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‘Smash’ Review: The Dress Rehearsal

I’m calling this episode of Smash ‘The one that was supposed to be all about Jimmy’s dark past and Karen’s drama, but Ivy stole the show’…Regardless of what the Times review expected me to believe.

As always, I’m happy when the show has more Bombshell in it than not and while there was plenty of Hit List too, it was still a nice surprise, considering the direction the show has been going.

While it’s completely unbelievable that all those issues would have been fixed in so little time, it was definitely nice to see that despite all the drama that has been created around Bombshell, it’s still a good show, according to the people who saw it. The new opening number is awesome; engaging the audience like that is super smart and something you can only do in a live theater environment.

I’m not big on Ivy taking her clothes off, though. I mean, yes, I get the point of Marilyn being sexualized, but I also see the point of her being remembered for being naked only.  I do think it goes with her character to do it, considering she’d really do anything for the show and I do like how she chose to do it. Less of being pushed for it and more of Marilyn using her sexuality to get what she wants.

And then there is Ivy and Derek, which I figured would become a thing again. It really sucks that he’s going after her because he obviously has no chance with Karen anymore and I’m expecting him to drop her the second Karen decides that maybe he does. I hope it doesn’t happen, but I’m not holding my breath.

Back to Hit List, I’m glad Wednesday gave Karen the smack down for being a self-centered bitch. People keep calling her ‘the star’ but for someone who has no career, no real Broadway experience and only some talent, she really thinks way too high of herself.

Can someone explain to me when exactly this show became a murder mystery? Didn’t they say in the past that Amanda killed herself? Now she’s murdered by the Diva? Did I miss something? It makes me wonder if even the writers on Smash figured out the story of this show at all. I don’t care how much they want me to believe this little off-Broadway show that, to begin with only had good songs and a terrible book, is suddenly better than Bombshell. Especially since both are now kind of written by Julia.

We now have 6 episodes of the season and (possibly the series) left to go. I wonder if they will ever decide on what Hit List is all about…

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  • Jamie

    “Can someone explain to me when exactly this show became a murder mystery? Didn’t they say in the past that Amanda killed herself? Now she’s murdered by the Diva? Did I miss something?”

    Yup, you sure missed something. Like the entire episode where they re-wrote Hit List to make the Diva a stronger character and did that by having her be the antithesis to Amanda, eventually destroying her…they called in Julia and there was all this sexual tension and Kyle found himself through it, etc. Maybe you should go back and watch the last few episodes before you start attacking the writers (bit of a pot calling the kettle black there)