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Glee - Season 2 [DVD]
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The glee club’s fearless leader is Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), a talented young teacher with hip-hop skills and a heart of gold. New Directions’ aspiring stars include Rachel (Lea Michele), a pitch-perfect singer with an unfaltering determination to be popular; Finn (Cory Monteith), the heartbreakingly cool quarterback who struggles with his personal life; Kurt (Chris Colfer), the baby-faced soprano with a fierce eye for fashion; Mercedes (Amber Riley), a powerhouse vocalist whose diva attitude rivals the greats; Artie (Kevin McHale), a physically disabled performer with killer vocals and a dream to dance; and Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), a goth chick with a soft side. There’s also arrogant and cocky crooner Puck (Mark Salling); ice-cold queen-bee-turned-teen-mom Quinn (Dianna Agron); and the dynamic dimwitted cheerleading duo of Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera).
With his heart in the right place, Will is determined to help the kids take Nationals, but at every turn he must battle with his nemesis, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), the conniving cheerleading coach; and his evil ex-wife, Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig). Mr Schuester’s only allies at McKinley are OCD-afflicted guidance counsellor Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays) and supportive parents like Kurt’s dad, Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley).
The second season of Glee includes guest appearances by Britney Spears, Gwyneth Paltrow, heartthrob John Stamos, international pop star Charice and newcomer Chord Overstreet. Season 2 includes all 22 episodes.
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The show develops into a more dramatic affair this season; if I were to sum up the seasons themes in two words I would use "ambition" and "acceptance" - Rachel struggles through the season juggling love with her ambition, whilst Will just struggles with love during these 22 episodes; meanwhile, Kurt fights to be accepted by his peers and Artie begins dating one of the most popular girls in school whilst Tina and Mike begin an Asian fusion of romance.
The season also introduces some great additional characters; Sam and Sunshine are fantastic and cute additions to the show and both have truly outstanding voices, Blaine - the lead vocalist to a rival show choir - is truly brilliant and completely lovely, whilst substitute teacher Holly Holiday is hilarious (although she slightly outstays her welcome). Meanwhile, some of season one's supporting characters have moved up to season regulars- Brittany and Santana have been excellent this seasons- Brittany's one-liners and Santana's fierce attitude and catty comebacks literally add some of the best comedy into this season (aside from Sue, obviously!).
Unfortunately Season 2 of Glee is a relatively confusing mash-up of very enjoyable musical television comedy and poorly planned plots lines. On the whole, the season is great fun to watch, as was season one, and should you be a standard fan of the show, it does itself justice. Meanwhile, if you a very massive Gleek like me, the flaws and inconsistencies become a little tiring and frustrating- sometimes its like they're making it up as they go along; and given the shows enormous success, it's pretty much inexcusable.
But on a show-by-show basis; there really are some great episodes - "Britney/Brittany" doesn't quite meet the Madonna-episode standards but is brilliantly executed and Heather Morris does an outstanding job playing Brittany in this episode, "Born This Way" is this season's GaGa episode which is really enjoyable, "Prom Queen" is a highly intense and truly wonderful episode whilst "Funeral" is brilliantly moving and darkly funny too.
However the best episode, in my opinion, would be "Duets" which really takes on a full ensemble approach and we get to enjoy every character equally- look out for the Santana/Mercedes performance of `River Deep, Mountain High' which is brilliant and Kurt's performance of `Le Jazz Hot' which is sensational. Also, the season finale is pretty much amazing- although a little flawed (sadly) but there are some utterly breathtaking moments!
On the whole, the season is really enjoyable and I do recommend it as an avid viewer. To those, who like me, are just a little bit addicted- well it's not all bad; we can just hope that the writing team pick up their game a bit next season to produce a show with some consistency to its storylines!
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