Friday, October 26, 2012

Nashville: Sex and Music City

Scarlett and bartender dude.
So now that I've given up my foolish feminista dream that this show might be interested in saying something about women and power, I could fully enjoy this week's episode, not least because it's declaring the show's interest in sex and power. And art. Promising!

So all of the artistic collaborations in this episode are shown to be fueled by, inspired by, or complicated by sex. Not quite the same as gender, but I'll take it. Deacon the Crinkly-Eyed Saint of Songwriting continues to be the shiny toy that both Rayna and Juliette want for their very own. Juliette duets with him and beds him, and Rayna admits that for her, he and music are the same thing, and she still loves them both. This idea of art and sex being indistinguishable from each other is a provocative one, considering all the duets that Nashville features.

Speaking of, after Scarlett chokes during her recording session with the bartender dude from the Bluebird, Lucky from General Hospital (eventually I will get these names down) somehow convinces her that she can only sing if he's in the recording studio. Ew, but at least thematically consistent with the rest of the show, and, as it turns out, accurate. She belts out a killer rendition of a sexy duet whilst locking eyes with Lucky behind the soundboard, which, to be thematically consistent with the rest of the show, I guess we can think of as a threesome.

We also find out that Rayna's mother carried on a long-time affair with one of her artistic collaborators, introducing the theme of mommy issues (at least it's a switch from daddy issues) also shared by Juliet. Her oxy-head mom shows up and takes refuge in her daughter's McMansion, prompting a little episode of Winona Ryder Commemorative Shoplifting . . . that is caught on cell phone camera by one of Rayna's daughters. Somebody get Gawker on the line!

Really pleased now that I can just relax and enjoy Nashville for the sexy soap that it is, and not bash it for the progressive gender text that it is not.

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