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Glee: High School is Over

March 26, 2014

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I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Glee for a long time. I love the production quality, and the music arrangements are always amazing. But the storylines are often repetitive, convoluted, trite, and bordering on the ridiculous.

But it looks like all that may be about to change.  Last night, in what felt like a season finale, but wasn’t, the Glee Club ended, the senior class graduated, and several hatchets were buried. The creative team has announced that from now on, no more high school, no more Lima, OH. From now on, the show will take place exclusively in New York City.

I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. For the last two seasons, the New York storylines have been far and away more interesting than the high school ones (with the exception of Alex Newell‘s transgendered character Unique), and the newest crop of gleeks, while talented, don’t really compare to the original group of misfits we fell in love with in the first place.

Additionally, one of the biggest problems with Glee in the past two seasons has been the inability to maintain consistent storylines with all its characters, because it had 14 main cast members, not to mention recurring guest stars.  We would spend an entire episode in only New York, or only in Lima, and not get to see the story taking place in the other location.

With this shift to New York, the cast gets cut down significantly to only six characters: Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Santana (Naya Rivera), who were already in New York, and Artie (Kevin McHale), Blaine (Darren Criss), and Sam (Chord Overstreet).  Noticeably absent will be Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) and Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz).

I can’t say that I’m sad to see the other three go.  Sue vs. Schue doesn’t have any steam left in it, and they’ve never quite known what to do with Tina’s character, even commenting on it over the course of the last season.

Hopefully with only six main characters now, the writing can be more focused and each character can have enough time devoted to their stories.

What remains to be seen is who will magically wind up in New York.  While they’ve said that Mercedes (Amber Riley) will be guest starring more often (thank goodness!), contract negotiations aren’t finished.  Season 6 is supposed to be the final season, but does that mean Sue or Schue might move to NYC? Will one of the younger kids transfer to a performing arts high school there?  This is Glee we’re talking about after all.  Anything can happen.

For now, I’m just excited to see the show take a new direction. (Pun intended.) 

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One Comment
  1. I’d love to see Glee commit to something with quality, rather than quantity. And the New York dedication could provide just that. But I guess it’s rather unlikely looking back at what we’ve already seen. Of course, I’ll keep watching it! I love the originals to pieces, though it will be a shame to say goodbye to the new New Directions, I also feel their introduction was wholesomely unnecessary! So here’s hoping for award winning storylines, character arcs and heaps more of everything loved about glee! And let’s hope that Ryan and co. can finally hone their writing skills which reflect the revelations they have stylistically and when dealing with particularly sticky wickets.

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