Glee Season 3: “The Purple Piano Project” – Videos and Recap


GLEE:  Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz,  L),  Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Brittany (Heather Morris,  R) in "The Purple Piano Project" the season premiere episode of GLEE airing Tuesday,  Sept. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Adam Rose/FOX

Who is watching Glee tonight? Tonight’s premiere, “The Purple Piano Project” received rave reviews when it was screened for critics last week. The reviews and spoilers have me cautiously optimist about the new season. I expect to at least like this first episode, but the question is whether Ryan Murphy and company can keep the momentum going through the season.

I’ll be back with a longer recap later. In the meantime, chat in comments. What did you think of Glee’s Season 3 premiere?

Glee Season 3 is off to a great start! Here’s a quick and dirty summary of my thoughts

The pluses

  • The premiere introduced several intriguing storylines. And from what I can tell from next week’s promo, more is coming. The key here is FOLLOW THROUGH.  Now that Glee has a real writing staff, this should NOT be a problem.
  • I love Hummelberry so so much.  Rachel/Kurt duets make me giddy. The two are a natural pair as they plot and plan to get the hell out of Dodge after graduation (I hope the spinoff happens. I’ll cut a bitch if they don’t leave Lima.)
  • Klaine is as cute as ever.  Next to Mike/Tina, they appear to have the most mature and stable relationship of all the glee clubbers.  I am, however, looking forward to some tension in the relationship. I would imagine Blaine rivalry with Kurt’s step-brother, Finn, might cause some problems.
  • More Broadway. HOORAY. I’m liking this trend.
  • Glee Project contestant, Lindsay Pearce was FABULOUS, proving that she should have won the competition. I hope Ryan brings her back for a lot more. The entire “mixer” scene was wonderful. I loved the dancers dressed as Rachel/Kurt lookalikes–the better to drive home the fact the duo aren’t the special snowflakes they thought they were. The look on Kurt’s face when his doppelganger announced (my future husband, Robert Patttison. Hee) that he was starring as Rizzo in an all -male production of “Grease” was priceless.
  •  Vanessa Lengies as Sugar Motta is pure comic gold. I approve of this particular casting decision.
  • Shutting down Sugar and declaring war on Sue, Will finally grows a pair. Took long enough.
  • Ha ha. Ryan Seacrest tattoo!
  • Santana: “My Latina hero, Paula Abdul.” Jacob: “No, she’s an Arab” Lolzers.
  • Rip Ken Tanaka

The minuses

  • You’ve got to suspend belief when watching Glee. This I know. But I have to point out a few inconsistencies…
  • The Tonys are in the Spring. Just sayin.
  • Blaine’s transfer to McKinley felt weird and forced.  He decided in a day to transfer, and suddenly it was a done deal? And doesn’t he actually have to LIVE in the district to go to school at McKinley? I assumed he lived in a neighboring town.  I know the producers want to integrate him fast, but it really should have taken at least a couple of episodes to make the transition, and it could have made for some interesting drama as Blaine wrestled with the decision to transfer.
  • Will and Emma are living together? Really? And they still aren’t having sex? Uhm. I hope that Emma’s OCD is something the writers don’t gloss over this season. Emma’s struggle to get healthy could be a fantastic storyline.
  • Finn vs Blaine. Wouldn’t the two be on friendly terms by now, considering they are practically brothers-in-law?  Although I understand Finn feeling his male lead status being threatened by the arrival of the cool and charasmatic Blaine, I hope the Hudson-Hummel dynamic is taken into account while that particular relationship is explored.
  • Please give Finn something more to do than just moping around  like some lost lamb. He basically did that all through Season 2. Cory Monteith is one of the better actors in this ensemble. Quit wasting his talents.
  • Having said that, I’m also keeping my fingers crossed for a decent storyline for Quinn. Ryan Murphy totally effed her over last season.
  • Ditto Sue Sylvester.

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