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Re: Michael Jackson Special GLEE Episode 31 January 2012 (USA AIR DATE)
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2012, 07:51:36 PM »
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'Glee' Recap: 11 Shockers and Scene Stealers From the Michael Jackson Tribute
Sam and Mercedes reunite, Burt is still father of the decade and Rachel has an answer for Finn's marriage proposal and other top moments from Season 3, Episode 11.
7:34 PM PST 1/31/2012 by Lesley Goldberg


Glee turned its lens on Michael Jackson on Tuesday, paying tribute to the pop icon with an hour in which McKinley's New Directions battled the Dalton Academy Warblers -- well, mostly Sebastian -- for the right to perform the King of Pop's music at Regionals.

[Warning: Spoilers ahead from Tuesday's "Michael" episode of Glee.]

Kurt and Rachel both took a step toward realizing their dreams, Sebastian made an enemy out of just about everybody and Rachel had an answer for Finn's marriage proposal in the hour, appropriately titled "Michael." Here are 11 shockers and scene stealers from the episode.

1. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" -- Blaine kicks off the hour with a high-energy cover of the track, with Brittany, Santana, Kurt, Mercedes backing him. From the halls of McKinley to the well-lit stage the song, costumes and dancing stand out as one of the best performances of the season. Scene stealer: the show's editors for sure. And that's all before the opening credits.

2. In a confrontation between the formerly friendly glee clubs set to Jackson's "Bad," Sebastian gives Blaine the slushie treatment -- sending the former Warbler to the hospital with a scratched cornia. You have to admire Sebastian's guts to go from crush to slush in two episodes. Scene stealer: Sebastian. And Artie. Memo to Glee: Kevin McHale should front all MJ tunes.

3. Artie and Mike's dream-like "Scream" rendition -- in which Artie ditches his wheelchair -- was a great (and organic) way to convey a character's emotion through song and a perfect example of what the show looks like when it's firing on all cylinders. Smart to get McHale  out of the wheelchair and feature Harry Shum Jr.'s dancing in the bit. Scene stealer: the whole song.

4. Quinn is outta here. She's Yale-bound via early admission thanks to a heartfelt essay about teen overcoming adversity and teen pregnancy. She offers Rachel advice on Finn's marriage proposal, suggesting that Rachel decline the proposal and not drag an anchor from her past into her future. "If you want everything you've ever dreamed of, you have to break up with him," she tells her. Dianna Agron (finally!) gets a solo for "Never Can Say Goodbye," as she bids farewell to her past loves: Finn, Puck and Sam. Scene stealer: Quinn for no other reason than telling it like it is and being a voice of reason. And Beth, the locker pictures are adorable!

5. Realizing that she still has feelings for her former summer flame, Samcedes is back in full force when Sam and Mercedes sharing a sweet kiss after covering "Human Nature." It's a long overdue moment for the couple. Clear eyes, full hearts, Shane.

6. Kurt inches closer to his dreams of heading to the East Coast, learning that he's a finalist for NYADA fate. "You are unstoppable Kurt," Burt says. "They can never take this away from you. On this day, you won." Another great Burt gem. Scene stealer: Duh, Burt.

7. Rachel interprets her lack of NYADA letter as bad news and practically makes Kurt feel guilty for advancing to the next stage with the New York-set arts school and breaks down thinking she wasn't as lucky. When all is said and done, however, she joins Kurt as being a finalist at NYADA. You just can't separate these two. Period.

8. You don't piss off a girl who's Lima Heights adjacent. Santana, furious that Blaine may need surgery after Sebastian's slushie to the face, goes all toe-to-tie with the new Warbler captain for "Smooth Criminal." After confessing he put rock salt in Blaine slushie, Sebastian douses Santana. You know there's going to be payback for that. Scene stealer: Everyone. Did you catch the cello guys' busted strings? Plus Naya Rivera's attitude when she claims she was better?

