The thing is I think most of the new characters are like hybrids of 2 older ones. Jake is new Puck but also new Mike, and they’ve been playing up his Mike side; Ryder is new Finn and also new Sam, and they need to let him be more Sam. if you ask me~
I like your hybrid theory (tee-hee
) but I think it’s a different mix I’m after.
I feel like all the best characters on Glee are character/actor hybrids. It’s not necessarily that the characters are like the actors (SEE: Blaine and Darren) but that the characters start off flat and the actors give them life.
Sometimes it’s the performance. Blaine and Kurt started off as shallow stereotypes, but Darren and Chris acted the Hell out of them and gave them depth.
Sometimes it’s just quirks of their persona that bleed over. Sam was really bland until the writers mixed in some Chord for added spice. Jake was a non-starter for me until a jolt of Jacob turned him into a ballet-badass.
Ryder is the same way. On paper, he is a football player with dyslexia who likes Marley and is friends with Jake and has a lot of semi-pointless angst. On screen, he is a bundle of nerves and energy and excitement, a human pinball bouncing around and goofing off and generally having a blast. Or at least, that’s what he was until the catfishing started.
Basically, the writers are good at writing stereotypes, but they kind of suck at writing characters, so their best bet is to let the actors turn the one into the other. Instead of writing for the characters in their heads, they should adapt to the characters as portrayed onscreen. When they work with the actors, (Sam and Blaine) it’s great. When they fight against them, (late-season Ryder, S3 Quinn, and to a lesser extent, S4 Kurt) it sucks.
So I think what Ryder really needs is a bigger injection of Blake.
(Also I have a lot of thoughts re; Ryder and Sam and how they are the-same-but-different. They’re both funny, but Sam is a comedian; he tells jokes and does voices— whereas Ryder is a clown; he makes faces and does goofy dances and shit. Different-yet-equally-delicious flavors of lulz.
Either way, the writers should do more with them because if there is anything Glee always needs, it is more funny.)