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When Glee first launched on Fox a couple years ago, I was as big of a skeptic as the rest of ‘em. I thought everyone got a little too excited over their cover of Don’t Stop Believing. I thought people were way too entertained by Sue Sylvester, who is now possibly one of the most unoriginal, overdone characters in the history of television.

Having skipped the first two seasons of the show, and publicly denounced the program on several podcasts, I’ve now had a change in opinion.

I decided to start watching Glee from season 3, in part because it’s a very popular fandom here on Hypable and I wanted to be up on it. I didn’t go back to the first two seasons, and I didn’t read summaries. I basically had no clue what was happening in the show other than that Darren Criss was the heartthrob.

Probably for the best. The show has received mixed reviews from critics and fans (particularly about season 2), and I knew if I were to make myself get into the show I would have to jump in quickly.

Having now enjoyed nine episodes, I can safely say that the show is enjoyable from a lowest common denominator perspective. The plot sucks – and mostly everyone agrees about that. But it’s the music and the relatable cast members that keep me and many others interested.

For me to say that what I enjoy most is the music will sound ludicrous to some of you. When I did complain about Glee on podcasts, I mainly focused on how the songs were an “abomination” of the original versions. Moreover, Gleeks were worshipping the covers as if they were the originals. That bothered me, and it still does.

But this season has had songs that I’ve greatly enjoyed. The You and I/You and I mash up, We Are Young, and Rumour Has It/Someone Like You are songs I listen to often. Each episode brings at least one song that can make a chill or two go down your spine.

With that said, the writers really do need to work on shoring up the plotline. It’s quite the mess, and many people probably expected it to be solved following the hiring of several new writers before the start of season 3. The new people brought on board did not help. Come season 4, when Fox and Ryan Murphy once again have to explain the drop in ratings, I’m sure we’ll once again see promises of a “back to basics” Glee like we saw with the current season.

So yes, you could say that at some level I am now a Gleek.

  • Anonymous

    You can’t say that the new writers didn’t help if you didn’t have to witness the trainwreck-y clusterfuck that was the majority of season two. Glee still has its issues, plenty of them, but I do believe that the quality of recent episodes has been higher thanks to the new writers. Unfortunately, the powers that be wouldn’t know a story arc if they were beaten over the head with one and that’s what’s really stopping me from throwing my support behind the show. I need consistent arcs, character development and continuity problems to be ironed out. I need Glee to decide what kind of show it wants to be and then to really go there instead of floundering awkwardly between family show, teen drama, adult drama about high school, comedy show & pure music-selling vehicle. The genre-mash isn’t working.

    All the same, welcome to the dark side! It’s nice to have you here.

    • Anon8

      I agree so hard about the genre- mash-train-wreck, but I think RM really likes it. He pretends he doesn’t, but he does.

  • Theaterboy1

    I guess I am the only one who didn’t have a problem with season 2 lol. I really liked it. I know it wasn’t perfect, nothing is. I just think it wasn’t THAT bad. I love your post though!!

    • kstutz

      I liked season 2 as well!  Although I’ll admit the addition of Darren Criss is what brought me into the show.  I did, however go back and watch the first season and the beginning of the second season.  I though the second season was more rounded then the first.  

      And being a Starkid fan I must say:
      Damn that G.L.E.E.! They’re always making twisted abominations of everything!

      • http://twitter.com/RoxanneClark Roxanne Clark

        Agree with both of you I really liked season 2 as well :) and kstutz I agree damn that G.L.E.E. haha

      • Anon8

        Lol, this is literally my story. Starkid fan. Found out Darren was on this show I had heard about. Netflixed it. Fell in love. Love the show, but no matter how hard I try am still a bit Blaine/Klaine biased. So, duh, I love season 2. Original song anyone?

      • A Very Potter Fan

        Darren Criss is the best thing that happened to Glee, although he is not my favorite Starkid. That just goes to show how incredibly talented the Starkid cast is; even the ones I haven’t gone gaga over are loved around the world. :-)

        BTW, Joey Richter and Brian Holden FTW.

