SMASH "finally" returned last night with a great hour of music and production values worthy of Broadway. The story line deepened as well and there's much to consider between all of the talented characters and intrigue abounds. Karen definitely received the short end of the stick last night, but I think she's secure in who she is and someone who is genuinely happy for Anna. Ultimately, there should be a place for BOTH of them which would only make the show stronger. Of course there is a long way to go before that happens. I don't know about anyone else, but I am still haunted by Leigh's delivery of the "moon song," and the interplay between Mom and Daughter both literally and figuratively (very interesting concept even if it is driving Ivy NUTS. Nevertheless, Ivy was particularly mesmerizing in that scene as she stood motionless on stage fully embracing Marilyn's pain. So, hats off to Smash for an outstanding episode and we really need things like this on television! In the wake of so many cuts to the "arts" in our school systems, it's more important than ever that we have music and dance on prime time, not just as part of an awards show, but as the heart and soul of a "drama" on Network Television. I pray, sing and dance that Smash will see a season 4 and that it continues on the path of excellence set in last night's episode. I'll be watching on Saturday because I know that all of the ingredients are there- they just need to be used correctly and with the same aplomb and passion we see...and love, on Broadway. Bravo NBC!
Well said Jeff S! The incompetent police work is staggering, and if they're not inept enough then the writers just make everyone involved a part of the cult...so, agents become killers, policemen are "followers" and so on and so on. Still, we watch and as I've mentioned before, the show is often truly "creepy" and jump out of your seat scary-though I couldn't help but wonder why on earth everyone would split up at night inside that warehouse and wander around on their own with only a flashlight? Uuuuuhhh, what evil lurks 'round every corner? The shadowy faces in the background were frightening but if you are going to be that stupid and walk around by yourself in the dark with all those KILLERS on the loose...well, you get what I'm sayin'? So why DO we watch when it continues to be more of the same? Well, for one, Joe is definitely charismatic, handsome and full of intrigue, but that can only go so far and its limits are being tested. Kevin Bacon wants to be interesting but they keep putting roadblocks in his way-either let him be ab FBI agent or just go rogue! Geesh. And if Joe is going to control everything then we do not have an adversary...so let the FBI or somebody step up their game and win one or two of these situations, please. It's like the more we know, the less interesting it has become. And you kill off Jacob's boyfriend, one of the most compelling members of the cult?? Surely Molly will not get to kill Ryan, and I would hope that he just might "get a clue" at some point? Roderick is GAME ON and he just might be stealing the show, so give him more to do. There's an entire episode or two in that face. The writers need to let it loose and not lose the "seed" that got us interested in the first place. If they don't, I'm afraid there may be even more viewers pulling away and there's no lack of things to watch on Monday night. Get to work and let someone succeed besides Joe and his silly band of followers. There's so much there, just waiting to come out...isn't there?
Of course the chat was not only surprising but advantageous to them both. I suppose that's the way it happens on Broadway to an extent, but I firmly believe most actors, and directors included are far more professional than they are "divas" in their jobs because in NYC there's someone for every position literally knocking on the door willing and READY to take over...so let's not get too carried away with these shenanigans. Karen and Jimmy...finally but there's going to be a price to be paid for this "coming together," no pun intended (I don't think)? Glad to be rid of the other period show...period, and thank goodness everything is on track for both shows. It's never easy to get anything done on Broadway, or even Off-Broadway and I'm enjoying the difference between the two and rooting for them both. "Let's put on a show" should be a compelling piece of television in this day and age, but Smash is not always hitting its marks. All the talent is there, and every now and then a truly great song shows up, but some of the staging is beyond banal. Where are all the talented choreographers? Why not give several of them a chance and let us see some really stunning work from really creative people who understand Broadway AND television. Even the sound mixing is a little lack-luster from time to time, not doing anyone any favors...but I'm a FAN and I want this show to succeed. Just seems to me that they aren't really taking advantage of all the BROADWAY TALENT that's out there, just as Hollywood does when it produces a musical. Wasn't that long ago that Tommy Tune, one of the most brilliant director/choreographers ever, opted out of directing the movie of "Best Little Wh***house in Texas," for just those kind of "Hollywood" reasons...err, I mean casting. Well, you get the point. IF this show is to succeed, it needs talent in all departments and they only have to look just outside their stage door to find it. I hope they find 'em fast cuz they're needed. Smash has potential and it could be SO much better...for real.
