At the end of the season one finale of “Glee,” I offered up my wish list for season two. Now that season two is in the books, let’s take a look forward to season three and see how “Glee” can improve upon a very up and down sophomore season.
Let’s briefly recap last night’s finale. New Directions, again, didn’t do well at Nationals. Mr. Schu has dreams of singing on Broadway, but suppressed them in order to devote his time to what he terms “my kids.”
Rachel has feelings for Finn, but won’t let anyone keep her from achieving her dreams of singing on Broadway. She plans to move to New York after graduation.
Sunshine returned to perform at Nationals for Vocal Adrenaline. Jessie returned to watch Rachel perform in person, as well.
Turns out, Sam and Mercedes are an item now. We’ll see how long that lasts.
No Sue Sylvester sightings last night. Must still be grieving the death of her sister.
SEASON THREE WISH LIST
1) Take the show out of McKinley High School more: This New York-based episode reportedly cost $6 million to produce. So while we can’t expect the “Glee” kids to travel to different cities often, it was nice to see a different setting beside the glee club room and Principal Figgins’ office. Hopefully next season, “Glee” can find a happy medium and mix it up more.
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2) Flesh out the characters: This was my criticism after season one, and really, nothing has changed on this front. We still haven’t really seen any of these kids’ parents. If producer Ryan Murphy lets go of his “Oprah” promise of never having these kids actually graduate and leave “Glee” for good (and Finn suggested last night that next season will indeed be the last for many of these characters), then they need to go out in style. But to do that, we need to care more about them.
So starting next season, let’s begin with the basics. Like…does Quinn even have a desire to see her own child?
Oh, did you forget she was pregnant last season? You’re not alone.
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3) More Blaine, less Kurt: Like Sunshine, Blaine is too good of a talent to let leave the show. Based on the finale, there’s no indication that he’ll necessarily leave, but at the moment, he’s not a student of McKinley.
I’d like to see Blaine join McKinley High next year. As a result, we should hopefully get less of Kurt’s woe-is-me attitude, which ultimately killed a lot of the show’s fun energy and forward momentum. The addition of Blaine to the glee club makes sense, too, as Mr. Schu and the kids will want to do whatever it takes to make one last push to win Nationals. It will also create some tension and conflict in the club between do-gooder Rachel Berry and big-man-on-campus Finn. Rachel sees herself as the resident star, and Finn doesn’t want anyone to threaten his leadership role.
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