(Glee Starring: Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, Naya Rivera, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz, Jayma Mayes, Darren Criss)
It might be just a new school year for us here in the real world, but back on the set of Fox’s hit TV show, Glee, the New Directions are preparing for another season of slushies, singing, and intense drama at McKinley High School. And, unfortunately, a select few are bracing themselves for the pain graduation will no doubt be bringing at the end of this year.
The cast of Glee has captured the hearts of millions all across the globe. Whether it was Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and his father (Mike O’Malley) overcoming Kurt’s openness about his sexuality or Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) dealing with financial troubles at home that first made you fall in love with Glee, this group has been truly inspiring to people everywhere. The writers of the show create such in-depth, complicated characters that it’s almost impossible not to relate to one of them in some way or other. And it isn’t just for teenagers. My mom watches the show with me ninety percent of the time, or races online the next day to catch it on Fox’s website. It’s addicting for everyone, and, even if you don’t love the show, the music is irresistible. Their songs range from country to rap and back again; you’re sure to find something you like somewhere along the line.
Glee is the only high school aimed television show I’ve found that portrays high school somewhat correctly. Sure, nobody goes around belting notes out at the top of their lungs, but they do get bullied by the jocks, pressured by the cheerleaders, and shot down by teachers. This show captures that angst with a limited amount of sugar-coating. Risqué issues also make many guest appearances in different episodes. Obesity, for one, and how it doesn’t have to define you; Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley) and Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink) are both characters who prove that just because your waist line’s bigger than the skinny, blonde cheerleader’s, doesn’t mean you’re a freak. Your weight doesn’t matter, but the size of your personality and strength do. And, really, that’s what New Directions is all about. Outside beauty means nothing as long as you can hide a heart of gold beneath it.
The plotline of the show changes so much, and also leaves viewers in holes occasionally. The writers behind the scenes don’t always continue with plotlines they’ve hinted at, like Mercedes and Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) living together. And they sometimes fail to expand on a storyline they begin, like the romantic relationship between Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss), for instance. That’s one thing I dislike about the show, because it’s like offering candy then stealing it away again. Typically, though, there is a nice distribution of characters in the spotlight. Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) does steal it at the end of most episodes with a kick-butt solo, but her amazing voice makes the disproportion acceptable.
As season three rolls around, the anticipation increases and the fan base grows even louder. The roller coaster this year will be sure to entertain, and take high school students out of their own drama-based lives into a new one. The relatable characters, the untouched issues dealt with, and the ageless messages sent are draws for people across the board. And if you haven’t been keeping up with Glee, give the show a chance. After all, New Directions is about second chances for those who need them.
R.J. Hathaway has lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin all her life, though she’s traveled to or through nearly all of the states in America. She is an avid reader and writer, along with a freshman in high school who hopes to graduate early. Besides watching TV, R.J. enjoys swimming, participating in her local theatre, and pretending she’s a photographer. Maybe one day she’ll have her mind set on just one hobby or talent, but, for now, she’s muddling through the sea of them she’s faced with.