Rachel turns on survival mode with the arrival of a new foreign exchange student who can belt out Lady Gaga like, well, Lady Gaga. Finn was kicked off the football team. Will, and New Directions, learn that their third place finish last year did not earn them any cool points as they are still the butt of every joke told in the halls and classrooms of McKinley High “And that’s what you missed on Glee.”
I really wish that the first episode of a new season didn’t feel the need to spell out everything that happened in the previous season. Glee accomplished this task terribly with a jump cut crazed fake news report starring that blogger Jacob(he is a student, right?) and the members of New Directions. I like it better when my favorite television program doesn’t wink at me.
Anyway Glee did gracefully get back into the swing of things pretty quickly. Finn and Rachel are dating and doing their best to act like an old married couple, I say “act” because you could hear them reading the dialogue for their fight. I mentioned Finn got kicked off the football team, that’s because coach Tanaka had a nervous breakdown and his replacement, a woman, doesn’t like Finn’s attitude. Specifically Finn plastering glee club flyers in the boy’s locker room and trying to get coach Beiste (it’s French) to give Artie a spot on the football roster. Artie (and Finn) thought he could be a cannonball, coach Beiste thought Artie could be a public relations nightmare so Finn’s off the team and problem is supposedly solved (though not really cuz Artie could still try out for the team and there’s nothing coach Beiste could do about that but I’m not here to split hairs.) Rachel is Rachel and although she acts plenty confident she’s as insecure as a vault with a chain lock. By the end of the episode Rachel’s greatest fear transfers to Carmel High to be the new lead for Vocal Adrenaline, talk about conflict resolution/foreshadowing. Finn tells us he’s a nobody because he’s not on the football team, so I guess we’ll keep believing that until he triumphantly regains his roster spot and starting position because he’s too pretty not to be popular (and he told us that he won’t be popular if he’s not on the football team, promise.).
Sadly without a bun in the oven Quinn seems like a fringe character, unless she finds some new drama (this is high school) to catch our attention (Finn better keep his guard up).
Coach Beiste. I’ll be honest- I thought coach Tanaka had a sex change. Well he didn’t and coach Beiste is here, presumably, to stay. Beiste and Sue are either blood sisters or perfect enemies, I can’t figure out which one. Oddly Sue and Will team up for much of the episode to give the budget hogging Beiste a hard time but as we all saw it coming from a mile away- Will couldn’t be that mean and apologized to coach Beiste. Will is a nice guy that’s why I like Sue.
Sue is why I’m still here. So without further ado, quotes from Sue-
“Think your kids can manage life without their daddy?”
“First of all female football coach like a male nurse- sin against nature.”
“You’ll deafen them with the sound of your stretch marks rubbing together.”
Now it’s time for the quote of the season, can’t believe I’m saying this, from Rachel-
“YOU LIKE ME SING. YOU LIKE ME SING VERY MUCH.”
What’d you think this episode? What do you think of the new additions to the cast? Did Lea Michele have those wonderful bangs last season?