The title card for the musical comedy series G...

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A few nights ago, I finally got around to finishing the first season of the  sensational hit TV show Glee, and to be honest, I was sort of sad that there would be no new episodes until the second season premiere in September.

For those of you who haven’t been up-to-date with the latest in the television world, Glee only debuted on Fox a year ago. It’s a show about some 12 high school misfits who share a passion for show choir, lead by their equally misfit Spanish-turned-choir teacher Mr. William Schuester (Matthew Morrison). He also has to face much scrutiny from the cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) while he works out his own personal issues.

Gleeks, a combination of Glee and geeks, is the name of the show’s large fanbase, who are the major party responsible for transforming the show into a phenomenon. Their impact has been huge, but I am not surprised.

Glee combines everything you would expect from a high school based show, including issues on fitting in, being accepted, romance, teenage pregnancy, rivalries, competition, with an amazing  selection of songs, as the show’s main basis.

Though the storyline may not be the sharpest or the most continuous, they’re enjoyable because each character in the show represents a face of high school we may have experienced or are experiencing. They do however, need to de-emphasize teaching the viewers a lesson through those some 40 minutes of broadcast. I mean, we’ve been lectured on a million and one things in the show’s  first season (22 episodes). While it’s not a bad thing, I think TV shows in general should stop dumbing down things and let us think for a change (which is why I absolutely loved Inception).

Rachel and Finn

The true heart of the series, like I said above, is in its music selection and performances.  I got into the music months before I started watching theepisodes, and to be honest, I was more excited in seeing in what context the songs lie and how they are executed more than if Finn and Rachel end up together (okay, well I do care, but how that goes is obvious).

They’ve managed to take a lot of songs that have faded into obscurity and made them popular again. Case in point, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ , which is the show’s unofficial theme song. It has also been done in two different versions, one in the pilot episode and then one in the season finale. They’ve also taken old favorites like U2’s One and Aerosmith‘s Dream On (with the fantastically Awesome Neil Patrick Harris) and made them current (to quote American Idol).

And even though I don’t really agree with focusing the episodes on the work of one artist, the Madonna tribute episode was really well done, and I couldn’t stop laughing over Sue Sylvester’s rendition of Vogue. The Lady Gaga/Kiss episode wasn’t all the great, despite the hype, so maybe in Season 2, Ryan Murphy and Co. should cool it  and just do what they were doing at the beginning of the series. Let’s hope that the planned Britney Spears episode (featuring Brit herself) or any of the sort. Rumors have it that the Beatles may be featured!

Like A Prayer performance from The Power of Madonna Episode

My favorite of all the tens of songs that were featured this season has to be the duet/face-off between Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and Kurt Hummel (Chris Cofler) on Defying Gravity from the Broadway musical Wicked (which I have never seen but suddenly really want to). That high note is in fact the high note of the whole season, because it just leaves such a huge impact. It’s incredible that Cofler has never ever been in the professional world before this show. I’m really rooting for him to win that Emmy he was nominated for.

So until September gets here, I will be busy catching up on another, albeit less fun, TV show by the name of Gossip Girl, where I will spend my time trying to figure out who is the better looking guy: Chuck, Nate, or Dan.

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