"Glee" Recap: 'The New Rachel'
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Sep 13, 2012 - 10:03:08 PM
HOLLYWOOD—The hit FOX show "Glee" is back for season four with new cast members, some special celebrity guests and a variety of songs on their playlist. The show premiered its new episode on Thursday, September 13 at 9 p.m.
The season four cast of "Glee"
Season three ended with emotions running high as the McKinley High School seniors we fell in love with decided what life would be like after high school. The "Glee" drama is split between those who graduated and those still part of the high school glee club that meets in the famous choir room.
Rachel Berry (Lea Michelle) is attending the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts and struggles to adjust to her new lifestyle. Kate Hudson made her debut on the show and will continue to be a recurring character as Rachel's dance instructor, Cassandra July. Hudson is hilarious as she seems to have it out for Rachel. As a younger and more flexible Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), Hudson will bring in lots of laughs throughout the series. Rachel also makes a friend out of fellow student Brody (Dean Geyer) who assures her he is straight. Not to mention he is very attractive and a great singer when Rachel hears him show off his pipes while he was in the shower.
In Lima, Ohio, the New Directions glee club has managed to climb the social ladder due to their recent win at nationals in season three. Now that Rachel is gone, the unofficial star of the club, newcomers come pouring in to take on the chance to take the spotlight. The remaining glee members are enjoying the new found popularity and also find themselves wanting to be the main attraction of the club.
The returning glee members battle to see who is the best performer as they sing "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. Not a strong way to start off as the first song of the night, but the songs leading up afterwards made up for it. Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) ends up winning the showdown, however, promises his boyfriend Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) that he will still allow everyone else to have their moment to shine.
We meet a variety of new characters who will bring new drama to the show such as Jake (Jacob Artist) who's extremely talented but with a chip on his shoulder, Marley (Melissa Benoists) who is an underdog of sorts with a secret and Kitty (Becca Tobin), the new head cheerleader who has filled in the role of the popular mean girl.
Although fans may miss the older generation of New Directioners, the new characters seem to deliver with great comedic abilities and interesting performances. The writers were able to maintain the variety of story lines with grace and this season looks like it will bring forward change to the show while sticking to what makes the show so loved.
Usually there is one main performance that stands out in each episode, but for the season four premiere I would have to say there are at least three. One of the greatest performances of the night were by Hudson who sang a mash-up of the songs "Americano" by Lady Gaga and "Dance Again" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull. She has a very distinctive voice that's very nice to listen to and she proves she has impeccable dance moves.
The second highlight performance belonged to the one and only, Rachel, as well as newcomer Marley. They both sing "New York State of Mind" by Billy Joel with great range and the way their voices blended was truly goose bump worthy. Lastly, Blaine with "It's Time" by the Imagine Dragons. He has not had one performance that was anything short of amazing and he may have been the smartest addition to the "Glee" cast.
The episode ends as Rachel pours her heart out to Kurt on the phone that the pressure at New York is getting to her and she misses him and all her friends. What she didn't know was that Kurt felt stuck in Ohio, therefore, with the support of his dad he decided to move to the big apple to pursue his dreams of Broadway. Rachel is ecstatic when she turns around to see Kurt waving at her and the two friends embrace.
It will be a fun season as we get to know new characters and catch up with old ones, such as Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) who has yet to appear. Fun song renditions and interesting character development is in store for the new season of "Glee."
"Glee" airs every Thursday at 9 p.m. on FOX.
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