When I first started watching GLEE nearly three years ago, it was totally out of curiosity. I have always liked Jane Lynch in every role she’s played, whether it be comedy or drama, and her portrayal of Sue Sylvester was hilarious. I liked the music and was excited that it introduced a whole new generation of viewers to old classics that I had grown up with. Mind you, I know I don’t exactly fit into their target demographics but I was interested in it enough to keep tuning in every week.
These days, I still watch GLEE, usually while cooking or eating dinner, and mostly to see what they do with their roster of talented guest stars, and yes, they do rely heavily on bringing in the big guns to push up the ratings – and perhaps to attract audiences like me who would otherwise have no interest in most of the regular cast.
Before the seven-week hiatus, we saw David Karofsky (Max Adler) – former football hero/chief school bully/closeted homosexual in love with Kurt (Chris Colfer) – attempting to commit suicide after becoming a victim of bullying himself. I would have liked to have seen this storyline develop more but all we got was a brief discussion amongst the teachers about how they could have prevented this and the school principal effectively saying it’s not their fault or responsibility. The kids had a little group discussion amongst themselves, too, but where was the school counselling?