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'Glee' Season 3 Premiere Recap

by Crystal Bell, posted Sep 21st 2011 2:15AM
['Glee' - 'The Purple Piano Project']

Gleeks, rejoice! The new season of 'Glee' is finally upon us, and it looks like co-creator Ryan Murphy has learned from his past mistakes because the show's Season 3 premiere brought us back to the basics -- underdogs, show tunes and Sue Sylvester.

That's right, unlike Season 2, Sue is back in fighting form, and she's not only taking on the McKinley High glee club, but she also has her sights set on destroying every single glee club, everywhere.

But that's not the only thing that's changed. Mercedes has got herself a new man, Quinn has a new 'do (and a nasty attitude to go along with it) and Rachel and Kurt are suddenly BFFs after their breakfast at Tiffany's.

Yet, even after a summer of changes, the glee club still remains at the bottom of the social ladder. Some things never change.

Thanks to Jacob (a.k.a Jew-Fro) and his hand-held camera work, we know what everyone's been up to during the summer. Sam's dad found a job out of town, so he had to back up his guitar and say goodbye to his girl Mercedes. And if you thought Mercedes was going to be heartbroken, think again. She's found herself a new man -- and he looks like the popular, football-playing type.

Meanwhile, Tina sets the record straight. She and Artie are juniors, and her dancer boyfriend Mike Chang is a senior. I'm hoping this doesn't mean that Tina and Artie get underused (again) this season because they still have one more year. That's not cool, Murphy. What happened to equal opportunity?

And then there's Finn, who looks just as dazed and confused as he sounds. You see, unlike overly ambitious girlfriend Rachel, Finn has no idea what he wants to do with his life, and with only one year to figure it out, he better set a goal for himself that's not getting to second base with Rachel Berry. Maybe not wearing white would also be a attainable goal for Finn. After all, those slushies tend to stain, glee-otch.

During the glee club meeting -- and after Finn recovered from his slushie facial -- Mr. Schuester comes up with a plan to attract a few potential glee members. The glee club didn't just lose Trouty Mouth -- it looks like Puck's fat-bottomed girl is way too cool for glee now, too. And just like that, Zizes and Puck are no more.

And what about Quinn? This good-girl-turned-bad has officially left the world of glee, adopted a raspy voice (on second thought, maybe it's from the smoking), dyed her blonde locks hot pink, ditched her mary janes for Dr. Martens and joined the ranks of The Skanks. Yes, The Skanks. Quinn is now a Skank, and not even Rachel Berry can convince her to return to the glee club.

In the words of Brittany, the gleeks are down one "Jolly Rancher that fell into an ashtray."

With three seats to fill, Mr. Schue comes up with a plan: The Purple Piano Project. Basically, he took some beaten-down pianos from foreclosed homes, fixed them up and painted them purple -- a perfect metaphor for the glee club. Yet, as the episode progresses, one by one the pianos are destroyed, by Sue, the Cheerios and even the other students, who started a food fight after Rachel, Santana and Brittany did their best Go-Gos impersonation with "We Got the Beat." Brittany twirled, Kurt crawled away and Rachel started to cry. (Note to self: Food fights can get pretty violent.)

Speaking of Rachel, she and Kurt have their sights set on New York City -- until Emma crushes their dreams of attending Juilliard because, well, Juilliard doesn't have a musical theater program. Do they not have Internet access in Lima, Ohio?

After nearly crushing poor Rachel and Kurt's dreams (can we give them a cute nickname already, like Hummelberry?), Emma tells them about the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts, a competitive arts school specializing in musical theater. And just like that, Rachel and Kurt's dreams of escaping their podunk little town are restored, and they even celebrated with a cheeky tribute to 'Ding Dong The Witch is Dead.' Hummelberry might just be my new favorite 'Glee' couple.

But then they meet Harmony, played by 'The Glee Project''s Lindsay Pearce and, once again, all hope is lost. She's no LuPone, but Harmony gave Rachel a run for her money performing 'Anything Goes/Anything You Can Do.' Seriously, I had chills. Personally, I can't wait for the Rachel/Harmony battle at Sectionals.

After meeting Harmony and subsequently realizing that they're not the only talented teens in Ohio, Rachel and Kurt realize that even outside of McKinley they're the underdogs. My heart may or may not have broken for Kurt when he said, "We may be hot stuff at McKinley, but outside of those walls, we're not even stuff." Hummelberry's tender moment in the car is probably my second favorite part of the episode.


