First Impressions
 

Glee

Aired on: FOX


Reviewed by Melissa Minners

 

            I had seen some coming attractions for the much hyped comedy called Glee and thought them to be rather funny, but missed the pilot episode that aired in May 2009.  Since that date, everyone had been raving about the show and it hadn’t even enjoyed its season premiere.  I decided I had to check out this new show airing on FOX as soon as its season began.

            Matthew Morrison stars as Will Schuester, former student of William McKinley High School has returned to the school as a Spanish teacher.  Back when he was in high school, the Glee Club was the top program in the school, but things have changed over the years and the cheerleaders have virtually taken things over under the leadership of coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch).  But Will has a dream - to recreate the Glee Club of his heyday and mold his group of “misfit” singers into a top notch song and dance crew capable of winning a national competition.

            Jayma Mays is Emma Pillsbury, a germaphobic guidance counselor with a tremendous crush on Will despite the fact that he is married and possibly expecting a child.  And then there’s the Glee Club themselves: high school quarterback Finn Hudson (Corey Monteith), nerdy overachiever Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), diva Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), flamboyant Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), paraplegic Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale) and Asian-American goth Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz).

            In this episode, Will learns that he must recruit more singers to his group in order for them to be able to compete in nationals.  In an effort to do so Will proposes that the group perform in front of the student body at the upcoming Pep Rally,  Unfortunately, the song he selects for the group is from his tour as a Glee Club member and not even close to what the new club would even want to perform.  Hoping to help their Glee Club coach, the group bands together to learn a new song for the rally, but will the club be a hit, or will the song they perform get them suspended and the Glee Club shut down for good?

            First off, let me start out by saying that I have never laughed so hard at a television show in my life!  Glee is head and shoulders over most comedies out there, taking situations all of us can relate to and exaggerating them to a point that they become hilarious.  And the show tackles some pretty heavy topics, offering great advice while still injecting some hysterical comedy.  In just this episode alone, Glee touched upon celibacy, teenage hormones, bulimia, adult and teenage crushes, OCD, self-respect, infidelity and more.

            And the music!  These performers are amazing.  Although the group performed songs like Le Freak by Chic, Push It by Salt-N-Pepa, I Say a Little Prayer by Dionne Warwick and Take a Bow by Rihanna, the best performance of the night was Kanye West’s Gold Digger.  Amber Jones showed incredible range as a vocalist in her intro solo and Matthew Morrison’s rapping was terrific.  The performance of Gold Digger is going to be quite hard for Glee to top, but I look forward to watching them try.

            Glee is a fun show that virtually all of us can relate to in some way, whether you were a member of the Glee Club in high school, part of one of the numerous high school cliques, or suffered from some of the problems the students and teachers of William McKinley High School are coping with.  Serious subjects are tackled in a humorous way that still injects a serious message about the issue at hand.  The performances are well-choreographed and incredibly enjoyable and the storyline is captivating.  I can’t wait to see the next episode of Glee airing Wednesdays at 9:00PM EST on FOX!

 

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