Introduction: Filled with Glee
By Leah Wilson
Glee isnt perfect.
. . . which seems like a strange way to begin the introduction
to an anthology celebrating the show, but
stick with me.
I love Glee. Very little lifts my mood like the clip
of the McKinley football players dancing to Beyonc. Theres no
show I get more excited to watch. But Glee doesnt always live up to
my (deservedly) high expectations. In those rare moments where I
find myself frustrated with the show, its usually because Glee has too
much going on: Too many subplots to devote the deserved amount of
time to any one of them. Too many characters to let us get to know
them the way we want to.
Glee packs a lot into a small space. The show pulls songs from
more than half a dozen decades and a surprising number of musical genres. The comedy and drama are packed shoulder to shoulder, jockeying for position. Sometimes things tip over too far one way or
the other: Certain scenes are so heartwarming as to feel saccharine. Others are so over-the-top that they no longer ring as true and lose their satirical power. Occasionally these two things happen in the same subplot.
But when Glee works–when the show hits exactly the right balance
and all the various notes come together perfectly? To exploit
the opportunity for a good musical pun: it sings. When Glee harmonizes its sharp tongue and earnest heart, …