Found on gleeforum.com and indexed here
, Glee: The Virtual Season 4
is a self-admitted Fix Fic
after the debatable trainwreck that was the third season of the show
. Notable in that, while diverging from the canon and creating a new season four in this fic, the author continues to keep track of the actual show and either vary The Stations of the Canon
or toss them out the window with extreme prejudice. Did we mention that it's also got its own version of The Glee Project
in the form of an Original Character Tournament
spinoff where the prize is having the winning OC join the cast?
This series uses music from:
This series provides examples of:
- Ambition Is Evil: Subverted. Unhappy at not being taken seriously and wanting to move up the corporate ladder, Kurt hides his supervisor's article and she lets him write the replacement; he spends the whole episode worrying about being found out. She knew the whole time, having checked the security cameras, and she brings it up to him later, saying that she understood why he did it and that there's nothing wrong with being ambitious, so she forgives the sabotage this one time.
- Ascended Extra: Wes in New York.
- The Beard: Haley for Craig.
- Big Applesauce: Lots of scenes in New York, naturally.
- Callback: Lydia makes an offhand reference to trying out the new perfume "Zizes". Lauren Zizes mentioned that she wanted to have her own perfume line titled this back in season 2 of the canon show.
- Christmas Episode: "(Re)Union".
- College Is High School Part 2: Nope. The characters who have graduated act like they've, well, graduated, and the plot doesn't conspire to keep them mentally or actually in high school (a common complaint against the actual show).
- Cool Teacher: Puck in episode four.
- Derailing Love Interests: In a backlash against the episode in which this was done en masse, a number of pairings are still together and a canon instance of Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder was replaced by another form of unhealthy pain relief.
- Drugs Are Bad: Approached and averted. When Blaine gets hooked on pot, it's repeatedly brought up by most of the cast that the problem isn't that the drug is bad in itself, but that it's bad in this specific instance because of the user's desperate circumstances leading him to become addicted even if the drug isn't actually addictive. Figgins certainly thinks Drugs Are Bad, though, and launches a mass locker search.
- Evil Versus Evil: Sue and Figgins. Sue is actively trying to get Figgins out of the school and succeeds, though it's mostly the students' doing.
- Fix Fic: Outright admitted. The very first scene has Kurt revealing that he applied to other schools besides NYADA and receiving an acceptance letter from NYU.
- Foreshadowing: From the very first episode Blaine is seen eating junk food and, in later scenes, sleeping. All of these build up until the reveal that he's become addicted to pot.
- Functional Addict: Blaine at first, but it quickly becomes apparent that his other personal problems are taking him downhill. He eventually finds help and gives all his friends his stash in what Sugar deems "Jamaican Christmas".
- Geeky Turn-On: Sam is so attracted to Harley Quinn that Mercedes let him put her on his Freebie Five.
- Halloween Episode: "Blood, Night, and the Devil".
- Hypothetical Casting: All of the original student characters are played by contestants on The Glee Project.
- Ivy League For Everyone: Partially due to the canon itself, but all the universities used are popular ones to namedrop.
- Jerk Jock: Marty. He gets better.
- Like Brother and Sister: The author describes Blaine and Unique's friendship as a "BroTP".
- Literal Metaphor
Brittany: Don’t worry. I've totally been on top of my homework this year.
We flash back to Brittany lying on top of the homework scattered across her bed.
Brittany: Oh calculus, you’re so weird, yet also comfy.
- Love Martyr: Haley. See "As Long As He Needs Me".
- Love Triangle: Rory, Harmony, Sugar is the main one for the first arc of the season. Haley, Marty, Craig is a subversion because Craig is just using Haley as a beard.
- Multiple Demographic Appeal: Invoked. When Sam and Tina are competing in the student council elections, Sam notes that Tina has more of the nerds in the school thinking about voting for her. He promptly walks into the middle of the cafeteria with a microphone and performs the first Pokémon theme.
- The Nineties: A theme week.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Poor Will and Emma.
- Odd Friendship: Joe and Unique, Lydia and Haley.
- Oh My Gods!
- Original Character: A few first-years and transfer students (aside from existing characters who are made into transfer students here as well), with more to come after The Glee Project: A Virtual Season.
- Recurring Extra: Candy the Cheerio.
- Script Fic
- Spicy Latina: Santana snarkily lampshades her role as such in the Christmas episode.
- Spinoff: The Glee Project: A Virtual Season
- The Stoner: It turns out that almost the entire cast has at least dabbled... except Brittany.
- Straight Gay: Craig, Sean.
- Sucky School: Under Figgins' leadership, the school quickly deteriorates.
- Take a Third Option: The school board has to choose between Roz and Sue as the new principal. The pick neither.
- The Bus Came Back: Rory, after one episode. Wes and Harmony also appear, and Sebastian and Karofsky show up in the Christmas episode.
- The Reveal: In episode 7, Blaine's pot problem.
- The Stations of the Canon: Used sometimes (episode 2 being Britney Spears-themed), subverted at other times (Blaine's loneliness leading him to drugs instead of cheating), and averted at others.
- Tempting Fate: When Santana laments how her life is going, she's told that at least she hasn't been mugged yet. As she walks home from work that same night, her purse is stolen.
- Title Drop: "Just Can't Get Enough" featuring a mash-up of the same-titled songs by the Black Eyed Peas and Depeche Mode.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Sue takes over New Directions for an episode. Though she reveals its because her daughter is in the hospital and she's trying to distract herself.