Glee’s single-singer themed episodes have had their high points and their low points. Their version of “Toxic” in the Britney Spears episode was one of the most imaginative arrangements they’ve ever done, but the episode also gave us Rachel Berry in a button-down turned belly shirt. Likewise “Like a Prayer” was a powerful finale for the “Power of Madonna” episode, but “Like a Virgin” illustrating awkward almost hook-ups was painful to watch. Most fans probably expect the upcoming Michael Jackson hour to be the same kind of mixed bag, but if the clip of Santana and Sebastian battling it out with “Smooth Criminal” is any indication, this is going to be the best themed episode yet.
There are so many things that make this song (this song as Glee is doing it) awesome. Naya Rivera’s vocals. Dueling cellos. The intense stares of the dueling cellists. Naya Rivera’s hat. I’m keeping my fingers crossed every number in the Michael Jackson episode “Michael,” airing this Tuesday, is this well done.