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Smash “BOMB shell”

15 May

The aptly titled “Bombshell” was Smash‘s season finale.  My big question last night, as it has been all season is, why does everyone think Karen (Katherine McPhee) is soooo talented, when they clearly have a talented Broadway vet waiting right there to take over the role she was born to play. I didn’t think it was possible for a show to jump the shark in 15 episodes or less, but Smash has done it. Kudos it will be your greatest achievement.

Broadway is a business like any other business with millions of dollars at stake, as Eileen reminded us every week this season. There is no way a real producer would risk their money on a hack.  I do not understand why the creators/writers think there is drama in the whole “cinderella story”, there isn’t, its boring and watching Derek be led around my his little director is a clche.  Although I have seen many an actor or actress get and keep roles because the director wanted to bed them, it would have been nice if the show rose above the fray, Jack Davenport is another actor I hope gets a better gig, he is wasted here.

As the episode opens Derek decides Karen will take over the role of Marilyn for Rebecca Duval, basically they have a day to teach her all the blocking, shorten the costumes etc etc. Ok, wasn’t Karen Rebecca’s understudy, shouldn’t she know all this stuff already and shouldn’t wardrobe have her costumes ready to go for exactly this type of scenario.  Really Show, Really?

Anyhow, in one of the rare moments I actually liked Ellis this season, he tells Eileen that Karen sucks and what a bad idea this is, he also lets her know he slipped Becky the nuts. Eileen fires him. I was routing for this all season, and now that he is fired I am not sure I want him gone. But I guess this sets us up for the lawsuit storyline for next season, remember Marilyn was his idea.

Tom and Julia are frantically working on the new closing number, because the original ending, Marilyn’s suicide was such a crowd pleaser. Halfway thru rehearsal Karen loses it and runs off stage, Derek follows her and gives her a pep talk and offers his magic penis to help make her feel better.   Let’s see, after he slept with Ivy she crashed and burned on pills and Becky nearly died from peanuts, stay away Karen that penis is cursed.

Michael Swift hits on Julia, his wife has left him and moved to Seattle, she rebuffs and then goes to throw up. Literally she throws up which means she is preggers. Smash has now officially become a soap opera, the whole whose the daddy storyline is so played out and will be again next season.

The show continues destroying the Ivy character, god I hope Megan Hilty gets off this show she is too good for this crapfest. In retaliation for Karen getting Marilyn, she tells Karen she slept with Dev. 

finally the show goes on, Karen is awesome ( shows perspective not mine) earning applause mid-song during the new closing number.  Meanwhile Ivy is about to swallow a handful of pills.

Pathetic finale. I will tune in next year, I want to see if they have learned their lessons and if a new show runner EP will make that big of difference. But we will have to wait, Smash isn’t back until winter 2013.

What about you, are you coming back? What did you think of the finale? Are you done having the show tell you how awesome Karen is and crapping all over Ivy?

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Smash “Publicity”

24 Apr

Wow, Karen has enemies everywhere, Ivy, Rebecca and Ellis.  Normally I would feel bad, for the underdog, but not this time. the sooner Kat McPhee is off this show the happier I will be.

What’s that old saying keep your fiends close, keep your understudy closer. Faster than you can say Eve Harrington, as soon as Rebecca finds out that Karen is singing one of her shadow songs, and Derek thinks she is “brilliant” complements of Ellis eavesdropping.  Rebecca makes Karen her new BFF. Taking her out to the hottest spot, giving her the opportunity to sing with one of the hottest bands, giving her fabulous designer duds and causing problems between her and Dev.

Unbeknownst to Rebecca Ivy is playing a little prank on Karen. Do you think those two will team up, not likely since Rebecca now sees Ivy is not only more talented than Karen but is also sleeping with Derek.  In the previews it looks like Rebecca is making moves on Derek, she is going to stop at nothing to crush her competition.  I wasn’t sure about this whole movie star plot, but now that I see how nasty she is I am really liking it.

What else happened last night, oh yes, Leo went missing, he was just hiding out at his friend’s house to get away from this parents and this lame storyline. I really hope they are going to overall Julia’s storyline and character in season 2. I feel so bad for Debra Messing, she so better than this crap.  Eileen and Nick go to fancy thing at BAM where they run into Jerry and his arm candy. Eileen and Nick do it.  Karen hallucinate some Bollywood musical number crap, if you missed it it’s on YouTube, but remember it’s 5 minutes of your life that you will never get back.

Aside from Rebecca’s scheming, the other highlight of the show was Megan Hilty singing a beautiful ballad called “Secondhand White Baby Grand”, if you can find it on the net watch it. Trust me those are 5 minutes you will not mind giving up.

Three episodes left, and it looks like we will be left with quite a cliffhanger

 

Smash “Hell on Earth”

3 Apr

The jokes write themselves folks, really that title. This show is hell on earth.

Everyone is still dealing with the aftermath of the workshop. Ivy and Karen are auditioning, Julia’s marriage is imploding, Tom is dating a republican and Ellis is being Ellis, still plotting.

In the most ridiculous plot point ever, the show is getting Ivy hooked on pills, mmmm didn’t Marilyn have a problem with pills. I swear to god if this season ends with a shot of Ivy passed out naked in her bed and empty pill bottles next to her I am going to break up with this show once and for all.

And in the second most ridiculous plot point of the evening, Karen’s orange juice commercial. What the heck is going on with this show, what does it want to be when it grows up. A show about launching a Broadway musical or a show about the random lives of people who happen to work in and around a broadway musical.

