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Nashville Season 2: Grade It!

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Nashville has come a long way since it first premiered in Fall 2012.

What started off as a show that planted a bratty young artist against an older revered yet somewhat fading artist has become so much more.

Nashville season 2 picked up right after Nashville Season 1 Episode 21, the cliffhanger that left Rayna and Deacon in a devastating car crash. We've gone from wondering if Rayna would fully recover from the coma... to charges against Deacon... to Deacon relearning the guitar... to Maddie struggling with her identity... to meeting a new hardass boss at Edgehill. 

There has been tremendous growth in characters such as Juliette and Avery throughout Nashville Season 2. Others such as Scarlett and Teddy saw a bit of a downfall, however, So how do it all add up? Let's find out, Report Card style!

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Best Episode: "One the Other Hand." Nashville Season 2 Episode 22 was IT. Everything happened, but the best part of all was probably Rayna being there for Juliette and them taking down Jeff Fordham. Nothing makes me happier than when those two powerhouses team up.

Worst Episode: "Guilty Street." I want to clarify that it's hard to choose a "worst" episode so the reason I chose Nashville Season 2 Episode 16 was because so much happened that I hated. Megan cheated on Deacon with Teddy, Deacon is tempted on the road, Rayna fired Liam, and Rayna found out that her own sister has been mishandling funds.

Best Character: Rayna. She is a strong woman whether it's handling her health or handling her business. Nobody does it like Rayna.

Worst Character: Teddy. I mean...who wasn't ready to kick this dude off the show? What happened with Peggy was terrible, that was truly awful. But overall his storyline of battling with Lamar and his beef with Deacon was like enough already!

Most Improved: Juliette and Avery. How interesting that these two ended up dating after they both became better versions of themselves?! Avery just plain sucked in Nashville Season 1. Juliette grew from bratty and childish, went through a scandal, came out stronger and more mature. Sure she still makes mistakes, but I definitely found myself more on team Juliette this season.

Most Dramatic Moment: Scarlett's on stage breakdown. Scarlett just did not have a good season. I think it was hard for people to understand that this girl didn't want the fame that other people work so hard for. Her breakdown episode was hard-hitting and engaging. But we did get "Black Roses" out of it all!

Best Nashville Music of the Season: Sooo it is virtually impossible to pick just one. I had a hard time even narrowing it down. Here are my two: "This Town"- so beautiful and haunting. Great collaboration between Deacon and Juliette with Deacon on piano for a change.
Don't Put Dirt On My Grave Just Yet"- this was just unexpected and fun. I agree with what Rayna told her:

Well that wasn't very smart, but it sure was brave. Good for you.

Rayna

Overall Grade: B. I felt myself losing interest in some storylines at times but the second half of the season came in strong. Lots of character development and great music!

Hopes for Nashville Season 3Rayna picks a dude. Should it be Deacon or Luke? Will is able to handle the fallout from his confession being taped. Avery and Juliette can possibly work through things. A better family dynamic/co-parenting situation between Deacon, Teddy, and Rayna. Gunnar will probably get Scarlett to stay. Most of all, more music!

How would you grade Nashville Season 2?

 

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Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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It's unfortunate we will have wait until fall to get our next "fix". As I go through withdrawal over the summer, I will ponder how the writers continue the stories they left us with at the end of Season 2. The Luke/Rayna/Deacon triangle is clearly one that has us on the edge of our seats. Frankly, I would consider it an injustice to resolve it too quickly. The chemistry between Rayna and Deacon is undeniable and their reunion is inevitable. Luke, Teddy and even Maddie represent delicious obstacles keeping them apart and allowing the two to combat and comfort each other as their relationship simmers. These same obstacles can also represent the forces that facilitate their reunion later on down the road. This relationship is too significant to be tidied up within the span of a few episodes. Speaking of Maddie…I have read blogs and comments disparaging her as a spoiled brat. It’s an unfair characterization considering the fact that her parents kept a huge secret from her. Finding out your father is not your biological father and coming to grips with your “uncle Deacon” being your real father while making the transition from a kid to an adult is compelling at worst. There is a story that has much to tell. The Juilette/Rayna relationship is evolving into another phenomenal story line. The pair working in concert, no pun intended, to defeat Goliath (Jeff Ford and Edgehill) and build Highway 65 has tremendous potential. Rayna in the role of mentor and caring “big sister” leading the damaged, misguided Juliette back into the good graces of country music. And the growing, improved Juliette retrieves her fan base and helps put Highway 65 back in the black on its way to becoming a player in the industry. That’s a story you can sink your teeth into. I like the seed growing with Juliette and Avery. Her nature has been detrimental to a sustainable relationship. Season 2 ended shedding more light onto why she behaves as she does. Avery can ground her, but do we want her tamed? Part of her appeal is her inability to conform. How nice would it be for her character to remain defiant and unruly…not because she’s wrong, but because the rules and those who made them are wrong. Whatever you do, don’t turn this filly into carnival ride. I like what I see with Gunnar and the direction of his character. The interaction with Scarlett on stage is priceless, but I would refrain from pairing them in a relationship. There is enough to explore with both without a relationship. Zoey needs more substance. The same is true with Layla. There is nothing to justify their presence. And Will Chase’s coming out is a good story, but one used many times before. I hope the writers will be creative in exposing him. Being gay and trying to maintain the persona of a handsome, rugged cowboy will be challenging at best…Nashville ain’t SanFrancisco after all!

