Intermission: Nashville (2012–)

There have been far too many Intermissions happening on this site lately. I know this, and promise more regularly scheduled movie review postings in the future. Not to get too detailed, but last month was a trifle busy—exiting my last job, VACATION taking, and beginning my new job. In the midst of all that change and planning, I found that I couldn’t make myself concentrate enough to watch movie-length features. Okay, so I maybe watched the first forty minutes of Step Up, but I didn’t finish it!

Because of all the other stuff occupying space in my brain all I could handle is binge watching episodes of Nashville, a most excellent soap-opera-y drama about country-music singers in Nashville. It’s undeniably compelling; the characters are diverse (they cover every spectrum of the country music scene, from pop-country to alternative country to neotraditional country), the storylines are dramatic without too many ridiculous cliff-hangers, and it was created by the wonderful Callie Khouri (the screenwriter for Thelma & Louise). Thelma & Freakin’ Louise. C’mon.

Nashville stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are the show’s dueling headliners: Britton as Rayna Jaymes, struggling to remain relevant after a 20-year career in country music; and Panettiere as Juliette Barnes (she gets ALL the great lines), a pop-country diva who wants to break out of her Tween fanbase. The supporting cast isn’t too shabby either—Powers Boothe (one of my favourites) plays an especially excellent villian as Rayna’s politically ambitious, ne’er-do-well father. And the character names! Scarlett O’Connor, Deacon Claybourne, Avery Barklay, Gunnar Scott, Will Lexington—so great. So country.

Juliette Barnes melting down

The ever expressive Juliette Barnes.

This television series is not a guilty pleasure, I outright enjoy it. I will not deny its delights. And if you have a few hundred hours to spare then you too can catch up on the last 65 episodes before season four airs and join me on this fantastic journey of self-discovery through the transformative power of country music.

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