'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Jellicle choreography for jellicle cats
Before we even get a chance to prepare ourselves, we get a pre-credits group dance. The Top 20 are all sitting at desks, slaving away at something while certain dancers take the role of stern taskmaster bosses. This is so Christopher Scott (he of the doors routine last season), all Kafka-esque order and first-half-hour-of-The-Matrix menace. The routine makes use of the numbers on stage to show something massive and institutional, and it's a lot of fun.
Notes from the opening round-off: BIG cheers for Daniel, Dareian, Lindsay, Matthew and Witney. I also enjoyed the loving spin Cat puts on "and this ... is Will." And after eight seasons of it, I still love that "these are the gulls, and here are your guys" part. Cat -- looking tanned as hell after a couple weeks away -- nearly calls Mary "Mia Michaels" as she introduces the judges, including guest judge Kenny Ortega, who never brings much to the table, but at least he has some expertise.
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