Amber Riley and Chris Colfer in GLEE - Season 3 - "Saturday Night Glee-ver" | ©2012 Fox/Adam Rose

Amber Riley and Chris Colfer in GLEE - Season 3 - "Saturday Night Glee-ver" | ©2012 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz
Writer: Matthew Hodgson
Director: Bradley Buecker
Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights
Original Telecast: April 18, 2012

Watching the latest episode of GLEE, you couldn’t help but feel like the show was out of ideas and episode titles. Paying homage to one of the best selling soundtracks of all time – SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER – the episode is dubbed “Saturday Night Glee-ver” because, well, no one could have come up with a better title?

Really, “Glee-ver?”

Unlike last year’s solid episode focusing solely on the Fleetwood Mac album RUMOURS, this year’s tribute is good or bad pending on how you feel about Disco.

Well, most of the characters in New Directions think Disco still sucks, but that doesn’t stop Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) and Sue (Jane Lynch) from shoving disco down their students throats.

The end result – Disco songs and if you hate it, like I do, it’s a very painful episode.

When there are theme episodes, songs seem to take over and it does here – so we’re greeted to more musical numbers than should be allowed in an hour-long episode.

Storywise, Finn (Cory Monteith), Santana (Naya Rivera) and Mercedes (Amber Riley) all discover who they want to be and how they’re going to achieve it during the episode. There’s also another GLEE PROJECT finalist (Alex Newell in a great performance) who gets a special episode showcase, another Blaine (Darren Criss) spotlight song and a bunch of 1970s era dancing.

What’s very strange is how absent Quinn (Dianna Agron) is from this episode. She is confined to wheelchair, yet she’s only glimpsed for a few seconds in the entire episode. I don’t even think she has a line.

Way to marginalize an already marginalized character. Even Artie (Kevin McHale) got to disco-out on the dance floor in his wheelchair – why not Quinn. Are the writers still punishing Quinn?

Other than a brief detour to Vocal Adrenaline, “Saturday Night Glee-ver” is a total bust. That’s the dangers of messing with the dark side of music. Disco died for a reason, and now matter what GLEE does, it isn’t coming back.

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Comments:

  1. I just have to say that seeing Alex’s transfermation to acting was AMAZING and heartwarming!!! I know of so many people that can be inspired by his character on GLEE. Seeing him on the glee project made me not like him or want to rout for him; however, after his awe inspiring performance, how could you not rout for him! His story can be taken so many ways and his character can inspire millions(which is the whole point of glee) to feel comfortable in expressing themselves. I and a dedicated glee fan have a new favorite in Alex, please KEEP HIM ON GLEE

    martin
  2. Dianna Agron was in Paris for Fashion Week while they were filming this episode. I think the Glee producers were giving her some time off to do her own thing.

    Lisa

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