After a less-than-stellar season two, Tuesday night's "Glee" season three premiere proved that Ryan Murphy learned his lesson and brought his band of misfit gleeks back to the basics -- show tunes, underdogs and more show tunes.
It's been a summer of changes for our McKinley High outcasts. Quinn quit the glee club, dyed her hair hot pink, got a nose ring, an "ironic tattoo of Ryan Seacrest" and joined the ranks of The Skanks -- that's her new badass crew. Meanwhile, Sam "Trouty Mouth" Evans moved away and left diva Mercedes all by her lonesome, but she didn't stay single for long. Mercedes has a new man this season, and he's definitely a jock. And then Lauren Zizies ditched the glee club because they were ruining her image. According to Puck, "She was the one that got away, really really slowly."
As for the rest of the gleeks, Kurt and Rachel are now BFFs planning to go off to New York after graduation, while Rachel's boyfriend Finn has no idea what he wants to do post-graduation, but we're not sure we see Finn living in New York City. Mike and Tina are still, well, Mike and Tina, and lovable blonde airhead Brittany is still spouting out the shows best one-liners.
For example: "Now Santana and I are like Almond Joy and you're a Jolly Rancher that fell in an ashtray."
Then there's Kurt and Blaine, who are still going strong after the summer. So strong, that Blaine transfers to McKinley to make Kurt's senior year more magical. Our year would be pretty magical too if Blaine serenaded us with "It's Not Unusual." We're sad that Blaine ditched his Warblers uniform, but it's pretty clear to see that blue and red are his wardrobe stables.
And let's not forget Mr. Schue, who's happily living with Emma (they even pack each other's lunches!), and still very unhappily fighting with Sue, who's out to get all of the glee clubs -- everywhere. But William Schuester is Mr. Nice Guy anymore. He stood up to Sue, said no to a hopeful (yet annoying) glee club member and even kicked Santana out of the glee club.
And that high school musical everyone's been talking about? It's "West Side Story." So who's going to be the Tony to Rachel's Maria?