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‘Smash’ Review: Musical Chairs


What did I just watch…? Remember last week’s Smash preview? Where I said no one would be surprised by Karen being perfect on Hit List and Ivy ending up back on Bombshell? Somehow, they made that last for all of the 46 minutes of the show. Okay, maybe 36 of those minutes and the last ten were spent on Eileen’s daughter, Derek threatening Jimmy and Wednesday getting sidelined.

When the whole entire episode focuses on something that was easily told on the preview in about thirty seconds, you know there is a problem. I get filler episodes, but there is such thing as pushing it. I don’t know if they were trying to mimic the awkwardness of Ivy’s play with that ridiculous Bombshell opening number or if they were trying to throw in some comic relief because they didn’t know what else to do with this episode, but it was terrible. That and Dangerous Liaisons ‘remake’ were just cringe worthy attempts at “humor.”

The one reason I look forward to Smash is to see the Bombshell numbers. If I could watch a finished, musical version of Bombshell, I wouldn’t want to bother with the show at all. Bombshell is what gives Smash life, it’s the one thing that I actually believe is great and worth the trouble they are going through to get it together. You don’t mess it up; I don’t care how much the whole cast and staff are adjusting to the new director and producer. Hopefully they are done with this, but I’m not holding my breath.

Especially since last week I thought we were done with Jerry and Ellis and that ridiculous plot and yet I just watched them focus most of the episode on it this week and they didn’t even bother coming up with a decent plot twist as to how Eileen got the show back.

Now, moving on to Hit List. Why does it feel like a Shania Twain video that was made in the 90s? This week’s number was mildly better, but their clothes, the look and feel of the stage were just screaming ‘outdated’ to me. I get that it’s supposed to be low budget and at basement level right now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean trashy, 90s and tacky. It will take a lot more for me to buy into how good this show is, especially after Karen’s wig last week.

I have no idea what they are doing with the Derek/Karen/Jimmy love triangle, and I don’t care for it, at all.

At this point, I just want to see more Ivy being amazing as Marilyn and forget that all other plots of this show are happening because between some nobody giving up her shot at Broadway for a basement show, a famous Broadway producer forgetting/not caring about copyright laws, and a show that didn’t even have a book suddenly getting produced in three weeks, my intelligence is just being insulted.

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