Friday, September 28, 2012

The Rise and Fall of Glee: AKA The Kate Hudson Problem

Time for some real talk about the 4th season of Glee.

Last season I got progressively let down by Glee as the season went on. I still loved all the music, but the story line just seemed to have all kinds of plot holes and ridiculous moments even for Glee standards (Sue Sylvester becoming pregnant via a sperm donor for one. Or, Sam "Trouty Mouth" Evans coming back after a stint as a teenage male stripper. I mean really?).

I was so bored by the season finale (not enough Kurt and Blaine time!) that I considered not bothering with the 4th season, but I'm an addict so really I had no choice. Plus the music is so damn good. I literally have every song they've done on my iPod. I have no shame...

This was once a break through show. I loved it and couldn't wait for Glee nights; they were often the highlight of my weeks (I lead a pathetic life, don't judge me). Now, it's laughable and not in a good way. And I don't have a connection with any of the new characters (Okay, that's kind of a lie, I LOVE Unique, played by Wade Adams. She's amazeballs).


My biggest problem with the show this season (so far) is that Ryan Murphy has miscast the gorgeous and sweet Kate Hudson as the new villain, Miss Cassandra July, Rachel Berry's troubled and possible alcoholic dance teacher at NYADA.(And, don't even get me started on Sarah Jessica Parker's portrayal of possibly the nicest Vogue editor I've ever seen. I've met a LOT of magazine editors when I was in New York, and trust me, none of them were that welcoming and sweet, especially in the cut throat fashion world. Nice fashion editors just don't exist, trust me on this. Don't believe me, watch the documentary "The September Issue" and then get back to me). God, the amount of eye rolls that have been occurring this season are tremendous.

Some actors can easily switch from  being evil and sweet at the drop of a hat. Kate Hudson is not one of them. You can tell it pains her to be mean to her fellow actors and it comes off as forced: "No, your name's Muffin Top, and from now on its rice cakes and ipecac, or cut off a butt cheek, cuz you need to drop a few."  This line has to be rough. I have to hear the bitterness and spite in her voice. It's just not there.

Kate Hudson is not fierce enough in real life to be playing Cassie. She is a hippie; a laid back whimsical and GORGEOUS sweetheart. All of that black eyeliner and skin tight leotards with fishnets don't help matters for her. Kate's outfits look so uncharacteristic of her in real life that she comes off as uncomfortable on screen.
It hurts you to be mean, doesn't it Kate?
I guess if I had her body I wouldn't mind wearing this either.

Hudson is an extraordinary dancer and a great singer, but playing mean is just not her forte.  The writers could have done so much more with her as a character. Made her quirky, crazy, fun. A mentor to Rachel Berry (perhaps reversed the personalities of her and SJP's Vogue editor character?!). Maybe even done something with the real life hippie, natural side of her. Instead, they just glob on dark make-up, muss up her hair and expect her to be this overly sexualized monster. It's such a waste of good talent. Sorry, Ryan Murphy, I'm not buying it. I'm throwing a big fat "L" on my forehead for this story line.

Glee airs Thursday nights on Fox at 9pm

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