Cory Monteith, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Harry Shum Jr., Amber Riley, Lea Michele, Mark Salling, Dianna Agron, Heather Morris, Naya Rivera, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays and Matthew Morrison in GLEE - Season 3  | ©2011 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

Cory Monteith, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Harry Shum Jr., Amber Riley, Lea Michele, Mark Salling, Dianna Agron, Heather Morris, Naya Rivera, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays and Matthew Morrison in GLEE - Season 3 | ©2011 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

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
: Brad Falchuk
: Eric Stoltz
: 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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  1. I thought it was ok. I don’t even remember what songs they sang. The guy from the other school is only there to add more drama. The first episode of the season was very non glee. I will still watch the show. Until it is finished or canceled.

  2. I also thought it was ok, if not good. Voters on imdb thought so too – they gave it a rating of 8.7. I agree with some of the things you said, but I really enjoyed the kurt and rachel storyline and the number the girl from the glee project did, as well as the last number. And to me the Quinn character WAS boring and repulsive and now it is kind of interesting.

  3. I actually disagreed. Glee spent so much time last season trying to do tribute episodes and keep up with current songs, that it lost its focus. I actually welcomed the show tunes BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY FIT IN WITH THE PLOT unlike the Top 40 songs that only vaguely related. And I think that it’s too early to judge characters. Quinn probably has a good explanation for why she is the way she is. Rachel became more likeable as she accepted that she wasn’t the greatest. As for Lindsey, she was a Glee Project RUNNER UP. She only has two episodes. Of course she’s going to be used as a clone of Rachel to be her competition. What else can you do in two episodes? I’m more interested in Samuel and Damian when they come along because they have more time to have more fleshed-out characters. As for Blaine transferring, I felt it was a logical move for the character. Plus, the Warblers are staying on the show, so there’s no need to fret about losing them. Plus, his rendition of It’s Not Unusual was so ridiculously cute that it even roused the lack luster students of McKinley. I think that this episode helped inspire while also being realistic (Kurt and Rachel’s scene in the car being the main example). It didn’t have the emotional depth that Glee is capable of, but I felt that this season is off to a strong start. I hope that the show can keep it.

  4. I thought this first episode was pretty good. Songs that fit the storyline vs. iTunes sales. The flow was fast paced, but interesting. They set up some interesting storylines for the future and gave Sue something to do besides destroying the Glee club. My only complaint is the way they handled Blaine transferring to McKinley. Lazy writing. They could have done some very interesting things with that storyline. Instead, he just transfers. Like that. Yeah…my parents would have let me transfer in highschool to be with my boyfriend. But of course, this is Glee. Reality is usually left at the door. And that’s okay with me. I watch for fun. Not real life. Looking forward to the rest of the season.

  5. Totally agree. Ryan’s shows (like “Popular” – which is just like Glee right down to a character named Sugar) tend to get old and/or weird as time goes on. I was bored w/ this show for the most part (Sue needs new purpose) & so tired of Rachel singing lead.

    Please fix this show or end it – don’t drag it in H*ll like they’re doing w/ “1 Tree Hill”

  6. Regrettfully agree. I was astonished to see such an enjoyable show go down. Having Blaine transferring and channeling Carlton Banks was horrifying to watch. The Warblers added more to the series and would have been more interesting had Blaine remained with them. The so called reality pin that burst Rachel’s and Kurt’s bubble was so unrewarding and anticlimatic. I really didn’t feel those other college applicant-performers were that good. Glee was relatively successful in inviting viewers to re-appreciate pop and re-introduce us to Broadway but now I feel it is trying to suffocate us with show tunes that aren’t memorable, don’t resonate or move us as an audience. I find Rachel as Streisand so nauseating. Her character’s development has not gone far enough to make her sympathetic or even watchable(except when she sings)which is somewhat truthful about high school. Saved by the Bell, Fame and other high school shows went on too long. Three for Glee should do. R.I.P.

