I just can't get into Glee. I don't hate it, and I understand why it's popular, but every time I watch it, I become more and more convinced that the show isn't for me.
My biggest problem with Glee is the melodrama, which consistently kills my appreciation of the show for its amusing segments (even a "hater" like me has to love that scene of Kurt dancing to Beyonce). But the ludicrous and overblown nature of some of the overly dramatic portions of the show destroy my suspension of disbelief. The hysterical pregnancy plotline with Terri put the nail in that coffin. It dragged on so long that it became laughable, with her act being so transparentand thin that even a child could see through it. Every scene that maintained the farce just made me less and less excited about watching the show, and even staunch Glee fans (I refuse to refer to them as "Gleeks" because of its spitting connotations) I talk to are hard-pressed to defend the show's many ridiculous subplots.
There are occasional flashes of real, character-driven drama in the show that I can really sink my teeth into - Kurt and his father are especially interesting - but they get lost in the sea of overblown silliness. But Ryan Murphy's history with Nip/Tuck makes me think that it is only going to go downhill from here, with Glee entering a spiral where every plot line has to outdo the last, making the show progressively more absurd. I dread hearing about what they pull for November Sweeps at this rate.
As an old theater tech hand myself, I'm glad to see more musical theater on TV, but I don't know if Glee is approaching it the right way. I'll check back with you SideReelers at the end of the season, when we can review Glee as a whole and see what worked, what didn't work, and whether or not the whole show is worth watching. Until then, though, I'm going to be left out of a whole lot of lunchtime conversations, because everyone else here at the office is a fan. Maybe I'll come around, but it's not looking great for Glee at the moment.
Next week, on Boy Meets Reel: Dom talks about something he actually likes (maybe).