****Glee airs on the local FOX affiliate which is WTTE 28 and can be found on channel 8 . For HD channel versions, check your local cable or satellite provider for more information. ****
This last Tuesday, FOX’s big hit Glee ended with what they’re calling the show’s winter finale entitled ‘On My Way’ in which we see Finn and Rachel go to the alter after they win Sectionals. Meanwhile, Kurt deals with the news that Karofsky tried to kill himself after being outed and teased at his new school.
The first thirty minutes of the episode was quite clever; early in Season Three which (I had thought) began a renaissance for the show, the writers through musical montages perform scenes that furthers the plot; such as when Blaine sings ‘Cough Syrup’ while Karofsky prepares to off himself. This type of progression is a huge improvement unlike previous seasons whereas the characters would stop the story dead in it’s tracks to sing a number. It really makes you stop fast-forwarding through Glee on your DVR if you are starting to not care for the song and pay attention. As someone who doesn’t dig 90% of the Glee music catalog these days,* it’s nice to be proven wrong when the song, despite my dislike of the song, actually works well for the scene or the series.
(*) I mean the songs, if you were to show me them on iTunes or CD, would not hold my interest.
But beyond the Karofsky storyline which upon thought and consideration was nicely played out over the last and current season, I thought ‘On My Way’ was a mess of an episode. Never had I been so angry since I reviewed Once Upon A Time.
And it’s not the fact that we’re only now seeing Rachel’s dads at a performance** but to see how schizo the rest of the episode had become was just baffling. There has to be some sort of breakdown of what is going on story-wise.
(**) It bothered me a bit at first but deep down I know these are the whims of television. Yet for as vocal and supportive of Rachel as her dads/they appear to be, only now to see them sit through a performance? It really took me out of it as a viewer. And it will continue to do it in the future if, by chance they are ‘present’ to support her but are not present in the episode for reaction shots, etc.
Never has a show been so manipulative to twist it’s audiences to what it wants. A part of me as a viewer doesn’t know if I’m just upset and angry because I feel betrayed, or by the fact that the show is something I know plays it fast and loose with general ideas and characterizations and I continue to watch it anyway.
Season Three began to regain what the show lost half-way through Season One, as one moment, the show is staying true to the characters; the next moment they are just doing things to just do them. But now we’re at regional’s, sectionals or whatever the heck they’re called, (does it really matter though?!?!) and we’re right back to the problem the show had in Season One.
Apologies in advance but here’s a run-on-sentence: The ending of the episode (which as a reminder talked about the perils of teen suicide) featured a nice little lesson of why you shouldn’t text as it showcases Quinn Fabray, the one-time cheerleading captain who lost it all but then got her life together, getting into a car accident as she texts Rachel that she is ‘On My Way’. It was such a horrible end to the episode. Perhaps my shock of this event is by the fact that despite a bumpy first few episodes of the ‘troubled Quinn’ storyline, I decided to support the writers showcasing Quinn’s fast-track to being normal again. As a television viewer I had hesitations, sure-sure, but when Quinn evened out and became another background character, only coming up once or twice in recent episodes, only then to focus on her exclusively for the last ten minutes of the episode? Therein lies the problem at Glee’s forefront is that the show wants you to care about every single character but it mismanages it’s cast with lightning quick characterizations and storytelling techniques that work great for those with A.D.D but for those who want a well told story, it’s just lacking and beyond frustrating.
I could continue on and on, such as with the other little things that bother me that make zero sense, such as the bully Sebastian’s sudden turn from heel to angel. Matter of fact, the only thing that did NOT bother me was Sue being pregnant storyline. ***
(***) Though at this rate, Glee always successfully takes a good idea and squanders it, so I’m sort of just waiting for that to happen.
And it’s here that I realized that Glee truly is not meant for people like myself, who adore the idea presented of a television show that gives off the vibe of ‘let’s put on a show’ but instead a show for the A.D.D. generation where they can’t focus well on a few good ideas and play them out. And that’s fine. Some small part of me cares about the characters I was introduced to back in season one and thought I was seeing again here and there in flashes of storytelling in season three, but when Finn and Rachel graduate from High School in the series, as a full time viewer, I too, thankfully, shall graduate from watching Glee.
But what do YOU think, examiners?Did you think ‘On My Way’ was all over the place? Or did you think it was brillant?
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