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wanted to love it...,
This review is from: Smash - Season 2 [DVD]  (DVD)
The wheels fell off Smash in its second season. Too many new characters written into the show; too many repetitive plot devices; some really silly, meaningless cameos (Sean Hayes particularly grates, although his one big number is fabulous). But my biggest complaint against the show is that the core cast simply didn't have enough to do. Jack Davenport's Derek goes from likably grouchy to tediously bad tempered; Debra Messing's Julia (outstanding in Season 1) has a few great scenes early on, and again towards the end, but the writers seemed to forget about her in the middle episodes. Katherine McPhee has a lot to do, but certainly can't prop up a show on her own.
Thankfully, the show is redeemed by a few absolutely outstanding numbers - my personal highlight being Megan Hilty's belter "They Just Keep Moving The Line". Hilty is a breathtaking talent, and despite the cancellation of the show, there's little doubt we'll be hearing a lot more from her. Hope so anyway. Smash 2 isn't all bad. It's just not very good.