Smash Review-- It’s All Politics: Is That a Conscience I See?

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Smash Review-- It’s All Politics: Is That a Conscience I See?

Last week’s promo promised drama and it delivered—well, sort of. It still wasn’t even remotely as dramatic as the promo implied, but they’re getting there. The workshop is over, and everyone’s playing hard-to-get-ahold-of and avoiding one another’s calls. Eileen won’t answer Tom and Julia; Tom and Julia won’t answer Ivy or the rest of the cast, and Ellis seems to be the only one who’s universally in the know, due to relentless spying. This week we meet Eileen’s daughter, bleeding-heart-after-my-own-heart Katie (Grace Gummer, daughter of Meryl Streep), and are given our first glimpse into Derek’s attempt to take control of Marilyn: The Musical.

Ellis’ scheming is nothing new, but this time it’s actually moving the plot forward—or, at least, connecting the dots. First he shows up at Eileen’s apartment (“the door was open”) to let her know he’s available if she needs anything; then he’s with Tom, recounting the information he gathered chez Eileen, and revealing—if there was ever any doubt—that the only side he’s on is his own. (Not that he wants to be an artist, though—“artists are losers”). Julia meets Michael to break the news he’s already divined: he’s fired. I still hope it’s not permanent, though, even if I am glad the affair storyline is over. They’ve separately reached the mutual decision that they’re grateful for what they have (Frank’s science teacher does Bob Marley cover was pretty cute), and don’t want to do anything else that could mess it up.

 

Meanwhile, as Tom’s meeting with Ellis and Julia with Michael, Karen is meeting with Derek, who wants to look into going another direction with Marilyn. He’s collaborating with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder to give Marilyn: The Musical more of an edge. You know, while it’s obvious that we’re supposed to view Derek as the bad guy here, I think I see where he’s coming from. There was definitely a lot more to Marilyn Monroe than the sort of Disneyfied version we’ve been shown so far. Tom’s songs are fantastic, but Derek’s right that they’re also “too nice.” They could stand to be balanced out by a couple of edgier numbers. (I’m not rooting for the one they tried tonight, though. It was a cool song and would make a great music video, but didn’t really speak to me at all, as far as the musical is concerned.)



Comments [6]

Tiff's picture

I don't know where to put this...

So I'm just going to put it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK9pjb3mtTw

Jenny Aisenberg's picture

musical bowling

I LOVED the musical number they did in the brooklyn bowl! I was actually wondering whether you would, because you generally don't like the fantasy numbers where people just burst into song and dance in the course of daily life; but this one was great, wasn't it? last time I went bowling it was disco bowling, which is also embarrassingly fun ;p

"We're all born naked. The rest is drag."
--RuPaul (appropriating Judith Butler for the masses...)

Tiff's picture

Glee vs. SMASH

Well, I like most of the fantasy numbers on 'Glee.' I'm not generally a fan of what they've done on 'SMASH' so far. I don't think the fantasy numbers work on the show. I liked the bowling number because I could totally see doing that in a bowling alley. With my crazy friends, anyway....

Jenny Aisenberg's picture

really?

I thought the bowling number was pretty clearly fantasy. in real life you'd get banned from most bowling alleys for walking on the lanes, let alone dancing ;p But I like the fantasy numbers. Different strokes for different folks, I guess!

"We're all born naked. The rest is drag."
--RuPaul (appropriating Judith Butler for the masses...)

Tiff's picture

Maybe if you met my friends,

Maybe if you met my friends, you'd understand. Wink Tongue

Tiff's picture

okay. those emoticons totally

okay. those emoticons totally freak me out....