September 13th, 2012
My love/hate relationship with Glee reached a fairly high level of dislike last season (save a few phenomenal episodes), so I really wasn’t sure how I would like the season four premiere. It’s going to be a “show within a show” this season with some characters in NYC, others at McKinley and some who aren’t even mentioned at all. I have to say, “The New Rachel” felt like an old-school Glee episode, one that would have led me to fall in love with the show. Was it perfect? No. Was it great? Absolutely. We pick up in the fall, after graduation. Rachel is in NYC at NYADA (lots of abbreviations for you there), and she has to deal with being at the bottom of the barrel. It doesn’t help that her dance teacher (played by Kate Hudson) has it out for her and dubs her the female David Schwimmer. But there is one bright spot to her rough days, and that’s new resident heartthrob Brody (played by Dean Geyer). Back at McKinley, the New Directions are holding auditions, while most of the returning members are competing to be ‘the new Rachel.’ “Unique” is a new addition to the Glee club, but the McKinley kids aren’t as accepting of his alternate persona as they should be. The real highlight of the entire episode for me was new girl Marley (played by the lovely Melissa Benoist). If anyone is going to have the new Rachel title, it will most certainly be her.