Sunday, May 24, 2009
So there's this new TV show on Fox about a high school glee club named (appropriately) "Glee."
The pilot episode is available on Hulu here. It's reasonably clever, and the acting is great, especially the teen stars, and Jane Lynch has a prominent role (whom I love from her work in the Christopher Guest mockumentaries - she's on the left in the picture). There's a good review of it on the NYT here, where the writer says it's "blissfully unoriginal in a witty, imaginative way."
The highlight is this cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing," the greatest song of all time.
However, I don't know how much we can expect from the series as, even in the pilot, it is unable to avoid Hollywood high school cliches (i.e. jocks are evil). "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" hit a (pun intended) high in televised high school drama (side note: before it jumped the shark when they went to college), but that was against the backdrop of adolescence as a metaphor for demonic invasion of the Earth. Will "Glee"be able to do the same? Will it be as clever as "Mean Girls", or will it be as trite as "The Breakfast Club"?
I will be "gleeful" if the former is true. (Ha ha.)