NBC’s ‘Smash’ review: Back where we started

The battle is back on.

After an entire season of twists, turns, and occasional moments of people cheating around on “Smash,” it looks now like we are back in many ways to square one when it comes to a key question — who should be Marilyn Monroe?

It was not necessarily a major shock to see the departure of Uma Thurman’s Rebecca Duvall, but we were still surprised to see her go the way she did — at the result of a smoothie containing peanuts that were planted by someone desperate to see her out of the production. Then again, that may be a good thing considering how well the audience at previews took the opening showing of “Bombshell” — rather than appreciating the musical and its many numbers, they instead were disappointed that a show celebrating the life of Marilyn Monroe ended by watching the character take her own life. This is forcing Julia now to come up with an entirely new ending to the show, which is one that we will hopefully see during the season finale next week.

As frustrating and fantastic at times as this show’s first season has been, we are happy to see where things are culminating now — it’s all about the musical, the role of Marilyn, and whether or not everything can truly get off the ground. While we want to believe that we will know whether or not Karen or Ivy will be playing the icon by the time next week ends, we have to prepare for the possibility of a cliffhanger. After all, this rivalry is how the show began, and we really don’t expect the two to lessen the intensity anytime soon.

For now, as you surprised to see Rebecca go out in the way she did — and who do you think will end up ultimately landing the part?

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