”Glee” returned this week with the season premiere, “Audition,” which featured the debut of Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Charice (Sunshine) as well as a McKinley High’s new football coach, Shannon Bieste (played by Dot Jones).
The former football coach, Pat Tanaka (Patrick Gallagher), was written off in classic TV trope fashion by having a nervous breakdown – though the character had really ran his course after the whole engagement to Emma Pillsbury. Speaking of Emma (Jayma Mays), she was absent this episode – but I’ve got a feeling she’ll be showing up soon, as her dentist boyfriend (John Stamos) appears to be starring in this season’s second episode.
Another character missing is Matt, aka light-skinned football player turned backup dancer. Again, in classic throwaway fashion, Matt transferred to another high school. It makes sense – there just isn’t enough room to showcase everyone’s talents, and so by removing Matt and adding Sam (who I believe will be Kurt’s first boyfriend), there’s a more fleshed out Glee club, rather than 8 amazing kids and 4 who seem to just fill up positions.
One of those “kids in the background” who’s getting her shot is Heather Morris, aka Brittany – the dumbest blond cheerleader of all-time. The “Britney/Brittany” episode will highlight Morris and also feature the highly-anticipated guest appearance of Britney Spears.
The featured songs for the “Britney/Brittany” episode are:
“Oops!… I Did It Again”
“…Baby One More Time”
“Me Against the Music”
“I’m a Slave 4 U”
If you’re not watching this show, then you’re really missing out. I understand musicals aren’t for everyone (whatever that means) but it’s probably the best show on television right now – and I’m not talking about from a personal entertainment standpoint, but rather the quality of the production.
The writing is crisp and hilarious and to think about the amount of work put in to choreography and writing and recording music is just mind-boggling, not to mention all that goes into shooting these musical pieces on a television budget and producing episodes on schedule.
This season appears to be rather ambitious, but that’s to be expected – all that matters is that the cast and crew don’t lose sight of the heart of the show, the music. Cast members come and go, storylines payoff or crumble under their own weight, but the act of singing a song and having people connect to it – that’s all that matters, honestly.
With that being said, I would love to see even more variety in their musical choices. As Mr. Schuester pointed out, the Glee kids are always doing ’80s pop songs or show tunes – and already with this episode they appear to be branching out with contemporary pop and hip-hop hits like “Empire State of Mind” and “Billionaire.”
There’s been flashes of classic rock throughout the show, but I would really like to see some Weezer or Green Day on the show – maybe some Smashing Pumpkins or Nirvana. The boys always need something to do, and I don’t think you’re going to hear Finn singing songs from Wicked anytime soon – so why not go back to the formula from last year (Finn and Puck’s version of Beck’s “Loser” was awesome) and pull out some ’90s alternative rock.
I’m excited about Glee’s suedo-Halloween episode this year, where the group will be performing songs from “Rocky Horror Picture Show” – one of my favorite musicals. But before that, on the October 5th episode, there’s apparently a religious theme going on. The episode “Grilled Cheeseus” will include covers of Barbra Streisand’s “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” and R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”).
I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of Lady Gaga or Madonna on the show, and rumor has it the show will feature songs by Paul McCartney and the Beach Boys this year as well. At least they’re expanding and trying to keep the show filled with variety. I’m excited – I’ve watched the premiere three times already. It’s just a damn good show.