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Glee Season Two Volume 1
Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, Jane Lynch
3 DVD 10 episodes
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

What is a new season without a new cast member? Season 2, Episode 1 introduces a new football coach, Coach Beiste played by 15 time world arm wrestling champion and former U.S. Olympic team shot putter (1988) Dot-Marie Jones (Coach Kelly on Lizzie McGuire). It is a welcome addition from what was becoming a tiresome character of Ken Tanaka. Borrowing a page from the world of social media Glee also "auditions" Sunshine for the Glee club - viewers might recognize her as Internet singing sensation Charice Pempengo - but alas Sunshine must move on to better things. There is a new guy Sam Evans who is there to give Finn a run for his money. All in all a solid set up for the season with a great song list: "Empire State of Mind", "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", "Telephone", "Getting to Know You", "Billionaire", "The Power", "Listen", "What I Did for Love".

The curious thing about Season Two is that it comes after a freshman year that fans probably thought would be impossible to surpass but they have managed to do so on a consistent basis. The second episode Britney/Britanny delivers with both barrels. Episode three Grilled Cheesus is a little weird - bringing to mind an e-bay grilled cheese moment - and is probably the weakest link in the season. Episode four, Duets, is a magnificent effort of song and dance with standout performances that will warm the hearts of Gleeks everywhere. The episode that was, perhaps, the most anticipated in the season was Episode 5 - The Rocky Horror Glee Show with special guest stars Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf. The episode was well worth the wait and it is perhaps the power of that episode that dwarfed the rest of the season until Episode 10, A Very Glee Christmas, picks up the gauntlet cast by the Rocky Horror episode. There is nothing wrong with Never Been Kissed, The Substitute and Furt they are all solid episode with Glee standard superb song and dance numbers.
For Gleeks everywhere this is a must have DVD set.

Special features on Glee Seadson 2 Volume 1 are
Bonus song from The Rocky Horror "Glee" Show  recorded exclusively for the DVD; "GLEE" Music Jukebox; Getting Waxed with Jane Lynch: Sue Sylvester Madame Tussaud's wax figure from modeling to ceremony; The Wit of Brittany: Brittany's most "profound" moments from Season 1 and the first half of Season 2; "GLEE" at Comic-Con 2010
For the Gleeks of the world the most important information is the list of episodes:

Disc 1 episodes: 

"Grilled Cheesus"
Disc 2 episodes:

"The Rocky Horror Glee Show"
"Never Been Kissed"
"The Substitute"

Disc 3 episodes:
"Special Education"

Glee Season 2 Episode 1 Set List

"Empire State of Mind" 
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
"Getting to Know You"
"The Power"
"What I Did for Love"

Glee Season 2 Episode 2 Set List

"I/'m a Slave 4 U"
"Me Against the Music"
"...Baby One More Time"
"The Only Exception"

Glee Season 2 Episode 3 Set List

"Only the Good Die Young" 
"I Look to You"
"Papa, Can You Hear Me?"
"I Want to Hold Your Hand"
"Losing My Religion
"Bridge over Troubled Water"
"One of Us"

Glee Season 2 Episode 4 Set List

"Don/'t Go Breaking My Heart"
"River Deep - Mountain High"
"Le Jazz Hot!" Victor/Victoria Kurt Hummel
"With You I/'m Born Again"
"Get Happy" / "Happy Days Are Here Again"

Glee Season 2 Episode 5 Set List

"Science Fiction/Double Feature"
"Over at the Frankenstein Place"
"Dammit Janet"
"Hot Patootie"
"Sweet Transvestite"
"Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me"
"Time Warp"

Glee Season 2 Episode 6

"One Love/People Get Ready"
"Teenage Dream"
"Start Me Up" / "Livin/' on a Prayer"
"Stop! In the Name of Love" / "Free Your Mind" 

Glee Season 2 Episode 7

"Conjunction Junction"
"Forget You"
"Make /'Em Laugh"
"Nowadays / Hot Honey Rag"
"Singin/' in the Rain" / "Umbrella"

Glee Season 2 Episode 8

"Marry You"
"Just the Way You Are"

Glee Season 2 Episode 9

"Don/'t Cry for Me Argentina"
"The Living Years"
"Hey, Soul Sister"
"(I/'ve Had) The Time of My Life"
"Dog Days Are Over"

Glee Season 2 Episode 10

"The Most Wonderful Day of the Year"
"We Need a Little Christmas"
"Merry Christmas Darling"
"Baby, It/'s Cold Outside"
"You/'re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
"Last Christmas"
"Welcome Christmas"

Denis Bernicky

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