Thursday, April 19, 2012
Glee: Season 3, Episode 16 “Saturday Night Glee-ver” (C+)
I suppose it’s a good a time as any to do disco. Starting with Blaine tapping his foot in class and walking out to just go nuts and dance has an appeal, since this show sometime stalls, and its musical numbers help rescue it from slumps. This episode, however, was all over the place, and while the theme was that no one knew what was ahead, it felt extremely discombobulated. Will’s selection of Finn, Mercedes, and Santana seemed somewhat random, as Emma doesn’t seem to be doing all that much as a guidance counselor since half the school has apparently forgotten to start thinking about their futures. Using the “Saturday Night Fever” suit to encourage enthusiasm was a decent ploy, and it’s good to see Sue working with Will to get them excited about what the students perceive as a long-since-trendy fad. Finn making his decision to go with Rachel was sweet, and I’m sure they’ll have plenty of bumps along the way to go. Brittany released Santana’s sex tape was a bit extreme and rather poorly-handled, but I suppose a cheerleading scholarship fixes everything (not quite). The introduction of the latest random new character brought in from “The Glee Project” was intriguing, the cross-dressing Unique, who so infuriated Jesse St. James during his performance but whose fellow team members didn’t seem to mind or even notice that he was garbed in women’s clothing. Characters from other schools can only be so involved in this show, but I suspect that Unique will return and play a bigger part soon.