9. Rachel finally has an answer to Finn's marriage proposal. She wants him to go to New Yorkwith her no matter what she hears from NYADA. "I don’t' need to marry you to keep from straying; you're the only guy for me," she tells him. After a Finn duet to "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," she has an answer -- yes. "You're the love of my life," she tells him. Scene stealer: the piano guy who sits patiently watching the newly engaged couple smooch.

10. In the final confrontation, New Directions withdraws and opts to not perform Michael at Regionals. Tired of the fighting and drama between the clubs and in an effort to help the Warblers to better understand the King of Pop, New Directions sends the message of peace and tolerance and covers "Black or White." The chorus with Santana leading charge and Artie's rap are spot on and the Warblers joining them on stage is representative of what the show stands for. Scene stealer: the MJ-video inspired changing face montage -- it will forever haunt us.

11. Sebastian ends up being left out in the cold as Santana reveals she has him on tape confessing to lacing the slushie with rock salt and showing what kind of character the new Warbler captain is made of. Scene stealer: Kurt for letting Sebastian sink himself. School's out!

What did you think of the MJ tribute? Do you agree with Rachel's decision? How do you think Finn will handle news of Rachel's finalist status at NYADA? Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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Re: Michael Jackson Special GLEE Episode 31 January 2012 (USA AIR DATE)
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2012, 07:54:31 PM »
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/crystal-bell/glee-recap-michael-jackson_b_1245481.html

Glee Recap: Tribute To Michael Jackson
Posted: 01/31/2012 11:12 pm


Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 3, Episode 11 of Fox's "Glee," entitled, "Michael."

Let's start with the good news. When "Glee" decides to do a tribute episode, it usually means that they forgo all sense of plot continuity. However, "Michael" definitely ranks at the top of all of the other "Glee" tribute episodes because even though it was absurd at times, at least there was a plot -- and it kind of made sense.

Now, let's move on to the bad news. For an episode that was so overhyped, I have to be honest: I was a little underwhelmed. There were definitely standout performances -- "Scream," anybody? -- but unfortunately, the absurdity of it all was too much for me to bear. It never quite lived up to the greatness that is Michael Jackson, and that's a shame.

I know that the writers needed to find some way to write off Darren Criss for a few episodes while he had his stint on Broadway, but did they really need to do it in such an unbelievably forced way? I mean, a slushy laced with rock salt to the eye? Really? Sebastian could have easily punched him, and it would have been more believable than surgery-by-slushy.

And don't even get me started with Rachel. Okay, I get it: You thought that you didn't get into N.Y.A.D.A, so you panicked and accepted Finn's proposal. But if you really want me to like you, Rachel Berry, I need to be able to trust you.

I know that Rachel loves Finn, but does she really want to marry him? I miss the days when Rachel used to say things like, "I want this relationship to go the distance, but I need to know that when I'm 25 and I've won a bunch of Tonys and I'm ready to have intercourse and babies, that those babies will raised in a certain way." Bring that Rachel back!

Of course, I can't be too mad at Rachel. Kurt got his N.Y.A.D.A. finalist letter before she did, so she jumped to the conclusion that she was rejected. Then she learns that Quinn got accepted to Yale (I know, I laughed, too), so what else does Rachel have in her life other than Finn? It's a very lonely feeling, seeing all of your friends start to move on.

When Rachel breaks down in front of Kurt, for the first time in "Glee" history, it upset me, too -- and it's a feeling that many of us can relate to. "I have no idea what I'm doing," she cries ... and it's believable.

So fast forward to the end of the episode when Rachel tells Finn that he's the love of her life and accepts his proposal. Was that necessary? Can't we have a few weeks of Rachel trying to rationally figure out her life? I mean, doesn't she have a birth mother to build a relationship with? Where is Shelby by the way? We haven't seen her in weeks.

Of course, Rachel's "Yes" puts her in quite the dilemma by the episode's end -- when she finds out that she did, in fact, make N.Y.A.D.A.'s finalist list. Oy. Poor Finn. Something tells me that he's going to get his heart broken this week.

