Originally Posted by RobLee
We've really been enjoying the show since day one. We were part of a test audience last year when we happened to be pulled off the street at Universal Studios. One of the questions was whether we would watch this or Castle? Well, we've been hooked on Castle for like four years now, but now we watch Smash and record Castle (we've never watch more than a few minutes of Glee).
So anyway, I think the last couple eps have been down a bit from most of the earlier episodes, but there has to be a little lull before a climax. Overall this program is totally upbeat and nowhere as sappy, or soapy as Grays. And don't anyone think for a minute that Uma has no more than a passing role in the long run.
It's good to finally have a decent drama from NBC (beyond Parenthood) after so many recent failures.
Like you, we have really enjoyed the show but thought that it went a bit off the rails last night in the soap opera aspects. Derek with Rebecca? Given his propensity to try to score anything in a skirt, it's entirely plausible. The man is a natural hound dog. The episode did highlight how naive and insecure Ivy is, despite her years in the biz. She really thought that Derek was genuinely telling her that he loved her? Hah! I read it as a more common use of the phrase between friends, co-workers, family members, etc. And then we have Karen and Dev, a match truly made in heaven..not! When Karen used the fact that she was in Tech as a way to avoid responding to Dev's proposal, my daughter,who "is in the biz" and has suffered through many tech rehersals, literally put a pillow over her face and groaned with a "please God, kill me now". She thought that it was ridiculous and devoid of any reality. Dev and the NYTimes reporter? Has there ever been a more transparent person than her? Is Dev that dense? Well, not totally. Of course Dev has not apparently tried to learn anything about the theatre world that Karen is trying to get a foothold in. The topper was Dev and Ivy and where the preview clearly had them heading. That's when the show jumped the shark for me. It's is still very good but they need to be a bit more careful about how mawkish that they try to make it. One nice thing was hearing Christian Borle get to sing again. It's what the man does and he does it very well. He was just nominated for a Tony for his role in Peter and the Star Catchers.