Now I know what you’re thinking, Glee? That’s right, I have a soft spot for those wacky kids who get themselves into shenanigans, struggle through teen angst, and solve their problems through song. Season 4 of Glee begins this week, believe it or not, and FOX has so kindly been delivering fans wonderful teaser posters of all the characters. The countdown began two weeks before the premiere date of Thursday, September 13, and there are still three posters left. Check out the first eleven posters after the break, which include some new faces to this season!
I am completely excited and scared as to what this fourth season of Glee will bring us. I thoroughly enjoyed the hell out of the first season. Beside that stupid subplot of Will Schuester and his wife, the first season was a revolution to teen drama on television, much like Degrassi: The Next Generation (that show needs to die, it is getting rather stale).
The second season however had its ups and downs, but continued to bring great surprises, terrific character moments, and spectacular song performances. Season three however was just a joke, it was almost insulting to watch as a fan. But since I’ve gone this far, I say to myself, why not just watch this trainwreck to the very end. And I will.
I really like what they have done with these character posters. They are very simple, giving us what we like the most about the show, the characters. The universe that these gleeks live in is an absurd, strange world that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have created, but I’m glad to see that they don’t bring any of that into the marketing.
It’s interesting to see that Kate Hudson will be joining the cast, but what’s even more interesting is that they are bringing back everyone except Dianna Agron – who most critics, and myself agree has been completely underused. It’s sad to see her not return. Hopefully Quinn will return in cameo appearances. (This is all based on assumptions of the current marketing. She is not in the headline poster nor has she been in any of the character posters, yet.) According to Perez Hilton in May, Dianna Agron has not been cast out.
I figured that they would let those who graduated graduate and move on to let the other minor characters shine. Now we have to continue riding the Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) train until they have completely exhausted everything out of their storylines.
What grinds my gears is that there was an episode in season 3, episode 20, “Props,” where Tina (Jenna Ushowitz) was upset because Rachel was always in the spotlight and the writers even acknowledged the lack of Tina from the entire show. What concluded this tirade was Rachel telling Tina that when she graduates it will be her turn, but from what I can tell, we won’t see that. Not with us peeking into Rachel’s life in New York City. It’s all about Rachel Berry.
There is happiness that comes from those who graduated returning and that comes in the form of Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera). By far she has had the most interesting story arc, drama, and is by far one of the best performers on the show (in my opinion she is better than Lea Michele). I’m glad to see her return, but with Santana, Puck, Mercedes, and everyone else going their separate ways after graduation, how will the show keep their new direction and maintain a singular compelling story without feeling convoluted?
And how will the new cast fit in? So far there are four newcomers showcased in these posters (Jacob Artist, Dean Geyer, Becca Tobin, and Melissa Benoist). It has been said that The Glee Project second season winner, Blake Jenner, will be making an appearance later on in the fourth season. He has yet to be thrown a poster. Surprisingly the new characters introduced last season, Rory (Damian McGinty) and Joe (Samuel Larsen), who won the first season of The Glee Project have yet to earn a poster too. Did Rory get deported? Did Joe’s nappy hair eat him? Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) hasn’t even gotten a poster yet!
According to Wikipedia, everyone is returning, so we’ll see what happens. (Click on the thumbnails below to see all character 11 posters enlarged.)
There are still three more posters in the works, so Quinn still has a shot. I want to see a poster of Becky Jackson giving Will Schuester the big “L” on his forehead. Or maybe we’ll even get Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk to give themselves big “L’s” for under utilizing the kids parents. (Seriously, I would assume that half of these kids were orphans.) #FacePalm
Glee was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Cory Monteith, Chris Colpher, Naya Rivera, Matthew Morrison and the rest of the cast return on a new night, Thursday, September 13, 2012.
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