Glee: Season 1, Vol. 1 - Road to Sectionals
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Glee fuses adolescent soap opera, the comic pettiness of academic politics, and exuberant song and dance. (While it would be better if the songs weren't so glossily produced, it's impossible to deny the pep and talent of these young performers.) Somehow, the characters manage to be cartoonish yet multidimensional; even the nicest characters are capable of being jerks and the most manipulative have moments of sympathy or grace. For example, Will's wife, Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig), fakes a pregnancy because she's afraid Will is about to leave her for Emma--but as absurd as this scenario is, it's carefully grounded in enough moments of desperate yearning that it becomes completely compelling… particularly when Terri seizes on the unwanted pregnancy of lead cheerleader Quinn (Dianna Agron) as the solution to her problem. Throw in vividly colored costume designs and blisteringly funny rants from Sue, and it's easy to see why Glee became an unexpected hit. Volume One: The Road to Sectionals collects the first 13 episodes, along with a smattering of extras that range from charming (the principal leads the audience on a tour through the school) to inane (bland factoids about the actors' favorite colors). --Bret Fetzer
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HOWEVER, with all of that said, I urge everyone NOT to waste their money on this boxset. It seriously is a scam. Originally, an interview with a producer on the show said that this first volume - containing the 13 episodes of "Glee" that have been produced and aired this past Fall - would come with a voucher for when the Complete First Season (all 22 episodes) is released in 2010 so that you wouldn't have to pay the full price to get the last nine episodes.
In a memo to the website [...], FOX confirmed that there is not and never was a voucher with this boxset - meaning that the people who pay the price to get the first 13 episodes now will have to pay that price again PLUS another $15 (at the least) to get the complete season when it is released later this year. They're ripping off the fans - as if they aren't making enough money off of this blockbuster with their chart-topping, record-breaking soundtracks and songs on iTunes and getting enough recognition with the four Golden Globe nominations the show has rightfully received.Read more ›
There's an infectious joy to the musical numbers, and the story has the poignancy mixed with darkly hilarious viciousness and acts of deception between rivals that my wife and I had come to love in Desperate Housewives, just never quite as dark. It's funny and touching, and always entertaining. Jane Lynch is perfect as Sue Sylvester, the ambitious and arrogant "cheerio" coach you can't help but love to hate. Lea Michele brings a brilliant mixture of insecurity and overconfidence to the role of the lead glee club singer. All of the actors are extremely talented.
At bottom, it's intelligently written high school soap opera, played by extremely talented actors and performers. There's nothing profound here, but it doesn't try to be.Read more ›
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Not what I thought it was. Just performances from the show. I thought there would be an added bonus to purchasing this.
There really wasn't. Just watch the show!
This is by far the best portion of Glee. I would not even venture to buy Volume 2 of the first season, although it would probably be less expensive to buy Season 1 as a whole. Read morePublished 14 months ago by J Mullin
I love Glee, and this season was the quintessential season. It was fun, fast, and unique. :) This is good for all ages- young to old! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brock Somers
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