One of the shows that will likely create some nostalgia for a while to come celebrated its 100th episode last night, and fans could not have been more thrilled to see it. As Glee turned 100, McKinley High students new and old came together to pay homage to the glee club that is scheduled to shut down.
Glee is one of those shows that many were not quite sure how to take when it first bowed May 19, 2009. Equal parts teen angst and whimsy, this was no ordinary television show, and while producers knew they had something special, it took a little while for the audience to click in. Now, after 100 episodes, multiple albums, and a 3D concert movie, Glee has finally hit its 100th episode, a feat that Chris Colfer said he was surprised to see. He noted that it seemed in many respects that it seemed he and the other cast members had been in 3,000 episodes, but that there were another lot of 80-hour work weeks to go.
The bottom line is, Glee is a show that has changed the cultural scene in many respects, as it is the first show in a long while that has introduced people to the notion of music being the universal language. It is a message that makes sense; as we get older, we forget the magic that comes with singing our way through our own fears, or the simple pleasures that come with singing simply because we are happy and there is no other way to express that happiness but through song.
Yes, as Glee turns 100, the viewing audience was thrilled to see the return of everyone’s favorites, like returning military man Puck who had his eyes once again on Yale student Quinn. Brittany, the newly discovered MIT math genius, had also returned, feeling the pressures of having to be brilliant all the time. Santana was back as her usual saucy self and viewers were treated to a revamp of Toxic by the Unholy Trinity of Quinn, Santana and Brittany.
It was a reminder of how fun Glee could be when it did not take itself too seriously, as it seems to have done since the death of one of its chief actors, Cory Monteith, last July. There have been nice moments, such as when Finn’s parents (Mike O’Malley and Romy Rosemont) resurfaced as New Directions was heading to Regionals, but for the most part, the last couple of seasons have not held the same charm as those early episodes of the series.
However, Glee’s 100th episode reminded viewers of the charm that the show started with. Equal parts a reminder of the friendly rivalry between Rachel (Lea Michele) and Mercedes (Amber Riley), the chemistry between Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera) and the simple desire to strive for being the absolute best at what you do (Lea Michele). Even guest stars April Rhodes (Kristen Chenoweth) and Holly Holiday (Gwenyth Paltrow) put in an appearance, much to the delight of the fans, who were once again reminded of the absolute free spirited fun that Glee became known for.
The simple pleasure of Glee was recaptured last night, giving fans a taste of what the groundbreaking series used to be, and it was a fantastic remix of old songs that made the series a lighthearted pleasure to watch. Glee reminds us that music is indeed the universal language and while there was plenty of angst to go around throughout the series run, there were plenty of moments that made the audience smile. The 100th episode of Glee was an outstanding reminder of why the show has been such a hit.
By Christina St-Jean