TV: Five shows worth watching tonight: Feb. 7
COMEDY Glee Fox, Global, 8 p.m. ET/PT Ratings have been steadily sliding - in both Canada and the U.S. - for this once-popular comedy/musical series in its third season, so bring on the pop-culture guest stars! Tonight's new episode features the nineties top-40 oddity Ricky Martin as the night-school teacher Mr.
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#1 Feb 8, 2012
Numbers for Glee will continue to slide unless they stop dumbing down the scripts. Season 1 was a well-written show with interesting characters and dry wit. While not exactly a realistic depiction of high school, it hit enough realistic points to be believable, while at the same time making quiet fun of the typical high school television series.
The characters were presented in the same way - somewhat stereotypical and exaggerated, but still believable. Now they have all become cartoons of their former selves, one-dimensional and overacted.
The scripts have become saccharine and make little sense. "The Spanish Teacher" was one of the worst offenders. Why are we suddenly hearing that Will teaches Spanish but doesn't actually have fluency? Just so Ricky Martin can make a guest appearance? Obviously the lesson here has to do with stereotyping, but they needn't hit us over the head with it.
Way too many mediocre songs and performances with little relation to the story or characters.
The only scene worthy of note was the one between Finn and Kurt, where Kurt points out that he and Rachel are common types aiming for careers in musical comedy, but Finn is a rarity as a straight, hot, jock. Totally believable and well-acted.
As a former fan, I'm so disappointed that characters I loved and looked forward to seeing develop have been replaced with stereotypes (Glee might want to look at itself before it starts preaching) and silly scripts that sometimes make me cringe for their heavy-handedness and endless speechifying about emotions. The writers need to learn the first lesson of drama, which is to show the emotion, not talk about it.
Also, Quinn early admittance to Yale? Only Hollywood could believe that's even a possibility.
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