“Glee’s” Evolution, and Why It’s Slowly Losing My Interest

Written by Hana Elniwairi November 14, 2011

“Glee” is as popular a show as you will ever find. In the span of a little over two years, this show has become a favourite to many viewers, consisting mostly of teenagers and young adults. I myself was late in jumping on the Glee bandwagon, as I wasn’t entirely sure a show that sounded so much like an elaborate version of High School Musical was my cup of tea. And I was right. For the first few episodes, it was difficult to stop myself from shaking my head at the absurdity of some of the situations and plotlines (hysterical pregnancy, anyone?).

However, what it took was a comment from a friend that I shouldn’t really be taking “Glee” too seriously, that I should view it as a farce on high school, a satire. That pretty much did it; “Glee” was no longer torture, it was simply a show to go to whenever you felt like you needed a good laugh, or something to make your life seem a little bit more ‘normal’, because come on, who isn’t ‘normal’ in comparison to Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michelle) and her obsessive need to be the center of everyone’s lives, or Finn Hudson’s (played by Cory Montieth) almost-painful clueless nature, or Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris) and her unbelievable stupidity. All of the characters were pretty original and funny, because you probably personally knew someone just like them.

I was a casual fan from then on, and the show gave me some good laughs. Towards the middle of season two, however, I began noticing some small, relatively insignificant changes. Things that gave the characters a more serious, in-depth tone, storylines and plots that I actually enjoyed for a little bit. Then it sort of stopped being fun. “Glee “was slowly going from being a unique show that took you back to high school (which isn’t too long ago for some, but it was still fun), and gave you an almost satirical take on it, to just another TV drama about those four years from hell.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to addressing serious issues such as sexuality, bullying, and relationships. In fact, two of my favourite characters, Santana (Naya Rivera) and Kurt (Chris Kolfer), were dealing with trying to accept and figure out their sexual identity and who they are. However, when was the last time Santana went into an angry, nearly-psychotic rage and started gibbering in Spanish? Or Quinn (Dianna Agron) plotting the demise of all the other potential Queen Bee’s around her? It was the absence of little things like these that made me start losing interest in the show. I’ve seen the ‘meaningful’ teenage high school drama before, and quite frankly, I don’t think that’s what I want to see again, because it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. Plus, the writers don’t appear to be as successful writing the show with a more serious tone as they were writing it before. Sure, the storylines were over the top and almost silly, but that was the point. It wasn’t supposed to be serious -or if it was, that definitely didn’t translate to the screen- and it was a fun time for everyone.These days, the show’s saving graces are Jane Lynch’s performance as the tyrannical, power-crazed coach, and Naya Rivera as Santana.

I’m not entirely sure what the writers of the show are trying to achieve, but whatever it is, it’s losing me. It started from the beginning of a hasty storyline with Kurt and the bully who apparently has feelings for him, and went on to the guidance counselor, Emma; (portrayed by Jayma Mays) and a marriage storyline that still doesn’t make sense. It was as though the entire purpose of Emma’s marriage was to mix up her germophobia and virginity into one big psychological problem, the purpose of which I’m still not entirely sure. If Ryan Murphy (the creator) and co. were doing as great a job at making this transition from a comical TV show to a more dramatic one, I don’t think I would be as annoyed. However, right now, it seems as if they’re struggling a little bit to make these storylines realistic and plausible. I’m not too surprised, since this was a show that started out as a comedy. And I wouldn’t be too surprised if a million and one people think I’m crazy, because let’s face it, the show isn’t terrible; it’s just losing the essence and hilarity it began with in my opinion. But who knows what the future holds, right?

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About Hana Elniwairi

Hana is a student at UWO, studying Psychology and Creative Writing. She enjoys watching movies and TV, no matter how much she complains about them or claims otherwise.

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