    • GoodGollyMissMolly

      Me too, I really loved season two and I started watching during probably one of the least appealing episodes: Blame it on the Alcohol. Season two had the music that Glee is known for and I didn’t think the plot was all that bad. This season, however, aside from a few songs and the Mike Chang storyline, has really sucked in my opinion. *braces herself for attack*

    • Sarah

      I can honestly say I love you Andrew, but I do agree with @e7f309b79bfb3133411fdc8a67c2b03f:disqus that season 2 was not THAT bad. I also know that you didn’t watch season one, and from my opinion-having seen every single episode to date-that season was the BEST. If you go back and watch it I think your love for Glee may grow. Though, I am a HUGE Starkid/Darren fan. He definatley brought the standards of the show significantly higher. Season 1 is still the most entertaining, touching, and well written-character AND plot wise-season yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1381504748 Hibaq Farah

    I have given up on Glee this season. I just can’t keep watching something that angers me beyond belief. The characters that used to be sweet (over the top and stereotypical yes but sweet) now they’re just mean. 
    It’s become the Blaine show where Ryan Murphy & Co. are busy trying to please Darren Criss fans. Some of his songs are just stuck in there for it to sell on Itunes.

    Any and every character development is lost the next week. Quinn and Rachel are the worst example’s of this. I almost feel sorry for them. It kind of disgusting how many awards they get. 

    I feel like the golden Globes have the category best comedy or musical and since there aren’t any other musical’s on TV they nominate Glee every year. It does nothing to deserve it. 
    It’s not even that funny anymore Brittany and Sue are the only ones that try. Which just comes off as them trying to hard. 
    They have to many pop culture references and not in a cute Community way but in an annoying one. 

    The actors kind of over act scenes. The only one i can see get out of the series with a bright career is Chris Colfer. Since he’s got a writing thing going on. You cant in the end not blame them since they are not giving much to work with. 

    • Vivian

      I agree with a lot of the things you said, but about Darren Criss: the only song i can recall that he sang that was awkwardly stuck in the show was Last Friday Night. they’ve put in more songs that didn’t fit anywhere with someone else singing them. I don’t think it’s because they are trying to appease his fans, but rather because the Blaine/Kurt relationship is the most popular one.

      • http://twitter.com/RoxanneClark Roxanne Clark

        i agree with Vivian glees ratings have gone down and most of the shows fanbase are Klainers, Probably because it’s the only truly solid couple with depth. I would much rather watch the Blaine show then the Finn show. The writers are just giving in to popular demand 

    • Anon8

         Well, I disagree. I think the characters are still very likable, especially as they grow and mature.
         I am a Darren Criss fan. It occasionally bothers me that he can not do anything right because he has a lot of fans; he becomes an easy target.
         Quinn’s storyline is weird, I’ll give you that. But Dianna has some great dramatic moments that tend to redeem her character for me at the last minute for me.
         Rachel I really like. Sometimes too much screen time, but I really like how versatile her character can be without ever seeming forced. Also, no doubt about it, Lea is amazing.
         I guess it’s a matter of taste, but Glee’s brand of comedy is perfect for me.
           The thing I probably respectfully diagree with the most is that the actors not having a bright career. Have you seen these guys?! Every single one is a triple threat! Not just a Disney wanna-be triple threat, but can honestly sing, dance, and act there way through incredible performances working some of the longest hours in Hollywood. Plus, as you mentioned with Chris’ side project, many of them are already squeezing in other high profile jobs like movies and Broadway :)

  • http://twitter.com/sahina91 sahina khatun

    i haven’t really watched Glee this season. i was hooked on season 2 and was a bit meh on season 1. the storyline isn’t the same. and the episodes are so rushed this season!! noticed so many camera wobbles during a few episodes.

    yeah i think that’s why i’m not liking season3. the episodes are too rushed.

  • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

    Yes! Andrew has officially jumped sides! I think the season has been good, with some great moments, and some, well, stupid moments, but I’m a gleek, and I’m sticking with it!

  • TheHamburglar

    A question I want to throw out there…Is it safe to assume that Ryan Murphy is only good when it comes to a shows first season? Think about it…Nip/Tuck lasted a lot longer than it should have, the first season of Glee had a cliche arc at the time with the whole teenage pregnancy thing, but they were still able to make it unique (which hooked many people), and American Horror Story had an amazing first season and its future went from built up to hated in a matter of one announcement about the direction of season 2. 

    • PotionWillow207

      I have been thinking the same thing!!!

