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!

8 comments:

Maggie Cats said...

I really enjoyed the episode last night but pretty much agree with your points. EXCEPT that I thought the version of Hello (the Lionel Richie) song by Rachel and Jesse was awesome and the singing highlight. Other than that I thought the songs were kinda meh. And holy crap, I agree about the plot whiplash. SLOW DOWN PEOPLE. There are still 8 episodes to go!

dobber said...

I've only caught bits and pieces of this show, and I don't like it. It's one saving grace to me was that the cast had talent. . . although I now realize they only had talent for musical theater (and Journey, which lets face it, steve perry could sing anything). Last night, while the blogger in question was watching glee, I couldn't help but hear some GREAT songs utterly ruined, like made-me-shudder ruined. Why would you have someone with a theater voice try to do a classic song sung by people with voices as distinct as Brian Johnson and Jim Morrison. It could only result in epic failure, as it did on that episode.

Julia said...

I have to say that I LOVED the vogue video at the end though. HILARIOUS. Can I get a body double??

Jenna said...

Loved Idina Menzel in rent, but wasn't a huge fan of her last night. And holy crap whiplash! I thought I had missed a few episodes!

Maggie Cats said...

I really liked the Vogue video too. It was occasionally cringe-worthy, but I think it was purposeful. And seeing Kurt rock out the Blue Steel was awesome.

Monkey Sri said...

I agree - the Vogue vid ROCKED.

Suzanne said...

I wholeheartedly agree with the whiplash experience..it was like there was some entire episode in between that was completely left off TV. And while I guess Mr. Shuester has to go "find himself" or whatever, I don't really get how they built us up for this big teacher romance for forever and now...nothing :(

Also, I didn't care for the music at all. Particularly Finn's rendition of Morrison.

Jennifer said...

I heart Glee! But, I agree. I was a little confused by the Finn and Rachel thing. But I thought maybe that was the point...Rachel went all-stalker-obsessive on him and just decided he was her boyfriend. I could see her doing that. She's more than a little desperate/creepy that way. But I felt a little cheated by Will and Emma. I spent all last fall hoping for them to get together...is a little gratuitous romance too much to ask? I enjoyed "Gives You Hell" and "Hello, Again" Although..Really, Rachel? Are you that naive/desperate? I thought you were cut-throat about your career, so how can you not foresee that tactic? "Vogue" was hilarious for the first 30 seconds...then it got a little creepy.