Find your voice. Stomp that yard. All that crap.
There was no glee club growing up in my suburban hideaway. There was a drama club that I would have reason to believe was similar. I was too busy getting (sorry mom) stoned and listening to Otis Redding records (originals). Staying after school reenacting any musical that involved sounding like Olivia Newton-John (heh well get back to this one) was outside of my playbook. But this program is nothing like the drama club at Barrington High.
I missed Glee the first few weeks that it was on, last year while wrapping up Lost I became a bit well…Lost. And I was very hesitant. I seriously despise musicals (just the crappy, I’m looking at you Phantom of the Opera, ones), and if this show were anything like an Andrew Lloyd Webber production I would have hung myself with the piano strings.
The first episode that I caught was the deal breaker and an accident, but I was hooked by Kurt’s singing of Single Ladies, and when I mean hooked, I mean I was attending Gleek High. I am fully convinced that this is the best program on TV right now (I have yet to see Boardwalk Empire). Glee is a perfect escape.
cheerleading coach (the school is known for their cheerleaders), is determined to make glee go away so her already inflated budget can go up.
Glee is perfect. Every one of the cast members is a triple threat (they can all sing, dance, and act). Sure they are all playing about 10 years out of their age range but the hell with that they look young enough. It is nice to see a group of diverse young actors (the show would call it “the saddest Benetton ad ever”). All of the characters seem cliché but as the show goes on we see them transcend into the Breakfast Club multidimensional young adults that the viewer can relate to.
All of the music is fu*cking brilliant. Yes, I said it. The music always ironic or thematic or satirical just fits perfectly. The Kiss vs. Lady Gaga episode is brilliant. And even better the show is shot on film not digital and the blu-ray shows this off.
- Behind the Pilot: A Visual Commentary with Cast and Crew – a fantastic commentary track.
- Glee Sing Along Karaoke (1080p, 10:21) – Karaoke versions of “Alone,” “Somebody to Love,” “Keep Holding On,”and “Don’t Stop Believing.”
- Glee Music Jukebox – If you just want to go to the music sequence.
- Staying in Step with Glee
- Bite Their Style: Dress Like Your Favorite Gleek
- Unleashing the Power of Madonna
- The Making of a Showstopper
- Welcome to McKinley! – Principal Figgins welcomes us to McKinley and shows us around his
- office in this mock introduction to the school. This is wicked funny.
- Glee Music Video (SD, 2:44)
- Full Length Audition Pieces (SD, 4:11)
- Fox Movie Channel Presents Casting Session
- Deconstructing Glee with Ryan Murphy
- Dance Boot Camp
- Jane Lynch A to Glee
- Meet Jane Lynch
- Things You Don’t Know About…
- Video Diaries
This show is much more than the Musical version of Degrassi that I had originally pegged it for. This is the rebirth of network television. Glee is entertaining humorous, and stylishly written; the cast is
relate-able and effortless and the musical sequences will have you singing alongside your coffee table, using the clicker as a mic.
Glee: The Complete First Season is available for purchase on Amazon.com and other fine DVD retailers.
Ratings are based on a 5-star scale.
Review by Bro’ B – Ben
Thank you to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for providing a copy for our DVD review. All opinions are strictly our own.