Friday, January 7, 2011

Only a "Glee"m in My Eye...

So I've probably Fallen in love with Pomplamoose all because of a great blog i follow. Lizzy takes such great pictures and her taste in music is also impeccable. So thanks Lizzy.

But today's post is about something a lot less interesting. I am a self-proclaimed Gleek.




















I watch Glee passionately... or... i did. The first season was, of course, dramatic but it had enough personality, enough spunk to distract from the tinge of soap-opera that every show has now. They were a group of misfits who fit in together. They weren't at the top of the social ladder, or even close enough to touch it, that is. But they were happy to do what they loved: show choir. As the season went on, the more popular began to join, shaving back the plastic callousness of those on the social ladder. They all had their struggles, yet they struggled together and never alone. Their's was a story to which you could connect.

I feel like this season is so much less human. It's all about the drama. The show continues to feel high-maintenance, untouchable; there's no true connection to be made. This all began to come together in my mind while watching the "Special Education" episode (i still cannot figure out why it is called Special Education??). In the "Furt" episode, they bring Finn back in with his old fear: the treacherous roads of popularity. It might just be me, but I've grown weary of the issue. It seemed that as a group, the New Directions had accepted themselves and each other, yet everyone still hates Rachel, Rachel still hates everyone else, and on and on. Despite the relationships that were cultivated throughout season one, the glee club has stuck to their cliques (i.e. Quinn and Mercedes). The ending episodes showed that things had changed, and that, in spite of their differences, they liked each other. But it seems forgotten. Sam has swept in and become the new hero; he and Quinn are the new "it" couple. I liked Sam, he was cool with Kurt and didn't care what people thought of him singing and duet with a gay kid, he was genuine and seemed untainted by the world, but now, he too is scrambling to the top, hoping to be reinstated as quarterback who's dating the head cheerleader.... this all sounds a bit too familiar. Then with Finn and Rachel breaking up, and their "romantic" ballad being recreated with Sam and Quinn (otherwise known as Ken and Barbie) at sectionals, it would seem that this new couple is replacing the dynamic of Finn and Rachel.

A problem that i run into is: caring. It took all of Season One to build the relationship between Finn, Rachel and the viewers, only to be overrun by Sam and Quinn who have been dating for all of a second. And what do we know about them? Sam's the new kid, a football player who lemons his hair. Quinn's the head cheerleader who gave her baby up for adoption and apparently lives with her mother again. I don't feel like they focused enough on Quinn's time rebuilding her life since her pregnancy, there's a lot that goes into life after adoption, especially as she was kicked out of her house by her parents. But they only gave her character the tiniest bit of transition before throwing her into a brand new relationship....
I did, however, think that Zeroing in on the bullying Kurt experiences was important, bringing back some of the humanity to the show with the bigger issues, and toning down the locker-drama of it all. But even with Kurt's transfer to the Warblers and their zero tolerance position on bullying, he seems so lonely, even with Blaine to connect with. The New Directions feels less like solidarity and more like a bunch of people in a room together, but each is alone. Kurt, adjusting to a new school on his own, Finn and Rachel each newly alone after their break up, Mr. Schuester, feeling more alone than ever after finding out that Emma married "the finest dentist alive". Even in couples, Quinn and Sam, Mike and Tina, Puck...and ...Santana (sorta) there's no real connection.

So far I've watched this season for Brittany and Artie. They're my new favorites, but they're sort of background noise at this point,  but i feel like their relationship is the only one on the show (at this point) that seems real. But i could be wrong.

In short (sort of), i have no clue where this season of Glee is going, and... at this point, I'm not sure if i really care...

1 comment:

Rae said...

Everything you've said is perfect and I agree with you mostly on the whole Mr. Shoe deal... I mean, Emma got married??? What? I thought their whole story was supposed to be about messing up, but then taking some time apart and then figuring things out again. Fine, whatever, she had a boyfriend, but now that she's married, it makes me worried that they are going to go ahead with them getting back together anyway and she's going to end up being being unfaithful to her husband... which makes me very sad.