Glee kicks off right after the failure of Rachel’s TV pilot as she’s forced to return ‘home’. Season 5 left us with an optimistic Rachel ready to take on television and now here we are with a broken, sullen Rachel Berry. Rachel isn’t the only one forced to return back to the Ohio – Blaine returns post break up with Kurt and they both meet for a coffee at good ol’ Lima Bean for a much needed chat.
We find out that Rachel’s show was that bad and offended so many people that it got cancelled and shut down after one episode – leaving both the producer and Rachel out of a job. Also in the little time gap between season 5 and 6 we discover that Blaine and Kurt grow apart and end up going their separate ways – sending Blaine in a downward spiral of depression leading him to be kicked out of NYADA. Thankfully Blaine has picked himself up and has landed himself as the coach for The Dalton Warblers: now he has to help Rachel do the same.
After a spontaneous duet in a random bookshop and a lovely rendition of “Suddenly Seymour” from the Little Shop of Horrors Rachel and Blaine find themselves feeling a whole lot better and ready to take on Ohio. Rachel decides to see the one person in Ohio for a well needed pep talk – especially after finding out that her dads are getting a divorce (talk about hitting a girl while she’s down. Will is now the vocal coach for Vocal Adrenaline and the pay-rise helps raise his adorable little boy.
Will explains to Rachel that Sue has eliminated all the former New Directions and got them transferred to other school and now Sue reins supreme with harsh regulations of random weigh ins and a strict diet for all her students – uh oh. Rachel is horrified with the lack of arts in the school and after watching Blaine with the Warblers sing a Warbler version of Ed Sheeran’s “Sing” she’s hit with a new idea – she’s going to bring back the Glee Club (dun dun dunnn).
After a meeting with the superintendent of the Lima City School Board and a large donation from her remaining ‘That’s so Rachel’ funds she lands herself a job as the new vocal coach for the New Directions – go Rachel! Rachel returns home to find a broken Kurt upset on her bed. He explains that he isn’t over Blaine and he has come to get him back no matter what. I’d love to know how everybody can afford all of these flights at such short notice!
Rachel moves into her new office in Mckinley and she is paid a visit by Will who looks really happy to see her there even though they’ll soon be going head to head at Nationals and of course she’s greeted by Sue Sylvester’s harsh threatening and declarations of war!
The end of the episode sees Rachel strutting through the halls of Mckliney singing Frozen’s smash hit “Let it Go” and I’m sure her on-screen mother Idina Menzel would be very very proud. End of episode one – a nice bridge between season 5 to season 6 but I felt like nothing juicy happened… Bring on episode 2.
Episode 2 kicks off with a brand-new girl joining Dalton Academy named Jane and if that wasn’t enough she wants to join the Warblers. At first they’re all disgusted by the shock discovery but after a talk with Blaine they decide to let her audition regardless of her sex. Unfortunately even after her flawless performance of “Tightrope” and advice from Rachel Berry the Warblers vote against her and Blaine is left having it out with the board members at Dalton Academy.
Back at McKinley Rachel and Kurt, who as decided to stay in Lima in order to complete his NYADA third year placement, work together to spread the joys of ‘glee club’ around the school in an attempt to rebuild the New Directions. At first they find it hard to get people to sign up as Sue has changed the school for the worst under her new way of things! Rachel surprises Kurt and the rest of us with an auditorium full of the golden oldies; Puck, Quinn, Brittany, Mercedes, Artie, Santana, Sam and Tina. It’s as if they’re all different versions of themselves, and it’s refreshing to see that the versions weren’t expected when they were in high school but together they’ve been through a lot of highs and lows that make them the characters that we know and love.
They have their first song together as they take on “Take on Me” in a sketchy graphic version that was actually really good until it got stopped by Sue – it was very season 1. For the remainder of the episode the glee club alumni infiltrate the different areas of McKinley in order to recruit new members. They try and try but they never seem to succeed in their spread of singing and dancing through the schools, even the Holy Trinity’s use of sexual persuasion through Ariana Grande’s “Problem” struggled to attract new members – even Kitty refused to rejoin thanks to the way Artie treated her post graduation.
It was only towards the end of the episode that Rachel and the gang track down a voice from the vents to the library – its Roderick, who self identifies as the ‘fat guy with headphones’. Roderick has a beautiful raspy voice and he’s already got more depth than a lot of the last new members of New Directions. Shortly after his joining we find out that Jane has decided to transfer to McKinley in order to be in Rachel’s ensemble, as she will never have the respect of the boys at Dalton. Blaine doesn’t take this well and struts in and sasses Rachel and Kurt as if they double-crossed him – no Blaine go home!
Finally Santana and co manage to recruit the ‘incest twins’ Mason and Madison from the cheerios – I’m not sure how I feel about them yet, I’ll give them a chance though. Last but not least there’s Spencer, the post-modern gay a.k.a an obnoxious quarterback who’s bad attitude gives him his ‘post modern-ness’. He is going to be Sue’s spy I’m guessing but I think he’ll be too hard to control and I hope he lets his bitch guard down in order to be a valuable member of the team.
Now that all the characters have been established and the gap has been bridged from season 5 to 6 I’m ready for the episodes to keep on coming now – I hope it will be a season filled with nostalgia as well as new elements. It’ll be interested watching the new characters develop as well as seeing older versions of the original casts. How will the battle of the choirs go and most importantly how do we all feel about Blaine and Karofsky?