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Agree with others, this season missed the mark and jumped the shark
on November 12, 2013
Let me first start by saying that there is a strong possibility that I could be addicted to this show, or at least the first 3 seasons. I watch them on a regular basis when I'm in need of some happy-go-lucky background noise. However, and as a strong lover of Glee it pains me to admit it, but they should have ended this show at season 3. The ending of Season 3 was climatic, breathtaking, and hit you like a ton of bricks. Season 4 seemed awkward and forced. I have always been in awe of the writing on this show and the chemistry between all of the characters. The issues that they dealt with were, though oftentimes controversial, very real and raw. Season 4 felt like I was watching a completely different show. Perhaps my biggest "issue", if you will, was the advent of all of the new characters. Unique is a strange addition (she made her appearance in Season 3 and I was shocked to find out that she would be a regular in Season 4). Kitty is (to agree with another reviewer) a more unlikeable version of Sue and Santana. Her pithy banter is strange, not borderline dark/funny like in previous seasons. Arty and Tina seem lost. To me, none of the new cast (post season 3) have the type of chemistry and well, acting ability, that the original cast did. It seemed, to me, that the show outgrew itself. I've always pondered the longevity of shows that center themselves around characters in high school. The core is there for 4 years, at the most, and then you're forced with having a barrage of story lines, all the while still trying to make them seem cohesive. While I will always love this show, I, like many others, have had a hard time adjusting to the original group being separated. There were good "moments" in this season, but nothing like that of seasons 1-3. In all fairness, there were a few episodes that I really enjoyed. Some scenes are hard to watch, knowing the ultimate outcome of Finn's character. With the death of Cory Monteith (Finn), it feels as though the show is on life support with very little chance of surviving (Season 5 is the worst yet). I can't even imagine how they are going to make it through the rest of this season AND still continue into a 6th and final season. You should always finish the race strong, and I fear that Glee missed its opportunity and instead is going to go out dragging itself across the finish line.