The dance scene from Wednesday's season 1, episode 4, "Woe What a Night," was almost entirely different, according to Jenna Ortega, which would have altered the sequence's entire meaning.
In Wednesday episode 4, a reluctant Wednesday Addams joins Tyler Galpin for the Rave'N dance, where the title character stands out among her white-clad peers while sporting a gothic black attire.
Even though Wednesday doesn't dance to contemporary mainstream music, she does when the DJ starts playing "Goo Goo Muck" by The Cramps.
When the first season of Wednesday debuted, the dancing scene generated a lot of controversy. There was a small but strong voice of criticism that Wednesday's dance was too "strange," in addition to an online trend of fans mimicking her skills on TikTok.
However, the original idea for Wednesday's dance was to have Wednesday Addams dancing in a flash mob, which would have had a totally different outcome.
Tim Burton and Jenna Ortega decided against a flash mob since, according to the actress, the song and dancing techniques hadn't yet been chosen.
Flash mobs promote togetherness and conformity among participants, which would have given Wednesday Addams the appearance of blending in with her peers and being welcomed into the Nevermore neighbourhood.
Jenna Ortega's unorthodox choreography plus the fact that she is the only dancer in a packed gathering of onlookers make this particular moment unique.
Wednesday's dance scene wouldn't have been as prone to conflicting criticism if it had been a well-organized flash mob, as it wouldn't have been as odd or unique to Wednesday's peculiarities and peculiar style.
If the entire school participated, the strangeness of Wednesday episode 4's dance would be seen as significantly less strange or startling.