Dear Mr. Murphy,
Hello! I was hoping we could have a chat about Season 5 of Glee. Well not so much a chat I suppose since this is a letter, but more of a one-sided conversation where I tell you my unsolicited opinion. This is the internet after all. Firstly, I’d like to say that I think we are moving in the right direction. We’ve gotten more into the New York storyline. We’ve added characters there even though so far they’re all limited-arc guest stars. We’ve started up a great friendship dynamic between Santana, Kurt and Rachel that is fun to watch and ripe with storylines that can be explored! Our progress, however, seems to be lagging. Especially in these past few episodes. I mean I couldn’t even muster up the rage that I expected to be seething with after hearing that you were having a teacher perform “Blurred Lines” with his students.
I read once somewhere that the show was originally intended to be just about the highschool Glee club with Mr. Shue and Sue as the only consistent characters to a revolving door of students. I don’t know if that’s true, though I can see elements of it in what you have going on now. The problem is: people don’t care about the New Directions. People don’t care if the New Directions win Nationals. People wanted Rachel and Kurt and Santana and Artie and Brittany and Quinn and all the other specific characters to win Nationals. And they did. They won Nationals and now that storyline is over. I don’t care if they win it again. Now I want to know what happened to all of the characters I fell in love with after they won Nationals and graduated.
I realize it puts you in a bit of a difficult position, because half of your characters are still in school, but let’s speed the year along and graduate them already! There is no need to stretch a boring storyline over two full seasons. I’m going to be frank with you. The new characters (except for Unique) don’t work. They are generic caricatures and their storylines are boring. Glee takes so many long breaks that it sometimes feels like multiple seasons within a season. Set up graduation as a finale before one of these breaks and then jump forward in time a bit. Flush yourself of the characters and storylines that are dragging you down and jump headfirst into the exciting and wonderful world that is New York in your early 20’s.
There was so much talk before Season 4 about how revolutionary the new setup was going to be. Sadly, it was just talk. There is only a season and half left of the show. Do something revolutionary now. Flip the show on its head and make it better. I believe in you.