I can’t even explain how excited I am that Glee is back. It’s actually the only thing I’ve been looking forward to for about three weeks now. What I hate about this episode is how many spoilers there have been, and how much I knew already when sitting down to watch. But there were plenty of pleasant (and not-so-pleasant) surprises.
First of all, I liked Sunshine a lot more than I had originally planned to. I’ve been very annoyed at Charice for getting the part because I honestly felt that she only got it because she was a foreign popstar who was promoted by Oprah, and because she didn’t take part in that competition. For weeks I fumed over this, deeming her addition to the cast unfair. But I didn’t realize how quickly she would be gone (damn you, Vocal Adrenaline! You will not survive without your precious Jesse St. James, I swear it!) or how adorable I would find her. Chord Overstreet (what a name…he sounds like a character straight from Bon Temps) a.k.a. Sam, the new football player, is such a cutie, and from the spoilers that I’ve read, he’s going to be playing a pretty big part this season. But I’m not going to say anything, because I’m not going to spoil for you what tumblr has already spoiled for me. Also, I’m totally digging the Asian couple (Tike? Mina? Couple name ideas anybody?) and their connection through the Asian community, especially because of how parallel it is to my favorite Asian’s life. Jessica totally did a Buddha camp this summer. I was dying. However, I’m completely Team Artie. I can’t wait for him to join the football team (it’s inevitable) and win Tina back-even though Mike’s abs are irresistible.
Also, how spot-on was that opening sequence? It was actually perfection. “Will Schuester, how do you respond to a recent post on my blog saying that your Glee club song selections sound like they come from a drag queen’s iPod?” This kid (Jacob?) deserves more airtime. And it did a very good job on quickly catching us viewers up on what’s been happening to the members. (Spoiler: nothing has changed.)
Everything is so completely normal in a completely new way. I knew that Mr. Schue couldn’t fight his strict moral code, and that Sue and him couldn’t stay friends forever. I also knew Rachel was going to do something selfish and disastrous, but that’s mostly because just before I watched it, my dad warned me that “Rachel is a very bad glee clubber this episode.” He’s good at ruining things. Kurt needs so much more airtime, there was not enough of his wardrobe and sass this episode, and I want to know that Quinn’s mean girl shell has been cracked through completely and forever, and that maybe her maternal instincts are here to stay. However, that little stunt she pulled to get herself back into the head cheerleader spot was not very Maternal Quinn. It’s high time Mercedes gets in here to talk some sense into her bestie. That relationship isn’t over with-right??
And my favorite new character award goes to: Shannon Bieste. She’s like Sue Sylvester with a conscience. I almost cried during that scene in the locker room. I really do think that this woman will do wonders for the McKinley High football team, and perhaps she’ll form a bond with Will and act as the balm to Sue’s endless burns. That’s also why I’m not too scared for Finn’s football dreams-Ms. Bieste has a heart and she definitely can see how much the sport means to Finn, she just needs to get over Mr. Schuester’s uncharacteristic actions before he can be let back onto the team. That’ll happen eventually.
My only complaint is really the music. While I totally dug Empire State of Mind, (even though it was only chosen because nationals are in New York this year and to prove a point that no matter how “hood” Artie claims to be, the club members are losers) I couldn’t get into the other numbers. Telephone should have been reserved for a more appropriate scene, and a better song could have been chosen for that diva-off in the bathroom. And there was too much auto-tune used! Charice and Lea Michelle both have amazing voices, was auto-tune really necessary? And I really noticed the auto-tune more than ever in Billionaire-a song that I found quite wholly inappropriate and kind of lame. I don’t care that Glee’s song choices are comprised mostly of 80’s pop hits and Broadway numbers; that’s why I love the show so much. Listen was good, but not great. I like Sunshine, I really do. I expect more from the Glee playlist, and this episode was quite disappointing. Oh well. At least next week we have BRITNEY!! It doesn’t get much better than that I’msoexcited. It’s time for my weeks to start revolving around the airing of this show. I love being a Gleek.