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And finally, the musical performances of late have been uninspired and formulaic. You have a plethora of musical talents who can create music other than the talent-less homages to autotune that have plague recent episodes (SIDENOTE: Heather Morris cannot sing, nor can she even lip-sync her regional solo in a believable fashion. If all she is there to do is dance, then don't have her sing).
So, can a show be preachy yet still provide exceptional entertainment value? Absolutely. South Park comes to mind as one example. Can Kurt, Blaine, and Karofsky all be gay and explore the difficulties of homosexuality? Sure. Can you address a sensitive subject like teen suicide? Absolutely. But for crying out loud Ryan Murphy, et al, do your job and write/produce a decent television program! You can NOT just keep creating irrelevant plot elements for no reason.
Someone needed to sue and/or press charges against Sebastian as he has been guilty of numerous legal violations throughout this season: defamation and libel, assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and production and distribution of simulated child pornography (if Finn in under 18).
What started out as an unconventional musical dramadey with like-able characters, a workable plot, and great music numbers has devolved into a preachy, poorly written, asinine excuse for a television show. Can the show deal with serious subject matter from time to time? Of course. But compare the treatment Kurt's coming out in season 1 with the sermonizing, self-righteous handling of subjects like teen suicide, acceptance of Hispanics, virginity, and homosexuality in season 3. The former is a tasteful advocacy of Ryan Murphy's message, whereas the latter is blunt, in your face, and insulting to people's intelligence. Season 3 has been ripe with inconsistent or meaningless plot elements that serve nothing more than to follow a formula Murphy and the writers have reverted to: introduce a controversial subject, tell the audience why it is wrong (I'm surprised no one has yet to break the fourth), and then sing a song that has little bearing on the issue at hand.
Last season, the least watched episode of Glee managed to garner 8.62 million US viewers. This season, only two episodes have been viewed by more than last season's worst episode ("The Purple Piano Project" at 9.21 million viewers and "Michael" at 9.07 million viewers). Also, the least viewed episode of the second half of season 1, "Funk", managed to get 8.99 million viewers, which is considerably higher than this season's average of 7.78 million viewers per episode. Why does any of this matter? Because Glee has lost its way, evidenced by the dramatic decline in ratings.
When quin got hit by the car my mouth just dropped I wasn't expecting expecting that to happen I hope that she doesn't die that will suck.
i hope quinn doesnt die she is my fave character and who is the father of sues baby i think its mr shue but what do u think
That episode was great, the best glee episode, i loved Rachel's Here's to us, and Glee is a musical not a drama or comedy, is a musical, but everyone think that is a comedy, just because the Emmys says that is a Comedy, but i think, that is a great mash up of boths.
i think that it was great because i been their and it will help people!
Glee seriously needs to figure out if it is a comedy or a drama. Its not a dramedy because every other episode switches off, its never in between. Either an episode is laugh out loud funny or there is one like this week - dramatic the entire way through. Pick a genre and stay there Glee!
That being said, was this episode powerful? Absolutely. Chris Colfer and the actor who plays Karofksy were outstanding and I applaud them both for making a rushed storyline seem real.
The only thing I disagree with you on Matt is the cliffhanger with Quinn. I think it WAS leading up to this, just very subtly. The show dropped hints all episode about your future and Quinn wanted to finish high school in her uniform which she wore in her final scene and I believe Quinn will die. Her storyline has closed this season and it would certainly be shocking!
Overall it was a solid episode, and thankfully the wedding storyline will be derailed!
I think the episode tried extremely hard to make the episode accessible to a generation that in their very essence has a short attention span thanks to the Web 2.0 world; tumblr, facebook, twitter, myspace, and etc. The Double edge sword of enabling a generation has only created fake digital natives. Now, I'm starting to feel like Dr Phil, but nevertheless he is right.
I thoroughly agree with the review here. We didn't need the car accident; we didn't need the pregnancy thing (especially since it wasn't even played for laughs here, which is the only way to handle something so ridiculous); and please let this be the end of the teen wedding plot. But, despite how quickly Karofsky was brought back into this story, I thought this episode -mostly- dealt with the topic well. I didn't need to see everyone gathered in the hospital around him - I don't think that would be realistic in this case (Kurt is their close friend; Karofsky is not). What did make sense was what they showed: Kurt going to visit him.
I saw the previews and was looking forward to finding out if Rachel and Finn were really going to go through with the marriage or if their families were going to stop them. I was even more looking forward to wondering what songs New Directions was going to sing. I was shocked that Karofsky tried to kill himself, but like Jessica I was a bit disappointed in the fact that no one went to visit him until close to the end with Kurt's single visit. I saw no point in creating a cliff hanger with Quinn (or anyone for that matter) getting hit by a car. @Matt You are right that most shows will lead up to a cliff hanger. In guess the kind of did. I mean Quinn came full circle in a sense with the fact that she is back on the Cheerios. Even more she has decided to accept her spot as a Bridesmaid. If I had to put the show on a scale of 1-10 I would give it a 8.5 it needed a little bit more work, but the message was sound.
Urrrggghhhh lazy, lazy writing - I must agree. Must the writers now always resort to cheap fanfare? Bring back the old edge and sharpness of the show, when it was still darkly comedic and unapologetic. I feel like the show, how it is now, has been molded to cater to the Justin Bieber generation demographic - very profitable, but sadly, very superficial and shallow.
To the writers, producers - we plead: revert to Glee's old formula. Quit having the need to pander to the mindless drone population demographic. Bearing witness to the devolution and deterioration of Glee is such an insult to those who used to be its avid followers.
It was difficult to watch, though I've wanted someone to attempt suicide for a long time.
Preachy messages don't bother me and Glee is probably the only show with a message these days. (I'm old enough to remember shows with a sermon every week, like Lew Grant and Quincy.)
I share your frustration about Karofsky suddenly reappearing and dominating the episode. His appearance in the First Time was a proper closure to his storyline.
The Golden Goblet deserved more syllables.
I was ready to love this episode, hoping that it would be moving like some of the other episodes you've produced on sensitive topics. I understand that many of the reactions were realistic, but juxtaposing a gay teen suicide attempt with "Regionals," a teen wedding, and a blackmail red-herring just seems wrong. I understand that life goes on, and real life doesn't always arrange itself in convenient story lines, but this could have been inspirational and amazing. Remember everyone going to Burt Hummel's sickbed to sing about God and family? That was f'ing beautiful. A teenager is shown hanging himself and being bullied, and you don't even have a scene of a group visit in the hospital? You don't show them going to comfort him, even have them sing about their feelings of guilt and remorse instead of a bunch of vaguely "inspirational" songs for their comparatively insignificant competition? I'm terribly disappointed. Jessica
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