This summer, I'll be going back to review the season one episodes of FOX's Glee. These are fresh reviews, not reposts, and I hope you will enjoy reliving the first season with me.
Many things had to happen to set up the story in FOX's Glee "Pilot," which originally previewed in May 2009, then re-aired in September as the series went weekly. Glee is hinged on musical numbers, but with no glee club to speak of as the series begins, the first episode is very light on them. Instead, two major stories unfold. In one, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) finally gets the chance to live his dream, directing the glee club at the high school where he teaches.
He is basically restarting the program from the ground up, but is torn when his wife, Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), announces she's pregnant. Will considers giving up his passion to better provide financially for his family, but guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) convinces him that a life without joy is not one worth living. Meanwhile, Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) is blackmailed into joining the glee club, but once in, really loves in. He must decide if he should stick with something that makes him so happy, or bow to peer pressure about what is acceptable.
Perhaps the most perplexing thing about "Pilot" is that it begins with the Cheerios practicing, not anything to do with singing. In fact, the first few minutes are really not much of a set up of the premise. It's a little slow getting started.
Before Will can take over the glee club at McKinley High, the current director, Sandy Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) must be fired, which is done when Rachel (Lea Michele) accuses him, not falsely, of touching a student inappropriately while coaching the student to sing "Where Is Love?" Because proof is in short supply, charges are not pressed, but Sandy does leave the school and becomes a drug dealer. Though, apparently, all current members of the glee club, except Rachel, including the boy Sandy touches, have no desire to stick around, since Will must hold auditions and recruit new members. Why did they all jump ship? They are only there because they like Sandy's attention? If so, that's a bit sick. It doesn't quite add up.