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The darkness of Cory Monteith's passing is hard to ignore on this Complete Fourth Season set....
Fox / 964 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: October 1, 2013
If Glee jumped the shark a season or two ago, now that we’ve lost Corey Monteith, it’s on its way out the door. The series could theoretically keep on keeping on without the actor, I suppose, but for a show whose very title insists upon big smiles and jubilation, Monteith’s untimely death has spread a dark shadow on Glee that one can’t look past: the good times, indeed, might be behind up.
It’s a helluva legacy, though. This sing-along show lit a fire under the seats of an ocean of viewers during its first seasons, and by the time Britney Spears- and Madonna-themed episodes were popping up, Glee had proved itself as a viral mainstay for the post-MTV generation. But a show like this one definitely has its limits - like high school itself, it simply must come to an end at some point – and this Complete Fourth Season finds Glee barely able to keep up appearances.
Sure, Jane Lynch is still a self-obsessed hoot, and there are of course fun moments within the episodes here, but the thunder has minimized within the heart of Glee. Gleeks have proven in seasons past to have no problem looking past the show's narrative blah-ness as long as they get a fun theme episode to counter it, but even with its occasional charms on this Complete Fourth Season, I hope Fox hangs up Glee's tap shoes before it gets to be too much of a drag.