First off, let me say that you are the only new fall show that I am still watching (I tried Community, but I found that I couldn’t handle Joel McHale outside of The Soup….he was too much of an ass). I had such high hopes for you!!! Everything about your premise seems to appeal directly to me (high school! music! outcasts!) and I was mesmerized and blinded by the shiny glare of your first few episodes. I was also caught up in all the hype and love pouring out of everywhere (Twitterlove! Entertainment Weekly cover stories! Fantastic Reception With the Critics!) that it took me awhile to look beyond that and see you for what you really are. And, as painful as this is to admit, what I finally see is something that I don’t really like.
Now, before you get all upset, let me mention the things I LOVE about you. I ADORE every time there is singing. From the big production numbers down to the individual solo moments (HELLO Puck singing “Sweet Caroline”!!!! My heart melted a little seeing him with that guitar) I love them all. I also love Kurt. Anything and everything he does is awesome. I am also fond of Artie and Mercedes. Jane Lynch is of course phenomenal, but that is to be expected. Hmmm……..and that’s it. When I think about the fact that most of the musical numbers are released online before the episodes air and my favorite characters only get five minutes of screen time an episode, this does not bode well.
Now I will go into the things that I am not so fond of. Hopefully I will not come across as too mean, since I don’t want to hurt your feelings.
I cannot handle the pregnancy storylines!!!!! Just the fact that I had to make that statement plural proves how ridiculous it is. Oh wait, but one of them is fake, so it isn’t really that crazy (hopefully the sarcasm is registering here). I despise Will’s wife. She and her sister need to just leave the show. They don’t even need to explain it, they could just disappear and I would be okay with that. I am not a fan of Quinn or Finn as characters, so their whole part in the storyline is totally boring to me. I was hoping when Quinn first announced she was pregnant that it was some kind of evil trick to make Finn pay attention to her and ignore Rachel, but alas, I was mistaken. So, take note……both of these storylines are ridiculous and uninteresting.
I really don’t like Will……….or Emma………at all. One of the blogs I read labeled them as the “Next Jim and Pam.” Whoa Whoa Whoa! I may have broken up with The Office a long time ago, but even I still hold that title sacred. I dislike Will more and more with each episode of the show. First of all, his wife is so heinous that it actually reflects badly on him. What kind of a person is he to be with her for so long and not know how awful she is? Also, he has to be the worst, most unobservant husband in the world if he hasn’t figured out that she is totally faking her pregnancy.
He is also really cruel to Emma. He knows that she totally wants him and he leads her on. I hate guys like that……feeding their own ego at the expense of someone else. Also, ummmm…….he treats the Glee kids like crap. I kind of wonder why they are even still talking to them. He got their hopes up and abandoned them in the first episode, them he abandoned them again for his own selfish reason (Acafellas anyone?), he doesn’t listen to their suggestions, he brought in a ringer…….need I go on?
Emma……………oh, Emma. I really liked her at first. I loved her quirky tendencies and thought she was really funny. Then she started making really stupid choices and I just couldn’t handle it. I totally understand that she is in love with someone she can’t have. Been there, done that. But why did she have to date Ken and then, splutter, gasp, agree to marry him?????? Does she live in a universe where Will and Ken are the only men available to her. And then is she not confident enough in herself to be alone rather than be with someone she doesn’t even like???? I lost all respect for her because now she is not only hurting herself, but someone else as well.
And one other thing………I know I have been taking a lot of hits at you, but there is one more thing………Every episode seems to be about the exact same thing. I think you would have been so much better as a limited series or a mini-series. Your writers don’t seem to know what to do so they just repeat the same formula every week (someone abandons Glee!!! someone interferes with Glee!!!! Everything works out okay and they all come back together!!!!) How will you keep going for multiple seasons?? Are we supposed to believe that these 20-somethings are high school juniors, or God forbid, freshman???
Okay…..I think I am done ranting now. I think I am so disappointed in you because my hopes were so high. Watching the promos still brings joy to my heart, probably because it includes the things I love most…..the songs and the dancing. I think I will be getting my Glee fix from now on by watching the promos and I will be just fine. I might watch next week’s episode because I know it revolves around Kurt, but after that I think I am done.
I will listen to the soundtrack from the show and it will make me happy enough. This might all sound harsh, but I am very hard on television shows. My time is valuable to me and if a show is not living up to my expectations, I gain an hour of reading time every week (that’s why I said goodbye to The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, and Lost).
Hopefully you aren’t too upset. I know you have millions of loyal followers who still worship at your feet, so you probably won’t even notice I’m gone. I know many of my friends (and fellow bloggers) are big fans of the show, so I’m sure they will defend you in the comments.