So, as an equal opportunity employer, I figured I would follow up my attack on video games with an attack on Glee. I’ll just get to the point: Glee is unwatchable. The Britney episode was unwatchable. The lack of plot is unwatchable and many of the show tune-y pop songs are unwatchable. Especially those with rap. To be honest, one of my favorite clips is the safety dance sequence from the first season, and they don’t even sing:
However, the sad thing about Glee is it wasn’t always that way. The beginning of Glee held a great deal of promise, the lines were witty, the characters were lovable, Sue Sylvester was a popular secondary character, Kurt’s defying gravity was wonderful, and the plot was…existent. But somehow, about 2/3 through the first season, they decided to abandon the story altogether. Kurt stopped struggling with his sexuality, Shu’s relationships became contrived, and the club members just swapped significant others. What was once plot-advancing dialogue, became dialogue simply to set up individual musical numbers.
The logical conclusion of this devolution was the Britney episode. This week, they were all randomly told to go to the “local dentist” after the dentist came in to talk to glee club (wtf) and his anesthesia produced “Britney fantasies.” Yeah. We watched them go to the dentist. Between dental appointments, they overused cheerleader Britney’s ridiculous lines to the point they weren’t funny anymore (her actual name is Britney S. Pears, get it?!), showed that Rachel was still insecure (shock), and Shu bought a car to be a rebel (boring). Kurt didn’t even get an effing Britney number.
So am I going to continue to watch Glee? Probably not. But I am a bit sad about it. I actually LIKE musicals. I like the idea of a glee club and snarky dialogue. However, I feel that the show somehow managed to jump the shark on everything. The lines, the characters, the musical numbers and the psuedo-plot are all tired. The nuance of the beginning is gone. So I am sorry Glee, but I feel we need to take a break. We are just in different places.