I think I'm one of three adults in the world that actually admits to liking parts (only parts, okay!) of the High School Musical series. I think it's only because it is a musical. I've been a fan of the musical for a while, but musicals always tend to be either awash in an overdose of saccharine - like HSM - or play a giant (sometimes gothic) drama - like Phantom of the Opera and Rent.
I yearned for a musical with a sense of humor about itself. And I sure got one with the brilliant musical episode of Buffy: the Vampire Slayer, "Once More With Feeling". A show that was already exceptional in mixing drama and comedy (thanks to its brilliant author, Joss Whedon) pulled off the catchiest, funniest and gothic drama-filled musical I had seen. It was even better than most of the stuff I'd seen on Broadway. Tony, eat your heart out.
But, alas, it was just one episode. It left me wanting a TV program with a quick wit, believable characterization and memorable musical sequences with good melodies.
The premise sounds like it could be a show on ABC Family or some other Disney programming channel: A high school teacher tries to reach the happiness of his glory days by reviving the glee club. The glee club ends up consisting of a motley crew of a paraplegic geek, a girl who thinks herself beyonce, an Asian punk girl, a male fashonista snob, an overly-ambitious "driven" diva and an unsuspecting jock that has pipes.
Ah yes. That show.
But it really isn't. The editing and humor are reminiscent of Arrested Development and the music isn't all show tunes. In fact, there's something there for everyone: the glee club does selections of rock, pop and hip-hop. The closing moments of the pilot is a bombastic rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'".
Just check the pilot out for yourself below via Hulu:
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