Sooner or later, this has to be said: We’re getting really worried about the future of Glee. After the sudden loss of its beloved leading man, Cory Monteith (Finn), plenty fans continue to wonder if the former ratings juggernaut can recover.
So far, we’ve only had two new episodes of Glee since the heartbreaking Cory Monteith tribute episode back in October. We really ended up liking Season 5, Episode 4. It had celebrity guest stars, fan-favorite pop songs, brilliant sets, costumes and choreography... what’s not to love?
Sadly, though, many people seemed not to agree. Episode 4 brought in Glee’s lowest ratings of the entire series, while Episode 5 this week saw similarly poor numbers. We want more than anything for Glee recover, but the more spoilers we read about what’s to come, the more worried we become. Below are the top four plot choices we just can’t get on board with.
1. A Billy Joel tribute. No, really.
If you saw the promo for next week’s Glee Season 5, Episode 6: “Movin’ Out,” you no doubt heard that the hour will be a tribute to the music of Billy Joel. You know, that one guy who had all those hits in the ‘70s and ‘80s? Fun fact: Most of Glee’s core audience wasn’t even born until the 1990s.
Glee recently did a tribute to Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, which garnered very low ratings. If these two pop goddesses can’t get traction, what makes Glee think that Billy Joel can?
2. Jarley. Yawn.
Jake (Jacob Artist) and Marley (Melissa Benoist) almost broke up in Season 5 Episode 5: “The End of Twerk.” We feel terrible for Marley. Her boyfriend cheated on her with a skanky cheerleader. But as much as we try and care about the lives of newbies like Marley and Jake, we just can’t get interested in their problems.
Unfortunately, this Jarely drama will continue to be played out through the coming episodes. Ryder (Blake Jenner) will pine after Marley, and will probably try to make a move. But after that, Jake and Marley will still be singing songs together and looking very close. However, Bree will be singing with them, too. So it sounds like Glee is milking this drama train for all they can. Too bad it’s with characters few fans care about.
3. Speaking of characters nobody cares about...
When was the last time you stopped and said to yourself “Gosh, I really wish Glee would just cut back to Ohio so I can watch Schue (Matthew Morrison) and Sue (Jane Lynch) perform a 1930s dance number!” We’ll tell you when: never. But that is exactly what’s going to happen during Episode 7’s “Puppet Master.”
Will and Sue will be dancing to Fred Astaire’s “Cheek to Cheek.” “That was a lot of fun,” Jane Lynch recently said of the experience, in which the tracksuit-wearing cheerleading coach channeled her inner Ginger Rogers.
“That’s the point of it — to do everything backwards and in high heels.” Once again: Not a song choice that appeals Glee’s target demo. And not focused on characters most viewers have strong feelings about.
4. Tina + Artie = meh.
Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) and Artie (Kevin McHale) broke up ages ago. And nobody really batted an eyelash. Remember when Finchel, Brittana, and Klaine all broke up back in Season 4? Our entire universe came crashing down. But when Tartie bit the dust? Eh.
Finchel, sadly, cannot ever be. Brittana is also over. And Klaine — they’re engaged, but look to be headed towards a potential cheating scandal that, if it happens, will probably make us die a little on the inside. But not every relationship is floundering! All signs point towards Tina and Artie rekindling their love connection in Season 5, Episode 9: “Frenemies.” Just look at the songs they’re singing.
Romance, teen love and heartbreak have always been at the core of this show, and they’re the propellers behind Glee’s most passionate followings. But romance is only good if it’s between characters people truly care about. And we just don’t think Artie and Tina have that.
What do you think? Is Glee making terrible plot decisions that could doom the show... or are all our concerns unjustified? Head below and let us know your thoughts.