Friday, March 23, 2012
Smash: Season 1, Episode 7 “The Workshop” (C+)
This episode may be riddled with problems, but there’s no denying the impressiveness of the spectacle of the performance. The songs in the show, as they come together, are dazzling, and the numbers are a blast. The story, on the other hand, isn’t nearly as strong. It’s somewhat interesting to see Karen featured in the Marilyn performances, imagining herself in the lead role, but it’s also somewhat strange given that she’s no longer in that part. Skipping her major appointment just to be in the workshop is likely to backfire, unless she gets the part of Marilyn later on in the process, which is hardly unlikely at this point. Ivy performed rather well despite considerable pressure both from Derek and from her mom, played by the lovely Bernadette Peters. Everything is being aired out in the open, and far too many people are aware of Michael and Julia’s affair. It’s no surprise, given just how indiscreet they are about their fooling around. Leo continues to be the show’s most irksome character, smoking pot and crying and just being an immature nuisance. Firing Michael is not going to have positive implications since he was one of the only consistent parts of the workshop. I was happy to hear Eileen immediately threaten Ellis after he tattle-told on Michael and Julia, but she did seem to be awfully forgiving of him, continuing to socialize and drink with him outside of work in what should be considered the most peculiar friendship currently featured on TV.