Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own articles."Glee" recently took a stab at celebrating unsung artists with episode "A Night of Neglect." The show runners should perhaps think more about their own neglected stars, the "Glee" characters we adore that have frequently been overshadowed by celebrity guest stars. Everyone has their own favorite, but it's definitely time to revisit Rachel (Lea Michele), Sunshine (Charice), Puck (Mark Salling) and Brittany (Heather Morris).
Sure, you're thinking that self-centered, spotlight-hogging Rachel is one of the last characters to be considered neglected on "Glee." While it's true she's had her share of storylines, it's been a long time since she was the plucky underdog we fell in love with in Season 1. After pushing her ambition too far and turning mean girl on perceived competitor and new student Sunshine, Rachel then morphed into the Charlie Brown of "Glee." She messed things up with Finn (Cory Monteith), got drunk and made out with Blaine (Darren Criss), and launched into a brief relationship with Blaine just to complete his story arc of discovering that girls are gross.
In the episode "Original Song," Rachel contributed by writing a song about her head band. Sure, it was a little bit funny, and we've always known Rachel was a bit superficial. After listening to and performing all of those heartfelt anthems and ballads, though, she couldn't come up with even an approximation of something more substantial? Hopefully the crisis Rachel faces about her appearance in the Lady Gaga "Born This Way" episode will offer us more depth from the girl we used to really root for.
Reviewers and fans alike were stunned when Sunshine appeared in the Season 2 premiere "Audition," and busted into an impromptu "Telephone" duet with a threatened but perfectly sassy Rachel. Entertainment Weekly called it one of the best "Glee" episodes, and raved about newcomer Charice and her astoundingly powerful vocals: "Charice/Sunshine's voice is insane, especially considering she's about the size of a lawn gnome and dresses like a Harajuku girl." The petite powerhouse was wowing crowds back in 2009 on Oprah, and Charice's performances on "Glee" had everyone excited to see what else she could do.
Unfortunately, "Glee" shuffled Sunshine off to rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline, inexplicably depriving us of some truly interesting competition for Rachel. Fans got excited again when Sunshine finally returned in appropriately-titled "A Night of Neglect," and we were treated to Charice belting out Eric Carmen's "All By Myself" (a song later covered by Celine Dion). She'll no doubt reappear for the "Glee" finale and Nationals competition with Vocal Adrenaline, though she would be perfect for the Lady Gaga episode. After all, Charice already sang "Born This Way" to great effect for Perez Hilton's birthday. She also has a new solo tune about self-acceptance, titled "One Day" and co-written with Nick Jonas.
Then there's Puck, who actually disappeared for entire episodes before landing a storyline that had him attempting to woo feisty new glee club member Lauren (Ashley Fink). It turns out Salling himself may have been responsible for Puck getting neglected; reports and rumors sprung up that the up-and-coming musician was more concerned about his solo career than his "Glee" character. Though watching New Directions' oddest couple has sometimes been entertaining, a de-fanged Puck just isn't as fun as the bad boy we fell for, and we'd love to see him with a new, grittier storyline of his own.
With all the new focus on Mike (Harry Shum Jr.), his dancing and stellar abs, Brittany and her mad skills have taken a bit of a back seat. Morris recently had the Web buzzing with her sexy 60s look and hot dance moves for an Esquire video set to a sample of "50 Songs Every Man Should Be Listening To." We'd love to see a toned-down version of Brittany shaking it this way front and center while the glee club does a mash-up of rock tunes. It would also be nice to see more focus on Brittany and Artie (Kevin McHale), since she did choose him over Santana (Naya Rivera.)
What "Glee" characters do you think have been most neglected?
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