We… we won!
Yay! I can start watching it again!
Okay, I’ll try it again when Ellis is gone. Only one more try, though!
“I’ve tried to be forgiving. And yet. There were times in my life, whole years, when anger got the better of me. Ugliness turned me inside out. There was a certain satisfaction in bitterness. I courted it. It was standing outside, and I invited it in.”
― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
“On the other hand, pretty much everything involving Karen drove me nuts. The idea that she’d be able to shame one of Ivy’s closest friends into switching teams — or, at least, into playing for both teams at once (which isn’t what Ivy wanted at that point) — with her speech about how she didn’t sleep with Derek was cringe-inducing and not believable with what we’d seen of these characters before. It’s another case of Karen being pure and good and perfect in her blandness — though I don’t know how much fault there is the writing and how much is Katharine McPhee’s acting — and the more it happens, the more I wind up rooting for Ivy just because I don’t like being this manipulated. And then after the other members of the ensemble perform a backup singer intervention on her, the way the show chooses to demonstrate what Karen has learned is with a performance of “Rumor Has It” in which she’s clearly singing lead? Huh?”
I wish the writers for the show would make up their minds and either go camp all the frickin’ way or LEARN HOW TO WRITE SOME GODDAMN NUANCE.
I guess not every show can realize the intelligence of its audience (like my faves The Good Wife and Justified), but still. Smash, can you please make up your mind?
I want to keep watching because I love music (and Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston and handsome British men), but I don’t like being frustrated. This is why I have given up on multiple shows … a couple more episodes like this one and I’m out.
We’re sick of waiting for this show to get rock-solid and become the West Wing of the Broadway world. Let’s just take the easy off-ramp to Camptown and just call it a day, OK? It was a noble effort — to try and tell a serious, realistic theater story on NBC — but it just doesn’t seem possible, not this time around anyway.
Smash - “Crazy Dreams” sung by Megan Hilty
This track’s not available on Amazon til 2/21, what? I’ll just listen to this multiple times til then.
“Crazy Dreams,” Carrie Underwood.
Totally googled this song after hearing it at the end of tonight’s Smash. I really really liked the arrangement on the show.
Ellis has the lambent eyes and colorfully preppy dress sense of one of those Sylvanian Family woodland creatures that my sister and I spent much of the early nineties arranging according to species in their mountain cabin, while keeping meticulous records of their personal information in a special notebook (which my mother confiscated when she figured out we’d got the idea of “registering” them from Schindler’s List).
My idea is, since they’ve established me as this character who has power, who they fear, I think it’s always a good idea to turn the tables on that kind of person. So I would play out a scenario where I become involved with, say, one of the chorus girls, and suddenly this little nobody has power over the powerful gossip columnist because she learns a lot of things about his secret private life. That would thicken the plot. And there really has to be a scene where somebody punches me or throws a drink in my face, because that’s happened in real life on a number of occasions.
The show keeps trying to position Karen and Ivy as equally-deserving of the part, when Hilty very thoroughly outclasses McPhee whenever the production numbers start. (One of the strikes allegedly held against Ivy is that she’s too-practiced, while Karen is more natural, and yet you almost always can see McPhee working hard, where this stuff comes easily to Hilty.)
Just watched this pilot. It is so amazing. I literally love everyone in it (Hello, Anjelica Huston!), the musical numbers are great, it’s funny, it’s sexy, the characters are so bitchy it warms my heart, etc, etc. I love it. I love it. I love it.
It’ll probably be canceled soon. Sigh.
I know I’m supposed to be rooting for Katherine McPhee’s character the most (aren’t I?), but I’m really pulling for the blonde. Of course, I’ve only seen the pilot… twice.
Also, I love Debra Messing’s role soooooo much (and her take on it, of course).