It’s Tony nominations week which, in Smash world, means anxiety and anticipation has just about everybody acting like a moron.
A sweet, gracious moment at Table 46 aside, Tom embarrasses himself and everyone watching with some tedious shenanigans involving a member of the nominating committee. Jimmy is Jimmy and therefore an ungrateful tool. And Ana and Karen are both completely unbearable: they’re also completely right, but so irritatingly self-righteous about it that I find myself disagreeing with them anyway. Especially when Derek succumbs to the idiocy around him and does something so breathtakingly, flagrantly insane that the only explanation for it is that stupidity is contagious.
So this second-last episode – EVER – of Smash shows off its defining characteristic: the chasm between the show’s view of its characters and most of the audience’s. You know how I feel about the writers’ bizarre obsession with Jimmy and with Eileen’s love life this year (it was Ellis and Dev last time around): we’re supposed to be interested in and engaged with those characters, and I’m far from the only one who’s neither. Even more fundamentally, meanwhile, the Karen vs Ivy rivalry that was supposed to be the very foundation of the show has misfired spectacularly, since just about everyone prefers Ivy.
Likewise, this week, I assume I’m supposed to think Derek’s crimes are so heinous (and in fairness, they are deeply heinous, so why don’t I want him to be punished for them?) that he needs to prostrate himself in front of the rest of the characters to earn their and our forgiveness, but all I’m thinking is that he’s the best one and they’re ruining him (and his Tony chances) with this sad face / self-flagellation / confess all his sins business and just STOP IT.