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.
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.
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 's third season is even more unfocused than the second, and would've been a disappointment if the writers hadn't pulled the main strands together in the last few episodes for an emotional conclusion that opens some intriguing possibilities for season four. It looks like we'll be following at least a few of the characters post-graduation, which should come as a relief to fans of the New Directions' original lineup.