Glee! – serious readers only.
My wife mentioned to me last night that I had left off a major part of my weekly (24+ hours) television viewing. I forgot to put Glee in my dietary catalog of shows. So I should at least cover that oversight.
I’d put Glee as part in the Junk Food/Good Fats category. It’s very much like that irresistible Hostess Fruit pie, I know the “real fruit” advertising on the packaging is stretching the truth, and the pie crust isn’t, but one I have a bite I omnomnom the whole thing with a smile on my face. Such is Glee.
Why do I watch it? 1) It’s a show my whole family enjoys, the songs we play on our iPods, sing in the car, connect with the characters, so if I didn’t watch it, I’d be missing some great relational times with my kids. 2) It’s funny quirky, a life without Brittany S. Pierce wry observations or without Sue Sylvester’s put downs or unique takes on American history. 3) It’s just plain fun to watch.
So given that, I enjoyed last nights Britney/Brittany episode. The intertoobs are taking Glee to task for a lame plot last night. It’s not that I disagree, it’s just I don’t flip on Glee and open my notebook filled with character sketches and plot arcs and expect a full night of note taking. Glee can bring the drama, and the plots, when it wants too (see Kurt’s arc last season with his Dad) but it can often stumble in deftly handling the awkward teenage plot lines as well. Does that make it less of a television show?
People, people, … please ( ripped out of the Amanda Show)
1) the ensemble cast and creative characters all have roles to play, and the plots of their characters have to mesh.
2) they have to bring the sing-a-long music that makes the kids happy, and the parent’s remember the first time they heard Don’t Stop Believing
3) they MUST bring the one-liners and comedy.
That is something that Glee does consistently, and to keep those three plates spinning means sometimes one of the three wobble from time and again. Some of the characters I don’t connect with, I want to see more Tina and Brittany than Quinn and Emma. More Puck and Arnie than Finn and will… I cheer for underdogs (see my twitstream for my regrets to Lone Star’s cancellation).
That said, it’s good that people have some strong emotions about Glee (both good and bad) because it’s a show that fun to talk about, whether you hate it or enjoy it. Kind of like that Hostess Fruit Pie.