'Glee' Season 5: First promo video - without Cory Monteith

Although "Glee" Season 5 will not premiere for many more weeks, the first promo video for the new season has hit the Internet. The late Cory Monteith sadly does not appear in any of the images.

With its "Once Again" theme and a whole lot of footage from Season 4, there is definitely a retro feel to the Season 5 promo. Funky music plays while a whole host of "Glee" characters are seen at their most exuberant. The idea seems to be that fun and music are coming back.

Based on what has been released about the first episodes of "Glee" Season 5, this fits. The first two installments are expected to have a Beatles theme -- about as retro as one gets with pop music -- and a hopeful and light feel. It's only in episode 3 that "Glee" brings in a bit of darkness. That episode will deal with the death of Finn Hudson (Monteith) and will set up what that means for the show going forward.

How "Glee" will deal with Cory Monteith's death.

Can we get a feel for which characters might be important in Season 5, based on who appears? The featured ones seem to be:

  • Sue Sylvester
  • Blaine
  • Will Schuster
  • Tina
  • Artie
  • Jake and Marley
  • Jake and Kitty
  • Sam
  • Blaine again
  • Rachel
  • Kurt
  • Marley again
  • Will again
  • Sue again

That does seem about right.

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