Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: The Woodlands, Tx
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I saw this episode on Comcast On Demand a couple of weeks ago. I was very impressed and looking forward to new episodes. I decided to watch the pilot again last night On Demand, before the broadcast premiere. Both the McPhee rendition of "Beautiful" and the final number brought joyful tears to my eyes. Which doesn't happen very often on a major network.
But while watching a basketball game during a timeout, I switched over to the live SMASH premiere broadcast. It happened to be at the Beautiful audition scene, but the sound seemed like it had been mixed differently, not nearly as much presence, much more echo effects and reverb. I was shocked. I can't decide if the suits at NBC decided to try and make it sound more like GLEE by remixing, or if my local NBC affiliate had poor sound broadcast.
I'm hopeful that this was a one time issue. I'll probably watch later episodes On Demand in order to avoid any local station issues.