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Glee Review: All You Need Is Love

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After news of Cory Monteith's sudden passing broke this summer, the question arose whether Glee would be the same. Could the show carry on without its male lead? Would it still have the same feel?

After tonight's Glee season 5 premiere, the answer is yes... and no.

Singing The Beatles

"Love, Love, Love" was a technicolor return for the series, full of fun music for the audience to keep the everyone singing along. But Finn Hudson's absence is evident.

Like any season premiere with a time jump from the previous season, much of the first episode back was spent filling in the holes in various storylines. The need for exposition is part of what makes time jumps awkward.

Tonight's Glee time jump was no different, and in a lot of ways, it robbed the audience of some good moments.

Kitty and Artie are an item. She's a nice girl now that there's a meaner Cheerio on the top of the pyramid. Instead of slowly evolving Kitty into this different person, the character snapped her fingers and did a 180 and we didn't get to see it. At least not really.

After having spent the time jump discussing Blaine's cheating and why and how he'll never do it again, Kurt and Blaine are back together. (We'll get to the over the top proposal in a minute.) A conversation about Blaine's infidelity is one I would have liked to have seen. The last we knew, they were just going to be friends who saw each other when Kurt was in Ohio or Blaine was in New York. Nothing serious. Kurt was going to sow his oats. But things went south with Kurt's NYADA love interest and we didn't get to see that, either. 

When it comes to bad news, Rachel is unpredictable. It's just as likely that she'll be overwhelmed with sadness and declare herself done with theater until someone comes along and sings a song to snap her out of it as it is that she'll brush it off and move on to something else with a song and dance of her own.

In a way, she sort of did both with "Yesterday" and "A Hard Day's Night," though "Yesterday" felt as much like a tacit acknowledgement of Cory Monteith's absence in her life as it did Rachel's sadness in overhearing the producers' conversation.

All time warp-ing aside, the episode felt off. Maybe it was the weirdly colored costuming and different camera techniques that seemed to be an attempt to bring some of the 70s into the Beatles assignment. 

Or maybe it was that there's a Finn Hudson shaped-hole in the Glee-verse that the audience can feel.

His absence, or rather, the absence of any mention of the character, was noticeable. Palpable, even. I kept imagining what it must have been like to be these actors and to have to go on set and film a show with such a loss hanging over them. 

It bummed me out to watch knowing Finchel can't be end game anymore and we haven't even gotten to the tribute episode yet.

One end game couple we may not have to wait for is Klaine. With a wildly dramatic proposal involving three other glee clubs, Blaine moved forward with his plan to pop the question. Kurt said yes. So I guess we're moving forward with another high school marriage proposal story line. 

All snark about the proposal aside - and I really, truly wish one of the things to come out of the time jump had been Blaine changing his mind - his monologue about how he and Kurt, in any life, just keep finding their way to one another, was really kind of beautiful. 

It's never really felt like I've been getting to know you. It's always felt like I was remembering you from something. As if in every lifetime that you and I have ever lived we've chosen to come back and find each other and fall in love all over again, over and over, for all eternity. And I just feel so lucky that I found you so soon in this lifetime because all I want to do, all I've ever wanted to do, is spend my life loving you. So, Kurt Hummel, my amazing friend, my one true love, will you marry me? | permalink

Overall, tonight was as awkward as expected. While it was a decent and typical Glee return, there's a sadness sort of looming over the show now. I'm interested to see where we'll go from here. Besides prom, of course.

What did you think of Glee's return? Did "Love, Love, Love" live up to your expectations?

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Season 5 is picking up in the spring of the same school year. The first two episodes for this season were written last spring while season 4 was still going on. I'm sure they had to tweak it when Cory died over the summer, but the Beatles double-whammy was already planned for the season 5 opener. Finn is away at college, as far as anyone knows (character-wise in the show). Finn doesn't actually die till between episodes 2 and 3. Frankly, I loved the subtle tribute they gave to Finn/Cory without mentioning him by name when Rachel was singing "Yesterday"... Sardi's, Central Park, the expansive bubble floating in front of Rachel as she walked toward the camera... all places Finn & Rachel had gone when New Directions was in NYC for Nationals two seasons ago.

