‘Glee’ recap: 4×20 ‘Lights Out’

9:15 am EDT, April 26, 2013

Miss last night’s new episode of Glee titled “Lights Out”? Check out our recap of what went down as well as some behind-the-scenes info you may have not even realized you missed!

This week’s episode opens with Ryder talking to Jake about how he has never felt so close to someone as he does with Katie. Jake, smartly, reminds him that this person may not even be a girl. Ryder, being the upstanding guy that he is, shrugs it off and basically says “I don’t care, I’m still attached.” Ryder then tells Jake that he opened up to Katie about his past, but after Jake prods for what it might be, Ryder replies with an “I can’t.” Blake Jenner continues to impress us with his amazing ability to juggle major character motifs, but we’ll get to more of that later.

Santana, being the responsible roommate that she is, arrives back at the loft with a torn, ragged (and most likely bed bug ridden) reclining chair that apparently Kurt and Rachel of all people will be delighted to accept in to their living room. It’s deja vu all over again when Rachel commands Santana to sit down because she and Kurt have to talk to her. They tell Santana that she’s throwing her life away, but Santana replies that being a cage dancer is something she loves and tries to dismiss the confrontation.

Back at McKinley, Sam implores everyone to get the hell off of Twitter and the Facebooks and start living life a little more. He begins singing a song that he only recently found out was playing the night his parents conceived him. A little awkward, but right up the Sam storyline alley. He proceeds to start “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” by The Righteous Brothers and is joined in by Ryder and New Directions throughout.

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Miss last night’s new episode of Glee titled “Lights Out”? Check out our recap of what went down as well as some behind-the-scenes info you may have not even realized you missed!

This week’s episode opens with Ryder talking to Jake about how he has never felt so close to someone as he does with Katie. Jake, smartly, reminds him that this person may not even be a girl. Ryder, being the upstanding guy that he is, shrugs it off and basically says “I don’t care, I’m still attached.” Ryder then tells Jake that he opened up to Katie about his past, but after Jake prods for what it might be, Ryder replies with an “I can’t.” Blake Jenner continues to impress us with his amazing ability to juggle major character motifs, but we’ll get to more of that later.

Santana, being the responsible roommate that she is, arrives back at the loft with a torn, ragged (and most likely bed bug ridden) reclining chair that apparently Kurt and Rachel of all people will be delighted to accept in to their living room. It’s deja vu all over again when Rachel commands Santana to sit down because she and Kurt have to talk to her. They tell Santana that she’s throwing her life away, but Santana replies that being a cage dancer is something she loves and tries to dismiss the confrontation.

Back at McKinley, Sam implores everyone to get the hell off of Twitter and the Facebooks and start living life a little more. He begins singing a song that he only recently found out was playing the night his parents conceived him. A little awkward, but right up the Sam storyline alley. He proceeds to start “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” by The Righteous Brothers and is joined in by Ryder and New Directions throughout.

Kurt’s back at Vogue (oh yeah, remember that?) where Izzy (Yay, Sarah Jessica Parker is back!) asks how Kurt’s Dad is, yet again showing compassion and humanity, and yet again proving she is one of the more lovable guest stars in all of Glee. Kurt tells Izzy he thought he was getting fired for not being at Vogue in so long, but Izzy reminds him that she will never stop someone for going after their dreams. She does, however, ask Kurt to bring some friends to a ballet event to help wrangle talent. One little note from the author: internships, especially in New York City, and especially in the fashion industry, do not work on a come-as-you-please basis. If Kurt hadn’t showed up to Vogue in weeks and weeks, he would have simply been fired and replaced. Not to nit pick, but don’t aspire to be a come-as-you-please intern, kids. I digress.

Sue is back and reveals that she is a freelance champion as she writes in her journal saying that “life could not be better.” It’s interesting to hear this inner dialogue, the confessional of characters on Glee, and hear her clearly lying to herself. It’s clear that Sue misses what she truly believes is her passion. It turns out she’s a personal trainer as she is seen coaching an aerobics class with one Mr. Blaine Anderson attending in some very short shorts. Here are some screen shots we found from amazing people on tumblr:

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And yes, we will be pausing and rewinding when we replay this episode. Blaine also sees some guy smirking at him and is thoroughly unimpressed. Watch:

Sue mentions her trademark Sue90x, and Blaine tells Sue the Cheerios need her back and admits that he knows something went down when she left McKinley.

Artie, being the musical genius that he is (what?), tells Sam that when he ran over a plastic bottle, he thought a great idea for regionals would be to do a song entirely with “a water bottle, pencils, zippers” or whatever else they could come up with. Sam’s all like “okay,” and that’s the abrupt end of that scene – one of the many choppy sporadic segues throughout “Lights Out.”

