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Glee, Vol. One: Road to Sectionals


On DVD: 
Tuesday, December 29, 2009

It is all started when Spanish teacher Will Schuester, played by Matthew Morrison, attempts to revive a lifeless glee club composed of nerds, football players, cheerleaders and other school misfits. But the show is not just about high school kids happily singing and dancing. Just like other addictive dramedy, it often transforms serious issues into humor. Since the characters are diverse, what some of the Glee characters go through can reflect peer pressures and problems that real high school students sometimes have to deal with, of course, in an exaggerated and fun way. There are subplots of romance between adult characters too.


What I initially did not anticipate from the show, apart from the various characters, is that several club members can actually sing. The choice of the songs is also diverse. It includes not only today’s typical hit singles from Rihanna and Beyoncé, but also Broadway tunes and past favorites such as Queen, Van Halen and Cyndi Lauper. Unfortunately and as I highly expected, they could not resist using Journey songs. As for the acting, Jane Lynch undoubtedly steals the show, giving a great performance as a manipulative villain.


I often find that DVD releases of certain TV series are rushed with no bonus features. However, this first season set comes with plenty of extra materials. If you are already a Glee fan, you will certainly enjoy the 4th disc, which is packed with their behind-the-scenes featurettes, casting session, music videos and interviews.


It is also noteworthy that in spite of being a TV series, Glee is not as sweet and innocent as High School Musical. There are some sexual references and drug uses (I personally think that the stuff kids hear and talk at school nowadays is much worse than what is mentioned in this show). If you are a parent of preteen children, it may be a good idea to check out a few episodes before showing this DVD to them.


There are cheesy moments and cartoonish characters, and some of the gay jokes and cheerleaders’ attitudes are stereotypical and occasionally cruel. Nevertheless, it also features heartwarming storylines and inspiring messages. Overall, Glee will entertain both teenagers and adults who love music and dance mixed with high school fare.


Special Features:

  • Welcome to McKinley!
  • Glee Music Video "Somebody to Love”
  • Full Length Audition Pieces: Rachel - "On My Own", Mercedes - "Respect"
  • Fox Movie Channel Presents Casting Session
  • Deconstructing Glee With Ryan Murphy
  • Dance Boot Camp - Interview with choreographer Zach Woodlee
  • Jane Lynch A to Glee
  • Meet Jane Lynch
  • 5 Things You Don't Know About Jayma
  • 7 Things You Don't Know About Cory
  • 6 Things You Don't Know About Amber
  • 7 Things You Don't Know About Chris
  • Video Diaries


Review by Pat Trabi