sometimes i wonder but maybe GA, or sides of fandom i don’t see, really did fall in love with newbies? and wants their stories, cares for their them a lot and don’t minds the switch? maybe there are people who started glee with season 4 and they’re their first loves like originals were for me?
while i enjoy them it’s on a surface level, try as i might i couldn’t get invested into any of new characters and while it doesn’t kill me to watch if they’re already there i’d love to have old guard.
i tried, i really did, but i think the magic of glee that captured me was tightly connected to the particular characters so ones that aren’t them, just don’t have it for me.
maybe that’s why while still liking glee in season 4 my emotional investment wasn’t as strong because whenever it was about newbies, i watched, forgot, moved on and only really cared a lot when it was about ny/old guard. and i will continue to watch and have fun, it just won’t be this emotional like in s1-s3 unless it’s about kurt/rachel/finn/santana/original babies. i’ve been trying to figure out during season 4 if i was getting over glee but that wasn’t it - i just wasn’t invested in new characters and it felt fun but flat.
it’s logical that it’s like that, graduation means people scattering all over the place and it’d be impossible to focus on everyone. especially that when you graduate, move on, you build a new life so glee would have to at least hint at that (like it hasn’t with ny side and that’s why it feels so badly done - it lacks depth, structure, realism, it’s not a “world”, it’s just a basement flat and one classroom. and while stories in lima took place in choir room 99% of time - it was centered around it and there was no world to introduce outside of it).
s5 with lack of old guard isn’t anything new but it makes me sad because even after 22 episodes of warming up to new faces and finding joy in them, i never started to care like i did for mike, mercedes, puck, even quinn.
glee’s still my baby but the fierce love lies with the characters that made me fall in love in season 1 (and sam in s2, sebastian in s3).