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Posted Wed, December 8, 2010 6:14pm EDT

Andy Says: 6 Reasons Why 'Glee' Is Going Downhill Fast — And How To Fix It!

FOX’s once-incredible musical comedy has gone totally downhill — but we know exactly how to fix it!

Like the rest of the world, we absolutely fell in love with Glee when it premiered on FOX last year. The stories, the songs, the charactersGlee was a breath of creative, fresh air in an otherwise stale television landscape. But we’re now midway through the second season, and we’re sad to say the spark that first drew us in has all but fizzled out. The staff put our heads together and came up with six major reasons we think the show is going downhill — and how to turn it around before it’s too late!

  1. There’s way too much Sue Sylvester! Don’t get us wrong — Jane Lynch is easily the funniest actress on Glee, but her character is also a very delicate creature. Sue’s cruel, biting sense of humor has made for some of the funniest scenes in Glee history, but the show’s creative team needs to start using her more sparingly so we don’t get desensitized to her oft-shocking one-liners. Everything in moderation!
  2. There aren’t enough good story lines to follow! One of the reasons we kept coming back to Glee week after week last season was because the story arcs actually engaged us. We were totally invested in Terri’s (Jessalyn Gilsig) fake pregnancy, Quinn’s (Dianna Agron) real pregnancy, and Sue’s ever-progressing plan to take down the Glee club. But what is there to follow this season? We’re finally getting some continuity with Kurt and Blaine’s budding romance, but we need more. You hear that? MORE!
  3. Will needs to get a love life again! Speaking of good story lines, when is Will (Matthew Morrison) going to get himself a real girlfriend? His various romances last season were some of the best parts of the show — from his train wreck marriage to Terri, his hot fling with Emma (Jayma Mays), and even the tiny possibility of a hookup with Rachel (Lea Michele.) But now that Terri’s gone and Emma’s married, the hottest thing going on in Will’s life is an ongoing love affair… with sweater vests.
  4. There’s too much hype surrounding celebrity guests & theme episodes! Isn’t it a little early for Glee to be relying so heavily on stunt casting? We love us some Gwyneth Paltrow, but can’t we just be excited to see our favorite characters every week? And don’t even get us started on the surplus of theme episodes. When an entire episode is structured around a totally out-of-nowhere theme — see the Britney Spears and Rocky Horror Picture Show episodes — the entire hour ends up feeling awkward and forced.
  5. The song choices are getting ridiculous! “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina?” Seriously? We want to know who bought that on iTunes.
  6. We. Want. Charice! When the buzz was building around season two, one of the biggest draws for new viewers was the introduction of international pop sensation Charice as Sunshine — a worthy rival for Rachel. We LOVED her in the season premiere and eagerly awaited her epic return… but sadly, it never came. Please, gods of Glee, return her to us!

— Andy Swift