I’ve talked about some frustrations with Nashville in a previous post. Nevertheless, I want to make a few more observations.
Last season, when they announced new showrunners, it was stated that a potential new season would have some changes, fixing some problems. After that, when CMT pick it up, they emphasized that the music would be the main storyline.
This never happened.
What was wrong with Nashville ABC:
Since the beggining, the Lamar storyline, then Teddy’s, about politics were the worst part of Nashville. In the end, they shut it down, with Teddy going to jail and Tendy going away.
Maddie was a brat since season 1. The worst part was her emancipation storyline, which gave her even more screen time. Everything was just so wrong, the way she treated her boyfriend, the way she treated her father and mother, the way she sided with a completely crazy stranger. At least, in the end of season 4, they put an end in the whole thing.
-Too much soap:
This involves all the characters storylines.
In my opinion, I think the Juliette post-partum storyline could be better handled. I didn’t like the way her character lost all the growth. In the end of the season she redeemed herself though.
Crazy Layla was another problem. Sometimes she was good, sometimes she was a villain. They didn’t know what to do with her character, which was a shame, since I love her voice and her songs.
Gunnar and Scarlett were never in the same page. What I didn’t like in season 4 was the silly fights (like when they did an interview). In the end of the season, they decided to be together.
I think they fixed a lot of things by the end of season 4, maybe because they thought it was the end, but it gave the show the chance to start clean in another channel.
What is wrong with Nashville CMT:
I know it was the actress choice, but it sucks. Also, I didn’t like the way she died (the car crash). I think the stalker storyline was good and very real, so it would be ok for her to die because of it.
Maddie continued to be a brat and continued to have too much screen time.
Now Daphne started to be a brat. I know her mother just died, but I don’t want to watch a show about two teenagers being difficult.
-Juliette doing nothing:
Juliette is recovering, ok. Then she started to make a gospel album, but we didn’t see the process at all. In fact, all we saw was her recording “On my way”. I wanted to see her writing, recording, having difficulties with the new genre… Moreover, she wasn’t in a lot of the episodes or had just a few scenes.
I wouldn’t mind him as just Rayna’s partner, but him and Will? Didn’t like at all. I loved Will with Kevin, and they didn’t give them a chance. Will’s confusion felt weird, after their season 4 finale.
-Gunnar and Scarlett:
I thought we were past this. Scarlett is unrecognizable to me. She has some issues, but, now, she is just unlikeable. She blamed Gunnar for all of their issues. Last season she realized she was in love with him and wanted to be with him. Then, suddenly, she feels numb about him? The worst was her relationship with Damien. Back at season 1, Scarlet was with Avery, but had a connection with Gunnar. We could clearly see how she had feelings for both. This time, though, it was all poorly written. We don’t see any feelings between them. Did she fell in love with him just because she thought his video was good and captured her inner self? Really? Even when they throw them down our throats, I didn’t feel any chemistry between them. Now, she is pregnant of him, but Gunnar wants to step in? Why?
-Reuse of previous storylines:
Crashes: Rayna was in a car crash in season 1 finale and almost died. Now, another car crash and her death. In addition, there was Juliette’s plane crash at the beginning of this season. Too many crashes.
Another baby/paternity storyline: This new Scarlett storyline is the worst. They just merged the Gunnar paternity storyline with Juliette pregnancy storyline. The first one was about a kid who Gunnar thought was his son, but end up being his brother. The second was Juliette’s unplanned pregnancy, and, like Scarlett, she didn’t know who the father was, but, fortunately, found out it was Avery’s.
Teenager brat: Like Maddie wasn’t enough, now Daphne is a brat.
-Lots of new character’s songs and fewer old characters songs: If you are paying attention, you saw that Clay and Hallie had a lot of songs in the first part of season 5, but Juliette and The Exes had ONE.
I will continue to watch the show, since I have hope it will get better, but I am a little disappointed with everything.