Glee: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
High School Spanish teacher, Will Schuster (Matthew Morrison), takes over the Glee club to relive his glory days and help the kids come out of their shells and learn to express himself. On the road to Sectional’s and Regional’s, the Glee Club encounters adversity in the form of: slushy showers, rival Glee clubs and an overpowering cheer-leading coach, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), whose goal is to destroy their hopes and dreams. Add in an awesome soundtrack and dance numbers, and you have a very enjoyable television experience.
Not since the television show BUFFY: THE VAMPIRE SLAYER has TV made me so happy. From the first episode, GLEE hooks you and drags you into the bowels of William McKinley High School where outcasts are tortured and the school is run by the Cheerios (great name, right!). I’ll have to admit that after every single episode I was grinning from ear to ear and couldn’t get enough of the series. In fact, I watched the entire thing in two days.
The cast is absolutely amazing and the songs chosen by the writers/directors were paired so well with the storyline it was remarkable. It was exciting to see which songs would be used each episode and to watch not only the actors performing the song, but also watching clips of them singing the song during their day-to-day actions. On a side note, the performances from the character Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michele) were breathtaking and watching her perform induces goose bumps because of the range of her voice is crazy good. And speaking of cast, Jane Lynch was great and the show wouldn’t be what it is without her. Her diatribes about various topics were one of the best parts of the show and only a close second to the one-liners given by the ditsy cheerleader Brittany (best Brittany quote: “did you know that dolphins are just gay sharks?”).
If there is one downside, it would be that the side stories tended to drag out a little more than were necessary. The side plot about Schuster and his crazy wife drug on longer than necessary but luckily was cut about half-way through the season as was the relationship between the guidance counselor and the gym teacher. Also, I could have personally done without so many songs from Schuster and although Kristin Chenoweth is amazing and adorable, her character was pointless and didn’t further the plot at all. In fact, I’m pretty sure she was stuck in there because she’s wicked talented and may be friends with one of the producers.
In conclusion, I loved this show and would recommend it to anyone, although I think that it may be one of those series that you either love or hate. Either way, it is definitely worth checking out especially if you are a music connoisseur. Admittedly, there were many songs in this show that I had never heard, but they were directed and produced so well that they were still immensely enjoyable. And if GLEE isn’t your cup of tea, I think it is still worth the watch as a reminder of why we’re all so glad to be done with high school.
Video: Glee has a bit of a naturally saturated feel to it, so the HD Blu-ray transfer was a little soft.
Audio: The audio, on the other hand, was wonderful and with a soundtrack like this, you’re going to want all of your surround channels.
Behind the Pilot: A Visual Commentary with Cast and Crew: This is a side-by-side screen shot of the pilot episode with cast and director. It was an ok watch but there was a lot of laughing and inside jokes.
Glee Sing Along Karaoke (10:21)- Four Glee songs to karaoke to: “Alone, “Somebody to Love”, Keep Holding On” and “Don’t Stop Believing.”
Glee Music Jukebox –This is a special on each disc that allows you to jump to your favorite songs and even gives you an option to shuffle the order. This is really a cool feature and fun to play with.
Staying in Step with Glee (6:16)-We get a dance lesson to the number “Rehab” from Choreographer Zach Woodlee. Love this stuff, and yes I did dance along.
Bite Their Style: Dress Like Your Favorite Gleek (8:52)-Lou Eyrich, the Costume Designer gets his own featurette discussing the fashion and look for each character.
Unleashing the Power of Madonna (10:36)-Cast and crew talk about the Madonna episode, it’s Madonna so it’s totally worth the watch!
The Making of a Showstopper (17:22)-Featurette about the “Bohemian Rhapsody” number in the finale. A little long but if you enjoy the song then you may enjoy it more than I did.
Welcome to McKinley! (5:07)-This is an introduction to the school by Principal Figgins. Fluff piece.
Glee Music Video (2:44)-Music video with actors to the song “Find Me Someone To Love.”
Full Length Audition Pieces (4:11)-This is actually the auditions to get into the Glee club. So we get to hear full versions of songs from the students.
Fox Movie Channel Presents Casting Session (12:03)-This was more interesting than it initially sounded. I thought it was going to be just another fluff featurette, but it was actually the process the directing/producing team went through to find the cast of Glee. Which would be tougher than you’d expect since they had to act, sing and dance.
Deconstructing Glee with Ryan Murphy (2:49)-Very short piece from Ryan Murphy talking about the show.
Dance Boot Camp (3:12)-Quick look at the first day of dress rehearsal for the actors.
Jane Lynch A to Glee (00:52)-Complete waste of time, this was Jane Lynch reciting a line from a play she did in second grade.
Meet Jane Lynch (1:03)-We get a quick scoop on how Lynch feels about Sue Sylvester
Things You Don’t Know About… –Very, very short featurette with random facts about the actors. It’s broken up into four parts. Can’t believe they even added this in here.
Video Diaries (17:10)-Short video diaries from several of the actors during their stint on the show. This was interesting just because we get to hear from so many of the cast members.