‘Nashville’ Recap and Review: “New Strings”
Last night, Nashville came back to TV for its sixth season after going through a roller coaster of changes: initially being canceled after its fourth season on ABC, getting renewed by CMT only to get canceled again, which was announced back in November.
But regardless, the first episode of Nashville’s last and final season (unless it’s picked up by another network again) started with Maddie getting a gig to perform at a New Year’s party in L.A with Scarlett tagging along as her chaperone. Juliette kicks off another tour by addressing an unhappy audience member in the middle of a song, and Gunnar is nervous about his new solo career, getting some help with it from Will, and doing so with some newly bleached blonde hair.
Maddie goes to perform at this charity event in L.A and meets Jonah Ford, a young actor that everyone seems to be crazy for, including Daphne, which basically becomes a new love interest for her. Only thing is, he seems pretty entitled which is probably because he’s pretty famous with his big entourage. So, we’ll see if there’s more to Jonah than just his swagger.
Deacon’s story is short, straightforward, but also pretty expected. He’s past his grieving stage and now he’s a little lonely. Everyone’s starting to notice and is trying to get him back out in the dating world. Given that he seemed to have a pretty strong connection with Jessie last season (and the fact that she’s going to be back in next week’s episode), I’m guessing they’re going to get together sometime this season.
Juliette basically has a public meltdown on stage at her first concert back. This group of people is calling her a fake and a backstabber (because of her stealing Maddie’s song last season) and instead of continuing her show, she stops singing and says that she’s asking for love, and that’s all that she’s ever done. After that, she and Avery decide to take a vacation where she meets Darius. He’s a mysterious motivational speaker of some sort, or what Glen later calls a cult leader.
Later, she ends up resonating with his speech, which shows up on the news while she’s flipping through the channels. He reaches out to her and he says that she’s only asking for love because she’s lost control and is in pain and that she needs to lose some control or confront that pain to be able to overcome it.
Thoughts on this week’s episode of Nashville
I think that the writers are continuing the trend of diving into characters’ identity this season, especially with Juliette, Gunnar, Scarlett, and possibly Deacon.With Gunnar and Scarlett, I think they’re going through the same problem; they don’t really know who they are without each other anymore because they weren’t just together on and off, they were also partners for their music.
The same goes for Deacon; he’s the guy that’s been in love with Rayna for almost his entire life and she’s been like an anchor for him and his addiction problems. In addition to that, he has two children to take care of now and needs to be able to take care of himself because Rayna’s always been the reason why he’s cleaned himself up in the past.
Juliette has undoubtedly had a wild ride through the years so it makes sense that she’s not only depressed but that she’s ready to admit it and tackle it head-on. I’m excited to see where the writers take it, especially because Juliette’s definitely not going the traditional route of talking to a psychologist or therapist or figuring out a medication regimen, but instead talking to this new guy that doesn’t really have any accreditation as well is just a complete mystery.
Nashville airs on CMT Thursdays at 9/8 C.
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