Well. They had one season left, and the chance to give the show a really good send off, but it seems as though Ryan Murphy didn’t get that memo. He has, in his infinite wisdom, cast FIVE new McKinley High students for Glee’s sixth and final season, giving us 13 episodes filled with second rate characters that no one could care less about, when all we really want to see is how the McKinley alum have fared in the big wide world, and the all important Klaine wedding.
Various hints have been dropped about Glee ‘returning to it’s origins’ and it seems as though that is indeed the case, as the new characters are all sophomores at the school.
TV Line detail the characters as follows:
RODERICK: Chubby and shy with a voice like Otis Redding, his looks don’t match with his talent. Described as, “a true goober.” He’s the show’s new underdog.
SPENCER: He’s the new resident “football stud” who just so happens to possess an incredible voice. He’s also gay. But, per the casting notice, “he’s post-Glee gay — no one messes with him about his sexuality because he will kick their asses if they do.”
JANE: Righteous, ambitious and unconventionally pretty, she’s funny because she doesn’t have much of a sense of humor. She wanted to be a Warbler but tradition kept her from joining so she jumps ship to the New Directions.
MASON AND MADISON: Male and female twin Cheerios. They’re super-positive and extremely weird. Mason gives off a gay vibe (spoiler alert: he’s not).
I don’t really know what to say, other than none of them appeal to me at all. How did Jane jump ship to McKinley anyway? Is Dalton suddenly admitting girls and we didn’t know?
The writers and directors seem to forget that the audience have aged with the show. Those who were 16 when the show started are now 20, in what world do they think we would still be interested in watching school children on screen? We want to see how Rachel fares in LA. We want to see if Puck and Quinn get their happily ever after, and we want Mike and Tina reunited. We want Santana to find her own happiness and for Sam to find where he truly belongs and I know I am biased, but we NEED that Klaine wedding. I would also, personally, like to see them as Broadway’s new power couple, but that’s my fanciful wish.
I can’t pretend to be happy or remotely excited about this turn of events. How are the writers going to give us any kind of storyline at all for these characters or any of the alumni with so many in the cast list? Answer: they’re not. We’ll be back to rushed stories which are skimmed over in favour of jamming in top forty hits with no actual relevance to the show at all. How sad that such a wonderful show ends up with such a pitiful goodbye.
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