Meet the season four cast of GLEE, introducing Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, Alex Newell, and Dean Geyer!
The fourth season of Fox's musical comedy-drama GLEE premiered this past Thursday, the 13th of September 2012. Our favorite characters are joined by a handful of fresh, new faces who will only add to the drama, romance, and musical talent of this great cast. The first episode, titled "The New Rachel," follows Rachel Berry's (Lea Michele) first few days at NYADA and her struggle to adjust to college life in New York City. Meanwhile, back at McKinley High the New Directions are holding auditions for a new star singer as the seniors compete for the spotlight.
Two new delicious pieces of eye candy were introduced in this first episode and I can't get enough of either of them. The introduction of Rachel's new friend, Brody Weston, singing in the shower was very reminiscent of how we met both Finn and Sam in previous seasons. Jake, Noah Puckerman's half-brother, has the same bad boy quality as his brother and luckily that same adorable charm when he sings. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of Brody shirtless!
Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) hold on to their Best Dressed titles.
Kurt and Blaine, ever the cute couple (although I'm more of a Brittany/Santana fan), continue to rock their respective styles. I'm loving Kurt's coif this season but wish Blaine's hair wasn't so slicked back that it looks like an impenetrable helmet. Darren Criss has naturally curly hair which I prefer over his preppy boy part on the show, but his wardrobe luckily makes up for it. I think I may need to update my own closet with a few of his pieces this fall, but will be taking hair tips from Chris' stylist... I would also like his number. No, Blaine, not you.
Rachel finds a friend and confidant in the (unfortunately) heterosexual stud muffin Brody who helps her through her rough relationship with dance teacher Cassandra July (Kate Hudson) and cheers her on through her first public performance at NYADA. It's revealed that one of four of the current GLEE relationships will end in a future episode and I'm hoping it's not going to be Finn and Rachel because we all know this new romance can totally be milked out for a whole season. Who knows, maybe Brody will experiment and have his first gay love affair with Kurt?
Marley and Rachel's dual performance of "New York State of Mind" was absolutely fantastic. Melissa Benoist has a gorgeous voice and amazing stage presence, so I'm excited to see how her character develops throughout the season - with killer pipes and an amazing smile like that, how can you not love her? I do not, however, love that damn newsboy cap on you. What, what, what are you doing? Clearly you need a sassy gay friend, try asking Unique.
I'm only slightly intrigued by the songs picked out for this past week's first episode, including a great rendition of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," but Kate Hudson's mashup of Americano/Dance Again was a bit random and unnecessary. This week's episode, Britney 2.0, will have New Directions member Brittany S. Pierce looking to her idol, Britney Spears, for inspiration as Rachel continues to struggle adjusting to life at NYADA. This first episode didn't exactly sell me on the season and I felt it could have been a lot stronger in its approach but I'll definitely be sticking around, if not just for the eye candy.