I never thought the day would come when I finally say this. Granted, I have been waxing poetic on Max Adler’s mad acting skills in the past few posts, but I still didn’t think I would actually say this. I’m going to say it, though, even at the risk of sounding overly dramatic: I miss Dave Karofsky, Glee’s resident bully and Kurt Hummel’s tormentor.
It’s been three episodes since the epic 11th episode of Glee, “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle”, and I haven’t seen hide nor hair of Karofsky. I’m also hearing rumors he won’t be in the next one either. I don’t exactly know how the Murphy-Falchuk-Brennan collective brain works, but I somehow find that the continued absence of Dave Karofsky after such a thrilling episode in which he is the central character complete and utterly perplexing.
YES, I know he’s just a minor character. YES, I know he’s still very much the villain at this point. YES, I know that there are other storylines that need to be explored.
But can I help it if I find that my screen now looks a bit dull without this ‘colorful’ character on it?
Perhaps I was spoiled by the 11th episode. Never in my wildest imagination did I expect that Glee‘s biggest episode to date (big, as in “big budgeted, big scaled, big number of viewers”) would be a Dave Karofsky-centric episode. It came as a surprise to me that half the show (this episode was close to 50 minutes long in total, sans commercial; 10 minutes longer than a regular episode) was all about the bully. It was also shocking that Karofsky got to sing (a little) and dance (a lot). Whenever the camera would zoom in on him, I dropped my jaw in fascination. At that time, the trio of creators seemed really, in all seriousness, developing the character’s story. It was as if they were saying, “Hey look! We just added a new dimension to this character and we want you, Karofsky haters, to change their minds about him.” Even if his background story was not really told, you could clearly see that there was more to the ‘ham hock’ than just brawn and bluster. And, judging from the massive amount of Tweets saying “I now feel sorry for Karofsky” and “poor Karofsky; I hope he gets redeemed” which led to Karofsky being a worldwide trending topic during the episode, it looks like they succeeded with the mission.
Let me tell you at this point how immensely proud I am of Max Adler for nailing not just one or two scenes, but the whole episode. But that is, of course, to be expected. I’ve already written once about how I think he is a good actor, so no wonder he did well here. Kudos anyway, Mr. Adler, for the a job well done.
Naturally after such an episode of huge importance like that, I expected him to be included in the next few ones as well. So when he wasn’t, I was disappointed. The first time Karofsky failed to show up in the V-day episode, I sighed. The second time he failed to show up in the pointless episode that was “Comeback”, I started to get angry. Really angry. And finally, when he didn’t show up, drunk or otherwise, in the one before this hiatus, I am just plain desperate. That’s been three weeks… no, almost a month, without any sneer, frown or growl of David Karofsky. And I’m like an addict who hasn’t gotten her fix and doesn’t know what to do with myself.
Sure, I distracted myself with other awesome shows like Being Human (UK) and Hawaii Five-0, and stalking Max Adler on his Twitter, hoping against hope that he would say something like, “I’m coming back on the show… and I’m having a scene with @ChrisColfer!” Alas, no such luck. He’s in fact only giving out maddening teasers or talking to Chris about Adele.
(That is particular Tweetversation was admittedly rather cute. And I get that Adele is great and amazing, but is Adele going to make Karofsky come back on my screen? I think not.)
Not even the epic awesomeness of Russell Tovey’s George Sands, or Scott Caan’s Danny Williams and Daniel Dae Kim’s Chin Ho Kelly could make me miss Karofsky less. And not even hovering between lust and hate for Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett could erase my longing for a slushie scene (just one! Is that too much to ask?) If any, I feel like doing a Kono and go all major badass girl on Murphy, Brennan and Falcuk for not immediately continuing Karofsky’s story. Or, you know, bite their neck, werewolf-style, a la George.
Because I’m not sure about you but I really am curious to know about the following:
1. Is he truly a better character now after doing the halftime show in Episode 11, or has he reverted back to his douchey ways?
2. Is he going to sing or dance again? Ever? If yes, will he join the glee club?
3. Is he ever going to ask for Kurt’s forgiveness and will he be forgiven?
4. Is he going to come out of the closet or, at the very least, figure out who and what he is?
5. Is his new attitude will be a catalyst for Kurt’s transferring back to McKinley? (But this is another topic altogether -I just want to know in general whether Kurt is transferring back to McKinley High, with or without any association to Dave’s storyline.)
Too many questions, not enough answers. And I, on principle, don’t put too much stock on spoilers simply because they make my head hurt and lower the level of entertainment of the show for me. And I also hate that the only thing I can do is sit here and wait until Karofsky comes back.
Well, that’s not true, isn’t it? I can also rant on my blog and whinge about the lack of Karofsky… because I can. Because it needs to be said. If I could write a letter to the creators of the show, I would.
In fact, maybe I will. So here it is: AN OPEN LETTER TO MR. RYAN MURPHY, MR. BRAD FALCHUK AND MR. IAN BRENNAN.
Please return Dave Karofsky to the show and on my TV screen. ASAP. And seeing as there’s already an excess of Blaine, I think it’s only fair that you now give us an excess of Dave Karofsky. Besides, you have an excellent talent playing him at your disposal that hundreds (if not thousands) fangirls squee over. Why must you cut back on his screentime?
Please start making sense and have mercy on our curious souls. I look forward to your prompt action. Thank you for your understanding.
I don’t think that would do anyone any good, but, well, it did feel good letting that out.
Now I think I’ve ranted enough. I shall go back to my little corner in the Interwebz and read Kurtofsky fanfics to appease my curiosity/longing for some Karofsky. (Also, dear fanfic writers, thank you for filling the void. You have helped me cope during this time of complete and total absence of Dave Karofsky on my screen. You rock.) I’m going to leave now with one last picture of Max. Because the world needs more of him, too.
PS. If anyone is reading this and is into Being Human and H50, do drop a message. I may need a friend to squee over Russell Tovey (and George Sands) and bromance of Steve/Danno/Chin Ho.