  • http://twitter.com/RachelgurlFL Rachel Gay

    i to was once a glee hater but i watched all the season and fell in love and i liked season 2 i thought it had alot of great episodes

  • Angelina

    I don’t really get the whole deal about season 2 either – I can see that it was a bit disjointed from episode to episode, but I thought that when the writing and story-lines were good, they were excellent. Santana struggling with her sexual identity, Kurt and Blaine’s blossoming friendship/romance, the whole Puck/Lauren relationship are all examples of story-lines that were well received and enjoyable to watch play out.

    And as for people saying how much better season 1 was than season 2, the whole thing was, while brilliant, entirely unbelievable! Finn believing he got his girlfriend pregnant without consummating their relationship? A teacher getting away with pretty much planting drugs on a student? Terri wearing a fake pregnancy bump and Will not suspecting a thing? They lived in the same house and slept in the same bed for goodness sake!

    Season 1 and season 2 both had high points and low points. Season 1 had silly storylines that, while entertaining, were not believable at all; season 2 had much better storylines but the whole season didn’t flow as fluently. 

    So. I don’t really get the whole thing about season 2 being awful, it wasn’t. And all these people complaining about it kept watching it, didn’t they? So it can’t have been that bad.

    • Anonymous

      As most people are aware as it’s such a commonly used phrase in polite disagreements, everyone is of course entitled to their own opinion. However, I really truly feel that Glee’s second season took what could have been a classic show remembered for near-perfect melding of darkly comedic satire and genuine emotion set to songs that fit each individual moment they were featured in, and instead made the show essentially a PG-13 High School Musical.

      Glee Season 2 didn’t feature one surprise. Not continuous story arc that naturally flowed throughout the season to tie it all together. Not one original idea, not one genuine story for any of the characters who were relatively likable in the first season.

      What it did have was an incredibly, disgustingly forced, PSA-esque “gay bullying” subplot featuring Kurt (who was KNOWN FOR HIS SASS and slight arrogance in season 1, and was targeted then by Puck and Finn which they conveniently forgot about come season 2), the absolute wrong character for such a maudlin storyline in any case seeing as he was simply never all that sympathetic purely in personality, unless you might only feel he was so because he’s gay, which I consider reverse homophobia.

      Rachel, a victim of much harsher “bullying” by far from the pilot to the most recently aired season 3 episode (even getting sassy comments from absolute hypocrite king Kurt) has strife with her peers that’s played for comedy, and apparently justified by the fact that she’s a confident young woman with ambition (oh god, can’t have that can we???) while the second the stereotypically gay character is pushed into a locker (not even thrown into a dumpster like he was by Puck and Finn in the very first episode), the audience is expected to weep for him, and all the character suddenly backed behind him against the clearly conflicted Karofsky, as if fighting rudeness with segregating rudeness is an effective method of making the world a better place.

      By the end of season 2, the writers were clearly behind schedule and making things up halfheartedly as they went along. From a rather uneventful prom episode that simply brought up topics beaten to death by the show already to a Nationals episode filled with constant implausibilities, the show had gone from simply annoying to just plain bad last spring.

      To say that the random crowd-pleasing, purely-for-iTunes sales songs or Darren Criss’s adorable face (which somehow helped you overlook his one-dimensional, socially destructive gay Prince of Perfect character) made the season for you is fair, but I’d call it a bastardization of what the first season was capable of, and absolutely heart-wrenchingly disappointing in every way.

      Haha such passion for a television series I have. That might be the saddest thing of all :/

      • Angelina

        You are entitled to your opinion, obviously, but did I at any point suggest that I thought Darren Criss had an ‘adorable face’? Or give any hint toward my opinion of him at all? Erm, no.

        I actually can’t stand the character of Blaine. I am, however, aware of Criss’s appeal and was merely referencing the strong admiration the masses have for him – his storyline with Kurt was one of the better ones. That does not mean, however, that his ‘adorable face’ helped me ‘overlook’ anything.

        • Anonymous

          Haha no, you’re very right. I should have been more clear that I was reacting to the general response of fans who liked season 2 than to your post in particular which was unfair. I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t stand Blaine :)

          • Angelina

            haha, he’s a prat :)

  • DreamNox58

    I’ve never seen a single episode and still have no desire to do so.

    • Mirna Farah

      so why did you read this and why are you in this fandom’s page?

  • gleeky-potterhead

    Andrew, you are exactly like me. My friends always talked about Glee, so I thought I would give season 3 a try…and I loved it. I don’t really like ALL the song that they do, but I do like a few. I can say now I’m a Gleek too.

