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The dark underbelly of choral groups

These folks like to sing.

These folks like to sing.

So we’re about a month into Glee now, and I’m still trying to figure out what the show is supposed to be.  As a comedy, the show works very well.  It juxtaposes the expected with the unexpected and has lots of hilarity.  Jane Lynch is enough, in her two or three minutes of screen time, to make the whole show worth watching, but there’s lots more.   But it’s also really dark, with people violating their own core principles regularly.  Sure, they redeem themselves usually, but the redemptive moments at the ends of the episodes don’t compare to the kinds of ethical mutilations they’re undergoing regularly.

There are also some very sinister characters.  Will’s wife, a character meant to be funny, seems utterly horrible to me.  And unlike someone openly evil like, say, the Devil in Reaper, Will doesn’t see her for what she is.  And the conflict she causes brings genuine sadness to the whole show. The same goes for main character Finn and his manipulative evil girlfriend.

So far, the show seems like a less overtly sinister Blue Velvet, with the mask of cheery singing — and cheery resolutions to many of the season’s thorny episodes — hiding the seething underbelly of moral decrepitude and degeneracy.

But I enjoy the show quite a bit.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Brian | 9 October 2009 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    “So far, the show seems like a less overtly sinister Blue Velvet, with the mask of cheery singing — and cheery resolutions to many of the season’s thorny episodes — hiding the seething underbelly of moral decrepitude and degeneracy.

    But I enjoy the show quite a bit.”

    What do you mean, “but…”? Shouldn’t that be an “and”? (:

  2. Clancy | 9 October 2009 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    LOVE Glee. I wonder how long it can go on, though. Can you imagine, for example, Glee season 7?

  3. Digital Sextant | 9 October 2009 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Brian — You’re so goth!

    Clancy — only if they structure the show to follow the Glee club and the teachers more than the students. If they shuffled in and out like the non-Spader/Shatner lawyers on Boston Legal, it could run a long time. Otherwise, I’m not sure what happens at the end of season 2 or 3 or whenever these characters are supposed to graduate.

    Or they could, horrors, plan to end the show after one or two seasons. And then be able to tell a real story with an arc.

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