Sunday, February 6, 2011

Teldon's ABDC Rewatch - Season 2, Episode 7 - Missy Elliott Challenge

You've reached Teldon's Rewatch Review of America's Best Dance Crew Season 2's Missy Elliott Challenge. Thanks for the analysis and commentary, Teldon!

All remaining crews & Missy Elliott  dancing to "Shake Your Pom Pom" by Missy Elliott
What I thought- Super fun song that had a great routine.  This time around everyone got their moment to shine AND they all looked liked they were a cohesive 25 member crew on the stage.  Adding Missy to the mix added another wonderful element to it as well.
Fun fact- During a rehearsal for this routine there was an earthquake.  Missy was hiding out in the trap door area and got stuck and no one noticed she was not with everyone else after every one evacuated.


SoReal Cru dancing to "One Minute Man" by Missy Elliott
What I liked- Nice clean routine with their trademark creative opening.  They added some little details in this routine with the hat section and the hand section towards the end.  Was it just me or did I actually see some personality for once from them?
What I did not like- Just one or two timing errors.
How well did they handle the challenge? Very well.  They completed the signature move from the video well and added a visual element from it as well when they carried the ladies.

Super Cr3w dancing to "We Run This" by Missy Elliott
What I liked- Good opening with some well placed stunts.  The stunts that were framed were on point and looked great.
What I did not like- One of the members was lost for quite a bit at the beginning and they did not get called on it.  The other stunts came off as sloppy.
How well did they handle the challenge? They got the attitude down but it was just an okay performance.

Did America get it right?  Yes and no.  I feel Lil Mama's comments the week before soured the voting pool on BB.  As much as I love FP they did belong in the bottom this week.

Boogie Bots dancing to "Work It" by Missy Elliott
What I liked- It had good moments through out but the highlight was the wiggle walk.
What I did not like- While it had good moments you could tell that Lil Mama's comments last week had got to them. There were countless timing and formation errors throughout the routine.
How well did they handle the challenge? They got the challenge move right but that was it.

Fanny Pak dancing to "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliott
What I liked- There is a reason this is only one of three performances from all seasons to get a standing ovation from all the judges.  Hands down, it was inventive in the way it Incorporated the video into the choreography of Matt Cady.  From the multiples styles shown throughout the routine to the partner work everything just flowed into each other and made a 60 second performance seem like it was much much longer and bigger then the little stage it was done on.
What I did not like- That it ended.  Oh and one majorly noticeable misstep on the hand walk section.
How well did they handle the challenge?  WOW! They not only brought the video to life -- they made it their own.

Did the judges get it right?  Yes they did but honestly how could any crew tonight compete with Fanny Pak's performance?
Thoughts on the eliminated crew- While they were never really front runners they did improve most weeks.  They represented themselves well.

Thoughts on the episode as a whole- It really has aged well when compared to other memorial episodes of all seasons.
Rankings based on tonight's performances
1. Fanny Pak
2. SoReal Cru
3/ Super Cr3w
4. Boogie Bots

Power rankings (based on average score)
1.  Fanny Pak (8.125)
2.  SoReal Cru (7.4)
3.  A.S.I.I.D. (7.25) 6th place
4.  Super Cr3w (7.125)
5.  Supreme Soul (6.8) 5th place
6.  Boogie Bots (6.25) eliminated
7.  Phresh Select (4.6) 7th place
8.  Distorted X (2.75) 10th place
9.  Xtreme Dance Force (2.6) 8th Place
10. Sass x7 (2.1) 9th Place
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