Glee is a show that started off with a bang when it debuted in May of 2009 and with amazing fanfare, solid storytelling, and good music, it looked like Fox had struck gold with a show that was destined to be a hit for many years to come. After an abundance of mistakes, however, it has taken a turn for the worst in the past few seasons, never able to maintain the high level the show was once known for.
Glee should have ended with the finale of season three. With many of the original characters graduating, they had the perfect opportunity to turn the final few episodes into a grandiose event celebrating all that the three seasons had accomplished. They would have ended the series on a high note.
Despite the initial disappointment in the announcement of season four, I was intrigued when they announced that they would be bringing in a whole new bunch of characters to fill up the open spaces at McKinley High. This should have been the focus of Glee now that members of the original New Directions had graduated because, essentially, the heart of the show is about the show choir and the students inside of it.
However, I am less than excited to go on social media sites, such as Tumblr and Facebook, and see the response from the “Gleeks” every week when it comes to wanting the show to be focused solely on the New York front. You had three years with those characters and I know those are the ones you “grew up” with, in namesake at least, but just like the writers and creator of the show, the fans need to say goodbye to the older set of New Directions and mainly focus on the new kids. The worst that could happen is that the show remains as bad as it already is.
For a majority of the people who have watched the new season, I know somewhere throughout this wide world of ours your heads are nodding. Being almost towards the end of the season, I feel comfortable saying it’s clear to mainly anyone who has watched it, and stuck with it this long, that this show has jumped the shark.
Don’t get the fact that I’m writing this mistaken for me not being a fan. I was hooked on the show before “Don’t Stop Believing” ever finished, but It has severely diminished not only in ratings and fans, but also in credibility in the TV community. There are many things that have contributed to the demise of the once loved show.
One of them is the music within the episodes. There was a time that the episodes were each patterned around a few songs that meshed well within the storylines and the tribute episodes were few and far between. Through the last four years, the times have changed and now you get music that is seemingly thrown into an episode haphazardly without any thought as to how it affects the storyline or episode at all. The end result is a sloppy 42 minute episode with 20+ minutes of songs.
Another issue they have is the content: the writers feel the need to always tackle big social issues. I know they may mean well when they think of the idea, but the execution never does justice to the subject whether it is suicide attempts, teen pregnancy, school shootings, eating disorders, etc. It also doesn’t help that they tend to resolve all problems within a single episode and never bring it up again which, coincidentally, brings us to the most glaring issue and biggest reason why as to they should be cancelled: continuity.
The lack of continuity within Glee has become a running joke within the community. The problem arises not just in back to back episodes, but overall in the course of the season as well as the entire series. If you have watched glee at all in the past two seasons, then you can most likely spot all the random times that they have brought up issues or topics only for them to be either tossed aside or just causally laughed off as a joke, never mentioned again. Even the writers have begun to make fun of the lack of continuity, adding it into the show’s scripts. Glee is the prime example of introducing characters and storylines that go absolutely nowhere and serve no purpose whatsoever.
I would like to be able say that there is are possible solutions to the problems that this show has, mostly because it is a show that has brought a lot of Glee into my life (pun intended). But even going as far as removing the writing staff might be too little too late for this show.
Unfortunately, Glee was ultimately renewed for two additional seasons based on what network executives thought were good ratings. Since it seems as though the showrunners are not going to learn from their mistakes and change anything about the show, I highly doubt that it would get another renewal once this new two-year contract is up, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.