Fox's musical underdog hit (and Internet punching bag), "Glee," kicked off its fourth season last night, and if the first episode is any indication, the show is off to a strong start. Here is a rundown of the highlights from the fourth season opener.
Best new character: Marley"Glee" has often been criticized for having too many characters that sacrifice the core cast; however, when a character makes a splash, such as Marley (perfectly played by Melissa Benoist), you can't help but welcome them with open arms. Her duet with Rachel (Lea Michele) was incredible (especially considering that they weren't technically in the same place), but her take on Adele's "Chasing Pavements" was hands down the best musical moment of the show, and that says a lot considering Blaine (Darren Criss) had an excellent solo of his own.
Second best new character: BrodySpeaking of making a splash, did anyone have a better entrance than Dean Geyer when he stepped out of the shower? Though Finchel fans will probably hate to hear this, Geyer's Brody was a pretty nice guy, who shared a nice, easy chemistry with Rachel, which for a moment almost caused a "Finn who?" moment.
Most rhymes with witch character: KittyWith the void that Santana has left, it was only natural that Sue would need to fill her wicked shoes. Enter Kitty, the meanest witch to walk the halls since Santana in her heyday. But unlike Santana, there was no heart underneath, and unless the writers humanize her soon, they could end up ruining her the way they did with Sue during Season 2.
Best father and son relationship: Kurt and BurtOnce again, Mike O' Malley managed to walk away with an episode, but this time with just a few minutes of screen time. His good-bye as Kurt took off to New York was the most realistic moment in the entire episode, so much so that you almost believed he was truly crying as Kurt walked away. Bravo.
Second best parent: Marley's MomThough she seemed a bit too preoccupied with her daughter sitting with the popular crowd, our hearts melted as Marley's mom sewed the J Crew tag into Marley's sweater just so she could fit in. Then it broke when she told her that she was going to park away from the school so no one would see Marley get in with the overweight lunch lady. This served as an important reminder that parents will do almost anything to protect their kids (especially in this time of bullying awareness), even if it means hiding who they are. Usually stuff like this comes off as preachy, but it was handled so well that the message wasn't too heavy handed and intrusive.
Worst return: The SlushiesAccording to one of the annoying jocks, order was returned when the newest members of New Directions were slushied. This cruel and unusual gimmick has got to stop, unless of course some of the "losers" start fighting back by throwing some slushy of their own.
What did you think of the "Glee" premiere?