Slow pace, low energy?
Tora: I think it works. The tempo is slower and the focus is on fewer characters at the time. It’s less breathtaking, but stories are less forced.
Shira: Still don’t know how I feel about the pace. On one hand, the intimate moments between characters and the songs needs the space to breathe. But other than that, I do miss a bit of a faster pace or at least more energy.
I loved the tension between the soap and minimalist Drama on Nashville that existed from the pilot. From the middle of season 3 and especially during season 4 they lost the balance and chose the soap. Now they went in the other direction. It’s good but it does make the creepy stalker(s) creepier and drains the show from much-needed vitality. That’s at least what I felt during this episode.
Tora: Agree about the pace. It’s nice storytelling, but miss the feeling when I forget to breathe because I’m so wrapped up in it.
Juliette is on her way…somewhere
Tora: So, Juliette’s story…to me, it’s still predictable and a bit of a bore.
Shira: Agreed. It’s really not my favorite. Hayden’s performance is great, but all this story with her “angel” felt too easy and not really true to her character. It bothered me especially when Juliette said she never cared about anyone but herself. Really?? I thought we are already way past it.
In season 2, when she went to Avery’s apartment to confess her love, I thought it was a turning point. Saying now she has been a horrible human being kind of dismisses all that she already achieved and takes us back to that familiar dichotomy of female characters: A complete sinner or a saint.
Avery finds his voice and those (long) studio scenes
Tora: Contrary to Juliette, I found Avery’s story nuanced and interesting. Who is he in this and finally daring to ask the question I wondered throughout the episode. Who are they to each other? Together with the question of what he actually wants professionally, I think his story was the one I found most engaging.
Shira: Avery was the highlight of the episode to me. As much as I love how he selflessly gives to the ones he loves, it’s time he starts waking up his own ambition and creativity. Remember when he was the most ambitious character on the show? Where did it go?
Tora: And love that they give Deacon and Avery scenes again. More of that, they can both be so quietly hilarious. “Sounds like she’s choking”
Shira: Yes, Deacon and Avery are two funny people together, but I could easily live with fewer and faster studio scenes here. It was more fun watching Rayna say Ashley Whatshernuggets than watch her in person.
Daphne the unicorn, Maddie’s reality-check, Rayna and Deacon co-parent
Tora: These short moments of truth dripping out of Daphne…Love that. And that Maddie actually went to Daphne because she knew that was what she was going to get from her.
Shira: Daphne is probably the most level-headed mature character on the show…She’s the Rayna to her Maddie, who is very much a Deacon.
Tora: Haha, yes! What would they do without Daphne!?! And yes, they do mirror Rayna and Deacon. But I don’t want her to end up the level-headed truth-teller little sister only. She is the same age now as Maddie was when we first met them. She needs a story too.
Shira: Finally they addressed the court issues and I did love Rayna didn’t try to fix it this time but push both Deacon and Maddie to sort it out themselves.
Tora: I first thought that Rayna was also going to tell Maddie off about her behaviors at the studio and was thinking that she need to leave some parenting to Deacon and then their conversation turned into something else and you are right, she gave Maddie a push instead to talk to her dad.
Shira: What did you think of Clayton, the new guy? Loved his voice and Maddie and he had a fun dynamic.
Tora: No definite feelings about the new guy. Thought he paid a little bit too much attention to his clothes and appearance. A little bit vain, but let’s see where it goes.
Shira: One small thing that did bother me a little was his background. Why did the black guy on the show had to have a mother who died of addiction? In general, pairing someone who grew up with addiction at home to Maddie can be interesting, but I just can’t ignore the fact he’s black and in that context it may be a bit stereotypical. Still, interested to get to know more this character and see where it goes.
Rayna’s Creepy Stalker(s) and why we fear them
Shira: Should we talk about Rayna’s creepy stalker(s)? With all these long lyrical scenes
this whole story feels like a show within a show. Makes me miss the silly over-the-top stories instead of this horror tale. Fear in general (other than the one of cancellation, casting news about potential love interests and Connie’s status) is not something I associate with Nashville. It feels foreign to the fabric of the show and I can’t say I enjoy it.
Tora: It felt yeah, a bit creepy, and the heart rate did rise realizing there is a second suspect, but not sure this is the soapy, energizing storyline I would prefer. It feels really dark and maybe even too dark already for Nashville!
Shira: I also can’t ignore the fact, it has the potential of ending very badly, and in badly I mean, a dead Rayna. I don’t even want to think about it, because to me there will be no Nashville after this (especially not after the interviews Connie gave).
Tora: I don’t read much spoilers and in general I’m not so much about thinking ahead, figuring out what could happen, what will happen, but all the rumors about Connie/Rayna makes this a bit different and more creepy.
The social media guy though! Is it Randall? I snored when he first showed up, the character seemed so constructed and unreal, but then I suddenly loved him in this episode, thought he was quite endearing, until the end of course.
Shira: You thought he was endearing? I was afraid he poisoned her juice. But got to say that Rayna’s face when she felt uncomfortable was priceless.
Location and Final Montage
Shira: Glad we heard a full song at the end. It was a beautiful intimate moment for Juliette. Think it did a much better job conveying her emotions than the entire episode.
Also, missed the Nashville closing montage. A somewhat tacky tradition I completely support and embrace!
Tora: Yes!! The end montage!!! Really sweet song, but I loved how they used to wrap up the episodes before showing where everyone are.
Shira: Totally random, but loved the location of the street fair…The Post East, my neighborhood coffee shop whenever I’m in Nashville. East Nashville rules!
Tora: Totally missed that they filmed around the Post East. Had many breakfasts there during my last trip. Need to rewatch.
Shira: Rewatch and return to Nashville. Fast!
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