September 21st, 2011
12:04 PM ET
I am about to use a word I thought never to utter in reference to a "Glee" season premiere: "Meh."
First of all, I almost forgot the show was coming back, as these days it appears to be all "X Factor" all the time over at Fox. But when I tuned in, I at least expected to feel some excitement that summertime was over and class was back in session at McKinley High.
Well, not so much.
Everything is still pretty much status quo, except Sam is gone so Mercedes is dating a very large football player, Quinn has gone goth, Will and Emma are living together and Blaine has transferred in to be closer to Kurt. Only the final item got me to pay attention.
The plot line was all about how the glee club needed new members, and to that end, they staged a massive performance of the Go Gos' "We Got The Beat" in the cafeteria. It didn't at all impress their fellow students, and I was right there with them, almost tossing a handful of my own chips at the TV screen in solidarity.
There were a few bright spots: Blaine's rendition of the Tom Jones hit "It's Not Unusual" which had Santana all over him (I smell trouble this season coming her way); Emma misunderstanding Kurt and Rachel's "big announcement" and attempting to hand them a pamphlet titled "Me and My Hag"'; That pair's delightful rendition of "Ding-Dong, The Witch Is Dead"; and the appearance of new student Sugar Motto, who has a horrible voice and "self-diagnosed Asperger's syndrome."
But the best moment of the night went to 'The Glee Project" finalist Lindsay Pearce, who brought the roof down with her version of "Anything Goes." She was like Rachel on steroids with her pushiness and assertion that she's been working since she was a fetus (her sonogram appeared on an episode of "Murder, She Wrote"). Loved. Her.
Perhaps it was the freshness of Pearce that reminded me of "Glee's" days of old, but I can only hope the show gets better from this point. I miss cheering for the loveable losers who currently just seem whiny and desperate to me.
Co-creator Ryan Murphy told TV Guide he's very pleased with the new team of writers he's brought in. "We hired people who will read scenes and scripts and go, 'We can do better, let's change that.' Like, they'll literally say, 'You know what? We don't wanna do that with Mercedes. No one wants to f-ing see that,'" he said.
Let's just hope they have better on tap than what was offered on Tuesday night.
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