Glee season premiere recap: All You Need Is Love

Rachel has a new job, McKinley has a new couple, and Kurt and Blaine are [Spoiler!]
Ep. 01 | Aired Sep 26, 2013

I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND on this ride so I don't get sick.

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Musical Grades:

Let’s talk about all that Beatles music. Fun fact: Today is actually the 44th anniversary of the release of Abbey Road. The more you know! As the first hour of the planned two-part Beatles tribute, the show focused on the early years of the Beatles and the high energy throughout kept most of the musical moments as the fun tributes they were obviously intended as.

"All You Need Is Love": I feel like America would forgive a lot more cheaters if this were the end result. I didn't really realize it before, but of course the band all about love should be a major factor in a Kurt/Blaine proposal. The bright colors and high energy only made this cover of one of the Beatles' most iconic songs even better. A

"Drive My Car": Sung by Kitty and Artie, this was cute and fun, and it's not like the original had layers of deep messaging, but something about the literal take -- with bumper cars at the fair -- made me feel like it missed the mark. B-

"Got To Get You Into My Life": Sung by Blaine and Kurt, what a cheerful, fun ode to remind us of Glee at its best. The outfits! The band! The love! The energy was top-notch and I automatically give high scores to any number ending in a kiss. A-

"Hard Days Night": Rachel regularly hits her numbers out of the park, but compared with other high-energy performances from this episode, this one didn't blow me away. Dancing around a restaurant alongside Santana could have been powerful fun, but instead it felt like a tossaway to make room for more impressive numbers later. B

"Help": This performance reminded me of "Shout" from last year. Led by Blaine, the scene was him literally running around asking for help from various other vocal groups for his proposal to his boyfriend. It was similar fun to the goofiness of the Beatles' first movies (like, say, Help!), so on the homage level, it worked. A-

"I Saw Her Standing There": It's impossible to not like this number as it's one of the most clear homages to a specific Beatles performance of the entire hour. Ryder, Sam, Jake and Blaine tackled the Fab Four's iconic Ed Sullivan Show appearance (loved the black-and-white on the television and the screaming girls!), and along the way try to give Tina some self-esteem (more difficult than acquiring tickets to Shea Stadium). A

"Yesterday": There's not a ballad Rachel hasn't slayed, and this was no exception. A

"You've Got To Hide Your Love Away": I loved all the attention Artie got this hour, but I wasn't wild about this rendition. It didn't hit the emotional notes that the original did. B-

What did you think of the premiere? Are you excited about Kurt and Blaine? Still hoping for a Broadway miracle for Rachel? What about new, now totally official couple Kitty and Artie? Did the show feel like itself, or was there a Finn-shaped cloud hanging over each Beatles song?

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