So far, "Glee" season 4 is a mess. For several seasons, the cast has grown to the point where the show has become disjointed. There are too many characters, and there is not enough screen time to accommodate everyone.
At some point, this show is going to have to make some serious cuts. Which characters need to go? And which characters are on the fence?
Characters Who Need to Go
Wade Adams/Unique (Alex Newell)
Alex came in fourth on "The Glee Project," but he's gotten way more screen time than that season's co-winner Damian McGinty (who has been all but written out).
During his run on "Glee Project," Alex didn't show a lot of versatility, and was consistently unable to portray characters outside his comfort zone.
His saving grace is that he brings down the house when he performs in drag, but beyond that, he's a one-trick pony.
Marley Rose (Melissa Benoist)
Marley is this season's Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink), consistently panned by the critics and fans, yet the writers insist on shoving her down our throats.
Marley is a beta version of high-school Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), whiny, needy, and insecure, but lacking in Rachel's star power or charisma. Not only does Marley stink up the screen every time, but her appearance on the show takes valuable screen time away from long-suffering cast members like Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale.
Noah Puckerman (Mark Salling)
One of Puck's main purposes on the show was to be a probable end game match for Quinn (Dianna Agron). Yet compared to couples like Rachel and Finn (Cory Monteith), and Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss), Quinn and Puck never seemed to generate that level of rooting interest with the fans.
The writers are clearly overreaching in their attempts to keep post-graduate Puck on the show. We're not particularly invested in his age-inappropriate relationship with Kitty (Becca Tobin). As for Jake (Jacob Artist), he's an interesting enough character on his own, without having to be Puck's brother.
Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison)
Considering how much I loved "Glee" season 1, I feel like a bit of a traitor for putting Mr. Schue in this category. However, ever since Will turned down April Rhodes' (Kristin Chenoweth) future Tony Award-winning musical, his character somehow became stuck.
Will doesn't seem to have any friends his own age, and he seems to be living vicariously through his students.
And this season, Mr. Schue's character became superfluous when Finn took over the glee club. From the sweater vests, to the cardigans, to kissing Emma (Jayma Mays), Finn has become a mini-Will.
On The Fence
Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch)
We know that the writers are not going to cut Sue. After all, Jane won an Emmy for her iconic role as the villainous Cheerios coach.
However, Sue's character has become repetitive. Most of the time, she's a violent sociopath hellbent on destroying the glee club. Then, usually around Christmas or the season finales, she suddenly morphs into soft vulnerable Sue. She vacillates between Grinch Sue and Reformed Scrooge Sue with no middle ground.
The whole Mean Sue vs. Nice Sue schtick is getting old. Sue has become a two-dimensional, two-trick pony.
Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron)
For the first three seasons, the writers failed to give her a story line that didn't portray her as a shrill vindictive harpie. Dianna is a talented actress, but there's only so much she can do with the material that they give her.
Part of me just wants the writers to put her out of her misery by letting her leave with dignity. However, I'd be on board with keeping Quinn if they reunite her with Sam (Chord Overstreet) or explore a relationship with Santana (Naya Rivera).
Ryder Lynn (Blake Jenner)
I almost like this guy. Ryder is clean-cut and earnest. And his academic struggles make him a sympathetic character.
Still, he loses a few points for being a too similar to Sam (Chord Overstreet) and for his unrequited crush on sad sack Marley. Why not have him date Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz) instead? He could help her get over her sudden obsession with gay Blaine.
Kitty Wilde (Becca Tobin)
Like Jake, fans don't seem to be digging the "Meow Mix" either. So far, she hasn't shown herself beyond being a beta version of Quinn (Dianna Agron). Sure, she's had some funny one-liners, but the snark is so much funnier when it comes out of Becky Jackson's (Lauren Potter) mouth.
On the other hand, given that Sue's character has grown stale this season, it might be worth keeping Kitty around in order to give the show a fresh villain.
Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley)
I'm on the fence about this one. On the one hand, I just don't see how a post-graduate Mercedes could continue to be relevant on the show. Her character belongs in LA, not New York. Unlike Rachel and Kurt, Mercedes wants to be a recording artist, not a Broadway star.
On the other hand, I'd like her to stick around for awhile in the hopes that she and Sam will be an end game couple.
Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet)
Sam is one of the more realistic and multifaceted characters on the show. In seasons 2 and 3, he showed that he was more than just a pretty face and rock hard abs.
However, season 4 Sam has become grating. Ever since he starting dating Brittany (Heather Morris), he has become a walking blond punchline.
I'd be on board with keeping Sam if they drop the Brittany story line and reunite him with either Quinn or Mercedes (Amber Riley).
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