These are not Glee's finest moments. Some people, like Salon's Willa Paskin, are starting to doubt Glee ever had any finest moments. These aren't the show's finest ratings moments, either; it's been on a steady decline at least since 2011. It needs a miracle. A coup. Something exciting. Something modern and relevant. Something event-worthy. Or, failing that, it could... always get a crossover with Archie Comics.
Yes. That is real. That was really announced in advance of Comic-Con. That is the cover of what'll be a four-story arc that'll start this year or the next; it is not someone's Buzzfeed photoshop. But we can't snark too much, because there's no way this was a calculated move unless someone's calculations are very, very off. This does fit some of Archie's recent efforts (example: Archie meets KISS), and artist Dan Parent and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa do seem to be approaching this as fans, at least judging by what Aguirre-Sacasa had to say:
I’ve been wanting to write something for Archie Comics forever and my favorite Archie stories have always been those weird crossovers like ‘Archie meets the Punisher’ and ‘Archie meets KISS.' I thought, ‘Archie Meets Glee’ would be a great crossover since they’re both set in high schools, they’re both optimistic, they both involve singing.
Nevertheless, here are some other things set in high school that are optimistic, involve singing and have aged as well or better than Glee. We say this not to criticize but suggest. We would genuinely, unironically check out at least four of the following:
- The High School Musical series (which--what happened to that, anyway? An entire cultural phenomenon, then nothing.)
- Real glee clubs
- Your sister's choir revue
- Hairspray (the musical) (OK, maybe not just the musical)
- The 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack
- That time you serenaded your crush because you saw it in a movie once and knew you could totally do better than Peter Gabriel. At this point we may in fact be describing a prior storyline.