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Smash - Season Two: DVD Review

Aug 6th, 2013

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The lights have gone out on this fan-cherished musical series...

Universal / 732 Minutes / 2013 / Unrated / Street Date: August 6, 2013

Just don't call it GleeSmash, the now-defunct television series that chronicled the rigors and thrills of putting on a Broadway musical, definitely scratched the same itch that the Jane Lynch show does, but there's a lot more than just singing and dancing going on here. This Season Two TV-on-DVD set pays as much attention to the behind-the-scenes elements of getting a major production to the stage as it does to the production itself.

Our second season revolves around the construction and execution of a rock musical entitled Hit List. As was the case with the show’s first go-round, we get all the back-biting and drama that one would expect from the Great White Way, as well as a fleet of returning familiar faces, most notably Debra Messing (Will and Grace) and Angelica Huston (Prizzi's Honor) as major behind-the-scenes architects of the event.

There was a smattering of fan unrest when Smash’s cancellation was revealed, but this Season Two set unfortunately showcases a series on its last legs. TV can be both familiar and good, of course, but Smash felt contrived from its onset and never really got around to concocting a singular feel for itself. The production design of the show is out of this world, and its Broadway elements - singing, dancing, choreography - are top-notch, but its petty melodramas never gel in any sort of majorly fulfilling way.

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