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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Nashville Season 2: Fall Semester

I haven't reviewed much of Nashville this season - in fact, no reviews at all - but not because I haven't been watching and for the most part enjoying the series.  Herewith then a catch-up review of the Fall part of the second season.

First, the music is still outstanding, but not quite as good as in the first season. In particular, there's been no song as good as "The Wrong Song," which was just right, though Gunnar's songs are nearly as good as the ones he wrote and sang with Scarlett in the first season.  Rayna, because of the plot point about losing her voice, hasn't been singing as nearly enough as she should, and though the plot was good I'd rather hear her sing more.  Juliette's music is about the same - which is to say, excellent - and Will added a nice big cowboy energetic voice.

But speaking of Will, his gay story was a little lame - would he really be so tormented by his gay inclinations in this day and age, and would his career really suffer if he came out of the closet?   Maybe 10 or 20 years ago, I'd think, but not today.   And that made his apparent suicide at the end not only unfortunate - because we'll be deprived of his voice - but somewhat pointless.

On the other hand, it was good to see the prospect of the Mayor's wife eliminated from the series, as she was and continued to be one of the most unsympathetic characters in the series.  Next to go, I hope, should be Rayna's sister.

The business of the music business continues to be handled well, especially with Rayna vs. Jeff and Rayna's prospects with Edgehill.    Nashville is just beginning to take into account the revolution that the Internet has wrought on the music industry, and I hope there'll be more of this to come in 2014.

In the meantime, Nashville remains an excellent weekly soap opera, with welcome, original music in every episode.

See also Nashville: 'The Wrong Song' in the Right Series

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