavy on plot from the beginning) and become a vehicle for mediocre songs. As much as I liked the video for “Vogue” in the Madonna episode, did anyone else think that the WHOLE episode was just designed around some writer’s vision of a “Like a Virgin” sequence? Nothing else happened.
And why are the Cheerios like a choir now?
And really? Jesse St. James transferred schools to sing with Rachel?
The writers seem to be missing opportunities to really say something about high school life. (Now granted these are lessons we’ve heard before, but they’re important.) Like when Quinn was telling Mercedes not to feel bad about her body. That scene was sweet and heartfelt. And the stuff with Fin and Kurt’s dad was also sweet. More like that, please!
I find the show’s lack of balance disturbing as well. There is a big cast, so balancing the episodes is difficult, but in last night’s episode, Rachel didn’t say anything. Emma wasn’t even in it. Isn’t there a way to advance the plot in a balanced fashion so we don’t forget who some of the main characters are?
And COME ON. Let’s get over the Kurt-Fin thing. That shot where Kurt was lurking outside while his dad and Fin were watching football? TOTALLY CREEPY.
And what happened to Idina Menzel and Vocal Adrenaline? Let’s keep it focused on the important things. Like getting her and Kristen Chenoweth to do a duet. That might win me back.
As High School Musical taught me, stick to the stuff you know.