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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

3 Reasons I am Gleefully Pissed Off

Now before I start in on this rant, I must inform you of my love for Glee.  Not only was I hooked after the first episode and had to wait months for the second, I already have my tickets to 2 of the Glee concerts.

When the first half of the season ended, I could barely contain my anticipation for the second half of the season.  Like the rest of the Gleeks, when it finally arrived I was ecstatic.  That was until I started seeing some trends that made me wonder if Glee was taking some New Directions.

It all started when the writers seemed to cram performances down our throat.  The first half of season one was filled with performances, don't get me wrong.  However the performances made sense, logistically and storyline-wise.  But this time around, the Glee kids are breaking into music videos left and right.  Rachel and Jesse turned a library into a concert hall, where an entire back up orchestra was just waiting for a reason to play.  It seems that the performances start off as normal as someone busting out into song, but before you know it the wind machine kicks in, the fog starts rolling and the music video's begin.  There is a fine line between a good musical and a cheesy musical and Glee has started inching towards that line.  I love the songs, I love the dance numbers, but the biggest thing Glee had going for it was believability.  And I feel that with the production values going up, they are sacrificing good parts for glitz and glamor.  They should learn from the "Hair-ography " episode.

Another thing Glee has done that has saddened me is character assassination.  Look at Will for example.  The first half of Glee we rooted for this poor teacher that was being duped by his padded-belly wearing wife Terri and hoped that he and counselor Emma's love would win out.  We got a HUGE payoff when Will discovered the truth and when the season ended as Emma and Will finally kissed, we all screamed at the TV.  As Kelly Clarkson played in the background, we thought that a love story was just beginning.  But when we returned a couple of months later, we find that Will recycled his and Terri's song for Emma, and is so desperate for virgin Emma to give it up that when she doesn't he has a make-out session with the coach of Vocal Adrenaline.  Come on, Mr. Shue!  We waited patiently for you and Emma to hook up only to have you destroy it in one episode.

And how do they expect us to root for couples like Rachel and Finn when Rachel seems to be open to go for anything that looks her way?  From Finn, to Puck, to even a crush on Will, she has bounced around more than Pamela Anderson's fake boobs did on Dancing With The Stars.  Storyline continuity it a big thing for me, and Glee is very bad at continuity.  In one episode, Mercedes fell in love hardcore with a obviously gay Kurt. So much in fact she had to bust the windows out of his car when she found out he didn't like her.  In ONE episode.  Maybe it's not the continuity or reality that is a problem, maybe all of the Glee kids are just emotionally unstable.

I understand that writers thought they were too heavy on the baby talk in the first season and they felt that they had to stray away from it for the second half, but where the puck is Quinn?  Yeah she is popping up here and there when needed, but where is she living?  What is happening with her and Puck trying to be a family?  They make us invest into these story lines and then they just drop them.  How are we supposed to feel for these people when the thing that makes them who they are is usually evaporated and replaced with a singing Gleek waking down a school hallway filled with fog and in the middle of a wind storm?

And the final reason I am Gleefully pissed really has nothing to do with Glee.  It has more to do with American Idol, who cannot manage to shut that orange looking Muppet we call Seacrest up in time for my DVR to record the entire episode of Glee.  The finales on Glee are usually the best.  Above all, those Gleek know how to end a show.  But sadly I never get to see the ending since AI runs over every damn week.  How is it possible when they keep eliminating singers, that the show continues to go long EVERY FLIPPIN TUESDAY!  I missed the Like A Prayer number, the April Rhodes number, and almost missed Total Eclipse Of The Heart had I not managed to outsmart my DVR this week.  Maybe if American Idol would put a limit on Ryan and Simon's on-air flirtation, us Gleeks wouldn't be screaming at the TV as the DVR freezes mid-note.

21 comments:

AsstGeek said...

I feel you all the way, and Ryan Murphy is definitely playing into the iTunes sales at the expense of story.

But, as far as your DVR, you can change the setting so that you add +5 to the recording time for Glee.

PS: Love the orange Muppet description!

BobNYC said...

100% with you. Absolutely right on every thoughtful point. Too much success too soon. No discipline. Or maybe some network overseer trying to justify his job by interfering with the product?

