Smash “Bombshell” Review

Smash wrapped up its first season with a preview of "Bombshell," a musical centered around the life of Marilyn Monroe. The battle of the Marilyns had been a driving force for Smash for most of the season, and tonight, Karen finally landed in the spotlight, leaving Ivy quietly in her shadows.

Smash set out to be the story of a girl from the Midwest making it as a star on Broadway. With this in mind, Karen was inevitably going to end up in the Marilyn role. We were constantly being told that Karen was an underdog, that she possessed some hypnotizing star power, and that the was meant for this part. I never saw that in Karen myself, but I heard all the other characters buzzing about it, so I understand that this was what we were supposed to believe. This is exactly where this arc was intended to end – I had just hoped that Karen would have had to work so much harder to earn it.

Karen was given the challenge of learning the show the day before she had to perform it. No one believed she could do it, but that’s probably because this was the biggest challenge of her career to date. Officially, she had been in one preview performance as a chorus girl before being promoted to stardom. Her personal life took a nose dive in recent episodes, but even Dev’s betrayal seemed tame compared to a lot of the drama going on in the personal lives of the other characters. Read More... 


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