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Should ‘Glee’ fans stop believing?

Sarah Chayer, 4Play Writer
February 20, 2013
Filed under 4Play

The FOX show “Glee” is in its fourth season. Though struggling, creators Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy seem to be keeping the show going after the loss of so many crucial characters at the end of last season.

“Glee” follows a choir of underdogs directed by Will Schuester, played by Matthew Morrison. The lead underdog, Rachel Berry, played by Lea Michele, is a class-A selfish diva who becomes a better person through the club and even sparks the attention of quarterback Finn Hudson, played by Cory Monteith.

New Directions, the glee club, falls victim to a jealous and vindictive cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch, who seeks to bring the club down.

The show initially brought in many fans but has since seen a diminishing number in viewers.

Following the graduation of eight of the glee club members at the end of season three, many of the stars left, taking their fans with them. Those that are still sticking around to catch the new episodes Thursday nights are more often than not met with disappointment.

Season four is the result of many inconsistencies with previous storylines. The show feels forced in the way its characters have been replaced. Take for instance new cheerleader Kitty Wilde, played by Becca Tobin, who takes on the role of the backstabbing double-crosser. She replaces previous characters Quinn and Santana in the group dynamic.

The most upsetting change is the relationship between Sam and Brittany, played by Chord Overstreet and Heather Morris,  respectively. Back in seasons two and three, Brittany got an actual storyline when she and Santana confessed their love for each other, giving LGBTQ fans something to root for. Their breakup was hard enough on fans, so for many, the once-gay Brittany dating Sam is just a slap in the face.

Along those same lines, the change in Sam’s intelligence is irritating as well. To accommodate his new relationship with Brittany, the writers scrapped whatever brains Sam had in previous seasons, leaving him dumber than a rock.

The constant visits of the graduates to their high school is annoying, not to mention unrealistic. The writers want the audience to believe that college students are missing class and have the money to fly across the country just to visit a teacher for about 30 minutes? Lunch money is out of reach for most.

Followers of the show have learned the syllabus of “Glee.” There’s always a week to study duets. There’s always a month of musical rehearsal, which ends up crammed into two episodes at the most anyhow. There is a boys versus girls competition.

The show even repeats its own episode plots. This season Blaine, played by Darren Criss, develops a crush on his straight friend. This is much like the season one plot when Kurt, played by Chris Colfer, had a secret love for Finn.

However, season four also features intriguing plots that show great potential for the growth and continuation of the show.

Marley Rose’s eating disorder, Ryder Lynn’s dyslexia and Jake Puckerman’s racial acceptance are all welcomed discussion starters. However, if history has taught us anything, it’s that these plots will either fade out or just disappear completely within a few episodes.

Hopefully, “Glee” will be able to survive when the rest of its original cast graduates at the end of the season. As of now, it offers just enough to keep fans returning to watch it each week, but not enough to replicate the craze of season one. What the producers have isn’t perfect, but it’s a foot in the door as they continue their attempts to recapture the series’ music and magic.