Anonymous said...

Yeah!! Where the Puck is Quinn??? Bring back Quinn!

Hokey said...

Right On!!
Love me a good musical but when slick production overtakes story line you start to loose me.

Also spot on with the Idol running long thing. I think the network is doing it intentionally to mess with us DVR fans.

Love the Pam Anderson boob comment! You should write for GLEE!!

Anonymous said...

for me the past couple of episodes have been WAAAAAAY to broadway for my tastes. I hate hate hate broadway musicals. But aside from that I agree that the numbers seem really forced and arent evolving from the plot organically like they did last season.

From what i have read the baby makes a come back and is due, ohhh, right about the time they go on stage for sectionals.

Side not GB... you know you can program the DVR to start and finish sooner and later... Just program it it to end like 6 minutes later.

On the plus plus plus side we have Jonathan Groff on this season.

Anonymous said...

I agree that they are trying to fit too many musical numbers into the show but I think the over the top production is humorous. Not every number has the wind machine thing in effect btw. And as far as Will goes, I'm glad they aren't just allowing him and Emma to go hooking up. The reasoning behind the waiting is sound. She is a virgin and he just out of a marriage with his high school sweetheart, that probably means that Terry is the only woman he has slept with since high school. Give the guy some slack, it's okay if he needs to figure out who he is and how to get there. Remember EVERYBODY is in high school in this show and that will probably inform behavior to some extent. Think about it.

So sit back and enjoy folks I'm sure next season will bring changes as well. Nothing wrong with different.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting, Rachel being the "slutty" one with the appetite for numerous partners. Are the writers making the art imitate life?

Anonymous said...

I agree on everything except the Will argument. I never rooted for Will. For some reason he has always gotten on my nerves.

Anonymous said...

..hummm..i had someone introduce me to glee and i did a marathon to catch up, thus becoming hooked. i too find the story line a bit erratic this second season; that being said, i'm sure success has everything to do with it and the musical numbers, plus character developement story lines are crammed into so few episodes.(hope) it will be straightened out it time with public concensus..

godo said...

I gave up on Glee two eps ago and I am glad GB sees the crap we're being sold, too.

Felix said...

Thank Heavens, I thought I was the only one who thought the storyline sucked. Still enjoy the music though.

Anonymous said...

Wow, can't believe how many people are not digging the new season! I sadly agree. The comment about sacrificing plot for slick production is how I felt after the second episode of this season. Not sure what is going on??? Where is the heart? This show use to have lots of heart. Now it seems to be about gimmicks.

Anonymous said...

Uh anybody ever hear of character development? I like that they are developing things with the other characters and I am following it fine. Why the problem with it?

Anonymous said...

I agree! I had seen maybe half an episode ( I usually don't watch tv at that time of day) and finally I sat down to watch the Madonna episode. I liked it and my hubby said he could appreciate it, but we weren't hooked. We didn't think it was terrible, but it's not cool enough. But, I feel that Freaks and Geeks is the all time best highschool tv vshow.

Hollowdoll said...

Have to say I'm still enjoying myself. Can't help it. Maybe I don't have that high of expectations. But I see what you are saying and can't disagree.

Anonymous said...

i love you GB - but as the original poster for the article via ONTD that you've just appropriated here (including the pic I chose to illustrate it with, lol), it would be nice for a link up ...

JUST SAYIN

http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/46532053.html

Anonymous said...

This article is completley different that that post.

Anonymous said...

SA
I read it, admit that the topics are similar ut the reasonings are different. Same pic though, Ill give ya that

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree with you more, I don't like how they changed things. They used to sing songs with a reason, practice, glee club and such and they used the song they were singing to convey a message of some sort almost every time but now, it's become like a musical. They just sing out of the blue with no realistic setting like they used to do before. I am disappointed about that and about the fact the they are dropping story lines and stopped focusing on the characters. I hope things will get back to the way they were before.

Anonymous said...

I turned to my husband last night and said, "Why am I watching this show again"? I was actually embarassed when Will started his "Ice Ice Baby" dance-a-thon. The first part of Season One was awesome...what happened?

Anonymous said...

I agree w/ everything especially the American Idol overlapping. So effing annoying.