Beware, ahead lies spoilers for Season 4 and the Season 5 Premiere of Glee.
OK. I loved the first three seasons of Glee as much as the next gleek, but I will be the first person to admit that season 4 had its pretty bad moments. This was not because of the new characters, but because of some of the old ones.
Primarily Rachel. She's painful. Don't get me wrong, her voice is spectacular. As a singer myself, her voice is something to be envied. But Glee has always been The Rachel Show. And it got old. Especially when she graduated, and a show that was supposed to be about a Glee Club was suddenly following the Alumni around New York City. That said, Kurt is still one of my favourite characters, even if Kurt/Blaine is not my favourite ship. The new characters are great, especially Marley. She's awesome because for once they did something right and didn't cast a Rachel doppleganger. Melissa Benoist's voice is just as awesome as Lea Michelle's, but it's a different type of awesome.
What frustrated me most is the season finale that solved, essentially... NOTHING!!! Not. A. Single. Gods. Blessed. Thing. We knew Blaine wanted to propose to Kurt, and that Burt didn't really approve. But we had to wait for Season 5 to see it happen. We're still waiting to know about Rachel's Funny Girl audition (but I can pretty much tell how that's going to pan out). So you can safely say that I was not all that impressed with the finale of season 4.
Surprisingly, Season 5 has started out to be pretty great. Lea's rendition of the Beatles "Yesterday" was great, and I honestly think that her voice and her skills have improved. The best way I can describe it is that she's finally learnt that not everything needs to be belted out the way she always does. I hate to say it, and it might sound a little callous, but I think recent tragedies have helped her to temper her voice a little and add real emotion to it.
Now, we all know that Glee is in no way tethered to reality, but I did take a little bit of issue with Blaine's proposal. As a person who is in a serious relationship with someone I hope someday will propose to me, I really hope he doesn't decide that big and outrageous is a good way to go about it. Don't get me wrong; I thought it was cute. I thought it was beautifully executed and I liked the message of togetherness it had by uniting all the rival Glee Clubs to help Blaine out.
My issue is this: The pressure to say 'yes' in that sort of situation is HUGE. A friend and I were having this conversation a few weeks ago. Guys who propose at basketball games and the like often do it because they hope their significant others will be more likely to say yes if they're in front of a big crowd of people who will be unimpressed if she says no. At least, this is how I would feel if it were me. Given that Kurt, on the drive to the proposal, was unsure of what his answer would be, can you imagine if he had said 'no'? It's not just humiliating for Blaine, but it would have made him the bad guy in front of all those people. People who were his friends. Honestly, given that they had only just reunited, I was very much hoping he would say no, but how can you with a display like that. Like I said; the pressure is massive.
I realise that not everyone is going to agree with that statement, especially if you've been proposed to this way and accepted, but for someone who doesn't do well in a crowd of strangers, this would be a huge pressure moment. Especially if you're feeling obligated to say yes to something you're not actually sure you want.
The only thing that could completely kill this season of Glee is Corey Monteith's farewell episode, which I believe is episode three. Apparently Lea Michelle has asked that they make the episode about drugs, which suggests that Finn will die of a drug overdose, just like his actor. Personally, I think this is tacky and insensitive, but that's the way his fiancée wants it. I hope they come up with a tactful and subtle way of going about it, but Glee isn't exactly known for its tact or its subtlety.