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Political soapiness at its best....
Season 1 was great, season 2 fantastic, and yet Shonda still managed to kick it up a notch in season 3. Filled with drama, suspense and complex characters. Yes they do talk a little fast, but honestly, it's basically the only downside, so get over it. Can't believe doesn't review this show weekly.
Low morals in high places
Government like a mediaeval court.
Lust for power, overcoming love everywhere. The writer must have had a really messy divorce. Not a single normal character who can survive more than two episodes. A series of Type A personalities fighting in a cock pit to rule the roost.
You're not meant to like any of the characters, each more wonderfully flawed than the last. You're meant to marvel at how low they will go.
Revenge is based on the Count of Monte Christo, redeeming an injustice. This is based on Suetonius's Life of the Caesars and Tiberius and Nero are coming up smelling of roses by comparison.
I don't see how anyone can end well, only on top. I just hope the writers don't sell out.
Its the best thing on television.
What did they say????
Okay, I've read all the reviews and so far have not read a thing about how fast these people talk. Now I get that this show is supposed to be fast and exciting and the people in it are super smart, but NOBODY talks this fast. and it would be okay at that speed if you could understand them. Half the time I reverse the show, turn off the sound and then READ what they have just said. This is annoying. It won't take away from the show to have them slow down just a little.moreless
So I've watched the first 2 seasons over the last 2 days and it's addictive. the first season is not so great but this show is getting better and better.
The concept of the show is original even if I'm not sure if the Olivia/Fitz love-story can go further because it's becoming boring the "i love you" but "we can't be together"...
THE WHITE HOUSE OPERATION
It is catchy but there is fast approaching a time that this serie will have to take a line on what Olivia Pope and others are going end up doing. It is frustrated to continually have sit and wonder what the President will do and IF the expectation is that Olivia is going to be the NEW first Lady then it will set breaking ground for new thinking in the political arena. It will also open the door for somewhat dysfunctional politics and those who so easily get corrupted. The President will have to pay in a major manner for his discretions. Until such time it remains a rivitting show!moreless
Better Late Than Never
I was introduced to this show by accident and was floored by three early revelations.
1. Despite the title, this wasn't another 'Revenge' or 'Dallas' or any of the other ridiculous one word titled prime time soaps
2. Not only is it not a soap, based on nothing by the original series promo, it isn't AT ALL what I thought it was
3. The very reason for me finding out about it, it's the first show in my lifetime, not produced by Bill Cosby, to have a black woman as a female lead.
That last detail was enough for me to dig up the first two seasons and give this show a legit shot. And now, here I am, all caught up after being WAY late to the party. I can say I both LOVE and HATE this show.
Between the statements and predictions that have been as wrong as Quinn is a to Cyrus is in love with catching up on these reviews with the knowledge of what comes later is great fun. As is the yoyo of emotions on various characters like FLOTUS is awesome! FLOTUS sucks! POTUS is a jerk! POTUS is romantic! The only single commonality that I can find seems to be my take seems to be opposite.
Which brings on why I hate this . Here we have a show with intelligent and beautiful women in positions of power who are often in situations when they can flaunt their mental and political muscles and routinely show just how much smarter they are than just about everybody around them. Because they're so good in these roles, it drives me nuts to see them acting like and being treated like disposable whores who are at the beck and call of wildly insecure men who inexplicably have some sort of Jedi power over them. When it comes to shows and movies, I don't have any real issue with misogyny. It's a human trait, it's not uncommon and portraying it seems fairly reasonable. But why Olivia, Mellie and Abby allow themselves to be treated by Fitz and David the way they I don't understand.
The Abby/David story line had me confused. Mostly because obvious Abby has some deep seeded issues with regard to domestic rightly so. She was however quick to dismiss those issues after a little time out where David is concerned. Flirting, silent booty calls and dreamy glances towards a guy, who as far as she knew at the time, beat the crap out of his ex. Seriously Abby (and by Abby I mean Shonda) WTF?!?!?
Say what you want about Mellie being cold and ruthless and uncaring, she is the PERFECT match for President Dbag. She knows the political game, has trouble separating her feelings from the job and when those lines blur, she occasionally overreaches and creates chaos for those around does that sound like? But for as much as a "politician's wife" as she is, I can't comprehend some of her reactions to down right cruel words and actions from Fitz. I know he's the President, but she's put up with A LOT.
Which brings me to the queen of . Routinely treated like a cheap whore, emotionally manipulated and strung along, having her heart broken at least 4 times that I can count and at just about every opportunity, will lay herself out for Fitz to do what Fitz does, be a complete POS, spout the stereotypical abuser excuse, "I love you too much, baby" lines and get what he at least what he wants at the moment because he's a complete child. I get him as a character and I'm okay with that. But Olivia falling for his game time and time and time still take exception to that and words can't describe how anti Olivia/Fitz I am and have been since since pretty much the pilot. But on to the there's SOOOO much good.
The good is pretty much everything else outside of the sexual relationships on this show. Olivia & Huck, Olivia & Harrison and Quinn & Huck are easily my favourite dynamics and I'd be at a loss to say I'll ever tires of scenes with these characters. Olivia and Huck, two fundamentally broken people for completely different reasons. Both devoutly loyal to the two steal episodes with their scenes. And speaking of blind loyalty, Harrison rocks! So appreciative of Olivia saving him that he doesn't question and won't judge anything she if he knows it's wrong. It's simple and it's fine by me. Huck and didn't see it coming, but this was absolutely the "I wish it would happen relationship" of the series. I'm still a little unsure about this whole Quinn having the same traits and addiction potential as Huck, but I think he can fix her of that. Or at least he'd better, cause I like those two, even if they're just friends.
Cyrus and James might be my second favourite gay couple ever after Argon and Nasir. Hell, those two pairs are right up their with my favourite couples regardless of orientation. But I think these two embody what's best about this show. It's not the "client of the week" or the grand conspiracies or latest the relationships between the characters. Sometimes they're flawed and sometimes they're unhealthy, but IMO that's what this show is all I dig it. But seriously, give Olivia a crumb of something positive and healthy in her personal please? No more ridiculous, self absorbed, manipulative, abusive, childish, lying, spying, assaulting men in her personal life. Is that really too much to ask?
Okay, back to catching up on the recaps. Laughing at the wrong predictions, smiling at the right interpretations and seeing if ever what I feel about various characters matches up with Lily's :)moreless
its nice to see a good show on the network channels as the best dramas are now featured on cable, Scandal is turning out to be a great show as the writers are able to weave out story lines that are connected to the main issue of the dirty side of politics, Kerry Washington is fantastic as the lead and deserves all the accolades for her perfomance.