Smash: The Call Back Ep 2
I find it interesting that this entire episode was all about call backs and giving a second look over a new audition. That is sort of how I view a second episode of a series. A pilot is all about the introduction, first impression and excitement for a story. The second episode is where we really get down to it. Under that idea, this episode didn't work for me. I don't buy the adoption story and am uninterested in it. Having the director try to sleep with both women is so cliché and he even gave the part to the one that slept with him, WOW, never saw that before! And not even showing us a moment of Katharine McPhee's reaction to their decision, is just plain bad story telling. Anyone who knows a thing about Marilyn Monroe (or has listened to the lyrics of the songs) knows that they are going to cast both of them. Karen as Norma Jean and Ivy as Marilyn. The song lyrics for the 20th Century Fox Trot give this away. I am sure Marc and Scott have written the entire score before filming ever began, but how, pray tell, would the characters who are writing the score know this before that decision was made? We are supposed to believe they wrote that song with the idea of choosing one of them? If this thought doesn't make sense to you, it will in a couple more episodes. I have trouble watching a show and not looking forward while I watch. Mostly I want a show that moves where I didn't see it coming. I guess this is why people call me a TV snob. So what does this mean? It means because I love Broadway, I am watching the show. I love seeing the poster for Pacific Overtures hanging in offices. I loved seeing the Harry Connick, JR. marquee for On A Clear Day. I love seeing the show come together. But I am not going to cover the show for the Red Room, because I am not sure it is going to live up to the kind of quality we like to provide to people. I don't like pointing out the flaws of shows and never want this site to be about complaining about television shows. I love covering shows that we can dissect the art and the quality not the flaws. I think this show, while it has tons of heart, may not really have much to do with art. So after my first blog on Smash, I wanted to circle back and say, only watch this show if you know who wrote the score to Funny Girl. Otherwise, this show is not for you.
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