The highly anticipated season 2 of Glee kicked off on Fox on September 21. Audiences have been anxiously awaiting the premiere episode. Does Glee live up to expectations?
Glee became a huge hit last year it in its premiere season. The show centers on a fictional glee club at William McKinly high school in Lima, Ohio. The majority of the cast from last year has returned, and for the second season, Glee has added many new faces. Season 2 spoilers have announced many new and returning guest stars in the upcoming season as well including Gweneth Paltrow, Brittney Spears, and Kristin Chenoweth.
Episode 1 Summary
Episode 1 of Glee’s season 2 begins by catching up the audience to the beginning of the new school year. A student blogger asks Glee club members about their summer and reveals, among other things, that Rachel and Finn are dating and Tina and Artie are not. Soon after, one of Glee’s newest cast members is introduced, a female football coach eerily similar to Sue Sylvester.
The Glee club performs a rendition of Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind to encourage new members to sign up. Finn notices a new football player with potential, and Rachel attempts to recruit a foreign exchange student until she realizes how amazing she can sing. For a change this season, Will and Sue team up together in a plan to rid the school of Coach Beiste (the new football coach.)
During a rendition of Travis McCoy’s Billionaire, the new football player, Sam, demonstrates his talent. Rachel overcomes her fears of losing her “star” status by inviting Sunshine, the talented foreign exchange student, to the Glee club auditions. Artie asks Finn’s help to join the football team, which leads to Coach Beiste removing Finn from the team.
Quinn returns to the Cheerios as head cheerleader, replacing Santana who loses her position due to a cosmetic surgery procedure. After realizing his actions had been childish, Will attempts to be nicer to Coach Beiste. Sunshine, after being led to a crack house by Rachel instead of the actual audition, sings a song from Dream Girls and wows the Glee club members; Rachel attempts to maintain a smile and not look worried during her performance.
The season 2 premiere of Glee ends with Will again at odds with Sue Sylvester, Sam taking Finn’s place on the football team and not joining Glee club, and Sunshine leaving New Directions for rival team, Vocal Adrenalin.
Season 2 of Glee, if episode 1 is a good indication, is looking to be an amazing season. Glee’s premiere episode showed true emotions of the characters rather than some of the over-the-top and choppy storylines of last season. The new characters introduced this week, Coach Beiste, Sunshine, and Sam, add a new level of dimension and appear to be good fits in the cast. The best part of Glee, the music, was incorporated well in to the story and highly entertaining. The only disappointment was the lack of Emma’s presence in the episode. Although summer seemed to drag on forever waiting for Season 2 of Glee, it was well worth the wait!
Episode 2, featuring Brittney Spears music and a cameo, will be on Tuesday, September 28th at 8:00 on Fox.
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Jessica Carlson, ‘Glee’ Gweneth Paltrow joins growing list of guest stars for Season 2. Examiner.com