Oh yes, it's the moment we've all been waiting for. Blaine transfers to McKinley to make Kurt's senior year more "magical." And to celebrate? Blaine serenades Kurt with the Tom Jones classic 'It's Not Unusual.' I don't know what made me die more: Darren Criss' voice or Blaine's adorable outfit -- a blue and red bow-tie? Seriously?! I died.

After that performance, I realized that I don't think I'm ready to see Kurt fly off to New York and leave Blaine in Ohio. I just want more Klaine.

In the end, the Purple Piano Project may have failed, but that didn't detour the glee club from their goal of getting to Nationals. Sure, they may be three glee members short -- after Mr. Schue rode his power trip a little too long and kicked Santana out of the club for her allegiance to Sue and the Cheerios -- but that's not going to stop them from belting out 'You Can't Stop the Beat.'

And just like that, I felt at home again. Here's the 'Glee' that I fell in love with, so welcome back guys, I've missed you.

'Glee' Season 3 airs Tuesdays, 8PM ET on Fox.

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I honestly don't get why people complain so much. So what if you people don't like Glee? If you guys actually liked it you wouldn't be bitching about whether or not this was a review or about weird storylines. I love the show for the music, the characters, and the fact that it gives me something to Gleek about with my friends. I barely noticed any of the problems people seemed so bent on complaining about. So what if you people don't like it? There are literally MILLIONS of other people who loved the show from episode 1 all the way up to now and they will continue loving it without you people and your wannabe criticisms.

September 21 2011 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Coreyrc's comment

I complain because this show was a great show in season 1, particularly the first half of it. This show could be so much better than it is. If the show returns back to the greatness of season 1, I will happily watch it without complaint. You may just want to hear music, but I want to see a good, intriguing show.

September 21 2011 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brandon Moore

After a really rocky and generally disappointing second season, the season three premiere showed lots of promise for me. No, the episode wasn't perfect, but it was a definite improvement from mostly everything we saw last year. Even though I'm not a big Ryan Murphy fan, I like that he (unlike the creators/showrunners/writers of some past series) seems to understand where "Glee" went wrong in season two and is working at correcting that. It's still too early to say whether "Glee" is truly back or not, but I'm very happy with what I've seen so far. Looking forward to next week's episode!!

September 21 2011 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This isn't a review, this is a Gleek Gleeking out about the show. Unfortunately, Gleeks are too busy concentrating on Kurt and Blaine and Brittany to realize that this show either comes up with ridiculous storylines that make no sense at all, or that it repeats the same old storylines that it already has done.

September 21 2011 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Evan's comment

Yes because the rest of television has yet to use that same rinse and repeat formula before.

November 10 2011 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Some how it lost all of the bite and energy from season 1.
The problems from season 2 are still there. Mostly that the story has no forward momentum and the musical number have little to do with the story or the characters feelings. And too many show tunes.

Was it just me or did it take 'effort' to sit through the premiere.

The same thing happened with Heroes and Greys anatomy. But they wont' cancel greys and I've invested too much time to stop watching.

September 21 2011 at 5:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Kristin & Lauren

I liked it but I miss Chord Overstreets character.

September 21 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was trying so hard not to hate it but this show has lost the luster it once had. The cartoony over the top characterization is disappointing. I'm on the verge of giving up on Glee. I'll give it a few more episodes and then I'm gone.

September 21 2011 at 7:47 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to drno7777's comment
MCG Mante

agreed! the singing parts are no doubt still good.. but ..idk.. ..while I was watching it a few hours ago, I felt a little bored of it! oh well, I'll give it a few more episodes too and see where it goes!
oh I love the 'You Can't Stop The Beat' part by the way :)

September 21 2011 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What was with Blaine's red pants? Does the 8PM slot really need VPL?

September 21 2011 at 4:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This episode was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! it was everything glee used to be and I loved it!!! I was sooooooooo excitied when blaine transfered!!!!!!! more klaine!!!!!!!!! every musical perofrmance ( blaine's was the best) was perfect!!! I can not wait for the rest of this season!! its going to be amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 21 2011 at 4:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Seriously %&^ Glee, I'm tired of the creator off season antics and shoving agendas down my throat. They lost a viewer and I wouldn't be surprise if they are others who share my sentiments.

September 21 2011 at 2:44 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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