“ Genre: Television / Suitable for 12 years and over / Actors: Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer ... / DVD released 2013-10-07 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Box set, PAL „
When I thought about season four of Glee I didn't have very high expectations but as I have always loved the show I had to buy the DVD to see how the show has changed. The reason I had doubts about the fourth season is as I knew that the Senior's had graduated at the end of season three leaving very few originals in the New Directions and if there is one thing that I don't like on TV shows it is change.
When I started watching this season I was pleasantly surprised and (for the first time ever) I actually liked the changes they made and found this was the best season of Glee so far. Something I ever imagined I would be saying a few months ago. I just finished watching the final episode a few minutes ago and I am rather upset I have no more to watch as for the last three weeks I have watched one a day (two when I couldn't help but want more!)
At the start of the new term the New Directions are left with only a few members of the glee club but in order to compete in sectionals they need twelve members. Last year's New Directions, Brittany, Tina, Artie, Blaine, Sam, Sugar and Joe hold auditions for new members along with their teacher, Mr Schuster, as for the first time the glee club is the most popular club in the school. They find three students who stand out, Marley Rose, Jake and Kitty who along with Unique (Wade who transferred schools to join the New Directions), all became the newest glee recruits.
Meanwhile, the seniors are all progressing in wider world with Rachel following her dream at NYADA (New York Academy for Dramatic Arts), Mercedes recording an album, Quinn, Santana and Mike are at colleges and Puck, Kurt and Finn don't really know what they are doing. Although Quinn and Santana were among my favourite characters of previous seasons I found that I didn't miss them as much as they were still appearing, along with the others away from WMHS, for special events and as promised to Mr Schuh, the original glee club returned for his wedding.
The newer characters Marley, Jake, Kitty and Ryder have great personalities and were (shockingly for me to say) in my opinion, better than the originals. Thankfully they all are unique individuals and none of them are copies or a substitute for any of the characters who have left. I really love the relationship between Marley and Jake and think they are the best characters of the season whether they are together or apart.
As well as great characters this year there were some brilliant, and often serious, storylines and all the characters had challenges to face. Rachel is in an unfamiliar place with mean teachers and high expectations, Marley is dealing with eating disorders from peer pressure, Ryder has made friends online but not with who they claim to be, many are facing break ups and rivalries and in one of the most serious episodes I have seen in Glee, a shooting.
The school musical this year is my favourite musical, Grease, and I really enjoyed watching those episodes. It was good to see how they linked the storylines of Grease to those of the show and it was great to have two episodes of Grease songs. It's a shame they didn't do 'We Go Together' though as it is a great song and they would have done it well as a group.
There were two episodes dedicated to a particular singer, 'Britney 2.0' and 'Wonder-ful', which were themed on Britney Spears and Stevie Wonder. I didn't enjoy the Stevie Wonder episode that much as I don't like his songs. The Britney Spears episode is one I didn't see the need or as she had already had an episode dedicated to her in season two and her songs aren't that great but surprisingly it had a few really good songs and included my favourite song of the season 'U Drive Me Crazy, Crazy' mash up.
The songs of the season were some of the best songs so far on Glee. I really enjoyed the 'Guilty Pleasures' episode with songs like, 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go', 'Wannabe' and 'Mamma Mia'. Most of the songs were very recent this year and I really liked 'Some Nights', 'Love Song' and 'A Thousand Years'. As well as covers there were a couple of originals which were nice to hear. I was rather disappointed with the Christmas episode this year as out of all the Christmas songs there is to choose from they didn't choose the best. Rachel's 'O Holy Night' was beautiful though, Lea Michelle has such a fantastic voice.
This has been the best season of Glee so far with the songs and storylines being as strong as each other. I have replayed the songs over and over in the few weeks I've had the DVD and when I am not watching it the songs are still stuck in my head. Now I'll have to wait a whole year for the next season to come out. Such a long wait! In the meantime I suppose I'll have to continue to play this one.