Glee doesn’t return for season 4 for a few more weeks but, like many Gleeks, I’ve been busy brainstorming ideas I’d like to see for Glee’s fourth year on television. Read on and let me know if you agree with my ideas!
1) A more evenly distributed focus on characters: Whether it was for worse or for better, no one can deny that Glee hasn’t gone through quite a few shifts throughout the years. One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed was the overshadowing of certain characters or storylines to make way for shiny new characters or guest stars. However, many would agree that we all watch Glee for those characters we’ve come to know for years now, so I hope that Ryan Murphy & Co. return to a focus on those characters this season—and equal focus for all of them.
2) Less guest stars: Going along with number one, I also want to see less guest stars this season. We were promised less last year, but those promises clearly weren’t kept (Hello Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Nene Leakes, and Lindsay Lohan!) I’m perfectly fine with guest stars when they make sense and, admittedly, I loved most of these guest spots, but it takes away time from those Glee clubbers we all know and love oh so much!
3) Less focus on relationships: Our favorite Glee characters have swapped partners more times than I can even keep up with, so I hope that season 4 sees less focus on those couples or love triangles. Let’s focus on the characters as individuals so we can begin to care about them more deeply when they do find that other person they love and want to be with. There are only so many storylines of Finn/Rachel breaking up or Kurt/Blaine fighting that can be told.
4) Storylines that make sense for the characters: In my opinion, many of Glee’s third season storylines were very confusing and didn’t make sense for the characters to be acting that way, especially when they’d never acted that way before. This season, I want the writers to decide on who exactly the characters are and stick with it. There is nothing wrong with progression and growth in characters, but it has to make sense for it to be something meaningful to the audience. Along with that, the storylines must also not come out of the blue (Quinn’s car accident and acceptance of it) only to be followed by an episode that tears the episode before it to bits (Quinn faking not being able to walk, angry at everyone for it).
5) Storylines that occur for multiple episodes: One of the biggest problems that Glee has is the way it burns through storylines in one 45 minute episode. This is also why many storylines end up coming out of nowhere, because they have run out of ideas. Now that Glee has plenty of storyline opportunity and a blank slate for Rachel in New York, I hope the storylines can carry a few episodes and thus provide a more satisfying resolution and conclusion.