Ok, I’ll admit it, I liked it. Well, let me be more specific, I tried to watch it in the beginning of the summer when they aired episode 1 and I HATED it. I mean hated, like could not even finish the episode which, for me, is very rare. But then, I saw a clip of the performance at the end when they sing “Don’t Stop Believing” and it made me really want to go back and watch the show. I heard from a friend that the episode aired wasn’t the full episode and that supposedly the full thing was much better. So when I saw that the producer’s cut was airing last night I decided to give it a chance.
This time around, I liked it much better. (Ironically, I actually ended up seeing the original episode not the producer’s cut which is four minutes longer. And apparently there is still a third version, the director’s cut, that will be aired next week.) I don’t think it deserves as much hype as it’s gotten. It isn’t the best thing to hit tv, but there’s something about it that’s fun. Rachel reminds me of Idina Menzel (both in voice, appearance, and HUGE mouth) who I am a big fan of. The teacher, Will Schuester, might be one of the less compelling characters for me. (Did anyone else get the sense that his wife was lying about being pregnant?) Actually, I guess I’m least interested in Emma, who is a combination of hot and quirky and is secretly in love with the married Will. Jane Lynch is of course funny, with her deadpan comic delivery. For the kids, it could go either way. If we only follow the two lead singers then I’m less interested because the other kids seem so much more fun. But we’ll see.
I’m not altogether surprised that I liked it since it’s basically High School Musical with some adults thrown into the mix. Finn’s storyline jock and secret singer is basically Troy but a little cuter looking. In my opinion anyway, some might disagree. I’m not sure where the show intends to go beyond this first episode since Finn seems to have already solved his do I or don’t I debate about joining Glee at the risk of ruining his reputation, Will has already decided to stay despite a baby coming, Rachel has finally found the outlet she needs to be a star and have an equal partner, and the club is already talented and has garnered a full roster. But I’m curious, so I will definitely be watching.
And of course, the video of “Don’t Stop Believin'”: