Once fresh and irreverent, the Fox series is now tiresome and preachy. A fan suggests eight ways to save it.
Fans of Glee are the same people who are most tortured by Glee. Season one of the show was irreverent and smart, at once deliciously outlandish and extremely relatable. McKinley High was a school filled with archetypes and clichés, but the show was nuanced just enough to maximize both hilarity and poignancy. From start to finish, Glee's first season was a breath of fresh air.
Now as it winds down season two, Glee is heaving, gasping, and choking for that same fresh air. The subtle line that it once so brilliantly toed—lampooning high school culture on one side and intelligently addressing real social issues on the other—has become a crazy zig zag.
Maybe it's a result of adding too many characters (New Directions now numbers 12 members) or becoming too reliant on themed episodes, but fans can't help but get the feeling that Glee is the unpopular kid in high school who suddenly gets a lot of attention (Emmys! National tours!), and then starts trying to become something it's not. In fact, we liked the show just the way it was.
So how do we fix it?
Let the teenage characters act like teenagers
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In season one, Rachel developed a crush on her handsome show choir teacher, and it was endearing. Queen bee Quinn hilariously tormented Rachel for stealing her boyfriend. These are things that real teenagers go through, and Ryan Murphy and his Glee team set them to music, sharp one-liners, and occasional tears. It was fantastic.