Amber Riley heats up 'Glee' with 'Disco Inferno' and more from 'Saturday Night Glee-ver'

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saturday-night-glee-ver-amber-riley.jpgIt's a given that anything based on "Saturday Night Fever" will be incredibly cheesy, so there's no way the "Glee" episode "Saturday Night Glee-ver" was going to be anything but warm, gooey gruyere. But as far as "Glee" goes, there was plenty of plot advancement and character development -- so does that make up for the lame disco theme?

Well, we did get a fierce drag performance by "The Glee Project" runner-up Alex Newell out of the deal, plus some all-too-brief glimpses at Jonathan Groff (back as Jesse St. James, the new Vocal Adrenaline coach), so it wasn't a total loss.

We also got a crazy run of platitudes from Mr. Schuester, who was trying to inspire his aimless students Mercedes, Santana and Finn, and a whole lotta falsetto. Ostensibly, the three were competing for a white John Travolta disco suit (why would they even want that?), but mostly he just wanted to get them to figure out what they want to do with their lives.

Santana said she wanted to be famous at any cost, but when Brittany leaked a sex tape, she realized her ambition was greater. Mercedes wanted to be a diva singer, but was too scared to move to LA. Sam put her song on YouTube to give her more confidence. Finn admitted to Rachel that he wanted to move to New York and become an actor. Mostly, Ryan Murphy was clearly setting up the mysterious Season 4 we've heard so much about but know so little of. Could there be a bi-coastal McKinley High reality show in the works?

Other thoughts:
--So little Kurt for an episode with so much falsetto...
--Santana's solo outfit would not be out of place at Coachella...and it's amazing.
--Please let FOX release the Lord Tubbington scenes online. Cats doing people things is always hilarious.
--We were reminded in Finn's dramatic scenes that Cory Monteith is actually a great actor, but Finn's freakout seemed more like something you'd go through in college, not high school. Plus, the little speech about stopping time on the football field seems like the dream of someone with way more life perspective than Finn.

Best song of the night: "Disco Inferno"
Amber Riley is a fantastic singer who deserves to be featured way more often than she actually is. This is just more proof of that. Plus, she looked amazing.

Worst song of the night: "Staying Alive"
Usually the group numbers are a highlight, but frankly, there were much better songs during "Saturday Night Glee-ver." The only saving grace was the sight of the McKinley High gang doing their best disco struts in white "Saturday Night Fever" suits.

Which was your favorite platitude of the night? What did you think of the episode?
Photo/Video credit: FOX