Is loving Glee akin to being in a toxic relationship that you just can’t manage to get out of? Some reviewers are starting to think so.
Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture says that watching Glee — and Ryan Murphy’s shows in general — can sometimes be “wonderful” and sometimes feel like a waste of time. He especially complains that the McKinley newbies — such as Jake (Jacob Artist), Marley (Melissa Benoist) and Kitty (Becca Tobin) — “feel like dull replacements for the aged-out original cast,” while characters like Schue (Matthew Morrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays) feel irrelevant, with Emma being “underused.”
However, what Vulture is excited about are the New York scenes, as they “invigorate Glee” and remind older viewers “of what it was like to be on the cusp of twenty.” Seitz writes that he loved Season 4, Episode 4: "The Break-Up," saying it was Glee “at its most excessive yet assured,” and that the two songs at Callbacks — “Give Your Heart a Break” and “Teenage Dream” — were impressive and emotional.
He hates Glee. Then he loves it again. It pushes him away, but somehow he just can’t stop watching.
Time magazine recently published an article that is similarly hot and cold on Glee (and R-Murph). Time’s James Poniewozik writes that the show “can be one of the best shows on TV one week and one of the worst the next.” It states that Glee “started to derail in Season 2,” with too many characters and “plot twists were sprung — pregnancy! domestic abuse! Sue Sylvester for Congress! — and discarded.”
And sure, there may be some truth to these complaints, but the show still has amazing characters, jaw-dropping musical numbers, and tons of surprises and laughs. So we still love being in a relationship with Glee, perhaps more than we ever did.
But how do you feel? Are you madly in love with Glee Season 4, or do you feel like your relationship with the show could use some couples counseling?
Sources: Vulture, Time