Friday, May 25, 2012

What I’m Watching: Glee (Season Finale)

Glee: Season 3, Episode 22 “Goodbye” (B-)

This finale tried hard to deliver the perfect sendoff for a handful of its characters, but, after last week’s spectacle of a victory, it felt kind of underwhelming. That may be due to the fact that the show isn’t eager to let its graduating characters go, and creator Ryan Murphy has even said that he plans to continue following some of the graduates in New York next year. That explains why Rachel has to take a midday train to New York instead of going to graduation parties so that she can burst out of Grand Central (not sure what train from Ohio got her to that particular station) and take in being in the big city. It does a disservice to the rest of the show’s ensemble that has eclipsed Rachel over the last two seasons. Brittany deciding that she won’t graduate because she has a 0.0 GPA is tossed aside as a comedic moment, and Kurt not getting into NYADA puts his future in extreme jeopardy, especially after his father danced to “All the Single Ladies” for him as a parting graduation present. Puck passing his test is really the only silver lining of the hour, since Rachel’s departure for New York means her separation from Finn as he prepares to go join the army. After an inconsistent season, this show feels more disjointed than ever before, and it’s hard to imagine that having a whole separate plotline in New York is going to improve the show, which will air on Thursday nights this fall.

Season grade: C+
Season MVP: Naya Rivera as Santana

1 comment:

gman said...

I can’t help but wonder what keeps people watching “Glee” after I have read so many negative comments. I for one won’t be watching next year, (I don’t think). Okay, maybe I’ll watch the season opener, and give it one more chance, BUT THAT’S IT! Now that I watch my shows the next morning I can watch more of them, especially since I watch commercial free with Auto Hop. It comes with my Hopper DVR, on PrimeTime Anytime recordings, which automatically record on the Hopper, on each of the four major networks. The ability to press one button and then forget about the remote means I save 20 minutes an hour by watching commercial free, and I can spend much needed quality time in the evening with my family. I can’t put a price on that kind of convenience in my life.