When it comes to plot development, the Glee writers have a form of ADD.
What do Artie & Tina, Will & Holly, and Puck & Rachel all have in common? They all only lasted for half an episode. The Finn/Quinn/Rachel love triangle is so fickle that you can go to the bathroom and come back to the TV to see that the relationship has changed again. Will and Emma didn’t even last five minutes before they took a break and he fooled around with Idina Menzel‘s character.
Most of the 14 main characters have dated at least three other club members. The reason for the quick relationships? ”I got bored,” co-creator Ryan Murphy admits.
In just one season, Jesse has dated Rachel, who also dated Finn, who also dated Quinn, who also dated Sam, who also dated Santana but is now dating Mercedes. What?
The only couple that has lasted for more than half a season is Tina & Mike, which is uninteresting because 1) they don’t really have prominent personalities (partially due to the fact that they have no lines), and 2) they’re kept together for the sole reason that they’re both Asian (repeatedly made clear by the writers).
This reckless writing style has cut away any possible cohesiveness. Writers depend on cheap stunts such as repeated themes (Britney Spears, Madonna, and Gaga twice-over) and constant guest star appearances (there are only so many times Will Schuester can help Kristin Chenoweth’s drunken character get back on track). So many plot lines are awkwardly forced and there is no realistic character development; we are somehow supposed to believe the nonexistent chemistry between Sam and Mercedes after they shared one dance and nothing else in common. Santana is part of the “popular” group but is randomly spotted in restaurant scenes with Kurt when it’s convenient for the plot. Last week Rachel, notorious for being obsessively Broadway-bound, ignorantly bought tickets to Cats and the cheerleader Quinn somehow had the knowledge to inform her that the show had closed 11 years ago.
Many actors on the show have claimed that the great thing about Glee is that they cannot be compared to High School Musical because they do not randomly burst out in song. There are so many violations of this rule. The hallway has been the host of many spontaneous numbers such as “Blame it on the Alcohol,” “Firework,” and “Losing my Religion.”
But the worst thing about Glee isn’t the horrible writing. It’s not that the male protagonist—Finn Hudson—can’t sing or dance. It’s not the obvious reliance on auto-tune. It’s not even the fact that Kurt pulled his eyes apart while singing the “Orient” line in “Born this Way,” an action that got Miley Cyrus banned from China. No, the worst thing about Glee is how addicting it is despite its many flaws. Don’t get me wrong, I watch the show religiously; Brittany’s one-liners, which inform us that dolphins are just gay sharks, make the show worth watching.
However, I’m not addicted to the show so much that I would drop one grand to see them in concert when I could just as easily watch it on YouTube. Thank you, those who have illegally filmed the concert for those of us that watch the show but grumble at ourselves for doing so.
So since the entire plot of the show is vulnerable to Murphy’s whim…Please, Ryan. Take a couple breaths. And try to keep Blaine and Kurt together for as long as you can. It wouldn’t be wise to eliminate Darren Criss from the show anyway; he’s brought in the most album sales in all of Glee history.