So, Glee’s back after a very shaky season and an even more dreadful break. The show’s lost its leading man, ended up with a very affected cast, and yet, none of this seemed present in the premiere, which was absolutely relieving and makes me hopeful for what’s to come. I’m still keeping my opinion on what Finn’s outcome will be, cause it can certainly dismantle every good thing they’ve built during the course of almost half a decade now, but until then, I’m loving what I’m seeing.
The one thing I liked the most was Sue’s comeback. Her character and Jane Lynch’s comedic skills are unarguably one of the highlights of the series, and having taken her out of focus was maybe the biggest mistake the Ryan-Murphy-lead writing crew committed last time round. Now, however, they brought her back in all her glory, and I couldn’t help but laugh hysterically all the while she was on screen. I’m really glad that it seems she’s being pulled back to the centre of the show, and I’m really looking forward to her evil and outrageousness.
Another thing I surprisingly loved was the way they handled Klaine’s proposal. I was all against it last year, really feeling pissed off about they even mentioning it just for the sake of telling the world that gay marriage was legal now. You see, one thing I hate about Murphy’s shows, and the fact that really made me stop watching The New Normal last year, is the fact that he preaches to the choir incessantly. Mostly everyone that watches his series supports gay rights. There is no other way when someone that was absolutely anti-gay would probably not be able to be a fan without vomiting almost every other episode. So, when he keeps trying to tell us that gay is right and deserves rights, it comes across a bit demagogic to me.
Nevertheless, they turned it back into a plot instead of an argument on this week’s episode, and maybe that’s why it won me over. (At this point I doubt anyone still thinks the outcome of this plot is a mystery, but mind you if you don’t want spoilers on the matter). In fact, I’m all for it now. The proposal scene was incredibly touching. The musical number was brilliant and beautifully shot. The colours in it were very pretty, and my only thought was that I couldn’t wait to see the art they come up with when we get to see the Klaine house a couple of seasons ahead.
I’m really excited to see where all this goes, and I really, really hope they actually go through with the wedding. It’s starting to become a tearfest in the series, wedding episodes. Also, please let it happen in the first half of the season. Glee is never good towards the end since they got into the habit of splitting seasons in two, and I really want to love it.
As for Rachel, Lea was on fire this episode. I loved her audition, because it really showed how good an actress she is. Her Fanny Price was like she was another person completely. I actually wished for a moment that she would be let go of the show, if only to be able to see something other than Rachel from her, cause it was that good. Still, her musical numbers were brilliant, I really like the direction her story is taking, and I really, really hope Finn’s ordeal won’t hamper it. I kinda want to know now, what they had planned for the show had Cory not passed away. I’m sad cause it had great potential, looking back. I also like that they’re keeping Santana close to Rachel, cause she’s gonna need all the support she can get when Finn dies, and it’ll make for some real sentimental sequences.
Finally, I really loved the McKinely bits on this episode (something a fellow writer on this site might find unbelievable). I like what they have decided to make of Kitty this season, and really wish she stays coherent this time, and not the weird changing whatever she was last year. I’ve never been too much of a fan of Artie, and so I’m not very sure I like their relationship, but I liked the plot, and (spoilert!) really loved that the secret thing ended in the same episode. One thing we learnt from season 4 was that dragging things out for too long is really a bad choice, so any sign of the contrary happening is welcome in my view.
Now, before I make my statement about what I think of the show and it’s possibilities for the year, I gotta give a shout out to that “Saw Her Standing There” number. It was utterly brilliant! I love the choices they’re making with the colour, and the photography, and the art this season, so I’m crossing my fingers it’s not just cause of the Beatlemania thing. Hopefully, it’ll keep up. Also, Marley was so funny in that scene, I couldn’t help but fall in love with her again.
So, to conclude, I loved the episode. It wasn’t the best. It isn’t the quality of the first two seasons yet, but it’s getting there. It’s reminding me of all I loved about Glee, and which made me defend it so badly when being a Gleek was a stigma, way back when. Hopefully the crew and the cast will keep up the good work. So I can be proud of watching this show as I was before.
As for being a bit more specific, I was absolutely sold on the Beatles tribute by this episode, which I wasn’t at all when I learnt about it. I really liked that they chose to keep some characters on the foreground and let others shine. One thing I hated about last season was that it felt crowded. However, the fact that Mercedes just keeps popping up standing in the back is getting annoying. They have to choose whether to take her off completely or give her a real part, cause it’s just creepy at this point. It’s like they’re treating Amber as a smiling, clapping prop. Unfortunately, with her appearance on DWTS, it doesn’t seem like that’s changing soon.
Still, to close this up, I’ll just say I’m excited for next week and the ones to come. I just wanna know how the Finn thing will pan out, cause I’m anxious. I really wish it works out well. I trust Murphy to do a good job. I also hope, but also think it’s happening, that the writers know all the mistakes they made last year, and avoid making them again. Unity, coherence and good humour is all that Glee needs to become brilliant once more. Oh, and of course love. All everyone needs is love!
Luis Ruiz – @LuisR_Ruiz