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I'm so sorry, but after the goodbye episode to Cory/Finn, I'm done with Glee. I loved the show in Season 1 and tolerated it after only because of the Rachel/Finn story line, and maybe Kurt's as well. But now it's just all over. Rachel's impending devastation was just too damn awful to endure, and Kurt's new engagement to Blaine is beyond ridiculous. Never mind that too over the top proposal, but it was too reminiscent of Rachel and Finn's engagement when they were still at McKinley. For me the show is over. It has been getting worse for a long time now, only giving good or great stuff every now and then. But with Finn gone and Kurt's story line bordering on the impossible. I'll watch only to cry my eyes out for Cory and Finn. But after that, good bye Glee. Thanks for the memories. Godspeed.

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The storyline in McKinley was lame and boring, They repeat situations like beauty and the beast, Tina without a boyfriend, Sue taking over the school. Boring, boring, boring, It loocks like New York will be more interesting I think now Santana will compete with Rachel for being in Broadway (both of them danced in front of the producers), but the absence of the character of Finn was so evident and the look of Lea Michele was like someone making a big effort trying not to burst into tears, so sad.

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@Mladen - Glee has moved to 'digital' instead of film this year - thus the changes you see. I loved this episode, the music was great and it was fun and colorful. The 3rd episode tribute will be hard to watch, but Finn needs a farewell. I have always enjoyed Glee, so I will definitely keep watching. Also, it's not like Klaine is getting married right away - this engagement/marriage storyline will last the entire season and probably into Season 6 along with Rachel's struggle for Broadway. It was announced that these were the 2 major story arcs coming up.

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I don't blame Ryan Murphy for not doing the tribute episode right away. It would have put a black cloud over the entire season. I did feel bad for Lea Michele during this episode. She looked like she was ready to burst into tears at anytime. This episode was OK but I can't wait for next week when Demi Lovato joins the show

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this season makes me feel not interested in mc kinley high anymore... im more now interested in NYC story...

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Glee has become as political as can be. I have no more use for it
I'm sick and tired of the homosexual issue and mostly the same sex
marriage.
Stop shoving it down our throats. Blaine and Kurt are ridiculous.
No more Glee for me, my family and friends.

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I really felt like the tribute episode should have come first. I am annoyed by the upbeat tone of the Beatles episode knowing what is coming in 2 weeks. I feel like they needed to address it right away so the tone of the show can work its way back up to the positive level they wanted to be at in this episode. It also felt wrong to have Kurt proposed to without Finn there or any mention of why he wouldn't be there seeing as they are step brothers. I honestly feel like it was a little selfish of Ryan Murphy to do Beatles first because it's like ummm sorry Cory I was already planning this in advance and your death will not change my plans. My sister even pointed out that it would have made the proposal and Kurts acceptance make more sense because the issue of life is too short would have come into play.

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I agree with allie 701. I've outgrown the childishness of Glee McKinley. I don't care for Klaine. But, I do love The Beatles. Glee did an OK job of covers. The stories don't do anything for me. After eoisode 3 where we can say goodbye to Finn and Cory, it is time for me to take leave of Glee. It doesn't entertain me anymore. I don't like the characters. I sit and wonder when I'm supposed to laugh at any scene. And the proposal was totally outlandish and for me I really don't care for Klaine. So the Blaine singathon and his multiple songs just leave me empty. I need to gas up on other entertainment. IMO, Glee is awful.

Glee Season 5 Episode 1 Quotes

We met right here. I took this man's hand and we ran down that hallway. Those of you who know me know I'm not in the habit of taking the hands of people I've never met before, but I think that my soul knew something that my body and my mind didn't know yet. It knew that our hands were meant to hold each other, fearlessly and forever. Which is why it's never really felt like I've been getting to know you. It's always felt like I was remembering you from something. As if in every lifetime that you and I have ever lived we've chosen to come back and find each other and fall in love all over again, over and over, for all eternity. And I just feel so lucky that I found you so soon in this lifetime because all I want to do, all I've ever wanted to do, is spend my life loving you. So, Kurt Hummel, my amazing friend, my one true love, will you marry me?

Blaine

America, your prayers have been answered. Sue Sylvester is back at McKinley.

Sue

Glee Season 5 Episode 1 Music

  Song Artist
Glee cast i saw her standing there I Saw Her Standing There Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast a hard days night A Hard Day's Night Glee Cast iTunes
Glee cast youve got to hide your love away You've Got To Hide Your Love Away Glee Cast iTunes