Back in Bushwick, Kurt tells Rachel and Santana that they are invited to help wrangle talent at the ballet and after a couple of tugs, Santana agrees to go. We get to flashback to Rachel and Kurt in their ballet classes at a tender age of six. Kurt talks about how his mom enrolled him and is seen gallivanting around with a magic wand, and it’s definitely the cutest thing you’ve seen on TV. Santana knocks the daydreaming back to reality with “I skipped all that crap to study the timeless art of crunk.” Is that a GIF yet? While we wait for that to get made, here’s her reaction:

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Back in the choir room, Ryder admits that he wants to “unplug” his feelings and let everyone know what’s going on with him. He sings the song “Everybody Hurts,” which Blake Jenner and company sang on the second season of The Glee Project during Vulnerability week. It was an impressive performance, but the acting that followed was even more impressive. Ryder admits, in front of the entire glee club (minus Joe, Brittany and Sugar…where are they again?) that he was molested by his babysitter when he was young. Sam and Artie don’t find this to be an issue at all and proclaim that this is every guy’s dream: to have a 17 year-old girl touching him in the shower. Will, being the mediocre educator that he is, somehow let’s this go on without interrupting or getting upset. In fact, he got more upset that Marley wrote her own song than two guys clowning around and poking fun at someone who has been sexually abused. Why? Ryder sarcastically high fives the guys and walks away, but Kitty clearly connected with Ryder’s vulnerability.

Kitty asks Ryder to dinner where she tells him that she not only has had trouble with guys in her life, but that she was also molested when she was younger. She retells the story of a sleepover and her best friend’s brother touching her in “places” and that she told her parents later on, but they thought the brother was too nice of a guy to do such a thing. She tells Ryder that she thought the easiest thing to do was to switch schools and so she did. She says that she understands what it feels like as a teary-eyed Ryder holds her hand and says “thank you.” Ryder is now juggling more interesting story lines than some of the veterans of this show ,and he’s doing it in style. It’s a hard argument to say that Blake Jenner isn’t one of the top 2 best things about Glee in season 4.

Back on stage, the glee club performs Queen’s “We Will Rock You” acoustically without any instruments. Meanwhile, Jake does some tap dancing and some of the most beautiful pirouettes you’ve ever seen a man do:

Sue, who has been fired from McKinley for causing a school panic with having a loaded gun in school, somehow manages to get back on school grounds and is illegally awkwardly watching Roz “coach” the Cheerios. Becky joins her and tells her that she misses her “so bad it hurts.” Sue’s over it and says “Becky, I’m sorry, honey, but I’ve moved on. I can’t go back to babysitting brats,” as she begins singing “Little Girls” from the Broadway musical Annie. This is fun because for those who don’t know, Jane Lynch will be starring in Annie on Broadway this summer!  Sue tells Becky that you couldn’t pay her to go back to coaching the Cheerios.

At the ballet, Izzy tells Rachel, Kurt, and Santana that they get to watch the ballet from the wings. Santana admits that she was in ballet when she was younger and that she felt safe, not different and a part of something there. All four of them then begin a long, beautiful performance of “At The Ballet” from the popular Broadway show A Chorus Line. At the end of the performance, Santana admits to Izzy that she doesn’t know what she wants to do in her life or how to get there. Izzy, again being the amazing person that she is, tells Santana to find “Something that you love. Something that feeds your soul.” Sarah Jessica Parker sounded amazing in this performance (it’s no “Turkey Lurkey Time/Let’s Have a Kiki” let’s put it that way).

Roz, who is sick of Becky (which really means impatient) brings her to Principal Figgins’ office for him to discipline her. Becky ends up telling Figgins that she’s got something she needs to tell him.

Back on the iMac in the library, Ryder is talking to Katie. And in a twist of events that probably no one say coming, Katie suggest that the phone that rang in the choir room may not have been hers. Yes, that’s possible, but how could you do that to us Glee!? Katie says she’ll be right back and right on cue Kitty appears next to Ryder, inviting him to lunch. When Ryder says he’d rather wait for Katie to return, Kitty gets pissed off. “How can you pick an online fantasy over an actual fantasy?” she yells. The moment Kitty walks off camera, Katie is back with a “hey babe.” The timing of this would lead one to believe that despite what you may be feeling, it looks like Katie isn’t Kitty.

Santana is late to her first dance class at NYADA extension. The dance teacher reminds everyone that being in this class doesn’t mean it increases your chances of becoming a full blown student. When asked what she’s doing there after a couple of snide remarks to the teacher, Santana says “I love to dance.” While Santana is doing plies at the bar, she sees the young version of herself in first position and a tutu, and it inspires her. Santana walks over as the young version of herself pleads, “don’t forget me again, okay?” Santana replies with “I won’t I promise.” To me, this was very American Horror Story for Ryan Murphy, but I buy into this sappy overarching metaphor about fighting self, so I was a bit weepy in this moment.

In the final scene of the episode, the New Directions sing “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel on stage.

After the episode was over, the two actors who portrayed victims of sexual abuse, Becca Tobin and Blake Jenner, gave a PSA on sexual abuse and urged those who may have been victims to seek help at www.rainn.org.

What were your thoughts about “Lights Out?” Did you notice that Cory Monteith and some scenes with Blaine and Sam were meant to be in the episode but weren’t? You can read all about the differences in tonight’s episode from what we were expecting right here!

Though this episode was good, it didn’t leave us begging for more. Our reaction is best brought to you in GIF form from Rachel Berry:

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017