What, huh? A over-the-top, comedic teenage drama with musical elements and Jane Lynch? Count me the fuck in!
Glee‘s first half of its first season is over and it’s been one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had watching a television series. After watching an episode of The OC or Gossip Girl I don’t find myself scouring the internet in the early morning for the tracks in the episodes, but with Glee, songs are reduxed, given a context and made all that more magical with the crazy talents of Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Jenna Ushkowitz and all the other Gleeks.
While I’d be ashamed to place Glee as one of the greatest TV shows ever after only 13 episodes, especially with the nagging fact that it would mean it’s awfully close to the Number 1 spot of my beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it’s certainly heading in the right direction. It’s already found its groove with some perfect characters, and has begun to flesh them out in an interesting direction. That direction isn’t painting the world in a perfect manner, and strictly speaking, its made every character do or say something completely spiteful and downright mean at least once, which is nice for a show such as this. It’s thrown otherwise annoying characters out of their comfort zones and given them and issue to deal with, which in turn, has made them more appealing as a character. As an avid Quinn fan, I don’t even fully understand some people’s hatred of her. I get that she’s manipulative, confused and pretty hormonal but I look at her and saw “Awww!” – She’s done nothing in my eyes to warrant her hatred, yet other people firmly believe that she’s one of the vilest Gleeks. And that is what I love. Viewers can identify with anyone they want in Glee. You don’t want to get invested in Rachel, don’t. Get invested in Artie or Tina. It’s all about the eye-of-the-beholder.
In any other show, some of the [baby] drama what we’ve seen could have been appalling and comparable to terrible soap opera, but the way the satire is structured, it pretty much breaks the fourth wall and says – “Hey, you know this is ridiculous, right? We’re going to keep it going though” – when a new development comes out. Finn believing he’s having a baby over having an ‘accident’ in a hot tub really sums up how stupid events can lead swiftly into serious drama without much of a second glance.
Glee returns to FOX Tuesdays in April, and I’ll be first in line to watch again.