Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Smash: Chemistry

Last week I drank three glasses of wine while watching Smash, it became a spectacularly better show.  This week will probably be the last time I write about it.  Conveniently, in this episode, Ivy develops vocal problems, giving Karen the perfect opportunity to prove she's a better Marilyn.

The biggest storyline was the affair between Julia and Mike.  Mike continues to pursue her even when she dismisses his advances.  Now, I do not condone cheating in any way.  But the writers didn't allow the audience to become invested in the adoption storyline or Julia's husband, Frank (?).  I am not even truly sure of his name.  Needless to say, I did enjoy Julia giving in to temptation.  It is going to have repercussions that I am sure will be predictable.

Tom's assistant, Ellis, is playing out his "All About Eve" storyline to a T, by sucking up to Eileen. This is not going to end well, and it is a trite storyline.

In the end, Julia finishes a song under a deadline.  It seems to suggest she used her affair for inspiration.  While performing Ivy falters, and Derek goes ballistic when rehearsal is stopped. Ivy then flips out on him, and it is exactly what she's been needing to do. It was an explosive monologue that we have been waiting for.

I wonder what kind of ratings the show is getting for its time slot, and if it'll make it to another season. I must commend NBC for giving us a few one hour shows this season.  Some of them haven't worked, but at least NBC is trying. 

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