Why I Love the New Quinn on 'Glee'
Why I Love the New Quinn on 'Glee'
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
There's a new Head Bitch in Charge on Glee, and her name is Quinn Fabray. While Santana has taken over the role of token villain for most of season 2, Quinn is taking back the crown and ready to start her reign of terror in her quest to be Prom Queen.

While I typically dislike sudden changes in characters, I'm completely behind Quinn's new bad-ass self. It's a universal fact of television that characters become more interesting when they turn bad (look at any season of 24 for examples). Quinn may not be totally evil yet, but in "Original Song" she certainly shot down Rachel's hopes and dreams like a real Queen Bee-yotch.

As the two were planning to write a song together, Quinn laid the smackdown on her new best frenemy, telling Rachel to stay away from her man, Finn. Quinn calmly explained to Rachel how things will play out: Rachel will move on to become a Broadway star just like she always dreamed while Finn will stay in Lima with Quinn, taking over Burt's garage while Quinn becomes a real estate agent and pops out a few kids.

It was a harsh moment that gave Rachel the sobering reality to finally write a real song about her pain, but as cruel as Quinn was, she wasn't wrong.

Yes, Quinn's motives weren't well-intentioned. Her only goal was to get Rachel to stop coming after her man. However, that doesn't mean Quinn was wrong.

Rachel's entire character is built upon the dream of becoming a Broadway star, leaving the small town for the bright lights of the big city. Big dreams like that might make sense for her, but the reason I love Quinn is that she's a realist.

Quinn has no delusions about living some grand life. She knows she's stuck in her small town and will stay there for the rest of her life. She doesn't want to be president or a doctor, she just wants a simple family in Ohio. In a world where kids are often told that they can be anything they want to be and that they should reach for the stars, it's refreshing to see a character with realistic expectations for her not-so-special future.

The only real question about the resurgence of Glee's central love triangle is what Finn's future will be. Is he going to be stuck as a "Lima Loser" for the rest of his life, working as a small town mechanic and coaching his son's Little League team, or is he destined for greatness like Rachel?

I tend to believe that Finn's future is more likely to be exactly what Quinn envisions for him, which is why I am rooting for her over Rachel. Finn isn't the kind of guy who goes to New York City and becomes a jet-setting celebrity. Finn, like Quinn, is a simple small-town boy whose future consists of 2.5 kids and a white picket fence.

So before you start hating on Quinn and calling her a monster for trying to keep Rachel and Finn apart, think about what she really wants and ask yourself if it's so wrong. Quinn just wants to marry her high school sweetheart, raise a couple of kids in a small town with strong family values, and achieve the kind of middle class success that most Americans aspire to.

She might seem like a villain, but as far as I'm concerned, Quinn is an all-American girl with realistic expectations and a clear vision of who she is and what she wants. Rachel can have fame and fortune, but at least let Quinn have her man.


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