Eileen, Tom, Julia and Derek meet to review a list of possible “stars” for the show, of course Ellis is there (ugh). They fight, and scoff, but Eileen forges on, she thinks a star and a new title will fix everything, she sends Tom and Julia off to make a new one. Derek wants a finished script before he does anymore work, he will then give notes and in a year the show may be ready.  Eileen goes director shopping. We all know Derek isn’t going anywhere, lame tension.

Julia’s husband figures out from a piece of sheet music that she had an affair, he is pretty good. He confronts Michael, actually he punches Michael, (thank god someone did). Frank moves out.  If I was Debra Messing I would quit this mess, first the lame adoption storyline, now the affair.

Ellis, who we thought was gay, then all of a sudden has a girlfriend has sex with the Rebecca Halls manager (a man) in an attempt to land her for Marilyn. Talk about going above and beyond for your job.

Ok so it wasn’t all bad, I kind of liked Derek and Ivy together, I was kind of surprised they were still together. The other bit of fun was Ivy’s drug/drunk tumble on stage. Of course Karen is there to witness it, when Ivy comes out of the theatre they go at it, screaming at each other, hurling insults, its great.

The next scene with them drinking, dancing and singing in Times Square is absolutely ridiculous. Its only saved because Ivy says. “we’re not best friends now”, which means the bitch fest will continue.  Ellis makes his move he and asks Eileen for a co-producing credit simply because he got Rebecca Hall to consider Marilyn, Eileen puts him in his place, again. How many times is she going to smack him down before she fires him.

 In the end they get a title “Bombshell” oh god, and the cheesefest continues.

Next week: Uma Thurman arrives as “the star”.

Smash “The Workshop”

20 Mar

Why is Smash one cliché after another, here are just a few from last night

  • morning of the workshop music montage
  • Ivy’s mother is the stage mother from hell singing the theme song from a musical about the ultimate stage mother from hell
  • Ellis is Eve Harrington
  • Eileen’s never ending issues with the production, you would have thought someone mentioned the  name of that Scottish play
  • Karen passes up her big meeting with the record producer to perform in the workshop (yeah right)
  • Ivy’s pill addiction continues

As the title suggests last night’s episode was the big workshop to get the investors. Once of the many problems facing our little acting troupe is the heat in the building is blasting because the boiler is broken. Now call me crazy, but why didn’t they use some of the fans they used to blow up Marilyn’s skirt in the workshop to cool off the audience.

As it turns out no one wants to invest in “Marilyn”, quelle surprise.  The team, Tom, Julia, Eileen and Derek regroup to discuss what to do. Derek thinks it was Ivy. Tom thinks it was Michael, Julia agrees and Michael is fired.  Eileen suggest they need to hire a “star”, if you have read the press, than you know Uma Thurman has been seen on set, I think she is the big name they bring in. Poor Ivy, I feel so bad for her, couple that with Karen getting the shot with the big record producer, I don’t know if she will go over the edge, but the stage is set.

Karen records a demo for “Mr. Raskin”, the record producer she was referred to after the Bar Mitzvah. I couldn’t decide if the guy who recorded the demo was just a sound engineer or Mr. Raskin. Anyway she sings a cover of Colbie Caillait’s “Brighter Than The Sun”, the engineer/Raskin is blown away. I thought she was the same Katherine McPhee complete with weird arm gestures we see every time she sings. Didn’t Simon Cowell beat that out of her on Idol.   

Speaking of Simon, Smash’s very own Simon Cowell, Derek is still trying to get Karen in the lead. He is such a snake and I love it. But, he is a little clueless, he doesn’t pick up on the Julia/Michael thing at all. Which seems very out of character, sloppy writing.

Ivy’s (Megan Hilty) mother a Tony award winning actress name Leigh Conroy comes to town for the workshop, she is played by realife Tony award winning actress Bernadette Peters, and oh man is she good. Granted the character is pure stock, all smiles and charm in public but behind closed doors, she humiliates and insults Ivy constantly. Driving Ivy to take sleeping pills.  To make matter’s worse when she attends rehearsal with Ivy she is asked to sing by the cast and she does, of course.   

She tries to make things up to her at the end, but you just know she will be back to beat her up so more, that is what an abuser does.

What I found most interesting about the scene was Derek’s reaction, he watched Ivy the whole time, knowing how this performance by her mother was killing her. After he told Ivy how great she is doing with Marilyn. I thought for a moment he was being a human, but then I realized he knew he had to say something to make her feel better to preserve his precious workshop. He is a crafty one.

Julia and Michael continued their affair, until Julia calls it off. After Michael’s wife and kid show up at rehearsal, apparently the guilt she feels over her own son knowing is nothing compared to the guilt she feels when she sees Michael’s son. Good thing the adoption got quashed.  In another insult to working woman every where, Julia is so distraught she has to go home. The workshop is tomorrow its crunch time, but she has to go home and cry. Suck it up, you made your bed now lie in it, the show must go on.

As I mentioned up post, Michael is fired, that isn’t going to come back to bite her at all. No not at all. Ellis saw them together and told Eileen.  What is up with Ellis when did he become Eileen’s BFF, I am only putting up with this nonsense because I hope he gets his in the end.

Eileen’s bartender came to the rescue with a plumber when the heat in the rehearsal space needed fixing. Is it me or is he going to turn out to have a bunch of money to invest. I bet he is more than a bartender.

 Next week Derek takes matters into his own hands in the aptly titled “The Coup”

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