Glee Season 4 In Review

Before I bring up things like “this is the worst season ever” or “the new kids ruined it” (which, BTW, are not my opinions, they’re simply opinions I’ve seen expressed over the course of the Season) I’d like to acknowledge the difficult situation Glee was in this season. I don’t think Glee meant to go as far as it is and so when half of the group graduated at the end of Season 3, Glee has a big decision to make. Do they focus solely on the graduates and their new life? Do they keep the highschool plot going? Do they go half and half? Or do they keep both going? The answer they chose was the last one: a bit of both worlds.

Did it work, though? Did Glee make the right choice? I guess that’s up to us to decide. Glee’s basis is the high school element so to focus on the lives of the graduates would be a bit dumb, if you ask me. But to ignore them fully and stick with high school may have gotten repetitive and dry. So I think the way they did it was best.

I think Glee made some risky moves, though. Not bad, per se, but risky. Breaking all of Glee’s fanfave couples up on the fourth episode was huge. And I guess there were cute little moments for all the couples at points in the season, but here we are, at the end of Season 4, and Klaine, Finchel and Brittana are all still apart.

Another huge and risky move was bringing in the new kids. Marley, Jake, Ryder, Kitty and Unique. They got some serious hate simply because they’re new. And as much as I agree that sometimes they were in the way of plots we all kinda wanted, they were needed. I can’t stress this enough. They were needed. New Directions wouldn’t be able to perform at competitions unless they have 12 members so those new kids were needed. One thing that was brought up at the beginning was that the newbies were basically copies of the graduates. Kitty was like Quinn, Marley was like Rachel, Ryder was like Finn, Jake was like Puck, and Unique was like a mix of Mercedes and Kurt. I’ll admit, to some extent, that seemed true. The plots and the personalities did reflect the old characters a bit. Whether that was intentional or not, we’ll never know. But with Glee already covering a multitude of personalities and unique characters, it’s hard to find something totally new that we’ll all like. The new characters was one of the biggest things people hated, or so I saw. Every plot line they had was despised. But a few months ago, I did a poll and out of the 32 votes it got, 78% of them liked the newbies, 4% didn’t and 3% didn’t care. I know my small poll isn’t a good representation of the fandom, but it shows that the new characters aren’t hated by everyone.

Storylines. That’s one thing that Glee may need a bit of help on. Sometimes it feels that Glee knows that they have so much power so they use it to get preachy. Over four years Glee has covered teen pregnancies, fake pregnancies, suicide, car crashes, racism, transgendered kids, homosexuality, intercourse with both gay and straight couples, bullying and child molestation. There’s probably more, too. I mean, the first few were okay. Quinn’s pregnancy in Season 1 was to show that getting pregnant in high school won’t ever be a good thing, no matter how many friends you have. And when Kurt came out as gay to his supportive father, Glee was praised so much for that because it was a TV first and we all have to agree that it was awesome. But now, it seems that Glee’s goal is to tackle every single issue with the world and it can get annoying. But it’s not just the preachy storylines that are disliked, it’s the fact that some storylines serve no purpose. Season 4 had a bunch of those. Like Burt’s cancer. That had really no effect on Kurt at all, or anyone else. It came up twice. Or Quinn and Santana hooking up at the failed wedding. What was the point of that? It was dumb. But if you’re saying that these stupid storylines are recent to Season 4, I’ll argue. There have been meaningless plots in all the seasons. Season 1 had a considerable number less, but there were still a few. What was the point of The Legion Of Evil in Season 2? Or David Martinez in Season 3? POINTLESS. But it’s Glee, and for every useless plot, there’s a bunch of really good ones so I can put up with the weird ones.

But basically, what I’ve told you is facts. Now here’s what I think. I think the season was good. I think Glee did very well considering their extremely difficult situation. They gave us a bit of everything. As much as the breakups were painful, they were needed to make it realistic and all three couples did interact, which was good. I mean, Klaine is on the verge of a possible marriage! However, I think the result of the breakups were kind of dumb. Brody was there at first to be a new friend to Rachel, which was fine. Then they started dating. But once it went on long enough, they needed a reason to get Brody out and get Finn back in. So they made Brody a hooker so we’d all hate him and be glad Finn came back. I’m team Finchel all the way so I didn’t need the story to make me dislike Brody. Bram was a total joke. I would have been fine if they were friends, but their relationship was just dumb to me. Not many people even liked them. It was a waste.

As for the new kids, I can’t say I was totally in love. My least favourite, hands down, would have to be Unique. Why she came back is a mystery to me. Maybe it was the fact that Unique talked in third person and thought she was better than everyone when she really was insecure and scared that bugged me the most. I mean, it’s no wonder why bullies targeted her if she goes around the hall saying thing like ‘Unique doesn’t not like your outfit’ or ‘Unique is looking fly today’. Or maybe it was the fact that I wasn’t even a huge fan of Alex Newell when he was on The Glee Project. Kitty’s rude attitude bugged me too. But once she got nicer, I liked her more. Over all, I didn’t mind them. I know they were needed.