Meanwhile, I have to say that my favorite scene of this otherwise underwhelming episode was between Kurt and his dad. Burt, you never fail to surprise me, once again proving why you're one of my favorite "Glee" characters.

Burt brings Kurt's N.Y.A.D.A. letter to school. Before you start to say how totally unbelievable this scenario is, I have to admit that my mother also brought my college acceptance letter to school. There were tears. We jumped a lot. It was all very embarrassing. Now, back to Kurt. So Kurt brings his father to the choir room because where else do you expect Kurt to open up his letter?

Kurt finds out that he's a N.Y.A.D.A. finalist, and Burt just explodes with joy. It's an incredibly touching moment between father and son. It was perfect.

Needless to say, the rest of the episode only served as a stage for the eight Michael Jackson numbers that made the final cut, so let's evaluate each individually.

"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
One minute in, and we already have our first Michael Jackson cover. Is there any other way to kick off an episode dedicated to the late King of Pop? It's kind of like a cold open. It's wildly fanciful and has nothing to do with the overall plot, but I didn't really seem to care. It was a fun homage to Michael Jackson, and it set the tone for the rest of the episode.

Bad"

Blaine mistakenly told Sebastian about New Directions' decision to cover Michael Jackson at Regionals. Now, the Warblers are planning to do the same thing. It's kind of like when two celebrities wear the same dress on the red carpet: It's tacky.

So what do they do? They do WMWD (what Michael would do) -- duh -- and take their show choir beef to the streets. We're suddenly transported to a desolate garage. It must be time for "Bad." These kids look angry, really angry.

Artie, you are so intimidating. Unfortunately, things get a little too dangerous when Sebastian throws a "laced" cherry slushy into Blaine's pretty face. Oh no! Not the slushy! Bad move, CW-haired Sebastian Smythe: Now, the entire glee club is after you. Didn't you hear Artie?! You're blood is now most certainly his.

However, as much as I love Blaine ... don't these kids take slushies to the face on a daily basis? Man up, Blaine. How did that scratch his cornea? That's even far fetched for you, "Glee."

"Scream" I have one word for this number: Epic. Not only did we get to see Artie unleash his inner Michael -- out of the wheelchair -- but we also got to see Mike Chang channel his inner Pete Wentz with all of that guyliner. Artie, angry that Sebastian hurt Blaine and got away with it, goes off on an epic -- and totally justified -- rant. He's tired of being kicked around and taken advantaged of, and he wants to sing about it.
Sure, it was a completely out-of-context dream sequence, but Artie was angry, and he obviously needed to vent. So, he started to bust some moves, and it couldn't have been easy ... Did you see how tiny those leather pants were?

I'm just going to say it: If Artie came to school one day completely fine and able to walk, I wouldn't even be mad. Kevin McHale is such a talented dancer, and it's nice getting to see him show off his talent every once in a while.

Also, I really appreciate that Ryan Murphy and the writers made Artie the ultimate Michael Jackson worshiper, given McHale's own love of the late King of Pop.

And please, for those of you who have never seen Michael Jackson's original video for "Scream," please do so now.

"Never Can Say Goodbye"
Did anyone else think that Quinn's blah performance was a direct homage to Lana Del Rey's "Saturday Night Light" disaster? She just sort of swayed ... and put her hands on her hips. But at least she looked gorgeous!

"Human Nature"
I was never really a fan of Samcedes. It always seemed kind of random, but after this duet, I'm officially a Samcedes shipper. Has Sam ever sounded so good? And the couple's harmonies were out-of-this-world amazing. I'm interested to see where the writers are going to take their relationship, given Chord Overstreet's status as a recurring cast member.

