It was an upbeat, but at times bittersweet, season premiere Thursday night on “Glee” with a musical tribute to The Beatles early period. What made this episode sad at times was the absence of Finn Hudson played by the late Corey Monteith. His memorial episode will air after the two-part Beatles music extravaganza. Monteith passed away in July.
When Will introduces their theme, everyone is excited except for one. She thinks the band came from the 1940s. New Direction members defend the band members by stating their early life in Liverpool as being very relevant in today’s diversified world. A number of highlights from the season premiere were Rachel’s lament after her deflated Broadway audition.
Other scenes included a fun time at the carnival driving bumper cars, relationship issues, and working hard at the diner on Broadway. Tina is depressed while some of the guys channel their energy to become the Fab Four with girls screaming in the front row (including Tina). The closing production number is spectacular in every way. This was a cheerful way to open “Glee” for its fifth season, even with the absence of Finn Hudson.
In exact order, these are the songs featured in the season opener titled “Love, Love, Love”:
- Drive My Car
- Got To Get You Into My Life
- You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
- A Hard Day's Night
- I Saw Her Standing There
- All You Need Is Love
Next week’s episode “Tina in the Sky with Diamonds,” on Thursday, October 3, is all about the Beatles latter period. The songs featured will come from such stellar albums as “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Abbey Road,” and “Let It Be.”