That’s probably what Beyoncé wanted, but is it a good thing?My sense is that at that pop culture’s so audiovisual these days that it only seems right that someone would eventually present a song set that's a complete audiovisual experience from the start.

Feeney: The project caught us by surprise, but its ambition makes sense for her—she did, after all, make a video for every song on ’s deluxe edition.

Though that project featured a handful of visual treats—“Freakum Dress” and “Get Me Bodied”—other songs got simple, boring treatments that felt like rushed afterthoughts.

But then I watched the video, a behind-the-scenes look at all the primping and obsessive weight-loss (and fabulous, sky-print workout gear) that goes into a beauty pageant.

The sight of dotted lines markered onto Beyoncé’s face by a cosmetic surgeon is straight-up disturbing.

With so many people involved in such a large production, I hope the lawyer who wrote up the nondisclosure agreements gets a hefty Christmas bonus.

(Something to think about: While many videos feature guest stars and extras, shots of Bey are often separate footage, as if filming these didn't require the participants' full knowledge of what exactly what was going on.)We’ve had a few clues about her filming music videos—we knew she went to Coney Island to shoot a clip for an unreleased song—but nobody anticipated a project of this scale.

Here we have Beyoncé, whose name is synonymous with perfection, singing that “Perfection is the disease of a nation.”Fetters: Right?

After hearing that, watching a parade of videos in which Beyoncé does, indeed, look perfect made me say, "Yikes, did this hurt?

They vary from documentary-style to story clips to high-art dance choreography.