When we see/hear Ivy hit those extended glory notes, with a very exaggerated camera perspective on Ivy to boot, I believe we have just cut from Leigh nearly falling off the edge of her own chair forward with an enchanted expression on her face. So either the camera and audio are trying to show us “another woman in this scene trying to self-insert themselves into Ivy” or “proud mother”, and thus we can’t trust the evidence of our own eyes and ears for these either.
I'm not at all sure about this. Frankly I don't think the Smash
writers have the complexity to think of it, but even if this is what they're trying to accomplish, they're doing it very badly and ineffectually, as witnessed by the fact that we're all confused about what we're supposed to be thinking. Regardless of what each character is subjectively thinking at any given point, the writers need to be clear on what story they're
trying to tell. If Ivy is the wrong person for the part, we need to see
it, and/or we need to hear other characters articulate clearly why
they think that. And we haven't. And that's all that counts. All the other subjective metaphoric fantasy crap is useless and mucks everything up, if we're not clear on that one basic point.
I'm shocked at how badly this show is written. The writers don't seem to know even the most basic writing principles, like how to effectively set up a story arc, what elements need to be shown to make it land (and what elements don't), and how to follow through on it effectively. Frank finding out about the affair is the perfect example. Why didn't the writers show us glimpses of that particular song before, and Julia struggling with the lyrics, so we would know exactly what hit Frank so hard when he found it? We didn't even see what was on the page, because the writers were too lazy to think it through. Instead we just heard Frank say something about a kiss on the Brooklyn Bridge, and that was supposed to be enough of an explanation (which it wasn't). And if Frank had suspicions at the workshop, why the hell didn't we see that
? There was nothing to indicate that Frank thought there was anything strange going on at all. If the writers can't be bothered to care enough about their own characters to make them make sense, why should we have to fill in the blanks for them?
writers clearly prize quantity over quality and style over substance - they want to have a zillion plotlines going on all the time, and they want to keep everything moving at breakneck pace, so they're not bothering to really flesh out anything or anyone, and they just expect us to follow along blindly. They suck. Deeply.
Of course the casting doesn't help at all. They've cast an actress who really has "it" as the character who supposedly doesn't, and a completely lackluster performer as the character who supposedly does. Hard to make that one work.
Edited by CatsWithAxes, Apr 6, 2012 @ 3:03 PM.