How 'Glee' went from 'brilliant' to 'basket case'
The hit show has turned into an "embarassing mess" in its second season. "It's time for an intervention," says Matt Zoller Seitz at Salon
"Glee" is at times a "brilliant" show, but lately it's been a real "basket case," says Matt Zoller Seitz at Salon. In its second season, the popular show has turned into a "chaotic, illogical, embarrassing mess." It's relying too heavily on incoherent tribute episodes, stunt casting, gimmicky weirdness, and the easy hilarity of Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester character. It's lost its center — not to mention basic concepts like character, plot, and theme. "It's time for an intervention." Here, an excerpt:
"Glee" is still a brilliant series — or at least a series with the potential to be brilliant — and I continue to admire its goofball inventiveness. Its lamest hour is more imaginative than the greatest hours of more conventional shows. It's not as though you can watch a "Glee" episode in which football players and cheerleaders boogie on a gridiron while dressed like "Thriller" zombies and a cheerleading coach fires a mannequin out of a gigantic cannon and think, "Oh, come on — not that again" ...
I hope "Glee" gets a grip on itself and returns to some semblance of consistency and sense. Right now it's the network TV show as brilliant cokehead pal — lively, charming and funny, but also manic, scattered and inept; the sort of friend who would show up during the last 10 minutes of your birthday party looking like he just rolled out of a dumpster, and regift you a present you gave him last year — with the shrink-wrap still on it. You look at a friend like that and think, Deep down, he's still the same person he always was — and even at his worst, he has his moments. But you also wonder if those moments are worth the trouble.