  • Anonymous

    Actually Andrew, I think I’m in the same boat.  I find Glee as very enjoyable background noise.

  • Thecompletelyabsentminded

    I only watched a handful of episodes the first season. I started watching the second season and immediately got hooked. As for the third season, its been iffy so far. I mean I LOVE the music they do. But the side plots are getting in the way. The Christmas Episode frustrated me because they made everyone out to be a bad person. I would’ve been fine with it if it didn’t seem as if everyone’s personalities completely flipped for an episode. But the music makes it better. I get so wrapped up in some of the music numbers, it gives me chills lol. Like in the first season, I loved Vocal Adrenaline singing Bohemian Rhapsody. The second season, they had a lot of songs that I liked and the plot was straight forward (except for Sue’s sister dying in which I sobbed like a girl). And them doing West Side Story in this season? Genious. My favorite part so far has been “America”. But I hope they get back on course with the plot.

  • Guest02

    Im also in the same boat. I just wish murphy’s political views werent so inherent while watching. If you read av tv club reviews of the glee episodes, they state many things wrong that the writing of show brings up. I listen to most of the songs but I agree with those being some of the best. As much as I rag on glee, you have to admit that there wasnt really a show like this for our generation and that as much as murphy shoves in our face that the arts is important, it actually is.

  • Anonymous

    Haha oh Andrew. I’m glad you at least see the potential of the show for entertainment greatness, but it’s fallen so far from season 1 that I suggest you just go back, watch the show’s first 22 episode and call it quits. There’s really no reason the show shouldn’t have ended then (from a story standpoint).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lindsay-Welch/100000315681748 Lindsay Welch

    I enjoyed both seasons 1 and 2. Season 3 has been kind of bad but I doubt I’d ever stop watching the show. I’m more attached to the characters than I am to the plot. I stick around for the sweet and dramatic moments, hilarious one liners (although they’ve been trying too hard with those lately), and sometimes really great performances. I think we can all agree Glee has its faults but when it’s good, it’s really good.

  • Jen

    i would say welcome but i think you came at the wrong time. Glee was at its best in the first season when all did not all have bipolar.
    i’m only still watching because i’m too invested in the characters to just give up now. almost every time i watch glee i wish desperately for it all to just end. its like their rendition of ‘don’t stop believing’ in the first episode was some sort of voodoo ish binding me to the show. it has a stong hold and i don’t know why. i watch it and i judge instead of enjoy!

    so LEAVE NOW Andrew before they get you too!!!LEAVE before you find yourself psycho analysing two dimensional characters that are going nowhere!!
    save yourself from the inevitable bitter disappointment when you realize the pointlessness of it all and its too late.
    Murphy and co. is the modern day Pied Piper of Hamelin and you know how that story goes…. its too late for me.

    • http://profiles.google.com/keaton.brower Keaton Brower

      Quoted for ****ing truth.

  • http://twitter.com/fcathopeck Faith Hopeck

    My breakdown of the seasons:
    Season 1: Great plotline composed of good episodes, good covers
    Season 2: Bad plotline composed of okay episodes, awesome music
    Season 3:  Mediocre plotline composed of great episodes, good music

    A lot of people complained about season 2 “selling out” with the constant number one hits and the like, but let’s not forget that they went into the season saying, “We’re going to show the cool kids that glee doesn’t do just showtunes–we do popular songs.”  In a way, that was the season theme.

    Season three is okay.  Each episode is really good, with the exception of a few like “The Purple Piano Project” and “Pot O’ Gold.”  This season is good for the type of person who enjoys the characters and music but can’t spend the time to watch every episode. 

    My one big peeve is that they had this reality show to get Damian on the show, and all he does his sway in the background with the exception of the three songs they gave him to remind us that he’s there.  Honestly, Harmony is more memorable of a character than Damian, and I would not mind it all if she came to New Directions next season as the new Rachel.

  • Luna

    I’m with Andrew but I just started watching season 2 because of Darren Criss, (STARKID!) but before I knew it I love(d?) the show

  • moonshoespotter1712

    I started watching from season two, and i think i did find it enjoyable at first, but then all the novelty started to wear off on me. sue sylvester is no longer funny, i think brittany is just plain stupid now, and the santana lesbian storyline? i don’t like it, because she spent so much time in the previous seasons going around with other guys. i think the whole shows quite stereotypical, but i continue to watch it because i started and don’t want to stop you now? haha. 