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It's unfortunate we will have wait until fall to get our next "fix". As I go through withdrawal over the summer, I will ponder how the writers continue the stories they left us with at the end of Season 2. The Luke/Rayna/Deacon triangle is clearly one that has us on the edge of our seats. Frankly, I would consider it an injustice to resolve it too quickly. The chemistry between Rayna and Deacon is undeniable and their reunion is inevitable. Luke, Teddy and even Maddie represent delicious obstacles keeping them apart and allowing the two to combat and comfort each other as their relationship simmers. These same obstacles can also represent the forces that facilitate their reunion later on down the road. This relationship is too significant to be tidied up within the span of a few episodes. Speaking of Maddie…I have read blogs and comments disparaging her as a spoiled brat. It’s an unfair characterization considering the fact that her parents kept a huge secret from her. Finding out your father is not your biological father and coming to grips with your “uncle Deacon” being your real father while making the transition from a kid to an adult is compelling at worst. There is a story that has much to tell. The Juilette/Rayna relationship is evolving into another phenomenal story line. The pair working in concert, no pun intended, to defeat Goliath (Jeff Ford and Edgehill) and build Highway 65 has tremendous potential. Rayna in the role of mentor and caring “big sister” leading the damaged, misguided Juliette back into the good graces of country music. And the growing, improved Juliette retrieves her fan base and helps put Highway 65 back in the black on its way to becoming a player in the industry. That’s a story you can sink your teeth into. I like the seed growing with Juliette and Avery. Her nature has been detrimental to a sustainable relationship. Season 2 ended shedding more light onto why she behaves as she does. Avery can ground her, but do we want her tamed? Part of her appeal is her inability to conform. How nice would it be for her character to remain defiant and unruly…not because she’s wrong, but because the rules and those who made them are wrong. Whatever you do, don’t turn this filly into carnival ride. I like what I see with Gunnar and the direction of his character. The interaction with Scarlett on stage is priceless, but I would refrain from pairing them in a relationship. There is enough to explore with both without a relationship. Zoey needs more substance. The same is true with Layla. There is nothing to justify their presence. And Will Chase’s coming out is a good story, but one used many times before. I hope the writers will be creative in exposing him. Being gay and trying to maintain the persona of a handsome, rugged cowboy will be challenging at best…Nashville ain’t SanFrancisco after all!

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It's unfortunate we will have wait until fall to get our next "fix". As I go through withdrawal over the summer, I will ponder how the writers continue the stories they left us with at the end of Season 2. The Luke/Rayna/Deacon triangle is clearly one that has us on the edge of our seats. Frankly, I would consider it an injustice to resolve it too quickly. The chemistry between Rayna and Deacon is undeniable and their reunion is inevitable. Luke, Teddy and even Maddie represent delicious obstacles keeping them apart and allowing the two to combat and comfort each other as their relationship simmers. These same obstacles can also represent the forces that facilitate their reunion later on down the road. This relationship is too significant to be tidied up within the span of a few episodes. Speaking of Maddie…I have read blogs and comments disparaging her as a spoiled brat. It’s an unfair characterization considering the fact that her parents kept a huge secret from her. Finding out your father is not your biological father and coming to grips with your “uncle Deacon” being your real father while making the transition from a kid to an adult is compelling at worst. There is a story that has much to tell. The Juilette/Rayna relationship is evolving into another phenomenal story line. The pair working in concert, no pun intended, to defeat Goliath (Jeff Ford and Edgehill) and build Highway 65 has tremendous potential. Rayna in the role of mentor and caring “big sister” leading the damaged, misguided Juliette back into the good graces of country music. And the growing, improved Juliette retrieves her fan base and helps put Highway 65 back in the black on its way to becoming a player in the industry. That’s a story you can sink your teeth into. I like the seed growing with Juliette and Avery. Her nature has been detrimental to a sustainable relationship. Season 2 ended shedding more light onto why she behaves as she does. Avery can ground her, but do we want her tamed? Part of her appeal is her inability to conform. How nice would it be for her character to remain defiant and unruly…not because she’s wrong, but because the rules and those who made them are wrong. Whatever you do, don’t turn this filly into carnival ride. I like what I see with Gunnar and the direction of his character. The interaction with Scarlett on stage is priceless, but I would refrain from pairing them in a relationship. There is enough to explore with both without a relationship. Zoey needs more substance. The same is true with Layla. There is nothing to justify their presence. And Will Chase’s coming out is a good story, but one used many times before. I hope the writers will be creative in exposing him. Being gay and trying to maintain the persona of a handsome, rugged cowboy will be challenging at best…Nashville ain’t SanFrancisco after all!

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Leigh, I concur with almost all of your observations...save two. The worst character is not Teddy, but Lamar. His scheming and twisting of arms was an unnecessary distraction the show didn't need. The writers had the good sense to dispense with him. While Scarlett experienced some ups and down, we learned a great deal about her past and why she comes across the way she does. I believe the writers did a masterful job of breaking down her character and setting the foundation for her to "find" herself and her love of music. I suspect she'll re-emerge a little more slowly next season and build up to the fame and fortune that was thrust upon her suddenly in Season 2.

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Excellent point. I think Lamar just became so inconsequential and we lost him midway through the season that I didn't feel like he was worth discussing more. Scarlett was a mess this season but I loved it. "Crazy" was one of my favorite episodes. It was like we finally understood more about what drove this girl and I was glad we got a peek into her past. I know a lot of people got annoyed about her being "whiney" but I'm still a fan. I also got the chance to see them in concert in NYC and Clare Bowen is just wonderful.

Nashville Quotes

Layla: If only everybody didn't see me as the girl curious about robot voices.
Jeff: I don't. At least not anymore.

Here's the thing, we're not gonna be just like them. I'm not my father, and you're not your mother. Okay? We're us, and we got this.

Avery