Glee Season 6 Episode 1 Recap: Let the Swan Song Begin

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Ready for one last hurrah, Gleeks across the land?

FOX finally kicked off the final season, airing Glee Season 6 Episode 1 and Glee Season 6 Episode 2 back to back in a two-hour, Friday night premiere.

As fans get ready to say goodbye to the one-time ratings juggernaut, for our beloved McKinley High alumni, the premiere marked a reunion of sorts.

Rachel returned to the school on Glee Season 6 Episode 1, her dream job now but a distant memory, and her new project to fix up the school's choir.

In the second hour, Glee Season 6 Episode 2 found Puck, Quinn, Santana, Mercedes, Brittany, Artie and Tina all heading back to Ohio for Homecoming.

What transpired throughout the two-hour premiere?

Poor Rachel only got through one episode of "That's So Rachel" - the most offensive, least funny television show ever to appear on the small screen - before her fantasy of making a living via acting/singing came to an end.

So, what's a girl to do when Hollywood is no longer calling? Head back to Lima, Ohio, of course!

But Rachel returned to a very different William McKinley High School, as Sue Sylvester successfully ended the arts program there, prompting Will to turn to the dark side.

Yup, he's now the coach of Vocal Adrenaline.

In response to this shocking turn of events, Rachel pledged all of her money to starting a new glee club at McKinley, garnering all of Sue's wrath in the process.

Fortunately, Rachel won't be embarking on this mission alone: Having broke up (again), Kurt and Blaine have also made their way back to Ohio.

On the second episode, meanwhile, fans were greeted by even more returning faces, as Artie, Brittany and company attended Homecoming festivites at their old school.

As for the new faces?

  • Jane is Dalton’s first-ever female student.
  • Mason and Madison are twins who are also Cheerios.
  • Spencer is a post-modern gay teen," a football player who no one dares to mock for his sexuality.
  • Roderick is quiet and soulful and her a GREAT voice.

As for the Glee music covered?

  • “Let It Go” from Frozen.
  • “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors.
  • “Uninvited” by Alanis Morrissette,.
  • “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. 
  • "Problem" by Ariana Grande.

All in all, the premiere most definitely switched things up, while simultaneously returning to the show's roots, as previously promised by creator Ryan Murphy.

We're back at William McKinley. There's an underdog singing group being formed. Sue is its enemy. And the cheese factor is off the charts!

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