February 6th, 2013
09:28 AM ET
[Editor's Note: If you haven't seen the season premiere of "Smash" and are sensitive about spoilers, you should skip this post.]
It was also a roller-coaster ride of an opener, with its fair share of high points and lows. Here's a breakdown:
High No. 1: J.Hud
It wasn't exactly a shock that Jennifer Hudson's performances were a big highlight of the premiere. Her character, Broadway star Veronica, has so far existed to provide career advice to Karen and to perform a few show-stopping numbers. She easily succeeded at both. Now we just need to see what her role as a recurring character will be in the show going forward.
Low No. 1: A case of really bad timing
When Tom found out that Julia's husband was cheating on her (a convenient way to write him off the show, of course), he struggled to work up the nerve to tell her.
After some encouragement from Sam, he told her .... but at a party for "Bombshell," in the middle of Karen and Veronica's big duet. That guaranteed a confrontation in the middle of the event that not only caused a scene, but the end of their marriage. Would anyone actually pick that moment to drop that – no pun intended - bombshell? Way to go, Tom!
And if that wasn't enough, Eileen's ex-husband leaked information to the government about the show's finances, effectively shutting it down. (Well, that was one way to keep the show from being a Broadway success, which would probably have made for a boring season.)
High No. 2: Derek finally gets his comeuppance...
Bravo to "Smash" for finally making Derek see some consequences for his womanizing ways. It seems he's got a bad rap now due to sexual harassment complaints.
Low No. 2: ...But it was via a bad ripoff of Robert Palmer
Did we have to suffer through another "fantasy" sequence, like last season's Broadway number? A drunk Derek imagined Karen, Ivy and other women he'd wronged as a Robert Palmer music video, with supermodels singing "Would I Lie to You?" Next scene, please!
High No. 3: A new addition
With the loss of Michael the show was short on male talent, so the character of Jimmy stepped in (played by Broadway vet Jeremy Jordan).
Karen overheard him perform "Broadway, Here I Come" at the bar where he worked, and she suddenly had a new musical project. Jimmy (who is actually not from midtown Manhattan, wow!) was hesitant at first, but Karen was determined to work with Derek to get his show seen.
Low No. 3: What to do with Ivy?
Ivy, rejected by a show that no longer exists, was stuck in a rut. She had to return to auditioning, and was thinking of quitting acting altogether. (Of course, she got a fair warning from Bobby with this all-too-obvious bit of dialogue: "If I were you, I'd keep an eye on my back. Make sure there's no target on it.")
When she had to step in for Karen at an impromptu "Bombshell" performance - an effort by Tom and Karen to somehow keep the show alive - she got something of a life preserver.
She also had an honest moment with Derek about the end of their relationship, but she still seemed extremely jealous at the end of the episode because he was working with Karen on Jimmy's project. Get over it, Ivy!
So here's hoping they can find something better for her character as the season progresses. There's some potential here that season two can be better than the first - they definitely addressed a few problems, like Julia's scarves (thank you, Tom!).
But for those who like to "hate-watch," there is plenty for you to feast on.
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