Saturday, August 7, 2021

What I’m Watching: Schmigadoon

Schmigadoon: Season 1, Episode 5 “Tribulation” (B+)

I don’t like the fact that this is the second-to-last episode of this show, especially since every indication is that it’s just a limited series and won’t be back for more. I’m not sure I’m quite well-versed enough in musicals to get every reference this show throws at me, but fortunately, it can be enjoyed on many levels. Honestly, I’m content enough getting to see talented actresses given fantastic showcases. Jane Krakowski, who I did see on Broadway in her Tony-nominated performance in “She Loves Me,” was just as great as I would have imagined as The Countess, and I enjoyed every moment of her interactions with Melissa, peppered with great commentary as always from the much more knowledgeable musical lover. I was also thrilled to see Kristin Chenoweth get a perfect musical number that explained her distrust and dislike of outsiders, and her plans to oust the mayor so that she could keep Schmigadoon just as pure and unevolved as it’s always been. Josh may have been fine with Emma’s big revelation, but that’s now how Carson should have found out. Danny punching Josh in the woods so that he could find something to connect him back to Melissa was a helpful end, but they’re going to have to overcome more obstacles in what I’m sure will be a fun and memorable (hopefully season) finale. There are just so many great characters and musical opportunities to be explored here, and the talent enlisted deserves at least a few more seasons to regale audiences.

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