Tag Archives: Marilyn

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 “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”.

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