Wow, totally forgot that Glee was coming back. Fox did a terrible job at promoting the return of the series last week. I would have had no idea, but it popped up on my DVR when I was running the treadmill early Wednesday morning.
I don't envy the writers. This season has been a mess, and it's not hard to see why. The death of Cory Monteith caused the writers to have to completely switch gears, and the show has been going into a tailspin ever since. The majority of the episodes made it seem like the writers were just treading water until they could graduate the Seniors and move the show to New York permanently.
That trend did not reverse with this weeks episode. One thing that Glee should never be is dull, and that describes this episode to a T.
Where was the excitement? Where was the fun? Even the usually reliable music numbers seemed stilted. Adam Lambert and Lea Michele jamming out to Barracuda should have been a season highlight, and vocally it was, but the performance came out of nowhere and had absolutely no bearing on the plot.
Will and Emma having sex in a Faculty Bathroom was good for a cheap joke, but also seemed like something that should have had more in the way of consequences. I know it's an over-the-top comedy, but that shit wouldn't fly in the real world. Also, where did Emma disappear to, and what happened to her fear of germs?
I'm really glad Tina is being written off the show. She's been dragging it down like an anchor the last few episodes. I'm sure she's a great person in real life, but she can't act worth shit. Anytime that she opens up her mouth and begins to speak/scream I cringe.
My final gripe? The newbies haven't had much to do at all this season. Did any of them even have a line the last three episodes? If they're being written off, then it kind of seems like a waste of a season and a half of character development.
I'm not sure if moving to New York will solve any of Glee's problems, but I guess it's worth a shot. At least they're moving in some direction, right?
I really enjoyed this episode. I tend towards being somewhat of an apologist for Family Guy and The Cleveland Show, but it's even beginning to strike me as odd how AD has been so consistently better for a while.