Smash Season 2 Review “The Song”

The latest episode of Smash, ‘The Song’, was all about people figuring out what they want, with Veronica, Jimmy, and Julia all coming to massive realizations over the course of the episode. Not all are profound revelations, of course, but all were a long time coming.

Veronica and Derek are busy putting on the show of a lifetime, not helped by the former’s momager, Cynthia. She’s the clichéd pushy parent who wants her daughter to be a star, but Veronica isn’t sure that she loves the business as much as she used to. Obviously, this is a musical show, so we didn’t see her quit singing, but she did realize that taking direction from Derek might be the best thing for her career. She’s no longer the good girl, and her performance certainly reflected that image change she was after all along.

She finishes with a song written by Jimmy, and his storyline centers on the writing process. As we begin, Tom is hearing their songs for Veronica’s show, but the departure from her usual style puts him off. After using Karen as his go-to muse yet again, Jimmy manages to write something great, but Derek refuses to hear it. He goes off the rails and stays out all night, but is ultimately rewarded for his hard work. I’ve thought haters were being a little harsh on Jimmy up until this point, but his behavior towards Derek was awful. He’s acting up like a child would, and Derek’s telling off was thoroughly deserved.

Though, because it’s the journey that needs to happen for the character, his work isn’t immediately dumped in the trash. Instead, his insolence is rewarded with fame and stardom, and I really don’t like the message it’s sending. Season two has so far focused on the behind-the-scenes logistics of making it on Broadway, which I’ve enjoyed, but someone getting a free ride because a powerful man fancies his girlfriend is not what I want to watch. If anything, I hope that his relationship with Karen rubs Derek up the wrong way even further, and he has to change his behavior to get ‘Hit List’ off the ground.

After being humiliated in an acting class, meanwhile, the penny finally drops for Julia. She realizes that the male characters in ‘Bombshell’ are the best written, and decides to tell the story of Marilyn from the perspective of the men in her life. It sounds like an interesting take, but not one I’d particularly like to see if I’m honest. Let’s face it, this storyline is about Julia’s personal life, not the script they’re re-writing. In other news, Eileen is off the show after Ellis and Jerry’s scheme comes to fruition, but ‘Bombshell’ at least has a shot of getting onto Broadway eventually.

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