Because apparently I’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months (well no, to be fair I may have been living under a rock for most of my life), back in October 2009 Joss confirmed that indeed the rumours were true: he would be directing one of the back nine episodes of Glee.
Glee? But hang on, that’s not sci-fi or of the speculative genre at all. In fact, isn’t that a show of highschool teeney boppers singing and dancing? I mean, sure Joss was able to pull off a highschool vampire slayer, but she and her gang didn’t start breaking out into song until they had graduated from college, and Dr Horrible had a pHD in Horribleness before he hit the blogs to broadcast his internet music sensation. Do we really want to associate the genius of Firefly and Dollhouse with another wannabe Highschool Musical?
I’ll ask you all to stop your shuddering now and perhaps share in a bit of my excitement regarding the news.
Firstly, I’d like to clear up any misconceptions people have comparing this show to the likes of ‘Disney’s Highschool Musical’.
The show is witty with unique and distinct characters to maintain interest in. One of my initial praises was of how the show explores ‘breaking the boundaries’ of stereotypes society imposes on us, not just in highschool, but life in general. Both students and teachers have their own problems to face and work through. And yes, while some of those problems include boys, girls, popularity and hitting that high F, the characters also face challenges regarding the ability to manoeuvre through highschool hallways in a wheelchair, live life with OCD regarding germs, and trying to come up with ways to crush the Glee club – and hey while we’re at it – anyone associated with the Glee club.
Life is tough, but hey at least it’s interesting.
In terms of the songs sung, the producers of Glee wanted to ensure there was a decent mix of old-school classics, broadway musicals and modern songs. This means that there is likely to a song in there that you will enjoy. Though no-one has broken out in Hysteria – Muse wise – just yet, in the past the show has featured songs from Wicked, Lily Allen, Charlie Chaplin and the Beatles just to name a few. Also, I feel I should mention that there are a lot of talented young actresses and actors in the show, who can ACTUALLY SING. Bonus in a show about a musical choir hey?
I do confess, since the return of the second half of Season 1 in April the show has lost some of its appeal for me. I seem to notice a bit of a soapie-drama feel to the episodes and it is starting to feel a little predictable in terms of its character developments and song breakouts. But hey, I’ll stick it out and hearing that an upcoming episode is directed Joss means that I’m not giving up on it any time soon. I mean, we saw what he did with the Buffy cast in ‘Once more with Feeling‘ and with an internet blog with ‘Dr Horrible‘. I have hopes for Glee yet.
On a final note, Neil Patrick Harris is also to make an appearance in this episode as Glee club director Mr Schuester’s highschool nemesis. So I guess if the prospect of a new Glee episode and Joss directing an episode of Glee is not enticement enough for you to sit down and watch, then perhaps the hopes that Dr Horrible will come along with his Death Ray and obliterate everyone… is a little misplaced – but hey, whatever it takes for people to give the show a chance, I’m not going to argue ^.^;.
Joss Whedon’s episode ‘Dream On’ will premiere in America on Tuesday, May 18th 2010: 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT on Fox and is likely to premiere in Australia on Thursday, June 3rd 2010 8:00pm Channel 10