Gleeks, we made it! The hiatus is over and we have an all-new Glee episode tonight. While we are gearing up for its return with “Frenemies”, the Glee family celebrated their 100th all singing, all dancing, all dramedy episode yesterday (February 24) on the Paramount lot with slushie cakes and the odd journalist or two.
As is often the case with Glee, they wanted their fans to be a part of the celebration. Back in November of last year, fans were presented with 30 classic Glee songs and invited to vote for their favourite ten. The top 10 would then be re-mixed and performed by the current cast with a little help from some special guests who will be dropping in for the occasion.
Earlier this month, these songs were announced as well as the fact that the episode will be split into two: “100” and “New Directions”. To mark the milestone, a special 100th episode album will be released on March 25 featuring the 10 remixed songs (marked with an *) as well as 3 new songs that will feature in the double episode. The soundtrack for the episodes is listed below:
- Keep Holding On* featuring Mark Salling (Puck)
- Valerie* featuring Naya Rivera (Santana) and Heather Morris (Brittany)
- Defying Gravity* featuring Lea Michele (Rachel), Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Amber Riley (Mercedes)
- Raise Your Glass* featuring Matthew Morrison (Will) and Kristin Chenoweth (April)
- Toxic* featuring Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany) and Dianna Agron (Quinn)
- Happy featuring Gwyneth Paltrow (Holly), Kristin Chenoweth (April), Matthew Morrison (Will), Darren Criss (Blaine) and Amber Riley (Mercedes)
- Party All the Time featuring Gwyneth Paltrow (Holly)
- Total Eclipse of the Heart* featuring Matthew Morrison (Will) and Kristin Chenoweth (April)
- Loser Like Me* featuring Darren Criss (Blaine), Kevin McHale (Artie), Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina)
- Be Okay featuring Lea Michele (Rachel) and Naya Rivera (Santana)
- I Am Changing featuring Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Chris Colfer (Kurt)
- Just Give Me a Reason -featuring Dianna Agron (Quinn) and Mark Salling (Puck)
- Don’t Stop Believin’* -featuring Lea Michele (Rachel), Darren Criss (Blaine), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Matthew Morrison (Will), Kevin McHale (Artie) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina)
During yesterday’s festivities, as well as reminiscing about the past 100 eps, the cast also took the opportunity to look to the future, speaking openly and candidly about the show’s New York City shift. If you don’t want even the slightest spoiler than read no further.
As previously announced, during the special two-part episode, Principal Sue Sylvester will finally achieve her ultimate goal… the end of the glee club once and for all. Following this news several past members of New Directions (Rachel, Kurt, Santana, Mercedes, Brittany, Mike, Puck, Quinn, April Rhodes) make the journey back to McKinley, as well as a fabulous glee substitute teacher (Holly Holliday), to celebrate all things glee and how it shaped who they are today.
In speaking to EW, Lea Michele confirmed that episode 101 would see the end of Lima. So who definitely is moving east following graduation? There have been numerous rumours and fan speculation and a lot of build up in the series since last season, but it was confirmed that joining Rachel, Santana and Kurt full-time will be Artie, Sam and Blaine. Michele also revealed that Mercedes will also be a frequent visitor to the city that never sleeps in a couple of episodes later this season.
With a shift away from school and teenage angst, will the stories reflect a maturing cast of characters? Executive producer Brad Falchuk sees that that is the logical place to take the storylines. “We are gonna take some time just in NY. See where that takes us. We’re really excited about adult stories out of high school when nobody gives a hoot about you. How does that feel to suddenly be nobody from being the biggest hero?” We got a taste of the effects of the transition of a big-fish-small-pond to small-fish-big-pond with Rachel’s first experiences at NYADA in season four’s opener, “New Rachel”. However, it would be interesting to see how a character like Blaine deals with this since he really never has had to work hard to get anything he has wanted in the series so far.
And what could some of those “adult stories” revolve around? It’s a fair bet that fan-favourites Kurt and Blaine and their life now that they’re finally reunited in the same city will feature heavily. When chatting with EW about life for Blaine and Kurt in New York, Darren Criss explained, “When you move in with somebody in any relationship, it’s going to be a challenge. I think they are going to face some challenges together and see if they can get through them or not.” He added, “There are some cool, very adult themes that are exciting to explore. Fans that have gotten older while watching the show can relate.” Having experienced life in a share house, I can definitely see some interesting themes they can explore. Just please no fighting over who left the dirty dishes in the sink, whose turn it is to take the garbage out or who forgot to get more milk.
Expect more spoilers and memories to be shared over the next few days.
Glee’s 100th episode will air on March 18 with the second part on March 25.
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