Is this a smart move? The characters are a big draw of Glee, and removing so many of them from the spotlight is hard. It's also very ambitious to follow seniors post-graduation, and it makes the scope of the series much bigger. Done right, this could be a cool, bold experiment in television. Done wrong, which it very easily could be, hanging on to characters that should have been let go, will kill the show. Let's hope for the former.
One of the two alumni featured is Kurt (Chris Colfer). He hangs around the high school, visiting Sue's (Jane Lynch) new baby, Robin (named after the actress who played Sue's sister), and attending glee club auditions. As boyfriend Blaine tells him, it's time to move on. With Blaine's encouragement sung to "It's Time," and Kurt's father's (Mike O'Malley) wise advice, Kurt finally takes the plunge and moves to New York City.
Will Kurt thrive there? After all, he has not been accepted to school in the Big Apple (yet). No one is saying that he has an easy road ahead. Does Glee go to far by pushing Kurt out of the nest in "The New Rachel?" Or does it stick to its positive messages and themes.
For Kurt, it's the right decision to make. This is a risk that he needs to take, to follow his dreams while he still can. It may end in disaster, but he has to try. And because this take place in TV fantasy world, it will work out. Cheesy? No doubt. It feels good anyway.
Rachel has a much less inspiring plot this week. She is chosen as the object of her new teacher, Cassandra July's (Kate Hudson, Almost Famous), torment. Which means that, not only does she have to work her butt off to dance, but she also gets picked on in the process by her alcoholic instructor. Then Rachel goes home to a roommate who is very, very friendly with the guys.
It's a rude awakening for Rachel. Although I don't like to see her miserable, though, I do wish it had lasted a little longer. With Kurt arriving, a new cute guy named Brody (Dean Geyer, Terra Nova, Neighbours) who can sing (see: "Sister Christian") in her life, and the grudging approval of Carmen (Whoopi Goldberg), things should turn around pretty quickly for the displaced diva.