Glee. Wow, I’ve just heard your collective laptops shut and the deafening boom from the roll of your eyes. I’ll wait for you to re-start. Ok, are you still with me? I’ll start again; Glee. Now wait a minute, before you walk away from me declaring my opinion moot, let me explain myself; I’m a Gleek. That doesn’t really help my cause much but if you give me just a moment of your time and 500 (ish) words I’ll explain exactly why Glee is genius in a really bad way. This is guilty pleasures piece after all and my fiendish eye extends to the television too. I therefore recognise Glee as a brilliantly terrible television show. I’m not condemning, I’m not condoning. I’m embracing.
Why Is It Bad?
Pictured: the biggest loser in school.
Instead of interesting segues into song;
“This meat is lean….”
“Lean on me, when you’re not strong….”
Add this to really stiff acting and over the top “we are awesome” that has been saturated series to series. Mix it together with a bunch of hashed musical numbers (don’t get me started on that cover of Hole) and Glee is enough to have you reaching for the remote.
Why Is It Good?
It does help that this show has lesbians. Sexy lesbians.
There were brilliant, snappy jokes and an excellent turn from Jane Lynch as witty and sadistic Sue Sylvester. Honestly, there were some outstanding achievements in comedy and musicality including a birth scene that was timed excellently to Bohemian Rhapsody; some of their covers were actually good, it’s hard not to resist.
I’m assuming this is what most people want to do when it comes to Glee. Except instead of a pool, it’s the Pacific Ocean, and the boat is on fire.
Because that is what Glee is about. Hope. Hope that you can achieve your dreams. Hope that with every song and every issue solved, that Glee will get back to its dark elements.
And they will eventually cover death metal…
Is that too much to ask?