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Glee is a brilliant series, but S5 is poor.
on 6 November 2017
I'm a big Glee fan but Season5 was really hard work... I wished i'd skipped straight to S6 (which - thankfully - is excellent, and a worthy way to finish things off)
An element of the successful dynamic of Glee over previous seasons was that - although it regularly referenced 'Broadway' (songs, shows, stars, history and Rachel's relentless journey there) the producers were not stupid, and we were rarely forced to have to actually sit through any of that. Overall, Glee had watchable storylines, and brilliant singers & dancers, performing cleverly produced versions of contemporary and classic hits.
Part of the Glee magic is that - what should have been pretty naff - geeky teenagers warbling to show tunes - was, thanks to their looks, talent & personalities (not to mention the slickness of the routines and overall musicality of the production) actually, to all but the most pompous and stiff viewer, extremely good fun and undeniably cool.
In truth, Glee had been slowly nosediving since S3, and never really recovered from the sad loss of Cory Monteith who played Finn Hudson (basically the heart & soul of Glee), but S3 and even S4 were a managed decline, S5 however is the Nadir.
S5 somehow managed to turn a successful formula on its head, and the joke is very much on the viewer.
We had (on more than one occasion) to suffer the bizarre spectacle of someone as talented as Blaine (Darren Criss) doing tired & tawdry showtunes at Society events alongside some 'former Broadway star' in her 80s. If you've ever seen Blaine at his best (see Warblers version of Raise Your Glass for starters) this was utterly bizarre, and had my wife and I looking at each other in bemusement, wondering if this was part of a bigger joke. Where was the fun? where was the controversy? where was the world class re-working of great songs?
S6 is Glee almost back to its best (replacing Cory Monteith was literally impossible) and I recmd you steer clear of S5 and just enjoy it all coming together again for 1 grand finale.