NBC’s ‘Smash’ review: Bollywood, plus Ellis being Ellis

Is this still going strong?

It’s been a while since we have taken an in-depth look at “Smash,” but really there is not too much that has changed. Ellis is still the most unlikable character in television (yes, he’s up there with Joffrey on “Game of Thrones”), the Marilyn Monroe musical is still getting ready for its out-of-town tryout, and the role of Marilyn is not still completely set in stone.

Now, we have a new contender for the role in Uma Thurman’s Rebecca Duvall, who is a woman that has somehow caused Ivy’s jealous vein to stick out even more than it already has. How bad are we talking about here? She actually teamed up with Ellis to come up with a rather tricky way to get the upper hand over Karen, who she had grown rather frustrated with over all the time she is spending with the show’s token “movie star.”

Away from this story, there were two stories that stood out — Julia’s son running away (which was more or less a self-contained story), and then the Bollywood dance number that came almost out of nowhere. When it comes to the latter, we’re still not sure whether or not we should applaud or roll our eyes. (Hey, it was fun.) While these two moments did end up contributing something to the episode, we still have to ask the question — did they really add anything to the show at all? We also so little of Eileen this week that her romantic rendezvous this week did very little for us.

Overall, we’re still torn about “Smash” as a series. It has so many great elements, some fantastic vocals, and Anjelica Huston turning every scene into gold even more so than Rumpelstiltskin on “Once Upon a Time” (who is actually rather evil, but oh well). However, the show still feels a bit unfocused, and we’re not sure whether or not we’re supposed to care more about the personal lives of these people, or about what is happening in the production of the show.

What do you think of the way season 1 is progressing, and is Ellis in your mind the most wicked TV character out there?

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