Though I like this series, and have even jumped out of my seat a few times, it nevertheless seems to keep us from ever feeling any "joy" or sense of accomplishment. It's very One-sided or "joe" sided and I mean, I'd like the writers to throw us a l'l somethin' every now and then except having everyone and anyone be a part of the following. You can't win when everything is stacked against you and it would be nice to feel there's a fighting chance? And then Claire flies out of Ryan's arms and right into the car of her captors. Now what? Mummy, Daddy and son make three? and work on a fourth? OY! Give me a break and why on earth won't the FBI give him a break? Or at least be able to protect their "target" which they were totally inept at doing, were it not for Ryan's help. I like where Nate's at and he has the perfect look for preppy-cute but uh-oh crazy now...and that's intriguing. Finally, someone else HAS got to run the show, at least in part, besides Joe. C'mon everyone can't be a follower.
OMG, I did not know that was Annette O'Toole? And does anyone else know that one of the interns is played by Debby Boone's (You Light Up My Life) daughter? Look for her-it's pretty easy to see the resemblance. But HOORAY for Grey-Sloan Memorial and it's compelling cast of characters, not to mention Shonda Rhimes deft hand at combining humor with pathos and medical wizardry. What fun it must be to have these amazing actors/characters and fill their minds and mouths with words each week. She KNOWS just who they are and never disappoints. In fact, it's amazing just how much we really DO care about these people and life is never easy at "the hospital." I couldn't have lved the "carnival" rant any more and man oh man, that girl is going to worry herself silly over whether to...or not to! The best line was, "God must have put him in front of you because he wants you to lead him to the carnival!" Right...as if God had anything to do with human relationships other than mess them up (just my opinion, but seriously). Callie is amazing and by the way, Jessica Capshaw is Stephen Spielberg's step-daughter...and hats off to her for making her obstacles so fully realized. As a couple, they have THE best relationship other than McDreamy and Meredith. All I want is a happy, healthy pregnancy and delivery. Take the drama anywhere but there. I just don't think I could take it. So, that being said, this episode really brought home just how hard it's going to be to run the hospital and how everyone is coming for something. Best of all however, it didn't take our dear Christina any time at all to figure out who was holding the reins of power and how best to use them to her own advantage. Right on Doc!
Chilling to the bone, is what I think and everyone is exposed and raw. What will stop the bleeding and when can Olivia get back to being superwoman who fights for right and wrong, even if she fights dirty...And yes, Huck is letting Quinn make rookie mistakes for whatever reason. Now she's going to be in real trouble and I just don't know if Olivia will be around to save her? After all she's been through, maybe a LONG vacation is just what she needs? Unfortunately, that sort of vacation is deadly!Gotta say that Kerry Washington rocks this role like no one else! How could you not want to watch this show???
Hmmm...well, first of all Glee is a "musical show," never destined to be the single girls guide to living in NYC or really much of anything other than high school and the celebration of "difference." On that level Glee succeeds very well and I sincerely hope that it is helping youngster realize we are all different and equally deserving of a place on this planet and most definitely in High School! However this season Glee has not always been up to par with its musical choices, choreography and the production of its numbers...until last night! I don't know if it was because ALL of those songs were one of my guilty pleasures, or it all just worked as well as I thought? At any rate, I thought it was one of the more successful shows in every way and I particularly enjoyed the arrangements, choreography (how much fun was it watching Jake dance to "It's my Prerogative)? and the production vales of every scene. I say well done and the producers should be proud for finding their footing as well as a subject that really worked for the all too important musical aspect of the show-without it, I'm out, but I was definitely a Gleek for every number and every cast member last night. In the famous words of the late Donna Summer, "More, more, more!
Let's just talk about what a good actor Warren Kole is, not to mention a face that's made for double-entendre! I'm sure the story line has always been focusing on him, as we first heard all about "this Roderick" before meeting him. I'm not one to jump in fear, but The following manages to produce its fair share of "fright" in each episode. I look for Roderick to smirk his way all the way to the finale, and that's bound to be mind-boggling. Violence on television is alive and well, to be sure!
Eli is a problem of the first degree and methinks Emily will focus on this problem until she figures out the BEST possible solution. My, my she's a very busy girl and so is Nolan (really) now that he has a little competition in the ever-changing world of hacking! Jack needs a Xanax, send Daniel off to rehab his personality and somebody puhleeze get the Graysons, or at least get in their way. They have a very special knack for getting out of even the stickiest situations, but like Rome..they're sure to fall-right??
Wait a minute everybody...this episode was downright awesome. The special effects on the opening number in that incredible 1920's Erte' filled room were incredible, as well as the black and white. Kurt and Blaine's rooftop number was as poetic and romantic as anything in Moulin Rouge and much more beautifully sung...oohwee that Kurt can sing some soprano lines! Footloose was really fun and I particularly liked the styling and the mash-ups were GREAT. I mean...really-what more could you expect from a television show? That was no small feat to shoot, edit and produce...by the way! Close to miraculous I would say...okayyyy?
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