TV: ‘Glee’ may say goodbye to McKinley and hello to Russia

By Meryl Gottlieb| mg986611@ohiou.edu| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee will return to Fox on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 9 p.m.

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My hopes for Glee may all be coming true. We know the show will finally go off air after its sixth season, which is still too long but better than nothing. Now, my dream for them to get out of McKinley and focus on the New York storylines may actually be happening.

Since the fourth season, the show has been splitting its time between the high school choir room and the Big Apple, and it hasn’t been the best. The new kids are uninteresting while the New York scenes aren’t getting as much play as they should.

But things are changing. TV Line reported Wednesday that the show could be dropping its McKinley storylines as soon as this season.

It’s an obvious response to the death of star Cory Monteith in mid-July. The loss of Monteith’s Finn Hudson was a huge blow to the show, especially in the storylines department. The Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn dynamic carried the show. Hands down.

Now that Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) are engaged and with Rachel no longer really having a connection to Lima, there’s really no need to continue the McKinley storyline. Even the hilarious Santana (Naya Rivera) is based permanently in New York, so really there’s no reason to talk about McKinley ever again. The magic has been severely depleted since the original group split and graduated. The newcomers are uninteresting and are poor attempts to replace the uniqueness of the original show choir members. There should be no qualms about discontinuing their storylines.

Not to mention the fact that I cannot take one more prom-themed episode. I’m half expecting it to just turn into Grease 2 soon where they sing about biology class. … I’m actually surprised they haven’t done that yet.

But the other option the showrunners may be exploring seems a bit much. Kristin Dos Santos of E! News said there is talk about shipping Kurt off to Russia! A recently enacted Russian law outlaws “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors,” sparking protest within the LGBT community, according to Dos Santos’ article. In other words, Ryan Murphy is taking his whole soapbox approach to Glee a bit far.

I hope this doesn’t actually happen. I can’t conjure up even the slightest idea of how this would work and why it would happen except for the fact that Murphy just wants Glee to be platform in which they preach every and all social justice issues — one of the many reasons I’m ready for Glee to go off air.

Perhaps the biggest question that goes along with each of these potential shake-ups is who will follow whom? Will Blaine go with Kurt to Russia? Who else will go to New York? What’s going to happen to Sue (Jane Lynch) and Will (Matthew Morrison)? And what’s especially going to happen to smaller favorites like Beiste (Dot-Marie Jones) or Principal Figgins (Iqbal Theba)?

I’m fairly certain Criss’s Blaine is safe no matter what; however, I’m not sure I could say the same for any other character. I love Lynch and Morrison but there’s no plausible or necessary way in which their characters could continue outside of Lima. Artie (Kevin McHale) may be going to film school in New York, but is his storyline worth following? I don’t think so. Good riddance to Marley (Melissa Benoist), Ryder (Blake Jenner), Jake (Jacob Artist) and Kitty (Becca Tobin) though. Sayonara. Peace out.

What would you like to see happen? Which characters do you still want to follow? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl

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