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“We have to go from a small rebel force to a giant wall of sound.”: Audition (2×1) Gleecap

September 22, 2010

Yay, Glee is back! Glee is back, hooray!

Glee is back, ladies and gentlemen! With “Audition,” I really thought that Glee was perfectly in its element. Sure, there were definitely a lot of introductions to new characters and new storylines, but the laughs were there, the songs were excellent, and we even got a taste of some high school drama. With the start of a new season, I’m going to start writing my gleecaps in a new way, using several different categories to talk about my favourite and least favourite parts of each episode. At times if there’s a lot more to comment on or analyze, I’ll write a longer introduction, or I’ll add more categories as I see fit. So, without further ado…

Favourite storyline: Both Finn and Quinn’s quests to regain their popularity were the most interesting for me this week, particularly that they both tried to do so by trying out for the Cheerios (and on that note, huge props to Cory Monteith for taking advantage of his naturally bad dancing skills in his Cheerios audition). While less than a season ago Quinn and Finn were the most popular kids in school, they’ve since fallen to the bottom of the social ladder. And although it seemed like both had come to terms with their new status ranking, they’re both now grasping to regain hold of their former king and queen roles. What’s most interesting to note is that where Finn fails, Quinn succeeds, even though last year, it was the opposite. When news of Quinn’s pregnancy hit McKinley High in “Mash-Up” last year, Sue immediately kicked Quinn off the squad. Finn, however, was allowed to remain both a football star and a glee stud, not being affected by the same social stigma as Quinn. Now this year, Quinn’s back as head cheerleader, while Finn’s been kicked off the team – a very interesting switch.

In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made...

Favourite song: All of the songs were great this week, but “Empire State of Mind” stuck with me the most. I’m a sucker for big group numbers, and as the only New Directions group number we’ve gotten to hear so far, this one helped fill that vacancy for me. From the ridiculous outfits (Kurt’s hair was hilariously amazing) to the cute dance moves to the outdoor setting with the noble cause of trying to recruit new glee club members, this whole performance was a winner for me.

Favourite quote(s):
Will: Wait, the kids don’t like it when I rap?

Puck: You know why Helen Keller couldn’t drive, right? ‘Cause she was a woman!

Favourite character: Newcomer Sam was a favourite for me in this episode. So innocent, so youthful, and so very much like Finn last season. He loves to sing and he clearly admires Finn…until Finn becomes just another “glee loser.” Sam’s just like Finn was at the beginning of last season: scared of being unpopular. Sam plays this role well, plus the kid’s got a nice voice, so all around, I’m looking forward to more from him.

Favourite tie-in to previous episodes: Finn discovering Sam’s singing prowess in the locker room beautifully mirrored Will discovering Finn’s singing prowess in the locker room in the pilot, right down to Finn peering around the lockers in the exact same way as Will did, and to the shots of Sam’s feet which mimicked the pilot’s views of Finn’s.

Weak point(s): Not many of the characters got much screen time this week, but I understand that when you have three new big characters to introduce, it’s hard to give everyone their fair share. I do wish there had been more Puck, Kurt, and Mercedes time, however, and it was disappointing that Emma was nowhere to be seen. On the other hand, getting to see so much of Tina and Mike Chang (and I’m not just talking about how much of Mike’s body we saw…but that was quite the highlight, too!) was a very pleasant surprise.

Favourite guest star appearance I wasn’t expecting: I knew all the new main characters were showing up this week (save John Stamos who will make his debut on the show next week, as Emma’s dentist boyfriend Carl), but I wasn’t expecting Cheyenne Jackson to appear as the new coach of Vocal Adrenaline at the end of the episode! That guy’s hilarious and this was a great little moment.

Favourite throwaway line/reference: Tina and Mike hooked up at ASIAN CAMP?! Ridiculously hilarious. I had heard ahead of time that they had hooked up at camp, so I theorized with my friend about what camp it could have been based on what they had in common, and I jokingly suggested Asian Camp. And I was right. Ridiculous!

Next week: “It’s Britney/Brittany, bitch!” Tons of Britney Spears hits and even an appearance from the pop starlet herself, all in one amazingly over-the-top episode that will surely try to rival “The Power of Madonna” for best amazingly over-the-top episode. Watch the preview below:

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2010 9:23 am

    I loved Empire State of Mind, especially the setting they sang it in! So many of the performances are in the practice room or on stage or just one or two of the characters singing somewhere but this was fantastic!

  2. Carole permalink
    September 22, 2010 2:23 pm

    Coach Bieste looked like Ken Tanaka in drag!

  3. Ashleigh permalink
    September 28, 2010 10:47 am

    I loved how when Sunshine and Rachel were singing telephone everytime Rachel was singing she was throwing it in Sunshine’s face and Sunshine like didn’t even notice she was in a sing off lol! I laughed at the end when Sue just came in and screamed SHUT UP!!!!! lol

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