Glee – Lights Out

This week’s episode of Glee went unplugged. “Lights Out” depicted exactly that. The episode centered on a long power outage at McKinley High. While the New Directions are forced to make music with trash cans and bottles, creator Ryan Murphy made a statement about society’s obsession with technology.

The Players:

  • Director: Paris Barclay
  • Writer: Ryan Murphy
  • Cast: Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Matthew Morrison, Ashley Fink, Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum, Jr., Cheyenne, Darren Criss, Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch, Dean Geyer, Melissa Benoist

Episode Title: “Lights Out”

McKinley High loses power, and New Directions performs acoustically. boss Isabelle Wright recruits Kurt to help out at a company-sponsored event to raise money for charity, with Rachel and Santana along for good measure. Disgraced after being fired, Sue Sylvester visits McKinley High during a Cheerios practice.

The Good:

  • Kittie Gets Deep: After Ryder opens up about being sexually abused, Kittie decides to share her own similar secret. She takes Ryder to dinner at the only restaurant in Lima (Sticks), and tells him that she too was molested as a kid. Kittie trades her bitch-y persona, and gets real for once. It’s good to know that under her cartoonish personality lies a real person, with real experiences and feelings.
  • Mr. Figgins’ Announcements: Mr. Figgins continues to be the best supporting character on this show. His intercom announcements are hilarious. During the power outage, he warns his students not to go mad “during this near calamity”; and after the power comes back, he congratulates them for not “resorting to cannibalism.”

Best Lines:

  • “Not me. I skipped all that crap to study the timeless art of crunk.” –Santana
  • “I have always admired her run-on sentences.” –Sue

The Bad:

  • Unplugged Theme: Mr. Schue makes the kids go A capella because of the power outage. He tells them they don’t need instruments to make music. While their performances were nice, the whole “unplugged” theme didn’t really work. It seemed like Murphy (who wrote last night’s episode) was trying to make a statement about technology and how kids are always plugged in. The message was lost on Sue’s new job and ballet recitals.
  • Sam Overreacts: Sam blows up and lectures his classmates about how much they use their phones. He totally overreacts. Where is this anger coming from? Sam never seemed to be concerned with how much anyone was into technology, why would he start now?
  • Freelance Champion: Oh how the mighty have fallen. Sue’s now working as a gym trainer, and she says she’s happy, but she’s just kidding herself. The thing that we find annoying about this situation is that we know where this is going. Becky will confess that she shot the gun, and she’ll probably get expelled. Sue will be forgiven and asked to come back to McKinley. Then she’ll make the Glee club’s existence a living hell again.

The Music:

  • “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” The Righteous Brothers – Sam unplugs with The Righteous Brothers.
  • “Everybody Hurts,” R.E.M. – Ryder serenades the glee club with a sweet and romantic performance of “Everybody Hurts.” This serves as a gateway to revealing his deepest, darkest secret.
  • “We Will Rock You,” Queen – The Glee club gets creative and makes music with trash cans and plastic bottles.
  • “Little Girls’,” Annie – Sue really doesn’t want to come back McKinley, so she sings about it.
  • “At The Ballet,” A Chorus Line – Santana, Rachel, Kurt and Isabelle Wright sing about loving the ballet.
  • “The Longest Time,” Billy Joel – Despite the power being back on, The New Directions sing and dance without any instruments.


Murphy tried to preach to the audience, but didn’t commit to the idea. Kittie’s confession was the best part of the episode. It showed us that she’s not just a mean girl/cheerleader.

Rating: 5/10

Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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