The music was good. There were some killer songs sung this season. I downloaded a lot. One thing I have to say that isn’t really a complaint is that Blaine had a lot of songs. There were only about 5 episodes where he didn’t have either a solo, duet or large standout line(s) in a song. But I love Blaine and his voice so I’m okay with that.

The episodes too, were pretty good. There were some standout ones (‘The Break Up’, ‘Guilty Pleasures’, ‘Shooting Star’ and ‘Glee Actually’) and there were also some weak ones (‘Sadie Hawkins’, ‘Diva’ and ‘Lights Out’). There were a lot more useless plots in Season 4 compared to others, but there were also a lot of interesting ones. Was Season 3 better than Season 4? I don’t know. I can’t really say. Both had positives and negatives, as did Season 1 and Season 2.

So all in all, I have to say that Season 4 wasn’t a total disappointment. There were still some faults, but that’s normal and fine. I think Glee made a good choice regarding what to do with the graduates. I can’t wait to see how Season 5 will work. 🙂 What do you think?

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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rebecca Ripple
    May 16, 2013 @ 17:05:26

    I voted no. I still haven’t finished watching this season, and I don’t feel like I ever want to. I still want to stay a Gleek, and I’m kinda looking forward to Season 5, but I think I’ll just pretend the last few eps of this season (which, again, I haven’t seen) never happened. Especially Lights Out. That episode sounds like too much of an embarrassment, and the fact that neither Artie nor Sam ever apologized was the icing on the proverbial cake, and it’s not a cake I’d like to bite into anytime soon.

    I feel like my Gleekdom is really hanging on by a thread. That single thread, of course, is my wanting to finish my story before I completely lose interest, but I can already feel that happening. It feels like a sharp blow to my motivation to write, knowing that as we near Season 5, no one will want to read a fic about Season 2 Sam and his half-OC family. Sigh.

    I hope I’m wrong, and Season 5 will be more enjoyable to watch than I feel S3 and S4 were, combined. And maybe it’ll bring me something new to write about.

    Anyway, great post, as usual. 🙂

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    • pottergleefan4
      May 16, 2013 @ 17:42:17

      Well, I can’t make you watch. And I definitely can’t make you like it.
      I think if you were to skip over ‘Lights Out’ and ‘Wonder-ful’ and go right to ‘All Or Nothing’, that’d be the best move for you, if you were considering watching anything.
      As for your story, don’t give up. Sometimes the older-setting stories are really good. Especially if we’re not thrilled with a character’s current situation.
      :S
      See you Season 5, I hope!

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      • Rebecca Ripple
        May 16, 2013 @ 18:14:43

        I’ll give the season finale a try. Meanwhile, I’m relying on a borrowed netbook from my mom and Google Docs to work on my writing. Here’s hoping I’ll finish this story.

        Thank you for being so encouraging yet again. I’ll definitely do my best to prove you right about that. 🙂

      • Rebecca Ripple
        May 19, 2013 @ 16:54:49

        I just finished watching the season finale, and I have to say, I really loved it. 😀 Thank you! I have hope. I’m upset that Ryder reacted the way he did when Unique finally told him the truth, but at the same time, I adore the scene at Breadstix with the proposal, and I liked the scene the ring lady and Blaine had earlier at the jewelry store. I really hope Blaine proposes first thing next season, and I hope Kurt has has the courage to say yes. I’m so on the edge of my seat for my very Klainey fantasy to come true! 😀

        I owe ya!

      • pottergleefan4
        May 19, 2013 @ 17:45:03

        Yaaaaay! 🙂

  2. passporttorainbows
    May 17, 2013 @ 02:03:16

    I’ve been watching since the first season and I could honestly say that this one is the season that I appreciate the least. Majority of the story lines were trying too hard to impress or have social significance that it lost the lightness and original character that was Glee.

    I don’t hate the new characters but something about their stories and personalities feels forced to me. It’s not as organic as how new character are usually introduced or developed. It seems that they overbuild characters so more people could relate to them (you’re “Glee is preaching” angle is really true). For example, Unique is a cross dressing, cat fishing, overconfident, gay belting diva who talks int the 3rd person and Marley is the bulimic, under-appreciated, outcast who has an obese parent, I’m-a-virgin-complex and a bad as hell boyfriend. See? Overcompensating. I still believe that the simpler, more realistic plots are better.

    Sorry, I love Glee too much to let it fall apart or victim to the hate of its former fandom.

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    • pottergleefan4
      May 17, 2013 @ 08:42:52

      Yeah, you’re totally right, the newbies do seemed forced. And they all have to have some dark past or issue they’re dealing with. Why can’t someone just be there because they like to sing and that’s it?
      I still adore Glee so much, don’t get me wrong, but somethings just aren’t the best in my opinion…

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      • passporttorainbows
        May 18, 2013 @ 09:26:20

        I agree, sometimes the light, relatable organic plots are the best ones. I miss the days when Rachel’s solos were the biggest issue the club had to face, when bullying was just getting slushied. It was definitely not as dramatic as Kitty’s abuse or Marley’s bulimia but Gleeks respond to it. 🙂

        I’m looking forward to the next season though.