"Smooth Criminal"
Now this is more like it. Santana, looking fierce in her fedora hat, confronts Sebastian about that tainted slushy he threw in Blaine's face. In return, Sebastian challenges Santana to a sing-off, and thanks to a little help from 2cellos, this was easily one of the best performances of the night. Santana was flawless, and in the end, Sebastian reveals that he put rock salt in that fateful slushy ... before he throws another slushy in Santana's face. As Mercedes would say, "HELL TO THE NO!" Who does Sebastian think he's messing with? I hope she goes all Lima Heights on the King of Plastic Hair.

"Ben"

Please don't kill me for this because I really do love Klaine (see here), but this was a snooze-fest. Why is Blaine lying in bed? He just scratched his eye. And his name is Blaine, not Ben!

"I Just Can't Stop Loving You"

I'm sorry, but I just can't take Finn seriously anymore. Why did he ask Rachel to marry him? And why is he pressuring her to give him an answer? In case you haven't noticed Finn, you're still in high school. Calm down.

On another note, Finchel's duet was pretty. It wasn't quite as good as Samcedes' "Human Nature," but that might have something to do with me being unable to look at Finn when he pulled that "HeeHeeeee" out of his back pocket. However, that really seemed to turn Rachel on because faster than Artie could "HeeHeeee" back, Rachel accepted Finn's proposal. "You're the love of my life," she told him, as we all let out a collective "GAG!"

"Black or White"

Somehow, this performance was supposed to prove that the New Directions knew the true meaning of Michael Jackson, but I didn't really get that. It did, however, prove that Artie is still New Directions' go-to rapper.

By the end of the episode, everyone turned their backs on Sebastian, and what good is a lone Warbler?

So will the Warblers take on the King of Pop at Regionals? Will Rachel give Finn his ring back? Will Sebastian's hair ever move? Looks like we'll have to wait and see. Next week, Sue is back (unfortunately), and Ricky Martin shakes his bon-bon.

Notable Quotables:

"I don't want to see the spectacle that is Michael. I want to be the spectacle." -- Mercedes

"And when he did the moonwalk across the stage, I uttered my my first words: Hot damn." -- Artie

"Rachel, he was best friends with Liza Minnelli and Liz Taylor." -- Kurt

"Hey Kurt, I didn't recognize you. You were wearing boy clothes for once." -- Sebastian

"Once a Warbler, always a Warbler... He's a modern-day eggs benedict." -- Puck

"Of all of my years as a teacher and a student, I have never heard of a slushy doing that much damage." -- Mr. Schue

"I got into Yale early admissions." -- Quinn

"I take a lot of crap from a lot of people, but I refuse to take it from Sebastian, the criminal chipmunk." -- Kurt

"I am so proud to be your dad. They can never take this away from you. Right now, at this moment, on this very day, you won." -- Burt

"You may look like the villain out of a cheesy '80's high school movie." -- Santana

"Cello guys, can you hang back for a sec?" -- Santana

"We would have had a whole week of songs about it." -- Santana (so true!)

"You're the love of my life, and if I can't have it all, at least I'll get to have what matters. Yes, I'll marry you." -- Rachel

"Glee" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.

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Re: Michael Jackson Special GLEE Episode 31 January 2012 (USA AIR DATE)
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2012, 07:56:42 PM »
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Posted at 11:57 PM ET, 01/31/2012
‘Glee’ by the musical numbers: Maxing out on Michael Jackson
By Jen Chaney


Tonight’s episode of “Glee” — a long-planned Michael Jackson tribute episode titled simply “Michael” — featured some of the most memorable dialogue in “Glee” history.

Take this line from Mr. Schuester, which followed the horrifying slushie attack on Blaine by the evil Warbler leader Sebastian: “In all my years as a teacher and a student, I have never known a slushie to do that kind of damage.”(Ah, William Schuester. Clearly you are unaware of the permanent brain damage suffered by Bart Simpson and Milhouse Van Houten following the Great Squishee Bender of 1993.)

The fact that Matthew Morrison uttered those words with a completely straight face was overshadowed slightly by the fact that he then said, with an equally straight face: “Unless you have proof that he tampered with the slushie, the police aren’t getting involved.”

