Wednesday, April 14, 2010
The Return of Glee! ***SPOILER ALERTS****
I am a Glee fan! I fully enjoyed the last mini season and was part of the masses enthused by its return. I am also INCREDIBLY enthused for the continuation of the season, however, I have more negative than positive things to say about last night's episode. ***SPOILER ALERTS**** if you have not seen the episode, I suggest stopping here.
My first criticism of last night's hour long return was the plot whiplash I was given. As you may recall last season ended with Quinn and Finn breaking up and Mr. Shue and Emma getting together. We were all enthused by the prospect of Rachel Finn and the teacher couples. In last night's episode we jumped right into the relationship mix. In fact, we were given no real union for Rachel and Finn. It just turned out they were together, when the end of the last mini season Quinn stated that neither of them got him. So that was odd. And to add to the whip lash Shue and Emma got together, got hot and heavy, he cheated, his ex caused jealousy issues and they broke up...all in one episode...Jesus! That was a little much. ON TOP OF THAT, we had Finn and Rachel, break up, each get new dates, Finn wants her back, she says no...twice. SLOW DOWN GLEE! I get you are setting up other plots but COME ON!
My second criticism is the music. I get that Glee shot to fame for doing numbers that were reworks of pop songs. However, they also pulled in a group of theatre nerds by working in real musicals. The duet of Defying Gravity from Wicked was my favorite song of the season. This first episode was all pop/rock songs. The line up included: "Hello, I Love You" from the Doors (recently returned through remakes and commercials), "Gives You Hell" from the All American Rejects (2008), "Hello" from Lionel Richie (pop crap from the 80s), "Hello Again" Neil Diamond (which was my fav), "Highway to Hell" (70s Rock), "Hello, Goodbye" (Beatles also recently redone and in commercials). Therefore, Pop/Rock all recently made or currently popular. I hope we hear a little more diversity in the future. Though I doubt that will occur in the all Madonna episode (which has the prospect of being good despite the AWFUL Sue Sylvester vogue rendition).
I am enthused by one HUGE thing this season...IDINA MENZEL! For those of you not familiar with her Broadway career Idina was in the movie release of Rent and has a fantastic voice. She starred on Broadway opposite Kristin Chenowith (in last season) in Wicked. She is one of my favorite performers, and I am looking forward to her singing.
The only other thing I am looking forward to is Finn pursuing Rachel. All last season we watched her pine, so I am excited to see him beg a little :)
What did you think of last night's GLEE!