  3. music4meez
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 13:46:55

    I would like to “like” this post, but the feature doesn’t seem to be loading right now.

    I enjoyed your post, you were very fair and agreed with most of what you said.

    🙂

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  4. andrea
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 00:32:31

    I love kurt and blaine together

    Reply

  5. Anonymous
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 20:15:20

    i really like blake jenner aka ryder lynn… i hope he’ll be one of the main cast…

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  6. bob
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 20:17:08

    i love blane jenner aka ryder lynn…hope he’ll be one of the main cast..bravo!!

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    • pottergleefan4
      Jul 07, 2013 @ 20:52:44

      I can’t say he’s my favourite, but I think he’s alright. I don’t think he really belongs in Glee because he never showed a big passion for singing, but I’d still want him on the show!

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  7. GleePerson...
    Jul 28, 2013 @ 08:26:36

    As a whole, I liked this season. However, I preferred the first half of the season (I was like that with season 3 as well). When I saw episode 11, 12 and 13 I was wondering what the hell happened considering the first half was so good. I thought the season would have ended better though. I’m still looking forward to Season 5, but it’s gonna weird without Finn.

    Excellent Episodes: Episode 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 14, 18
    Enjoyable Episodes: Episode 1, 2, 3, 7, 10, 16, 19, 22
    Okay Episodes: Episode 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 22
    Poor Episodes: Episode 15

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    • pottergleefan4
      Jul 28, 2013 @ 11:42:42

      I do agree that halfway through the season things changed and not in the best way. But there were some really redeeming episodes. 4×17, 4×18, 4×14, 4×22 were the best for me. And I don’t think 4×15 was that awful…’Come What May’ was really nice in that…but there were also some other poor episodes like 4×20.
      I didn’t mind the ending of the season. It was sweet.
      Yeah, S5 will be weird without Finn, but I’m still looking forward to it as well. It’ll be different, but maybe different is okay. :S

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  8. JB
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 01:26:52

    I just finished watching Season 4 and I have to say that I am not happy with the tone of the entire season.

    The first three seasons made me feel good and excited for the characters, but this season just seemed so dark and more dramatic than what I tune in for. It’s categorized as a comedy but this season had so many dark, sad moments, it hardly seemed like a comedy at all. All the breakups at one time, Finn making insensitive comments (again) re: Sue’s baby was out of character again. At least the “faggy” comments made sense with Kurt’s behavior.

    The last comment is how they have tried to make Finn and Rachel look older by their clothes and makeup. Rachel is understandable since she is in NY and her life there. Finn looks like he is older than Shuster. The cardigan sweaters are ridiculous. He is supposed to be 18.

    Without Cory Monteith, I’m not sure I will continue to watch because the main reason I was watching was to see them together again.

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    • pottergleefan4
      Sep 07, 2013 @ 09:53:29

      I have to agree with you to some extent. S4 wasn’t as light and carefree as past seasons. I guess Glee was using the dark moments to show that as the characters grow up, so does the show itself. They kinda graduated from the silliness and now are focusing on reality. But I still felt excited for the characters in the new situations. I was so happy when Kurt got into Vogue.com and when Artie got accepted to film school….
      I totally agree that the way they made the characters was so wrongly different. Rachel’s new look, although slightly more understandable than the others, was not liked, which is why we all relished in ‘Torn’ where the old, unfashionable Rachel came back. And yeah, Finn’s cardigans were not age-appropriate, although he did look good in them. Even the way they made Blaine cheat on Kurt was so out of character.
      I understand why you don’t think you want to continue watching. Especially with the absence of Finn, it will be different and unfortunately darker. But I think you should at least give it a shot. For Cory, if nothing else. Get to episode 6 or something and then decided whether you’re done.
      Thanks for commenting!

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      • JB
        Sep 07, 2013 @ 11:12:06

        Thanks for your response…I only wrote because I was frustrated with S4 and not feeling great after watching and no one I knew understood my Gleek craziness.

        I did like the new characters at various times, although the Kitty bulimia thing was fairly ridiculous that Marley was that gullible and no one talked to her about the comments she was making about being fat…and that Kitty would even do that. It just made me mad. Over the top is my only comment about that.

        It obviously won’t make any difference now about how Finn dressed but I just felt like that was a huge mistake. I think they were trying to set him apart from the current students, but they didn’t have to make him look like he was 50.

        I will probably watch the beginning like you suggest..there will be plenty of sadness, that is for sure, but at least it won’t be their writing that makes it sad. You can’t get around the fact that losing a shining star like Cory is beyond sad,

      • pottergleefan4
        Sep 07, 2013 @ 11:38:05

        No worries, I have this blog because no one understands me too! 😛
        Yeah, I had love-hate feelings for the newbies too. I like Kitty now that she’s nice. But yes, I agree with you about the ridiculousness.
        Cory’s passing is super sad and how Glee works it will be guaranteed sadness. I feel bad for the writers and cast, though. But I am eager to see Season 5, and as much as I don’t really want to see it, I just want to get through 5×03 too…

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