But sugary frozen beverages — as delicious and occasionally dangerous to corneas as they might be — were not the point of this episode. The point of “Michael” was, of course, Michael.

For those keeping track, this installment marked the third time that “Glee” has devoted an entire episode to the music of a single artist, the first one being the “Power of Madonna” and the second the Britney Spears lovefest titled “Britney/Brittany.” Both of those episodes featured scattered plot lines engineered to include as many songs by said artists as possible; both also glorified their respective pop stars’ images to an absurd degree that, apparently, was required in order to secure the rights to use their music. “Michael,” I’m afraid, wasn’t much different.

Too many of the numbers paid such meticulous tribute to the King of Pop and his era-defining videos that they came across as nothing more than weak imitations. And in what has apparently become a “Glee” tradition, Jackson — like Madonna and Britney before him — was treated like a musical messiah whose teachings should be studied like the word of the Lord. (“WWMJD?” Mr. Schuester encouraged his charges to ask themselves. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of regionals, I shall fear no Warbler” ... that’s in the Bible, right?)

Not every glitter-socked move was a misstep, though. So let’s assess all nine of the Jackson numbers — for the record, that’s one less than we got from Madonna, but two more than the Spears episode delivered — in this week’s “Glee.” Disagree with my take? Feel free to be startin’ somethin’ in the comments section.

“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ ” — Blaine and New Directions

After the first of two references to the Cirque de Soleil show “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour” — which, for the record, really is coming to Ohio in June — Blaine got his Jackson-esque crotch-grabbing on to lead the whole gang in a little bit of “Mama-say mama-sah ma-ma-coo-sah-ing.” The number was appropriately big and splashy, but musically, it sounded like all the funk had been drained right out of it. Darren Criss is in­cred­ibly talented, but the truth remains: you can put a white glove on Criss’s hand but you can’t make him Michael Jackson. Grade: C+.

“Bad” — New Directions vs. Warblers

No. 1: Leather jackets, cheerleading skirts and prep school uniforms do not mix. No. 2: Maybe Jackson just sets the bar too high, but this tune also sounded noticeably defunkified. No. 3: If there’s a street fight set to this song that does not involve Wesley Snipes, then I want no part of it. Grade: C-.

“Scream” — Artie and Mike

Call this an homage or call it a straight-up rip-off of the brilliant video for this ’90s Jackson hit. Either way, it lacked the energy and genuine aggression of the original Michael/Janet Jackson collaboration, although at least Kevin McHale and Harry Shum Jr. got to show off their dance skills. Speaking of which: I had no idea how easy it is to make Shum look like Janet Jackson. It’s all in the eyeliner and the spiky sweaters, apparently. Grade: C.

“Never Can Say Good-bye” — Quinn

This understated (by comparison) take on the Jackson 5 standard worked much better than every track that preceded it. Why? Because it took a great tune and adapted it to “Glee” instead of trying to out-Jackson Jackson. Sure, it was corny, but after “Bad” and “Scream,” it provided much-needed semi-cheesy relief. Grade: B-.

“Human Nature” — Mercedes and Sam

The “Summer Lovin’” sweethearts reconnected the way so many young couples do: by singing a duet about “sweet seducing sighs” while the nerdiest jazz ensemble on Earth provided accompaniment. They sounded good together, even if the whole thing ultimately left me asking: “Why? Why?” Grade: B-.

“Ben” — Kurt, Finn and Rachel

If the name Bill can be changed to Will during the “Glee” version of “Wedding Bell Blues,” then why on Earth couldn’t they change the name Ben to Blaine in this serenade to the Boy Who Survived a Rock-Salt Slushie Assault? Perhaps the Jackson estate wouldn’t allow it. That’s a shame. But given that the original song was technically about a boy’s love for a killer rat, was it that much weirder to see Kurt, Finn and Rachel sing it to a guy who isn’t named Ben and was wearing an eye patch and a pair of Cary Grant’s pajamas? No, especially not when it gives Chris Colfer an excuse to hit those “You’ve got a friend in me” high notes. Grade: B.