  • http://twitter.com/fcathopeck Faith Hopeck

    and for some reason, when I first saw the picture, I thought Andrew put himself in the Glee logo.

  • Leigh

    That’s interesting because you’ve basically started liking glee at the point when many fans who have watched it from the beginning have started hating it.  If you’ve enjoyed this season, I’d definitely recommend going back and watching season 1, which was leaps and bounds better than what the show is now.  You can see how the characters were before they were basically destroyed by the writers (particularly Mr. Schue).  
    Also, I think a lot of people were more obsessive about glee songs back in the beginning of the show because they were different from the original versions.  In season 1 a lot of the song had a more acoustic-y vibe and actually sounded like they were sung by a glee club (e.g. True Colors, Dancing with Myself, Golddigger…) and there was way less of the over-produced, over-autotuned covers that they do now.

  • Luna

    I really agree. I’ve been watching Glee for nearly a year no, but I used to hate it pretty much by default, I thought it was cheesy and over-rated. But last January out of pure curiosity and to confirm my thoughts of the show I looked up the first episode on the internet. I was hooked. Glee got me through a pretty bad start to this year and even though the plots are sometimes bad and the songs can often be hit or miss, I am now proud to say I am a Gleek. <3

  • SlythVx13

    I really liked Season 2. We got to know some of the characters a lot more, and I feel like the music covers greatly improved compared to season 1 (there were some really great songs, but many of my favorites came from season 2). I will always be a Gleek and will watch the show until the end.. even after all my favorite characters leave.

    Andrew, I really think you should watch seasons 1 and 2 and judge for yourself. Don’t let the fans dictate to you what is what.  

  • Anonymous

    I watched like 4 or 5 episodes but I just don’t get it.  I don’t like Glee and probably never will. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/keaton.brower Keaton Brower

    I’m actually in the reverse position of Andrew. I’ve gotten to the point where I skip the songs because they’re so insufferable and non-relevant to the plot. Speaking of which, the story isn’t even good anymore, and I’m only following it to see what happens to a few characters I care about (Rachel, Kurt, Finn, Artie) and plan to say goodbye to Glee at the end of the season. It’s sad that the show ended up this way. Season one was very well-done in many ways. Season two was absolute garbage, though, and season three has not been consistent enough in cleaning up that mess.

  • samirahf92

    You dont know how hard I’m laghing right now!!!

  • Alyssa

    I love the show, but I hate almost all of the characters, sort of like the plot, and sort of like the songs. I don’t know why I keep watching, but I really like it for some reason.

  • Isistelle

    I loved the season 2! Particularly thanks to Darren, and the Kurt’s plotline

  • Caitlyn

    I really hate when people complain about people who prefer the Glee versions of songs more than the original. I tend to like the Glee versions better and I don’t like being told that I should like the original better just because it was done first. There are some songs that I like the original more, some where I like the Glee version better, and some where I love or dislike both equally.

    The thing that I can’t stand even more than that is people judging something before they’ve even seen or heard it. If you haven’t watched it, you don’t really have a right to say anything about it. So hearing that someone “publicly denounced the show” without having seen it, feels kind of wrong.

    I really don’t know what the problem had with season 1 was. It was a pretty great show in that season. I actually enjoyed season 2 as well. Sure it was kind of disjointed from episode to episode, but it wasn’t anything that kept me from watching it every week. Plus the music was fantastic.

    The thing I continue to say about Glee is that no matter what the critics or anyone else says about the show, it manages to make me smile every week. There is a point in every episode where I can laugh, smile, or even cry from joy. The show has made me listen to music that I hadn’t even heard of and now they are my favorite songs. More importantly, Glee has made me more accepting of others and helped me to feel better about myself. It makes me feel happy and that is all that matters to me.

  • Guest

    aww this made me smile :) does this mean you’ll join the Glee Chat podcast now?? lol im just kidding…

  • Jasmine

    I think the show is too Klaine oriented. I guess I’m being bias because I hate Klaine, but there are other couples on the show. I wish Brittana was a bigger couple.

  • Somebody

    Oh, Andrew…why couldn’t he have liked it back when the show was actually good? (Season 1) Now it actually IS an abomination and he’s a fan. If you’re actually reading the comments, to him: GO BACK AND WATCH SEASON ONE. Not season Two- no one should have to do that- but season one.

  • Kaleb

    I always knew he’d come around!

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