4YE Glee 10 Years On: How Does The Pilot Rate On A Rewatch?

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As it’s the 10th anniversary since FOX first aired the Glee pilot today, what better time to revisit some old friends and rewatch the episode. How does it stack up after a decade? Would we still be hooked and wanting to tune in again? Let’s see what some of us had to say.

Shelby: I forgot how much I hated Mr. Shue’s wife. Terri was the worst. Will, bless his heart, deserved better. I really liked him from the beginning even though he was the worst to Finn. Speaking of Finn, Cory Monteith really had a set of pipes. I miss that kid. He would’ve done great things. Also, am I only the person who really NEVER liked Rachel or Lea? I was always a Dianna Agron, Amber Riley, Quinn Fabray, Mercedes Jones kind of girl. Mostly Quinn, though, she wasn’t in this episode much. Also, Puck? A complete asshole. Going back and watching this show after seeing how far they go and how far they’ve come, the writing got stronger, the characters got stronger but this will always be one of the best pilots. Ryan Murphy did something crazy and turned it into a hit and that was awesome. Anyone else totally swoon when Will picked up that guitar and started signing? Hmm, so beautiful and amazing. Lastly, Glee’s version of “Don’t Stop Believing” is still my favorite cover ever.

Clare: I haven’t rewatched the “Pilot” since I did my last complete Glee rewatch in preparation for the final season in 2015 so it was interesting revisiting it again. I think it goes without saying that everyone looks so young. It especially struck me with Cory Monteith, Jenna Ushkowitz and Amber Riley more than the others. It was also interesting how dated the “Pilot” was: the use of MySpace and Sue throwing around that she’s going to do an interview “probably on her iPhone” really made me sit back and think, “wow that was a long time ago. Would teenagers today even know what MySpace is?” However, on the whole I think the “Pilot” still stands up as a great hour of television. It felt slow to start but the action really picked up about three-quarters of the way through the episode and I was hooked and strongly desiring a Glee rewatch by the end of it (damn my DVD being in storage from my move). I was surprised at how under utilised some of the characters were – particularly Chris Colfer’s Kurt and Jenna Ushkowitz’s Tina (I think Tina had maybe 2-3 lines in the whole episode). Kurt is likely due to the writers just working out the character, but Tina – well it’s kind of how her character ended up throughout the series. It is certainly interesting seeing how the characters developed as we progressed through the seasons. So many of their character quirks were evident here and nice to see them flow through. I love Sue’s snarks, Kurt’s attitude, and Finn’s selflessness. I’m glad they got rid of those cheesy cheerleader jumpshots between scenes. Great song choices, though would really only hook in musical fans at this stage. “Don’t Stop Believin’” at the end is just perfect… still produces big smiles and plenty of goosebumps even after all this time and all the different versions performed on the show.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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