The Best and Worst of Glee's 'Off The Wall' Michael Jackson Tribute

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UPDATE: “Glee” steals the night admist a flock of re-runs to take the number one spot for Fox (3.6/10). This brings the show’s ratings up 16% from two weeks ago.   Fox made a big deal out of last night’s “Glee” tribute episode to Michael Jacksonteasers have been airing for months and sites leaked multiple versions of rumoured set lists, but it wasn’t enough to live up to the hype.

Despite performances of “Gotta Be Startin’ Something,” “Bad,” and “Smooth Criminal” the episode lacked many of Jackson’s biggest hits and dancing—two factors imperative to any MJ tribute. 

We knew we wouldn’t see “Thriller”—Glee performed the song in a special episode after last year’s Super Bowl. 

MTV originally reported a “Beat It / Billie Jean” mashup and performances of “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”

Instead, Glee’s episode became heavily plot driven. We saw Rachel (Lea Michele) ponder a high school marriage proposal and sob as she watched all of her friends career plans come together except hers, immature slushy throwing (the Warbler’s routine became tired so they decided to add rocks to the mix), and Blaine (Darren Criss) wore an eyepatch leaving him absent from most of the episode—something that had us scratching our heads.   We’ll have to wait until tomorrow’s Glee ratings are released to see how the Michael Jackson performance faired. However, the show’s former theme episodes (Britney Spears, Madonna) have performed fantastic in the ratings.
“Britney/Brittany” scored the show its highest ratings ever with 13.5 million viewers and a 5.9 in adults 18-49 in 2010, while “The Power of Madonna” scored 13 million viewers and a 5.3 rating.

The much-hyped Lady Gaga episode did not do as well in the ratings with 3.4 million; however, it was nominated for GLAAD Awards and inspired “born this way”-themed shirts “Likes boys” and “Can’t Dance.”   All of last night’s songs fit with the episode; however, it made us wonder whether “Glee” built the episode around the music or injected songs into an already finished script.    Highlights included a “2Cellos” performance to “Smooth Criminal” and rendition of popular music video “Scream.”   

Best: The opening a capella by the competing Glee team, The Warblers, was great.

Worst: And, then this over-the-top juvenile spectacle ruined it. (Apparently, there were rocks in the slushie, and they just so happened to scratch Blaine's cornea.)

Worst: Too much of Rachel whining over a high school marriage proposal.

Worst: Santana glorified the fact she taped a recorder under her sideboob not once, but twice.

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