After being hyped up for several months, Fox finally debuted it’s newest teen show Glee last night. My first impression of the show is that a worn out run down formula has been put in place once again. Let’s steal the football player who is way too sensitive to be a jock for the Glee club ala American Pie. You can almost see Chris Kline in the face of Cory Monteith. But at the same token, the quirky little almost musical kind of tickles your funny bone in just enough manner to keep you watching.
The music is well placed and sometimes irrelevant throughout the first episode. But it kind of wears on you and makes you wonder what is coming next. I found myself laughing at the background music even though it was a bit distracting at times.
The main plot surrounds a teacher who is actually paying extra money to put the Glee club back on the map. Ah,but this teacher is married to a woman he doesn’t seem to really enjoy anymore and he’s being nearly stalked by a fellow teacher. That teacher in turn is being stalked by the not so buff football coach who “doesn’t really care about football” anyhow.
So the Glee Club is formed and made up of a variety of different characters that seem odd enough to fit the club but not normal enough to fit the real world of high school. It kind of adds up to a somewhat compelling cast who seems to be good enough to make it in at least the third round of American Idol tryouts. In other words, they can use some work but it’s not too shabby overall.
The premiere ended with what was a fantastic rendition of the Journey song “Don’t Stop Believing”. I’ll have to say I couldn’t turn it off and wondered what the group was capable of producing in the following weeks. It’s kind of a teaser of what’s to come.
Glee will bring music upon music and guest stars in it’s initial 13 show run. It turns out that the premiere episode was just plain fun. I wanted to grab the remote and flip sometimes but I found myself drawn to the characters and the quirkiness of the show. It’s the show you hate to love but you still love it anyway. I wouldn’t say it’s quite irresistible yet but that depends on the substance and music in the upcoming episodes. I’d put the quirkiness on the same level as Scrubs and unlike some who had tried it seems to actually work. It’s just often bizarre at times, too. The high schoolers sometimes don’t look so much in that age category but Grease didn’t really either and no one seemed to care.
The Fox show Glee might fade into oblivion much like an artist who sells his or her share of records and then just dissolves into the liquidity of the music world. But with good strong plots and solid musical numbers, it just might be a lot more than a one hit wonder, too.