High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Season 1 Episode One Review

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Welcome to our first-ever Disney+ original content review. If this becomes popular enough maybe we'll make it a regular thing.

We're here to discuss the first episode of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, one of the first Disney+ series to get a second season order.

If I had to describe this series in one sentence, it would be a PG version of Glee.

It so desperately wants to be the next Glee, dropping the show choir in favor of a high school theater troupe, but it has to fit the standards of a Disney Channel Original Series and it feels hindered by them.

The series provides a kind of meta take on continuing the High School Musical franchise, existing in a fictionalized version of the real world, where High School Musical exists, and the high school where it was filmed is putting on its own production of the stage version of the film.

There is a mix of music from the original film and some new original music, none of which have been stand out songs so far.

The first episode spends most of its time introducing us to the characters, and the main love triangle which will surely form the basis for much of the first season's drama.

It also wants to make it known that this exists in the present day, with social media being woven into the various plotlines of the show.

If you enjoyed the original film you will likely enjoy this series as it shares the same basic tone of the classic, but it doesn't hold the same kinetic magic the original had. Then again it is only the first episode and it could take time to build-up until it becomes great. If you're feeling nostalgic over the original trilogy, or simply like shows with A LOT of colons in the title, this will surely fill your High School Musical fix.