A lot of Glee
fans complain that the show has lost some of the magic it had back in season 1. Well, in the next new episode, "Sweet Dreams," Glee
is going back to where it all began.
In the episode, Rachel finally auditions for Funny Girl
on Broadway, and during her audition, her mind flashes back to the
start of New Directions and the iconic performance that ended the pilot,
Journey's "Don't Stop Believin.'"
This means the red shirts are back and, for the first time all season, Rachel, Finn, Kurt, Tina, Mercedes and Artie are reunited. Here the six original members of New Directions reminisce about recreating that memorable performance.
Even as someone who isn't totally on board with the New York storyline, it's impossible for me not to smile at this video. Seeing these six characters together again, even for a fantasy dream sequence, is enough to reignite that spark of "Wow, I remember falling in love with this show."
Of course things are different. Tina's hair has changed and Kurt is, as Lea Michele points out, is "17 feet taller." But it's still sweet, especially the way Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz talk about how much their roles have changed (being the big stars in a group of newbies as opposed to swaying gently in the background).
All of this goes down in "Sweet Dreams," plus the return of Idina Menzel as Rachel's biological mother, Shelby Corcoran (most likely to offer some audition advice) and NeNe Leakes as Coach Roz Washington, who is taking over the Cheerios now that Sue has been fired. There's also a plot for Finn and Puck becoming college roommates.
After an episode set entirely at McKinley, it will be interesting to see Glee
get back to its roots by focusing on the original stars.Glee
airs Thursday at 9pm on FOX.
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