THE "SMASH" REPORT: Season Two, Episode 6, Or, Voices and Visions
13 Mar 2013
Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez
Photo by Will Hart/NBC
So, jobless Derek shows up at that second Winter Fringe performance of Hit List and is struck with his own vision: Instead of a logo painted on a brick wall, we see a fully lit, costumed and designed take on the rock number that happens in front of that (now three-dimensional) Pepsi-Cola sign.
The characters played by Jimmy and Karen appear on a waterfront pier in Long Island City, Queens, on the East River (where a historic Pepsi sign really stands), singing a duet called "Heart Shaped Wreckage," apparently written by four (!) contributing series songwriters. (They all chipped in and bought a pencil, as Comden and Green once said of their starving-artist existence.)
The song's writers are "Silvas/Green/Irvin/Emry," Shaiman wrote in a Facebook posting. "I'd tell you their first names but we never met them."
The visual reference is to Baz Luhrmann's Broadway production of La Boheme and the film "Moulin Rouge." (Karen looks like she just rolled out of a brothel, or One Touch of Venus, wearing a flowing gown and stringy wig.) What the image also conveys is that Derek is about as original as…Pepsi. Mr. Luhrmann deserves a royalty check from Derek.