Friday, March 16, 2012

What I’m Watching: Smash

Smash: Season 1, Episode 6 “Chemistry” (C+)

This show is becoming awfully transparent, and its developments are highly predictable. Having Karen in the company is a constant problem, and she’s becoming increasingly less likeable as time goes on. Taking the Bar Mitzvah job that Ivy originally had demonstrated just how lazy she can be, using her Iowan heritage as a crutch, claiming not to know much about anything because of where she comes from and managing to perform quite poorly at the Bar Mitzvah. Somehow, however, she continues to get opportunities as a result of her less-than-professional approach, and she may now have landed herself something big. Ivy, on the other hand, after some unnecessary hallucinations and dramatic bedside numbers, is finally standing up herself, lashing out at Derek in front of the whole cast after he cruelly picks apart her performance. His inquiries about her voice rather than her health didn’t much help his case. I’m still annoyed by Ellis’ presence, and his budding friendship with a laidback Eileen is causing to burn more bridges than it builds. Julia’s having a tough enough time doing damage control at home following her kiss with Michael, and her latest indiscretion isn’t helping matters one bit. Tom’s relationship, oddly enough, seems to be the most stable at the moment. Production on the show is certainly not going smoothly, and it’s going to take a lot to get this show ready to go when they want it to, and that’s assuming that all those involved can play nice long enough to make it work.

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