“Smooth Criminal” — Santana and Sebastian

Like all intense duels, the one between Santana (Naya Rivera) and the “Glee” version of Steff from “Pretty in Pink” (Grant Gustin) began with these words: “Cello guys, can you hang back for a second? I’m going to need you for this one.”

Good lord, what was going on here? If Santana and Sebastian have such dastardly tendencies, why did they keep hiding behind all those conference room chairs? Aside from paying tribute to Jackson’s ensemble from the “Smooth Criminal” video, would there be any logical reason for Santana to confront Sebastian while dressed like Jack Abramoff? And what the heck were those cellists so convulsively angry about? All I know is this: to borrow the sage words of Jay-Z, who has yet to inspire his own “Glee” episode, none of these people could bust a grape in a fruit fight. Grade: D.

“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” — Finn and Rachel

Lea Michele — who was genuinely moving when she wept on Kurt’s shoulder over her seemingly NYADA-less future — sang this Jackson love song in the loveliest possible fashion with Cory Monteith. For a moment, I was even briefly on Finn and Rachel’s side when they agreed to marry as a result of this duet, even though that decision makes zero sense. Of course, the sweetness of this number barely lasted since Rachel eventually did receive that much-coveted NYADA finalist letter, proving once again that today’s high-schoolers simply do not have the patience needed to deal with snail mail. Grade: B+.

“Black or White” — New Directions

This was the part of the episode where the New Directions decided to take the higher road and let the Warblers use Jackson’s music in their regionals routine. (Because that’s what Michael Jackson would do.) And it was also the part where the New Directions showed the Warblers they are wayyyy better than the Warblers while simultaneously singing about how people should exist in peace and harmony. (Because, again, that’s what Michael Jackson would do.) Thankfully, the Gleeks avoided smashing any car windows a la the 1991 music video. Unfortunately, they did not avoid a round of facial morphing, a la the 1991 music video. Grade: C.

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Re: Michael Jackson Special GLEE Episode 31 January 2012 (USA AIR DATE)
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Glee's "Michael" Was Too Reverent, But Better Than Expected
Posted: 02/ 1/2012 9:19 am


We weren't really looking forward to this episode, since it signaled the return to one of worst things about season 2 (other than the preachiness and all-around lack of humor): the "theme" episode. And just like last year, when suddenly a bunch of teenagers just could not stop talking about how inspirational and all-around awesome the older-than-their-parents Madonna is, this episode had every teenager in Lima, Ohio, suddenly obsessed with the dead (and also older-than-their-parents) Michael Jackson. It's lame and we couldn't roll our eyes hard enough. There was a time when Glee wouldn't have passed up an opportunity to make a tasteless joke about Michael Jackson, but with this episode it was all reverence, all the time.

"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" with Blaine opened the episode and our fears seemed realized, since not only wouldn't he shut up about Michael, but he sang pretty much a karaoke version of the song; a note-for-note recreation down to every hiccup and hee-hee. We realize this is kind of a silly complaint when it comes to Glee, which has a hstory of producing almost nothing but karaoke versions of popular hits. But sometimes it really jumps out at you and watching Darren Criss grab his crotch may have excited some fangurls still clinging to the dream, but it actually left us a little pre-bored with the episode to come.

Funny thing, though; we wound up enjoying the episode way more than we thought we would. It had its problems and we wouldn't really place it high in the Glee Pantheon of Good Episodes (which has plenty of room for new entries, believe us), but the scripting here was tighter than we would have thought and the songs all had fairly decent lead-ins from the story. That's a trick that all the great musicals have and all the bad musicals lack. Bad musicals -- and far too many episodes of Glee -- take what we call the "I'll sing now" approach. Y'know: two characters are talking, they unnaturally pause for a beat, and then one or both of them start singing something that only marginally relates to what they were just talking about. We didn't think all of the numbers really hit their mark, but several of them really stood out for us because they flowed naturally from the story. Let's run them down, shall we?

