Fox's Glee delivers in every way possible

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Then there are the characters that want to see the glee club fail. The dominant,  bullheaded cheerleading coach, Sue (Jane Lynch), is the head of the naysayers. If you are a cult follower of Lynch, you won't be disappointed — she already has memorable one liners. Coach Sue's cheerleading squad, the "cheerios," is at the top of the chain at McKinley High and she intends to keep it that way. The thought of a geeky club succeeding makes her seethe with anger. Coach Sue's rigidness and hunger to be the best are reminiscent of Lynch's Best in Show character, Christy Cummings. Except Cummings wasn't malicious.


The fantastic range of young characters attempts to cover the spectrum of high school stereotypes. There's the self-absorbed, conniving cheerleader; the bully jock who enjoys torturing nerds; the cute football player, Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), who is torn between maintaining his popularity (remaining quarterback) and pursuing his passion (joining the glee club); the entertaining gay guy with a Broadway voice and unique sense of style; the sassy diva who speaks her mind and doesn't seem to care what others think; the kid in a wheel chair who can't escape torment and whose talent and genuine coolness go unrecognized by the popular crowd; and the shy girl whose good-natured personality is initially masked by her dark clothes and combat boots.


[image-2]My favorite character — whose wondrous voice I will now live vicariously through — is Rachel Berry (Lea Michele). Berry's Type A personality takes over everything she does. She is pretty, smart and extremely talented but she is unpopular and fears she will go nowhere in life — although she claims she won her first dance competition at three months old. Her intense ambition and need to do great things (hence her dedication to the glee club) are nicely set off by moments of vulnerability, making her extremely likeable.


As for Michele's performances; did I mention her voice is magical? If you were to ask me my favorite songs to sing in the shower, Les Miserables' "On My Own" and Grease's "You're the one that I want" are definitely in the top 10. So you can imagine my excitement when both were sung by Michele's character in last night's episode. It's like Murphy tailored the show's musical numbers just for me. I should send him some chocolates.


I had to refrain from singing along with perfectionist Rachel Berry; I didn't want to ruin the songs or embarrass my boyfriend who obediently watched the show with me and to my surprise … enjoyed it. You never know when random bursts of song and dance are going to make the theatrically challenged uncomfortable. Hey, it happens.


Throughout the course of the show, the glee club went from being totally disorganized to completely cohesive. The pilot ends with a riveting performance of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin." I know what you are thinking: How many more TV shows can incorporate that damn song into their program? But it was like hearing it for the first time. I wanted to swim in the cast's voices. Seriously.


Apparently Fox gets some sick pleasure out of teasing its viewers because the show will not air regularly until the Fall. So is you are interested in watching an hour of gloriousness, catch the show on Fox's website.


Other random, hilarious and enjoyable parts of the show: the former glee club coach goes on to deal medical marijuana called The Chronic Lady; the quarterback has a bizarre back-story explaining why he loves to sing; dramatic scenes are musically accompanied by trippy a cappella riffs; and for all you theater lovers, a rival glee club performs an ostentatious and fun rendition of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab."


Hi, my name is Lily and I am obsessed with Glee.

I always wished I was born with a spectacular voice. Instead, I ended up being the tone-deaf one in the family. I would give anything to belt show tunes in the right key, be the lead singer in a kick-ass punk-rock band, or even sing karaoke without sounding like Patty and Selma from the Simpsons. Like many people in America, I am also intrigued by young, talented singers — kids whose sweet voices cause the hair on my arms to raise. Naturally, I fell in love with Tuesday night's premiere of Fox's Glee.

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