‘Glee’: ‘Lights Out’ forces the glee club to unplug, continues to keep viewers in the dark about Katie

The glee club performs unplugged in "Lights Out."

The glee club performs unplugged in “Lights Out.”

For the second time this season, McKinley High School finds itself with a dilemma. This time around, the students of McKinley are faced with a power outage. Fortunately this is less threatening than a shooting, and is easier to deal with.

Mr. Schuester never lets an opportunity slip away, so naturally he makes an assignment out of the power outage. He asks the glee club members to unplug from their phones and technology, and in turn sing without the aid of any instruments or equipment.

This assignment is taken very seriously as the glee club’s numbers are done acapella, and in the case of a stellar rendition of “We will Rock You,” with trash. Think water bottle and trashcans. Possibly one of the neatest and most innovative numbers Glee has done yet.

Unfortunately for Ryder, unplugging means more than going without light or technology. It means finding it inside himself to “unplug,” and come to terms with a big secret.

Glee likes to shock us by tackling very touchy subjects, and this episode reminds us how it always manages to do this well. Ryder opens up about being molested at a young age, which drives Kitty to later admit to having experienced the same thing.

I know what some of you are thinking. All aboard the Ryder and Kitty ship. He’s over Marley, and Kitty is no longer with Puck, so it makes only sense right?


Ryder continues to be catfished by that girl Katie. No, we still do not know who she is, and it bugs the hell out of me. Tina? Unique? Kitty? Do we even know this person? Please. We need to know. It’s not like Glee to keep something going this long. How long has it been? Four episodes?

On the other side of Ohio, Sue is enjoying life as a trainer. I will never be able to un-see Darren Criss doing aerobics. The upside of Becky and Blaine clearly missing Sue and wanting her back, is that it sparks what might be the most characteristic performance ever: Sue Sylvester performing “Little Girls.” This has nothing to do with Jane Lynch making her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie this summer, I assure you.

In New York, not much is going on. Santana is trying to find herself (like she usually is), and is dragged to a prestigious ballet show that Kurt’s boss Isabelle is involved with. Not too sure what was trying to be achieved, other than an episode with great snarky Santana lines and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Really, the New York plot line of this episode was just giving some context to a number, “At the Ballet,” from A Chorus Line. The dialogue, the singing, the costumes and the performance was so stellar that the forced context didn’t matter. Then again, does the forced context ever matter if the musical number is really good? Not really.

Over all, this was a heartfelt episode. Kudos to Blake Jenner and Becca Tobin for stellar performances. The newbies this season have been pretty impressive, and they don’t get enough credit.

So what do you think, Gleeks?  Who is Ryder’s catfisher?  What will happen in the episodes leading up to the finale?  Let me know in the comments!

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