Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz
Writer: Brad Falchuk
Director: Eric Stoltz
Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights
Original Telecast: September 20, 2011
Sorry to say this, but I think GLEE is officially over. Some may even say it jumped the shark, but I think that already happened last year.
The season three premiere “The Purple Piano Project” already feels like the show has “been there, done that” hitting some of the same beats as last year’s first episode while sinking to a new low by literally ripping off ANIMAL HOUSE. In fact, it feels like the show is entering a seventh season, rather than a third, as it’s stuck in a boring malaise of uninvolving storytelling and contrived plot machinations.
A ton of personal stuff has happened since we last saw the students at McKinley High. They lost at Nationals which made Quinn (Dianna Agron) go completely anti-social. She’s dyed her hair red, got a Ryan Seacrest tattoo (totally not funny and kind of gross) and got a nose ring. She also joined smokes and hangs out with other anti-social girls under the bleachers who call themselves “Skanks.” Yup, that is what’s passing for jokes on GLEE nowadays. Why don’t they just write Quinn off the show now and spare us another season of completely destroying the once interesting character. Hell, make her O.D. and turn it into a musical number – that would be super funny!
Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) is also dating Emma (Jayma Mays) – and actually grows a pair in his desire to win at Nationals. He won’t let people who can’t sing in Glee club and finally kicks two-timing Santana (Naya Rivera) out of the club for sabotaging them (while under Sue’s orders). And Sue (Jane Lynch) has decided to run for political office on the platform that she’ll destroy all performance arts programs at local schools if elected.
Many other things happened, but it was just dreadful. Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele) have dreams of attending a performance art school in New York, but when they meet other ambitious singer/performers like them, they realize they’re not as good as they thought they were.
Oh, and Blaine (Darren Chris) transfers from Dalton Academy to McKinley so he can be in New Directions and closer to Kurt. Very convenient and essentially breaks up the Warblers, who were one of the better additions to last season. Lazy writing. Lazy, lazy, lazy.
There’s also an appearance by THE GLEE PROJECT runner-up Lindsay Pearce – who is written like a Rachel copycat. We’ve already got one over-achiever on the show. Do we need another one? Is this how they’re going to waste the talent pool from THE GLEE PROJECT?
GLEE has went from being an inspirational show about underdogs in Season 1 to a hateful show about unlikable whiny people who feel they deserve the spotlight, want to destroy the spotlight or want to sabotage someone else’s spotlight.
I hate just about everyone on this show now. There is no unity, there is no focus and very good actors are completely wasted in a shell of what the show once was.
The song choices are also HORRIBLE. Aside from an okay redo of the Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat,” this week was a bust (oh yeah – more show tunes!).
GLEE added a writing staff this year, and I’m not sure they’ve done much to help focus the show. This is the season premiere and it’s up there with the worst episodes from last year.
I’m so confused as to what went wrong with GLEE, and why it continues to struggle to find its focus and purpose. Maybe it’s a good thing some of the students (aka actors) are graduating after this year. The show will need new blood to reinvigorate it and save it from itself. And don’t let the students graduating come back either. As much as we’ve grown to love these characters let them go away when the going is good.
I want to give GLEE (which is starting to feel like the Netflix of primetime television series) a few more chances before I abandon it completely, but I feel like I’ve lost a whole hour of my life that I can never have back with “The Purple Piano Project” (I won’t even explain what that has to do with the show – another lame-brained Mr. Schuester plan).
It’s a shame it’s come to this – a show that burned so bright is just nose-diving into a deep abyss where the potential for crawling out is just about nil.
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