Let’s face it, Glee has become a phenomenon. Not only does it have many fans who love it, Glee seems to have just as many folks who despise the show’s popularity. Whether or not you agree that Glee deserves the praise it gets (I most certainly think it does), no one can deny that Ryan Murphy has created something that will be remembered for years to come.
Glee centers around Spanish teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), who decides to take over the Glee Club of his local high school. He tries his best to make it a great experience, but is blocked at every turn by cheer coach Sue Sylvester (the amazing Jane Lynch.) Last season focused on diva-in-training Rachel Berry (Leah Michele) and her crush on high school jock turned singer Finn (Cory Monteith), as well as the teen pregnancy storyline involving Finn’s ex-girlfriend Quinn (Dianna Agron).
I had the opportunity to watch Glee – Season 2, Volume 1 and although some of the earlier episodes missed some of the magic from season one, soon a strange thing seemed to happen — this season took a more dramatic and controversial turn. Glee suddenly tackled a subject that hits close to home for many, and began to delve deep into character as a main focus instead of just which popular song will be showcased in a given episode — they initiated a storyline which centered on the bullying of Kurt (Chris Colfer), a gay member of the Glee Club. Yes, the bullying storyline may not be respected by all, but it is relevant and important, and I am really glad that a show such as Glee took on the subject.
I think that the top episode in this group is “Never Been Kissed.” That one amazing episode that not only introduced the bullying storyline, but brought such an emotional depth to the bully, Karofsky (well played by Max Adler), that we as an audience even start to worry about him and whether or not he will get a happy ending. Those are the moments that earn Glee its spot as a pop culture icon.
The DVD set comes with extras, which are fun, but somehow I wish there had been a bit more. Perhaps I am just a bit spoiled, but with everything surrounding the current storylines, I would have loved to have seen a featurette that explained how and why the creators came up with such a powerful idea. However, they are worth a view.
Said extras included “Getting waxed with Jane Lynch,” which is not what you think, but a look into how Sue Sylvestor becomes immortalized as a wax figure. There is also one on our favorite Cheerio Brittany S. Pierce (Heather Morris), a making of on “The Rocky Horror Glee Show;” and an interview panel with the cast at Comic-Con. Naturally, the wit of Brittany is a big highlight, however it is fun to watch the audience reaction at Comic-Con, as well as their questions, which shows just how popular Glee really is among its fans.
Overall, though the extras might not be everything I wanted, Gleeks everywhere can enjoy many of their most recent favorite moments, or even watch Darren Criss and Chris Colfer duet again on “Baby it’s Cold Outside.”