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Glee: Season 2 Premiere - Audition reviewed

Glee: Season 2

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

What’s the story? In the second season opener, some new faces challenge old ones in Glee club auditions. Meanwhile, new and old relationships leave some happy and others alone.

Our verdict: E4 welcomed back US TV sensation Glee on Monday night (January 10, 2011) to usher in the New Year with some cheer. It duly succeeded to put a smile back on the face.

Having blown so many people away during its debut season, the sophomore run was always going to have its work cut out making sure it stayed fresh and vibrant, while playing to its strengths.

But if first episode Audition was anything to judge by, it hasn’t lost any of its spark. The songs were great, the performances lively and even the new characters impressed.

But while certainly taking steps to add a few new elements, the show’s creators didn’t lose sight of the things that helped to make it a success in the first place. Hence, Audition felt like catching up with old friends and one really bad enemy that we all love to hate.

As with the first season, Jane Lynch’s cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester once again stole the best moments and the best lines – spewing vitriol in whatever direction called for it.

Admittedly, there was mirth to be found in her fleeting friendship with Matthew Morrison’s Will Schuester, particularly as they found a common goal in undermining a potential new enemy in new football coach Shannon Beiste (Dot Jones).

But you sensed their truce couldn’t last forever and once Will grew a conscience, Sue was back to her fire-breathing best. And boy do her lines continue to be priceless… as is the relish with which she delivers them!

Fun, too, were the attempts to recruit new Glee club members, with Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry letting jealousy get the better of her when it came to the potential welcoming of highly talented Sunshine Corazon (Charice Pempengco) and new school quarterback Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet ) being put off by the stigma attached to existing members.

It should be fascinating, too, to see how potential new plotlines are developed, especially in relation to Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale)‘s heartbreak over being dumped by Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz), and dissatisfaction growing among cheerleading members.

Indeed, for a show synonymous with so much cheer (especially from the sceptics who don’t tune in), there was also a lot of gloom, with feelings of being an outsider and under-appreciated very much to the fore, and friendships, relationships and prospects at breaking point in many cases.

Fortunately, the songs did continue to inspire with renditions of Jay-Z’s New York State of Mind and Travie McCoy’s Billionaire the two outstanding picks.

All in all, then, a strong return for a show that looks poised to go from strength to strength while brightening up Monday nights as well!

Glee: Season 2 is on E4 on Monday nights from 9pm.