After lots – and lots and lots and lots – of build up, the second season of “Glee” kicked off Sept. 21 with the episode “Audition.” The new season introduces a few new characters, Sunshine Corazon, Sam Evans, and Coach Beiste.
Sunshine, played by Filipina celebrity Charice Pempengco, is a foreign exchange student who is not only shorter than Rachel, she also (gasp!) has a pretty fantastic voice. Needless to say, she will be filling the much-discussed role of Rachel’s rival.
Chord Overstreet (I can’t help but mention how awesome that name is) plays Sam Evans, a transfer student who, despite his musical talent, refuses to join Glee so as not to become a social pariah.
And of course, let’s not forget The Beast. Also known as The Panther. Also known as Shannon Beiste (pronounced beast – “It’s French”), the new coach of the football team, who’s responsible for slashing the Glee club/Cheerios budgets. She’s played by champion arm-wrestler Dot Jones.
There are more characters coming, because as I’m sure we’ve all heard, John Stamos will be appearing as Emma’s dentist/love interest. Also, I’ve been hearing about another character similar to Mercedes, although I can’t confirm it yet.
I can’t even put into words how excited I am about these new characters. I have a feeling they’re going to make this season very interesting.
Obviously after all the loose ends of last year’s conflicts were tied up in a neat little bow, there had to be a lot of new plot lines introduced. A lot. It was almost ridiculous. I’d love to recap all this new drama we have to look forward to, but there’s so much it’s impossible.
But some things never change: Everyone still hates Glee club. That’s why Sam wouldn’t join and why the Glee-clubbers are still getting slushied in the hallway. And that is also why the Glee clubbers need to do well in nationals this year, which take place in New York. I know we’ll be hearing more about this as the season goes on, so I’ll leave it alone for now.
As for the music in this episode, it was amazing – completely, utterly amazing. Per usual. There was a good variety, ranging from current, more pop-ish music (“Billionaire,” “Empire State of Mind,” “Telephone”), to the musical classics (“Listen,” “What I Did for Love”). And as always, all of the numbers were performed brilliantly.
“Billionaire” introduced Sam’s talents well – I think I like his voice even more than Finn’s or Puck’s – and it doesn’t hurt that it’s a really catchy song.
And as for Sunshine’s “Listen” – holy cow. Holy. Cow. I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of Charice before, but it is astounding to hear a voice like that come from such a tiny person. I was blown away.
I thought “Empire State of Mind” was pretty good; not my favorite, but certainly not bad. Who knew Artie could rap so well?
The only song that I didn’t really care for was “Telephone.” I like the song normally, but those weird, robotic noises shouldn’t come from two girls dancing around in a bathroom. Had the producers left it alone and un-edited, it would’ve been a lot better.
And also, am I the only one who thought Rachel getting all up in poor Sunshine’s ear was really, really creepy?
Overall, I feel like they couldn’t have started off Season 2 any better. Not that it was flawless: The cruelty exhibited by some of the characters, particularly Mr. Shue and Rachel, was surprising, to say the least. I mean, we can expect that from Sue, but Rachel and Mr. Shue should be above that. Maybe it was just a quick, one-episode thing; I really hope this won’t keep up, but I guess I’ll have to see.
Despite those few setbacks, the show was great. It was as hilarious as ever, with so many quotable lines it’s astounding (in fact, I have “You’re all coffee and no omelet” as my status on Facebook right now). I just about lost it when Brittany said she spent the summer lost in the sewers. Oh, and I’m positive that “Boobs McGee, you’re demoted to the bottom of the pyramid” will go down in “Glee” history.
Catch next week’s episode, “Britney/Brittany,” at 8 p.m. Tuesday night on FOX 43. The episode will be Britney Spears-themed, centering around Brittany, and featuring a cameo from Britney Spears herself.Read More