Hating Glee, But Loving The Glee Project: A Viewer’s Dilemma
When Glee first premiered, a show-tunes nerd inside me was thrilled. I’ve always been an zealous fan of special low-pitched episodes, so a awaiting of carrying a weekly array that was a low-pitched any tour done my heart grow 3 sizes.
For many of a initial season, Glee lived adult to all my expectations. The songs were fun, a dancing was good and a characters were usually campy adequate to postpone my dishonesty during a show’s some-more impractical aspects (for a bar with no bill they certain have entrance to a lot of good costumes). Unfortunately, by Season 2 Glee had mislaid a edge. Enter Oxygen’s existence casting uncover The Glee Project. Premiering usually a matter of weeks after a culmination of Glee‘s second season, The Glee Project achieved all Glee creatively set out to do.
Here’s an hearing of what should have been dual of Glee‘s biggest strengths, yet unfortunately became a downfall… and how The Glee Project stepped in to turn a loyal star of a feel-good loser low-pitched TV genre:
Assignment No. 1: Subverting Stereotypes
How Glee Failed a Test: The array began focusing so many on how heterogeneous a characters were in an bid to foster diversity, that instead of subverting stereotypes, it achieved a opposite. Glee shortly became overly preachy, with a quirky outcasts that once butted heads now sentimentally embracing any other’s differences, compelling a magical, clique-free universe where a immorality cheerleading manager reforms, bad boys sing Bob Marley for village use and a jock becomes stepbrothers with a decorated museum boy. Case in indicate in is how a uncover fails in a depiction of paraplegics. Wheelchair-bound A/V nerd Artie (Kevin McHale) never truly accepts his disability, notwithstanding Glee‘s steady summary to welcome everyone’s particular differences. Instead, Season 1′s part “Dream On” chronicles his dream to turn a dancer… yet he doesn’t grasp it by training new ways to dance with his chair and accept his condition. No, instead we get a dream process in that shy, infirm Artie regains use of his legs and becomes a many some-more stereotypically manly dance personality of a peep mob.
How The Glee Project Made a Grade: The contestants featured on a existence foe show are real-life versions of a underdogs that Glee attempts – and fails – to celebrate. The stream deteriorate facilities a transgender male, a blind performer and contestants of several physique types. Because these aren’t successful actors sanctimonious to outcasts, The Glee Project is means to indeed enthuse a assembly to accept their cast’s particular differences instead of creation them simply plaint with clichés. In contrariety to Glee‘s Artie, Glee Project’s wheelchair-confined Ali doesn’t arrangement any enterprise to heed to a normal idea of what creates a dancer and while she seeks to be some-more than usually “that lady in a wheelchair,” she never shows any sourness towards her disability. Her inclusion on a existence uncover teaches paraplegics and viewers comparison that, distinct on Glee, we don’t need a dream process to dance or be a star. If you’re gifted and work hard, we can be usually as tough a aspirant as everybody else.
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Assignment No. 2: Competition! Drama!
How Glee Failed a Test: The romantic play and rival opinion that once gathering a tract of Glee (Sue and Will’s rivalry, Terri’s feign pregnancy, adore triangles galore) began solemnly disintegrating on a Fox strike until a uncover has turn some-more of a cheesy afterschool special than a prime-time low-pitched dramedy. The members of New Directions have taken their beliefs in acceptance and inclusion too far. In a Season 3 part “Nationals,” Vocal Adrenaline’s star drag performer Unique (played by Glee Project winner Alex Newell) questions because Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) would wish to assistance her, given yet they’re “supposed to be enemies.” Mercedes replies simply, “Yeah, yet that’s now how we hurl in a New Directions.” Her answer, however cooperative and respectable, demonstrates how Glee‘s preachy summary of acceptance has given dulled a play of a once cutting-edge series. Heck – even Glee bar nemesis Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) has assimilated a means of Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) and a gang! Where’s a passion? The backstabbing?
How The Glee Project Made a Grade: As with any other self-respecting existence show, The Glee Project, on a other hand, is drizzling with drama. From genuine life adore triangles – this deteriorate driven especially by a contemptuous cheating of Aylin – to a contestants’ snarky comments, a uncover is initial and inaugural a extreme foe with occasional low-pitched interludes. And fortunately, it is not lacking for villains. The show’s choreographer Zach Woodlee creates Sue demeanour like a marshmallow. His secret honesty, along with a unrelenting critiques of outspoken manager Nikki Anders, pull a contestants to their limits, since Mr. Schue prefers a “We’re all winners if we try” process of coaching. While a latter’s proceed competence be improved for his illusory students’ self-esteem, it certain doesn’t make for interesting television.
All of this is not to contend that Glee has no saving qualities. The bond between Kurt and his father Burt (Mike O’Malley) always brings tears to my eyes while a complexity of Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany’s (Heather Morris) attribute is a lovely change of gait from many radio depictions of sexuality.
To summarize, Glee is not a worst show in a world. The Glee Project is usually better.
Catch The Glee Project Glee Tuesdays on Oxygen during 10/9c. Glee returns to Fox commencement Tuesday, Sept. 13 during 9/8c.
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