Glee: Hell-O Thoughts

Glee is back and I’ve been look­ing forward to it for weeks. Oddly enough it seems like the Glee hype has actu­ally increased while the series has been on hiatus. What I’ve been wonder­ing though is how they were going to handle things since they wrapped all the story­li­nes up so neatly.

Turns out they had a simple solu­tion to that. Reset. Sue Sylvester is back (good), the Glee club has to win or their shut down again. In fact with the excep­tion of Will Schuester’s marriage, pretty much all the progress made up to now.

And that really ought to irri­tate me. But it sort of doesn’t matter. As a series Glee isn’t really grounded in real­ity. For a start it’s a musi­cal. The staged musi­cal numbers require a suspen­sion of disbe­lief well beyond the aver­age drama or even comedy. It certainly isn’t an indepth explo­ration of student life. Is it a bit of a cheat? Sure, but I’m good with it if it gets us back to an enter­tain­ing status quo. 

Really every week the story­line is a vari­a­tion on the same thing. Some­one quits, or might be forced out and by the end they’ve real­ized they need to stick together. What matters though is the funny dialogue, the over-the top char­ac­ters and of course the wonder­ful musi­cal numbers. How can you not love a show with lines like:

We have to wear sunscreen on stage, but it’s worth it” or
dolphins are just gay sharks”

It’s not great drama. It’s just pure fun.

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