Monday, April 23, 2012

Glee: What CAN'T Saturday Night Fever Fix?

You know the old saying, "When life gets you down, the answers you seek can be found in Saturday Night Fever?" No? That's because no one in history has ever given such absurd advice. No one, of course, except good old Mr. Will Schuester. 

Cory Montetih as Finn Hudson on Glee Season 3 Saturday Night Gleever
For the first time in a veeery long time, I liked what they did with Finn this past week on Glee. From my experience, most kids in high school have no freakin clue what they want to do when they leave. Go-to-college seems to be the standby. But that doesn't actually mean anything. It's just another four years before you have to actually be an adult and deal with the suckitude of health insurance.

Cory Montetih as Finn Hudson and Lea Michele as Rachel Berry  on Glee Season 3 Saturday Night Gleever Finchel
Cory Montetih as Finn Hudson and Lea Michele as Rachel Berry  on Glee Season 3 Saturday Night Gleever Finchel
Finn at least has Rachel's dream to follow along with until he comes up with his own. Getting out of Ohio and into The Big City seems like a good step one to me. Plus, this storyline also emphasized Finn's total lack of self-esteem, practically to the point of self-loathing. From an angst perspective, I can totally get behind that.

Cory Montetih as Finn Hudson and Lea Michele as Rachel Berry  on Glee Season 3 Saturday Night Gleever Finchel
Cory Montetih as Finn Hudson on Glee Season 3 Saturday Night Gleever
Finn doesn't want to go to college and just mark time. Cool. I can dig it. The best scene of the night came from his argument with Mr. Schue. Finn doesn't want to grow up. He wants things to slow-the-F-down. YES, Glee! That's exactly the feeling I remember feeling in high school, and college, and grad school, and currently. Time should just stop moving.

Cory Montetih as Finn Hudson on Glee Season 3 Saturday Night Gleever
Cory Montetih as Finn Hudson on Glee Season 3 Saturday Night Gleever
Not only that, but Finn fears he's just too average to actually measure up to quintuple threat that is his diva finance. Again, a realistic fear for a mediocre singer and sub-par dancer (Sorry, Cory Monteith...)

Cory Montetih as Finn Hudson on Glee Season 3 Saturday Night Gleever
Then... the scene takes a turn. You know what Glee does with all that nice reality it set up? It CRUSHES it like a water beetle.

Cory Montetih as Finn Hudson on Glee Season 3 Saturday Night Gleever
Will says, "Hey! I have a brilliant plan. Watch this old, outdated movie full of annoying disco songs. That'll help!" What?! WHAT?! This kid is having a crisis and that's your brilliant solution? That is no solution. That is less than a solution. That is throwing your hands up and saying, "Well... I've got nothing. Peace out." As per usual, Glee twisted their best storyline into an epic FAIL. 

Cory Montetih as Finn Hudson on Glee Season 3 Saturday Night Gleever
And of course, by the end of the sixty minutes, Finn Has A Dream! It's basically a diet version of Rachel's dream, but clearly that's not relevant here.  He's going to dare to dream that impossible dream and I'm sure he'll succeed. Once again, Saturday Night Fever to the rescue. And all those people out in audience land who haven't figured out what they want to do with their lives - you've got approximately sixty minutes to figure it out or you're a total loser. If SNF doesn't work for you, maybe try Grease instead.

2 comments:

  1. Love this post, so true. Glee has some premises that start so strong but are then just left to be solved deus ex machine style one hour later. Its like "I don't know what to do with my life and everything feels so pointless and my dad just died"
    "Here listen to some Lady Gaga that will cure everything."

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  2. I'm sure Finn's dream will work out great. I mean, he's had this dream for so long now that it can't be a passing phase can it?

    Oh no wait, a couple of years ago his dreams involved football and scholarships...


    This post is soo true and the other comment. I'm surprised they haven't magically fixed Artie's legs with song yet, maybe they're saving that for nationals.

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