Soap Review: HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS (“A Winner is Chosen”)
Season 1, Episode 21
Date of airing: Jul 16, 2012 (Nick at Nite)
Nielsen ratings information: 0.523 million viewers, 0.110 million viewers and 0.1 rating with A18-49
Ugh. Finally. The song contest is over. Kind of fitting, now that the second quarter has started. With the song contest ending and the whole secrecy thing in the Sanders house starting, I feel like there’s a big break coming in the storyline. Which could actually be exciting. It was another good episode. HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS is actually getting better, and not just because I’m getting used to the show or watching it once a day now. Somehow it’s good to have one show every day for about two or three months. HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS could be proof that you’re getting warm with every cast-heavy show after a while, when you just continue watching it. Or wait for the inevitable to happen. In this case: Eddie and Loren, which was the series pitch. And I had to wait so long for it.
So, we finally were able to hear “Mars”. Not in its completion, but I’ll take it, and it’s quite a nice song. After the episode was finished, I had to look up the full version of YouTube and listen to it for good, and it’s still a nice song. It’s unbelievable how this song and “Something in the Air” can be so good. For a simple pop song. Then again, these are the only two songs the show has brought to life, and I’m not expecting a third song to see the light of day – it would be nice though, when the producers work on a third song. Just for the heck of it. That Loren (Brittany Underwood) would win the contest – predictable, but even I was overwhelmed about the fact that her life is changing now. Sure, Eddie couldn’t stop mentioning it over the past couple of episodes, but I’m scared about what the writers are doing with Loren now. She was this sweet little girl for four weeks of episodes, and now she’s blowing up with the man of her dreams on her side. That usually doesn’t mean anything good. Character development, especially in a situation like this, is not wrong, but I just hope the writers haven’t overdone this one.
The rest of the episode was okay. Jackie (Daphne Ashbrook) was completely forgettable, and even Chloe (Melissa Ordway) is only in the background right now. Seems like the writers want to focus on Melissa (Ashley Holliday) now, and the secret her parents are holding. Now I’m interested what secret that might be, because I wouldn’t even know what to expect. Who knows, maybe Melissa has an evil twin, and it’s being “taken care of” in the basement, lol (kinda like the Guantanamo sequel of HAROLD & KUMAR). Anyway, I’m waiting for it. The positive thing about it: Melissa finally has her own storyline, and doesn’t need to be a sidekick anymore. Then again, I fear that Melissa and Loren are separating now, with the former having her own story now, and the latter a complete new life. It would be quite the challenge as a writer to keep the friendship still going in such a situation. But there’s still Adam (Nick Krause). Now he’s gonna be Melissa’s sidekick. Despite Nick Krause’s acting abilities.
Anyway, the whole upcoming drama around Melissa was the best story besides the finishing of the song contest. The argument between Melissa and Lisa (Meredith Salenger), right after former came home, was, once again, well acted, and I would like to see a whole episode with Melissa and Lisa arguing. Just think about how many secrets would spill out during a 40-minute verbal fight between mother and daughter. But I really think the secret is built up in a very ridiculous way. Lisa goes berserk, because Sunny died? Lisa didn’t even acknowledge the fact that her daughter was supporting Loren all the way? That makes the moment “Oh, by the way, Loren won” look great on a dramatic level, but it makes Lisa ridiculous that she goes nuts about this, but loves Phil to death – it’s just too forced.
Same goes with Jackie and Chloe. Maybe that story is even less forced than I would think. I mean, Chloe clearly doesn’t want Jackie around, yet they still have a conversation in Chloe’s apartment, as if the writers are out for a little makeover session between mother and daughter. THIS feels forced. When Chloe wants to hide her secret, she is advised to get rid of her mother fast. And not hang around with her, just because the writers don’t know Chloe’s secret at all. 6.5/10