Glee is a television show about the intertwining stories of various students and teachers around a glee club in high school. It’s a show that explores and examines the underdog story and what it really means in our lives. A show with a heart, with an affection for entertainment, with a personality. A show that really cares for you.
This is not the show Glee wants to be. This is not the show Glee should be.
Creator Ryan Murphy is a gold mine of an artist. He testifies the stereotype and makes a new one out of the opposite end of the spectrum.
Let’s make some of the most trusted doctors, plastic surgeons, and see what they’d be like corrupt.
Let’s stick it to this “High School Musical” depiction of teenagers nowadays and make it heartless.
Glee was thought up as a dark comedy that built a new formula for young adult media; filled with subject matter of quirkiness overlapping with controversy. The scripting was scathingly clever, unlawfully sadistic and terrifically edgy. The performances were brand new and charmingly smart, especially the concept of using song; a true homage that did the postmodern Moulin Rouge trend a serious justice. All of this proved itself in spades as refreshing and inventive for the show.
That was the first twelve episodes of season one.
There on out, Glee evolved into something it was supposed to be: a high school show. The reason dark comedy can’t succeed constantly in a young adult environment is because it’s not entertainment anymore. It’s difficult to produce rough material for such a fragile demographic and scenario. It can’t keep doing this to you, it must entertain. It needs balance. It needs a heart.
This is what Glee’s purpose became. To use the foundation Glee has created and the ripples its produced through the media for a better purpose. They had their fun and games, but they can teach you something with this now. Glee evolved to something with more of a purpose and devolved as a show. It traded in talent for a soul.
Throughout the entire second season, we are greeted with a string of episodes. Not a continuous show, just a string of individual episodes. Each episode seemed to approach a certain shade of adolescent conflict; characters deal with issues aggressively targeted to the viewer. It knocks on the fourth wall, but is too polite to break it. Before we know it, Glee turned into a multi-faceted public service announcement.
Glee made it a high priority for the characters story-lines to apply to its demographic; relentlessly tugging on your heart strings for a certain emotion. Half of the main cast fall under a certain common minority and that gets used as a vehicle of empowerment, respectively. Glee initially used this concept for elements to play around with raunchy storytelling. Previously, the delivery on the show created plots that never phased anyone; it didn’t matter if teen pregnancy, inter-racial relationships or homosexuality were conflicts of interest. From the second season, any issue out of the norm was approached with a highly sensitive, “touchy-feely” manner that inadvertently brings more attention to it and gives room for more conflict in modern society. Glee failed to realize the best thing they had going for them: their lack of sensitivity towards minorities made them feel more normal; if Glee’s demographic fell under the effects of the show, there would be less prejudice in our world. It’d be keeping the show’s integrity and maintaining itself as a positive influence.
Glee became over-confident. It let its good nature shine and chose to neglect the show majorly; nit-picking is unnecessary. The popularity overpowered the wits of the show and now, we’re back to square one. The stereotype of the young adult is back. The youth of the nation’s centerfold has had its sophomore slump.
What are going to see next? A show with brains or smiles?
Which is more of value? Which can be executed better?
This season was not my dad at all.