Glee Season 5: Five Ways to Save This Season (UPDATED)
Credit: FOX ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co.    


Glee Season 5: Five Ways to Save This Season (UPDATED)

We’re still dipping our toes into Season 5 of Glee, and with the sad goodbye to Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson) behind us, it’s time to look forward to the rest of the season.

While the farewell tribute to Finn was one of the more magical moments of the series since probably Season 2, we’re still not entirely impressed with what’s going on this season. Being such die-hard Glee fans, we’re offering up some sure-fire ways the dramedy can kick the tired, old tricks it keeps recycling and jolt itself back to life.

When Season 5 premiered on September 26, even the Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) proposal couldn’t help save the sinking ratings, leaving the show down a full 30 percent from the Season 4 premiere. But due to huge interest surrounding Cory Monteith’s unexpected death this July, Episode 3: “The Quarterback”, ratings soared, making it the most-watched episode since early Season 4.

We believe that staying true to itself while still adapting to ever-changing storylines is the only way Glee can return to its former glory. We’ve outlined five way that the Powers That Be can turn this sinking ship around. Check them out and hit the comments to let us know if you have any thoughts about how the show should evolve!

1. Goodbye, high school.

While we’ve enjoyed getting to know everything (and we mean everything) about the quaint little town of Lima, Ohio, we’ll admit that we’re getting a little tired of the same high school dilemmas being presented over and over again.

Let’s take a real hard look at the Jake (Jacob Artist), Ryder (Blake Jenner), and Marley (Melissa Benoist) love triangle. It’s basically the exact same situation as Puck (Mark Salling), Finn, and Rachel (Lea Michele) drama. In fact, here’s a breakdown of just how similar they are. Puck and Jake are both Puckermans, Ryder and Finn were both football players who join the New Directions, and Marley and Rachel are the stars of the glee club caught between a bad boy, a football stud, and a hard place.

Another high school storyline we’re over? That would have to be the fact that Artie (Kevin McHale) is dating a cheerleader — again. We have to admit that we loved when he dated Brittany (Heather Morris), but after that went down in flames, we were over it. Of course they would pair him up with Kitty (Becca Tobin) this season.

Let’s not even mention the fact that Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) serves absolutely no purpose at this point. Seriously, just go away.

2. Fix Tina Cohen-Chang, please!

Glee Season 5: Five Ways to Save This Season (UPDATED)
Credit: FOX ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co.    

If there is one character who has been in a downward spiral of epic proportions, it has been Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz).

Last season we had the terrible storyline of her being obsessed with Blaine (we don’t even want to talk about that super awkward scene of them in bed together?). There were so many logic fails with that storyline and it made her character become a boy-obsessed drama queen that had absolutely no development over the course of an entire season — and we’re worried it will continue this season. While it seems she has settled into a comfortable zone as Blaine’s friend, we’re still not over the total nosedive her character took last year, and we want to see justice for her during her senior year.

Tina has some killer pipes and we’d love to see her rise to the top of the food chain in the glee club and snag some amazing solos this season. We have the utmost faith in Tina and we want to see her do amazing things this year.

3. Just make it “The Rachel Berry Show.”

Did anyone else keep rewinding the Season 5 premiere when Rachel and Santana (Naya Rivera) did the epic duet in the diner? Their rendition of “A Hard Day’s Night” was to die for. It got us thinking: what would Glee be like if this was what each and every episode was like? The answer? Amazing!

But we wouldn’t want to just focus on Rachel and Santana. We’d love to continue seeing Kurt navigate his way in the big city, but with Blaine by his side. Just think of the endless possibilities the show would have if they honed in on just a few characters and focused on one setting — and what better setting than New York City. We’d even allow Artie, Blaine, Tina, and Sam join the NY crew.

The show needs to progress from its high school days and focus on NYADA and on some of the true talents on the show moving forward with their lives and experiencing new things. With Rachel’s blossoming Broadway career, the performing arts college setting, and a city with a rich history of the arts, there are so many storylines waiting to be told.

Now that we’ve learned that Ryan Murphy is considering moving the storyline to New York next season, we feel as though there is potential for this storyline to carry the show all the way through it’s sixth and (rumored) last season. But please don’t move the show to Russia. PLEASE!

4. Identity crisis: You’re a dramedy, not a public service announcement.

We’ll keep this one short: Glee has suffered from some overtly PSA-like storylines in the past (read: school shooting, teen suicide, teen pregnancy, and texting while driving), and while Ryan Murphy’s other show The New Normal was pretty much a straight-up PSA, we don’t want the writers to keep hitting us over the head with these topics just because they should.

There has to be some sort of believability to these tough topics and the show has failed on that front in the past. We do have to say that we’re really glad they decided not to have Finn die of a drug overdose. That may have been the best decision they’ve ever made.

5. Stop trying to marry everyone off — they’re teenagers!

We were only slightly put off by Finn and Rachel’s decision to get engaged a few seasons ago, but even they knew that they were too young to get hitched. So why does Glee seem to keep trying to make it happen? When Kurt accepted Blaine’s proposal, we were shaking our heads in disbelief.

Sure, we absolutely love these two, but they were broken up for the better part of Season 4 and Kurt’s dad doesn’t approve (and everyone knows that Mike O’Malley is always a sound voice of reason). Will they actually make it to the altar or will they split like Rachel and Finn? Let’s not even mention the fake wedding between Brittany and Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) — that was seriously the most ridiculous thing ever.

We have so much faith in you, Glee. Please listen to our plea!

Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!