Reviews and Problems with Glee: The Complete Season 3
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Glee: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
22 November 2012
Excerpt: Our reviews of Glee: The Complete First Season (published September 14th, 2010), Glee: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) (published September 29th, 2010), Glee: Season Two, Volume One (published February 28th, 2011), Glee: The Complete Second Season (published September 28th, 2011), Glee: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray) (published October 5th, 2011), Glee: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray) (published October 21st, 2013), Glee: Encore (published April 27th,...
Excerpt: Will : For many of you, this is your last year. Make it special. It gets better… except, sometimes, better isn’t always best. Or something like that, I guess. In its first two years, creator/showrunner Ryan Murphy ’s “Glee”—the hit musical comedy on FOX about a gang of teenage misfits, and their high school glee club seemingly always one semester away from being cut from the McKinley High budget—proved an inconsistent and troubling series.
Excerpt: Will (Matthew Morrison) is a high school Spanish teacher, but he dreams of a life as a stage performer. Inspired by his desire to perform, he pushes for his school to offer a glee club program to its students. While he is sincere about wanting the students to embrace their talents, the club would offer him both an avenue to perform and an escape from his high pressure, often problematic marriage.
Conclusion: 'Glee' has always struck me as too preachy for its own good, especially when it makes no real effort to give its characters many more layers than the ones that are already provided by their cultural stereotypes. Season three seemed to lay off the acceptance lectures and tried to tie up a lot of the character arcs as best it could, which was a nice change from the second season.
Summary: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. No, not A Tale of Two Cities ; I'm talking about high school, those four influential years of BFF-forming and deep insecurity, budding sexuality and utter emotional stupidity. For those of us who've already lived through it, we look back with a weird mix of nostalgia and thank goodness I don't ever have to do that again relief.