That certainly introduced a heck of a lot of characters in fairly short order, and reasonably effectively (though, particularly with the many supporting male characters with scruffy faces, I'm not totally clear on names). I think it has a lot of potential, and none of the plots really stand out as problematic on the face of it, which is a plus (compared with something like Smash
, which had plenty of potential in its pilot, but had some clearly extraneous stuff apparent from the beginning, which only became more of a problem as the series went on).
I admit, I was surprised at Rayna's decision, even though in retrospect it's a pretty cliched plot, just because forcing the two of them together on tour seemed like such an obvious ending for a pilot (though it keeps them joining forces as a later dramatic plot development, which I'm sure we'll see at some point). Rayna's a very convincingly drawn, interesting character.
I guess my one reservation would be Juliet, the ersatz Taylor Swift (or, it might be better to say, what the people who don't like Taylor Swift think she represents for country music), who's painted in some pretty broad strokes. She's a bitchy diva temptress! But she's got a sad backstory! Also, in this day and age, there's no way her having a mom like that would be some kind of dark secret (unless they come up with a really convincing explanation). That would've come out as soon as she started to make it big. All the same, Hayden Panettiere is very fun in the part.
I know Hayden's character is supposed to represent the talentless younger performer who needs auto-tune, but she didn't sound too bad to my ears.
I agree as well, I thought she sounded fine.
Edited by Colonel Green, Oct 10, 2012 @ 10:18 PM.