And with that, Glee is back! Season 5 of the FOX musical comedy kicked off on September 26 with Season 5 premiere: “Love, Love, Love,” a colorful, dramatic, and action-packed hour all set to a soundtrack of classic Beatles music.
Let’s start off with NYC because let’s be real: That’s where most of our favorite characters have ended up these days. Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) is still in hot pursuit of her illustrious Broadway career, and that journey proves to be a continuous bout of ups and downs. She gets another callback — hooray! It’s for a chemistry audition, and she’ll be testing alongside a bona fide Broadway star.
A star who... turns out to be a total snob who couldn’t care less about Rachel’s existence. And the director — played by Twilight’s Peter Facinelli, who we half-expected to sprout vampire fangs and start to sparkle — abruptly ends Rachel’s audition with nary a comment. Broadway is not impressed with you, Rachel Berry. You might have been the star of McKinley’s glee club and the darling of NYADA, but the real world isn’t quite so keen to embrace you with open arms.
Over in Ohio, the New Directions do a lot of really cool stuff — like dress up as the Beatles, run around a carnival, etc. — all of which we meet with only moderate interest. Don’t get us wrong. We love them. It’s just that all of this pales in comparison to the mind-blowing romantic epicness that is about to go down.
Blaine (Darren Criss) is proposing to Kurt (Chris Colfer). He’s doing it at Dalton: The place where they first met. He’s accompanied by all the New Directions, the Warblers, and numerous other choirs. There are beautiful dancers in the background, and rose petals even fall from the ceiling. Blaine’s singing The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love,” and its the most wonderful, beautiful, perfect proposal we’ve ever seen in our entire lives.
Of course, the unspoken air of sadness over this episode comes from knowing that Finn Hudson, though still technically alive on the show, will pass away in just two episodes. Actor Cory Monteith died unexpectedly this summer, and his character will be written off for good during Glee Season 5, Episode 3: “The Quarterback.”
But let’s try to put that aside for a second, and simply focus on the positive. Blaine just proposed to Kurt. It was beautiful. Glee is back, and though this season will no doubt have it’s painful and emotional moments, there is plenty of hope and happiness in store this season. We can’t wait to see how this year’s journey will unfold.