A concept album is sort of a diary of personal experiences containing emotional events. Add to that a creative flourish, and that makes it worthy of sharing with the public. It's a great idea for famous people who want to present it as a genuine entity. Rayna has enough clout to release a half-assed effort and make it sell. Fine, if you want to put out bullshit just for profit. But it's way more personal for Deacon, who's not ready to relive all that pain. He made that abundantly clear and I thought Rayna was way out of line for pressuring him. It's something that takes time to organically originate to a presentable form, not something to whip up in a few weeks.
The first hour marked noticeable improvements in the show.
The second hour - this episode - seemed to slip back into needless drama. Back to the same old irksome Scarlett & Gunnar mess. Glad they were able to sort of settle it by episode's end instead of dragging it out several eps just to reconcile and rinse and repeat - the spinning of wheels only to recur later.
Among the good was seeing Will not be quite as naive as in the past. Glad he showed some restraint without slugging the trunk show dude. That would have created a media scandal before, now it can hopefully show character development - and maybe that's what Herskovitz & Zwick are shooting for. We need stories with cohesion and a plausible flow - not constant, repetitive conflict.
The stalker idea kind of makes me ill, but I'm cautiously optimistic that it won't play out to a ridiculous end.