Quinn singing "Never Can Say Goodbye." Quinn hasn't gotten a big showy solo in quite some time and there's a good reason for that. Dianna Agron simply isn't all that great a singer. Passable, but nothing that warrants the spotlight. But we thought the scene with Rachel in the bathroom was full of heart and this sense of a real connection between these two characters, one that goes beyond friendship because Quinn won't stroke Rachel's ego, is well aware of all her flaws, and will tell her the truth. We don't particularly buy Quinn's new role as the wise, experienced one in the group (mainly because it happened so quickly), but we like it as a sort of final destination for the character. In other words, Quinn wound up where we would have wanted her to wind up, but we never really got to see the journey there except in fits and starts and then wildly accelerated. Even so, this song was a perfect match for her vocal capabilities and the staging acknowledged her history rather nicely.

Artie and Mike singing "Scream." It was jarring, to say the least, to see Harry Shrum doing his best Janet Jackson, but what made this number stand out was the outstanding lead-in to it. We've seen Artie stand and dance once before, in last season's fantastic "Safety Dance" number, but this time the emotional impact of seeing him stand up in rage was far more powerful and effective. We actually leaned forward in our seats when we realized we were about to get a Kevin McHale/Harry Shrum dance number. We were mildly disappointed because "Scream" actually isn't one of Michael's strongest videos, from a choreography perspective. That's the kind of statement that's going to be answered with a lot of howls of disapproval, but we call it how we see it. "Scream" was more of a special effects video than a choreography video. Anyway, it was still powerful and they looked great together.

Sam and Mercedes singing "Human Nature." We confess, this rendition won't make us forget the original (which happens to be one of our favorites out of the Michael catalogue), but it was sweet and these two have a growing chemistry together. And again, the lead-in gave the song emotional impact as it was both romantic and full of bright hope.

Sebastian and Santana (with 2Cellos) singing "Smooth Criminal." AMAZING. Talk about your lead-ins. From the second these two vicious babygays laid eyes on each other and smelled the threat in the room, the story has been begging for a showdown. We got the one these two characters deserved. And Santana so won that one.

"Ben" was sappy nonsense (and always has been); ditto on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You." "Bad" was exactly what the title says. One major disappointment with this episode was that Brittany didn't get a big dance number. "Black or White" was good, but not amazing-good, which is kind of what the story required of it. As soon as the number started, we wondered if they were going to do the morph thing. Of course they did.

And of course, the rather preachy aspect of it had us pretty bored. Frankly, we were totally behind rage-filled Artie and his need for vengeance, but that's just us.

As for the Rachel and Finn thing, it's actually playing out a little better than it has any right to. We'll give them credit for one thing: both characters are doing things that make sense for them as characters. Finn is desperately clinging to Rachel because he thinks he has no future and Rachel only accepted his proposal once she convinced herself the same thing. Of course they're both going to realize this at some point. Our bet is right around sectionals. Or maybe finals. Prom. Graduation. Whatever. They'll have a heartfelt talk, maybe sing a little, and both come to realize that Quinn was right all along and you shouldn't drag your high school years around as you go out in the world.

Are we bad adults? We were all for Artie's plans to seek revenge and totally behind Quinn's rather cynical take on the importance of high school in the long run; namely that it has very little, if you live your life right. Would you shield your children from us for setting a bad example or giving them bad advice? We're asking. We probably wouldn't like your children anyway.

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Re: Michael Jackson GLEE Episode 8 March (UK AIR DATE)
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2012, 11:52:11 PM »
ATTENTION UK FANS

I just saw an ad for the GLEE Michael episode. It will be shown on SKY 1 at 9pm on Thursday 8 March

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Re: Michael Jackson GLEE Episode 8 March (UK AIR DATE)
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ATTENTION IRISH FANS

The Michael Jackson GLEE episode will be shown on Irish TV3 station Saturday 10 March at 6.00pm