VII. From Bad To Worse
Season four is riddled with poor decisions by the executives and writers. Amongst the worst of these is the transition of Tina from a likable, shy, talented young woman to a shrill bitch inexplicably besotted with Blaine. Unlikely pairings worked in the earlier seasons of Glee because the audience was still getting to know the characters. Puck and Mercedes’ brief spell as a couple, for instance, was amusing. But in the fourth season, with characters that have been around a while, it is merely lazy and ludicrous. Ryan Murphy & company mix and match the couples like they were so many Lego building blocks; props used to fit the story rather than characters who drive the story. The unpopular pairing of Brittany and Sam illustrates this perfectly. In order to make them a couple, they broke up two inter-racial couples, one of them a queer couple, so that two blondes could mingle & party like it’s 1955. That’s regression at its worst. And for Sam to say that he had always had a thing for Brittany is another example of the sloppy, shoddy, unprofessional writing that now typifies Glee. That is not writing, it’s typing. Viewers are told what the story is rather than shown.