Another fantastic week has gone by in the world of pop culture, and I’ve got to say that this year is shaping up to be quite the year, and it’s only January.
For this week’s letter I’d like to discuss Glee. Oh how the mighty have fallen. This show was something that at one point in my life I could not live without watching live. I used to anxiously race home to watch this show and couldn’t wait for the next episode to air as soon the latest one ended.
I promise this isn’t going to turn into a Glee-bashing letter but the show’s last season and how it is shaping up is worthy of a discussion. I can actually pinpoint when it was I stopped liking the show. It was the episode “The End of the Twerk”, a truly jumping the shark episode for a show that I was so inspired by because it catered to my love of all things musical. Now it feels like one giant cosmic joke.
I had wholeheartedly given up the notion of watching Glee in its last season as I kept reading what the show’s producers had in mind for the last hurrah. Then I heard the songs from the season premiere and figured “hey, I could at least watch the premiere as the music was amazing” (the show’s one redeeming quality). I will say that the premiere episode were quite great as they definitely showcased what the show used to excel at in its early seasons.
Then the next episode happened, and the downhill spiral was set into motion as the show start its PSA-esque path once more. Don’t get me wrong; I have always appreciated that Glee likes to address issues that are hot topics as far as social awareness, acceptance, and basic human rights are concerned. What I dislike, however, is the show’s constant need to try to push the envelope by trying to shock its viewers by addressing these topics with storylines that make absolutely no sense as they are completely out of left field.
The show’s main issue has always been consistency and the development of storylines, as in they have no consistency and lack the ability to build storylines that make sense. I watched the episode “Jagged Little Tapestry” and could not believe the retcon I witnessed as Dot-Marie Jones’ character Beiste went from a character who was absolutely sure as herself as a woman and damn proud of it to a character who, as it turns out, is on a journey to realize his true self as a man. It’s not the transitioning arc that bothers me, as it really is a topic and delicate subject matter worthy of being addressed given some of the recent headlines surrounding the transgendered community, as the struggle for acceptance in society is still very much a thing. What really bothers me is that they already had a character in place to be able carry this out in Unique, which they botched up, and now it looks like they are just trying to take advantage of all the headlines (which I know isn’t the case since they shot these episodes ages ago).
As it stands, as much I would love to watch the show for the music and watch its last season, not even the music can keep me. To all you viewers of Glee that are still with the show, I applaud you for sticking around and hope the show ends on a high note and you all get your payoff in the end.
Until next time,
4 Your Excitement