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  8. I love Glee and I have to admit that this season’s premiere didn’t really live up to the expectations I thought it would but I have to disagree with a lot of what your saying. Ryan Murphy stated himself that the second season was really a soap opera and he wanted to go back to how it was in the first season: being all about the underdogs. As for the Glee Project runner-up, if you saw the Glee Project at all you would have seen that Lyndsay is pretty much Rachel in real life with her over achieving attitude and her arrogance and pride. I have to agree with the Quinn thing I don’t know whats really going on with her but on Blaine, having Kurt and him run a “Romeo/Juliet” romance is not only super cliche but also irritating and more in the soap opera era and Ryan didn’t want that. Plus the a Warblers had their time and now they’re done. All in all I think that we should watch what happens in the next few episodes before we throw it all to the sharks.

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  10. I disagree with you on somethings. The two things that I thought were totally unnecessary were “Ding Dong The Witch Is dead,” And Blaine singing “Its Not Unusual.” I was sitting at my TV thinking…Wow, really?! And I gotta admit that Quinns “bad girl” image really wasn’t that believable. But over all I think that this season is off to a good start. I hated how last year Jayma’s character was completely distroyed until like the last six when she actually got a good storyline. I’m thrilled that she was in the premiere and will be in a lot more episodes this season. She’s one of the main reasons why I watch this show. I didn’t think that I would be as into Emma/Will being in a relationship again because of the way they totally killed that with a useless character to play Emma’s boyfriend. I actually love Will/Emma again. I’m SO glad that the writers have them in a “real relationship” instead of giving them useless love interests. That was getting REALLY old. I also am interested in seeing if Emma overcomes her OCD enough to make her relationship with Will work. All and all I really enjoyed the season premiere and I hope that the rest of this season continues getting back to the basics of season 1.

  11. Agree, agree and again, agree.
    That premiere was boring. The songs were boring and I am beginning to dislike Kurt…Damn it.
    Seriously, the show should be called now “Rachel and Kurt”. I loved Kurt, and I loved his diva-ttitude. I looooove his friendship with Mercedes and sometimes there was a trio Mercedes-Kurt-Tina really cute. There was also some manly bond between Finn and Puck. Or just some craziness with all the Glee guys together: Artie, Kurt, Finn, Puck AND Sam.
    What’s the hell happened during summmer!?
    – Sam/Mercedes: …We did not really see them together. Just their hands at the END of the last episode. And that’s it!
    I was thinking that FINALLY, Mercedes Jones will get her boyfriend and Sam was a sweet guy, but noooo. Sam is out now. And I thought that Glee was about diversity, going against prejudices and well…so why is Mercedes dating ONE, a BLACK guy. TWO, a quite BIG black guy (and I do not like talking about people physical appearance or whatever but there is a limit.) (I have to add that I am black myself, to avoid any confusion).
    Where is the diversity, the open-mindness here!?
    – Where is Dave Karofsky? His character came from far but he was amazing last year.
    Please, do not destroy his character. Do not make him going back to his old ways.
    – Rachel…I dislike her far more than Kurt. She gets every minute of screen time. Every minute.
    I would have been Quinn during the scene under the bleachers, I would have punched that freaking Berry in the face!
    – Kurt/Blaine: …Too much rainbow!!! Too much pink, marshmallow. Just TOO MUCH! Their scenes were too annoying. Really. Gays are not always so stereotyped! And how convenient that Blaine is now in Mackinley. -_-
    I want some Kurtosky!!! Like now!!!
    – And please, writers from Glee: Let the other characters SHINE!!! Enough with Rachel, Finn or even Blaine! More Tina, Artie, PUCK, Mike, MERCEDES and Santana.
    PS: My apologies if there is any mistake. I am French, but watch Glee in English. XD

  12. I agree all the way. They have so many good story lines to go into. The karofsky situation, santana and Brittany, and what was with randomly getting rid of Sam. This show is taking a turn for the worse

  13. Season 2 was boring, but season 3 is just terrible. Lots of wasted opportunity and talent. I find myself fastforwarding through most of the episode because it all feels rehashed.

    Rachel being cutthroat and selfish, well that’s been done. Quinn being rebellious and having something up her sleeve (and then failing miserably)… it happened season 1 and then season 2. Sue’s character feel so forced and you can replace her with Wiley Coyote.

    All the characters feel one note and the show’s only saving grace, Santana, barely has any screen time. I agree that Blaine’s addition to New Directions was forced.

    We went from a cute, promising show to one filled with one note characters.

  14. I think you’re an idiot. How bout that?
    Glee is an amazing show and it doesn’t need your sorry negativity. Find something else to do with your time.

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