September 2012

Glee: The new Rachel

The New Directions start season four with a bang.

Imagine Dragons? Adele? Billy Joel? That list alone was enough to entice me to watch the season opener of Glee last night, and even though I think it’s going to get really messy with Rachel’s college experience being run alongside the glee club, I have to say, I’m impressed.

The episode started out a little tediously, with the members of The New Directions all vying for Rachel’s coveted spot at the top performer. Tina’s diva persona was the worst, though they were all annoying. They were even breaking their “accept everyone” stance to sit at the cool kids’ table.

But by the time Brittany was making her old funny/stupid remarks, the kids had been put back in their place by a variety of means—one of which was their newest member, whom I adore so far. Yes! Another poor kid! It’s about time, especially given their community, which would likely yield lots of them.

Will you watch Glee this season?

Without Kurt and Rachel, I’m not sure if I even want to.

Sure, I love Tina and Mercedes, and Sam and Brittany are funny—but my two favorite Glee stars (as well as my favorite singer on the show, Santana) are both gone, and now I’m left wondering if I even want to watch.

Then there was this summer’s Glee Project, which was just as big of a joke as the last one. Again, a white boy without any noticeable reason to be on Glee­—no different abilities, nothing people make fun of, not even a personality at all, really—was selected as the winner, leaving me to wonder if Glee is really about the underdog, or about who Ryan Murphy and co. think will have girls squealing over the most.

We had some real contestants who should have made it on the show this year—from a girl in a wheelchair to a Muslim girl to a big, beautiful, confident girl to a couple of shy, coffee-house type singers, we had pretty much an entire Glee cast on our hands! Yet the producers chose the all-American boy. Again.

Well, last season it as an all-Irish boy, which was pretty much the same thing, in terms of what he brought to the show.