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As a long fan of Glee, I have been thinking really hard on whether to keep watching after the current hiatus. That is a lot coming from me. I have been watching Glee since May 2009. Sucked in by the promise of Jane Lynch non sequiturs and singing through the promos, I found myself hooked with the hilarity of the kids' back stories and the adorableness of Emma's crazy awesome outfits and genius of her pamphlets. Dazzled by showtunes and obsessed with Finchel, I found myself fangirling over guest stars and shipping Brittana. It didn't matter that there were fake pregnancies and over the top antics, I needed to know what happened to these kids.

Fast forward to near the end of Season Three, and I can see exactly when Glee started its downward spiral. Season One, episode 14. It just wasn't the same, wasn't as enjoyable. Too many storylines, too many new characters, and not enough awesome. Many of my friends jumped ship after Hello, and at the end of Season One I was so depressed by their Regionals loss and stupid resolution of that storyline that it was all I could do to give Season Two the benefit of the doubt.

Glee started to embarrass me. Non-fans began watching it with the disappointment that was Brittany/Britney and the horror that was Rocky Horror Glee Show. I began actively rooting for the end of Finchel every episode. The Warblers kept me from dropping the show completely along with the gay bullying storyline and the development of Santana's character. Season Two, with all of its obvious fail, at least carried story archs that began in Season One, with very satisfying twists and turns and kept me hooked. And the music? Was amazing.

While Season Three has had its glorious numbers, I spent most of the season waiting for it get ... well ... good. Glee ran out of gimmicks to draw me in and got desperate in its writing. I don't enjoy the character inconsistencies, or the insensitive handling of important issues. What I mean is that what was the point of giving Quinn pink hair or having her try to steal a baby, or turning Finn into an offensive douche in Santana's outing storyline?

However what really made me not want to watch this show anymore was the episode On My Way. It felt insulting, like LET'S TAKE EVERY MODERN IMPORTANT ISSUE FROM THE HEADLINES, SUCH AS BULLYING, SEXUALITY, TEEN MARRIAGE, SUICIDE, TEXTING WHILE DRIVING AND SO ON AND CHEAPEN IT TO OFFEND AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE INSTEAD OF SLOWING DOWN AND TURNING IT INTO A PIECE OF ART.

It's like they finally finished painting their Mona Lisa and at the last minute decided to illustrate her picking her nose and eating it.

Glee, you don't need a gimmick. Singing is supposed to be your gimmick. You've gone from satire to actual preachyness, and you're doing it wrong.

I am just so undecided. I adored this show. I still adore its cast and its history, but I am genuinely worried about what its turning into.

Eight days left in this hiatus ... help me decide.

Are you watching Glee when it comes back on?

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Jen
Hi!. I'm Jen, fiance to Greg, college student, and future crazy cat lady. I love makeovers, decorating, collecting random facts, trivia, playing show and tell, camp movies, shopping, libraries, random singing, random dancing, snuggling, and loafing. Oh, and watching Glee.



Greg
Greg has been my partner in crime for nine years. I've known him since high school; he is my soulmate and best friend. He's an actor, a playwright, a poet and works in data entry. We spend most of our time laughing hysterically. We're thinking about getting married sometime this decade and adopting our first cat sometime in the next few weeks.

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