High Note: Jacob Ben Israel’s cold “Big Gay Summer” opening scene was a brilliant way in which to introduce the show to TV viewers who may-or-may-not spent the past year living in a cave, while providing the writers with an opportunity to poke fun at some of the series’ most glaring criticisms (Too gay! Too Diva! Too Auto-Tuned!)
Low Note: This just in, Brittany spent the summer lost in the sewers.
High Note: Lea Michele and Charice’s interpretation of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” was what the rewind on our PVR/DVR was made for.
Low Note: The fact that when we first heard that GLEE was covering “Telephone,” we naturally assumed that the show would open the season with some variation of the classic Bye, Bye, Birdie opening. #outoftouch #old #ouch
High Note: Both Lea Michele’s Rachel and Cory Monteith’s Finn finally met their match in the form of New McKinley High Students Sunshine Corazon (Charice) and Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet).
Low Note: Somewhat less welcome was the all-too-predictable introduction of Coach Bieste (actually pronounced “Beast!”) as yet another nemesis for Sue Sylvester to play off of. (Even if it did result in the hilarious scene in which Sue Sylvester got “poor, simple” Brittany to show Principal Figgins just where on the doll Coach Bieste “touched her!”)
High Note: The Asian Community is really tight. Or to be more specific, Tina and newly minted series regular Mike Chang’s abs.
Low Note: Poor Artie can’t catch a break. Cue Charlie Brownesque sad trombone in 3… 2… 1…
High Note: The episode was 100% Emma Pillsbury free.
Low Note: Err… yeah, we got nothing!
High Note: Last night’s songs, including “Empire State of Mind,” “Telephone,” “Billionaire,” “Listen,” and “What I Did for Love,” added up to what may have been our favorite episode playlist to date.
Low Note: Forget auto-tune, glee-clubbers are nothing more than a glorified karaoke club designed to make the inventors of iTunes millions of dollars. Seriously. Somebody is definitely gonna need to raise our iTunes allowance the way this season is going.
High Note: Cheyenne Jackson…
Low Note: We hardly new ye.