At first we were all like, "YAY GLEE SEASON 6 SPOILERS," and then we were all like, "A time jump? Again? Damnit." We've gotten used to Glee skipping summer vacations and random blocks of time throughout its five-season run, but we really thought we'd seen the last of time jumping during Season 5. On Apr. 15, when Ryan Murphy dumped a massive amount of spoilers to E!Online, he confirmed that Glee Season 6 will have a time jump. But that's about all the details we got on this wildly-abused plot device — leaving us to wonder, how are they going to make this work?
Here's what we know so far regarding Glee's blatant love of effing things up with a time jump — when it comes, an influx of former series' cast members will come along with it. Does that sound like a possible shitshow to you? Murphy told E! about the Season 6 spoiler:
We are going to do a time jump, and that's really all I'll say. My feeling about the last season of Glee is very clear, and that is that we will be reaching out to all of the regulars on the show, that original group of Glee club members and the teachers, and anybody who wants to come back can come back. Anybody who wants to be a part of the show, we welcome them.
So how can Murphy make it work this time, where all other time jumps have failed in the past? (We still haven't forgotten about Kitty, by the way.)
For starters, he can take into consideration these suggestions.
Don't Do It At The End of Season 5
Season 5 is building up to Rachel's Funny Girl premiere — whether it flops or it succeeds — we want to see the immediate aftermath and how Rachel will deal with that. Time jumping between the Season 5 finale and the Season 6 premiere would mean glossing over and skipping something that we really want to see. If Rachel fails, we want to see how far she'll fall and if she succeeds, we obviously want to see more Funny Girl numbers. We don't need to drag out Rachel's grieving or celebrating process, but we need at least one episode that will deal with the aftermath of what went down. And then time jump all you want, Murphy.
Montage Montage Montage
Glee loves a good montage, but they don't use them wisely in conjunction with their time jumps. The little "Here's What You Missed On Glee" intros are great, but if we're going to time jump for months or years, we need something a little longer to explain where everyone's at. I know what you're thinking — montages are just the worst and you hate them — but in this case, they'd be a lot more effective than a series of flashbacks for each character.
Don't Skip Into The Distant Future
Do we really need to know where Rachel will be at 50 years old? No. And obviously Kurt and Blaine are going to get married and grow old together, so there's nothing there that we really want to see, either. Even skipping ahead to everyone being married with families and their children going to McKinley would be way too much. Murphy needs to set a maximum number of time jump years at five because anything farther than that would be excessive and just plain boring. We don't want to see the former New Directions going through their mid-life crises and turning into an army of Will Schuesters. Just spare us.
Here's hoping Murphy's time jump does Glee fans proud.