For the past few months I have had two things drilled into my head: 1- wash your hands to prevent the spread of germs and 2- “Glee” will be returning to Fox with new episodes on April 13th. While the first thing proved to be more helpful, I paid more attention to the latter. So last night at 9 pm, everyone flocked to their couch, people on twitter typed #GLEE after every word, and Ryan Seacrest reminded American Idol viewers every five minutes to stay tuned. There was no avoiding it, you’d have to be living under a rock not to know that “Glee” was back.
The show opened with a quick recap and then we were… at last… reunited with America’s most overly beloved outcasts. Rachel (Lea Michele) struts down the hallways like a movie star with her fellow cast members after their win at sectionals. They toss around words like “glitterati” and “rule the school” until, as per usual, a blue slushy is tossed in their face. Ah, it’s good to see our fellow rejects again.
Relationships are picking up where we may have expected they left off. Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) is now dating Ms. Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) and Rachel is now dating Finn (Cory Monteith.) No one seems completely comfortable in their new relationship (except maybe Rachel.) Neither of the boys have taken time for themselves after being lied to and having their hearts broken. Instead, they both jumped right into another relationship; barely knowing who they are alone. This quickly becomes a problem, especially for Mr. Schuster who not only is making out with another woman by mid-episode but the song that he claims is his and Emma Pillsbury’s is actually the same song he shared with his wife.
One interesting thing about this mid-season premiere is that we have a new antagonist. Not to take away from the fantastic Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) and her hilarious Cheerios. They are still trying to ruin the glee club and sabotage Rachel’s life. (My favorite anti-Rachel quote by the Cheerios in this episode, “her sweaters make her look homeschooled.”) But now, we have another antagonist that nobody in the glee club has realized yet: Vocal Adrenaline. Vocal Adrenaline is Glee’s biggest competition at regionals and their lead singer, Jesse St. James (Jonathan Groff,) has already captured Rachel’s heart while singing Lionel Richie’s “Hello” to her in a music shop. (As much as I love the music on “Glee,” I’m sorry but nothing, and I mean NOTHING, will top the music video to that song. Unless a blind person is sculpting Lionel’s face, don’t even talk to me.) Jesse St. James also has encouragement from his glee coach, Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel.)
I once read that the key to a great television show is to take the couple you adore and keep them apart (i.e, Zack and Kelly, Rachel and Ross.) If that’s the case, “Glee” is on the right track. As Rachel danced around Finn singing “Hello, Goodbye” and Finn finally said he was going to fight with her; my heart broke. As Emma Pillsbury sat in her office crying alone; my heart also broke. Can’t these two couples just be together and get it right? I guess if they could, most of America wouldn’t be so incredibly addicted to the show.
Like most Gleeks in the world, I love that show combines high school drama with musical numbers. The musical numbers, while a bit corny at times, are always done really well. (And in all fairness, how can you constantly break out in song without it getting corny from time to time? It’s part of the fun of musicals.) Now that the originality of the show has lured me in, my attachment to the characters has me foaming at the mouth for more. Rachel’s love with Jesse St. James is a ticking time bomb and how Mr. Schuester is going to dodge Sue Sylvester again, I’ll never know. (I feel like if she was able to pull an Ursala and capture Rachel’s voice in a jar, she would. The woman is pure evil.)
My one complaint is that show should avoid the unnecessary extra’s. Sue Sylvester’s “Vogue” was being teased on every commercial break and ended up dull, unfunny and pointless. I really didn’t get why it was done, especially since next week is Madonna week. The show is good enough to stand on it’s own feet, save the bonus extras for the dvd.
In case you are reading this and having no clue what I am talking about, I have a question for you: how did you do it? How did you manage to avoid the phenomenon known as “Glee?” And a follow up question: do you have any idea what you’re missing out on?