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‘Glee’ Preview: What to expect from ‘Shooting Star’


When I heard that Glee was doing an episode where “an unthinkable event happens at McKinley”, I have to admit that my first reaction was to roll my eyes. For me, Glee has always worked better as a satire than a drama, but that hasn’t stopped the show from going overboard with the dramatics over the years. I assumed “Shooting Star” would be another one of those episodes.

However, I will be the first one to say that I was wrong. This episode features some incredibly powerful, emotional moments and incredible acting that I was not expecting. As chaos breaks out, it didn’t feel like a TV show anymore; it felt like a glimpse into an average American high school where something was going horribly wrong and lives were about to be changed forever.


We’re not going to give away too much from the episode, but here are a few tidbits to look forward to on Thursday:

-The beginning of the episode is a little silly, but trust me, it’s worth hanging in there through the meteor and cat talk.

-Brittany shows a different side of herself during a conversation with a fellow Cheerio and it is refreshing to see how much she’s grown.

-The New York side of the show does not make an appearance in this episode and you will not miss them even if they’re normally your favorite part of the show (they’re mine).

-Will and Coach Beiste share several moments; one is incredibly awkward, but the rest are beautiful.

-Ryder’s catfish storyline continues and he goes through several suspects trying to figure out who is on the other end of the computer.

-Even if you never cared about the newbies before (and still don’t), you will feel for each and every one of them when the camera is rolling (you’ll see).

-Sue Sylvester will leave you speechless more than once.

Glee airs Thursday, April 11 at 9 p.m. EST on FOX.

Mandy Treccia
Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that.

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  1. I’ll be watching this on Thursday too because this episode looks like it could change the overall direction of the show. I can’t seem to live without Glee, and I’m glad that I still have all the older episodes stored on my DVR. Because I work at DISH, I was thrilled to get my hands on the Hopper DVR when it was released, and I’ve been blown away by it as a DVR ever since. I like how I can use my DISH Hopper to automatically record every primetime show that airs on the four major networks simultaneously (just in case I’m not able to watch this live for some reason). I use this technology so that I never have to worry about missing new episodes on the shows I watch, like Glee.

  2. I will be watching on Thursday.

  3. Wait, so this is all new kids? No Kurt? No Rachel? No Santana? No Finn? No Mercedes? No Puck? No anybody anybody came to care about for years on this show? It’s just all new kids who never really gelled as a cast and are just kind of there taking up space so New Directions has 12 members to compete at Regionals that never seems to be coming this season? Feh. I have better things to watch than new kids in trouble. This shit is not my problem. I don’t NEED jack shit about Glee and I will miss the NYC stream if I damned well feel like it. And I do. it’s not Glee without Rachel. Screw you for trying to tell me to feel otherwise. Rachel Berry is Glee. Anybody saying otherwise is selling shit.

  4. Look, those new kids, you tried. You really, really tried all season. It’s episode 18 or something. it hasn’t happened yet. You’re skipping all of NYC this episode to try to give these new kids more of a chance without the epic fail of a comparison to Rachel, Kurt and the ever too awesome for television Santana. Just give it up. I do not care about these lame weaksauce 2.0 versions of Quinn and other peeps. I want my original recipe Glee characters kicking ass and taking names in NYC. I will not watch this noob 2.0 nonsense. You don’t give me NYC awesomsauce with my faves, I’m gonna go watch some random shit on my DVR that’s been waiting there for however long, because I do not care about these new kids. They’re lame, and retreads, and not relevant to my interests. I miss the awesome cast chemistry of the original recipe Glee ensemble. These kids don’t deliver that. So I have better things to do with my time. Okay? Thanks. Bye.

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