Every time I watch “Glee” I feel like Tom Hanks in “Big” when he critique’s a new line of toys with, “I don’t get it.”
“Glee” is probably the most popular show on television, and I just don’t get it. Not that it’s a bad show, but I just can’t understand why audiences are so enamored—except for Jane Lynch’s fantastic Sue Sylvester.
Tonight’s episode welcomes back the Gleeks from summer vacation and not much has changed—they’re still the bottom of the high school food chain and emote through song—except Quinn (Diana Argon) is no longer preggers. There are some relationship break-ups, but I won’t spoil that for you.
The New Directions begin recruiting new singers to finally make nationals by staging a ridiculous performance of Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” Only a couple students take notice.
Rachel (Leah Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) ask the prospects to try out, but Rachel fears the new girl’s talent and attempts to sabotage her audition in her classic control freak fashion.
The most promising, and frustrating, new wrinkle is the addition of a female football coach—the manly Coach Bieste (Dot Marie Jones)—who typifies “Glee’s” technique of breaking stereotypes.
While I liked Marie Jones performance, especially her interaction with Lynch, it’s another case of “Glee’s” attacking stereotypes, only the reinforce them. This was a major problem for me last year, and it still fairly prevalent in the pilot.
My other quibble is creator Ryan Murphy insisted to focus this season on the core characters, but the first episode spent a lot of time with newbies and the second guest stars Brittany Spears who’s sure to suck up all sorts of air time.
“Glee's” writing is decent and the cast is talented, but too often it goes for the lowest common denominator humor and gimmicky guest stars. I guess I’m just a hater.
"Glee" 8 p.m. Tuesdays on Fox 2.5 stars