Glee hit its low point earlier this season when Kurt's dad and stepmom fêted his bravery and "special"-ness at the altar of their own wedding. I haven't been able to look at Kurt the same way since.
There's a theory that people reference fairly often in Los Angeles that as a television show increases in popularity, it can't help but decline in quality: the number of writers with input increases, the cost of production shoots up, and the entire thing gets kicked up a notch, losing basic elements like intertwined plot development, characterization, and arresting storylines along the way. Think of it as an inverse correlation between ratings and quality. And this tends to afflict shows that don't really know where they're going beyond the outset. I tend to think that Glee this season as a prime example of this phenomenon...
I saw this week's episode overnight -- my jetlag is catching up with me, and it seemed like the best option at 3AM -- and I have to say that it was a lot better than I expected. Excepting the Sue Sylvester shooting Brittany out of a cannon storyline, everything since the Superbowl has been more compelling than what we got in the first half of this season. Glee is best when the characters' personalities -- most of which are still somewhat schematically evoked -- play off each other in predictable yet slightly fresh ways. So for me, the highlights of this episode?: Finn stereotyping drunk girls, the kids playing spin the bottle (I've never done this), and Sue playing Will's drunk-dialed message to the entire school. Good times.
I was surprised Finn even knew the word archetype :p
I can't get over how much Glee's portrayal of Kurt's, Puck's, Becky's and Brittany's characters troubles me. Yet I still watch it.
I haven't really cared for the episodes post-Superbowl; at the very least, they have not been memorable. I can't really recall what happened, except for the girls offering to fill in the football team spots. And the Kurt/Blaine, and Puck/Lauren storylines (ok, and the Quinn/Finn/Sam/Santana drama: darn, these kids are incestuous!).
I have also never played Spin the Bottle. My excuse is that I didn't grow up in the US ;p