Should You Be Worried About Glee?
When Time gave Glee its #8 slot on its list the best TV of the year, virtually every sentence in James Poniewozik's explanation was defensive. "Consistency is overrated," Poniewozik wrote preemptively. "Some of its story lines (especially the fake pregnancy of the choir director's wife) are distractingly implausible...It can be a mess, but it's what great TV should be...When it hits its high notes, nothing else matters."
I can relate to Poniewozik's stubborn defense of the erratic series, because it's what I could have said about creator Ryan Murphy's previous shows, Nip/Tuck and Popular. The thing that worries me, though, is that while Glee can sometimes nail the over-the-top thrills that are Murphy's trademarks, it's already running into some of the problems that sunk his other shows (and trust me, you do not want Glee to become the mess Nip/Tuck currently is). Here are four things I hope Murphy fixes before the show returns next spring:
1. Dumb Central Characters
After suffering through the later seasons of Nip/Tuck, I thought no central characters could be stupider than Sean and Julia McNamara (Dylan Walsh and Joely Richardson), who Murphy appeared to make purposefully dim and naive so that they could, time and time again, fall for the transparently evil machinations of whichever lover/coworker/serial killer decided to take advantage of them. Then, Glee introduced us to Will (Matthew Morrison) and Finn (Cory Monteith). The former has a wife who managed to fake her pregnancy because Will is written to be too stupid to ever touch her, see her naked, or question her story. The guileless latter, in the internet era, believes that he got his cheerleader girlfriend pregnant by sharing a hot tub with her.
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