SMASH – A Love/Hate Relationship

I’ll say first off I love SMASH (Musical TV drama on NBC) more than I hate it, but there are a few things about the show that have been driving me nuts and I will feel better if I get them off my chest.

I’m going to start with the things about SMASH that keep me watching.

1)      Katherine McPhee as Karen – I gave up on American Idol before Katherine McPhee was on, but she has wowed me as a vocalist AND as an actress. 

2)      The character of Ivy – I love that the “competition” is a fully developed character that I don’t hate.  I don’t always like Ivy, but she’s sympathetic.

3)      Megan Hilty as Ivy – Again amazing vocals.  Megan Hilty has a more traditional Broadway voice, but equally fun to listen too.   She can play the diva and show vulnerability.

4)      The Songs – SMASH is a mix of original music and covers and I’ve loved all of the original music.

And all the things that drive me crazy revolve around one character – Julia Houston

1)      The character of Julia Houston/ Debra Messing as Julia Houston – I don’t know if my problem is just the character or if it’s Debra Messing portrayal of the character, but I do not like her.

2)      The affair between Julia and Michael Swift – I feel like the writer’s decided to cheat by saying the Julia and Michael had a previous affair to speed up the drama.  The result is I have NO idea what he sees in her.  Nothing they’ve shown us makes it even slightly believable that he is that hung up on her.

3)      The adoption storyline – I seriously wouldn’t care if they dropped this storyline without a word.  I don’t care.  And they seriously expect me to believe that her 16 or 17 year old son would be that devastated if they didn’t adopt.

4)      Ellis – Yes, Julia is a bitch to Ellis and I still hate him.  He’s annoying and transparent and I can’t believe Tom doesn’t see right through him.

P.S. – Sorry that video is just a link.  I’ve had this post written for over a week, but was going to research how to get the video to play from the blog and haven’t had time.   I gave up and decided to post before the topic was outdated.


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