10.21.2012

Black Girls' Night Out: Carter & Pope

Sorry for the lateness!

Okay, so Carter was a bit more involved in this episode.  She had a lot more scenes, she's still looking fabulous, and at the end of the show, she saves Reese...again.

What's notable about this episode in particular was that I believe on Thursday night, we saw a seed sown for future episodes which will expand on Carter.  Carter continues a dangerous investigation and though offered a way out, she chooses to press on, while also gathering info for Reese.

Here's the problem.  Though her number of scenes grew, they were boring.  She's sitting at her desk or walking down a hall talking to Reese on a self-phone.  In short, she's running errands and doing most to all of the less interesting legwork.

The best scene is the last where, Reese asks her to stay in the car.  She gets "bored", comes out, and save his ass...again.

It is also important to note that the glorious Taraji P. Henson finally made it to the cover of TV Guide to promote this show.


Right away, "certain" folks took objection to her appearance.  They didn't understand why she had to be glammed up and feminized for the cover, while the men pretty much appeared as they always have.

Black women, of course, weren't complaining.  In addition to her strength, unflinching moral compass, and professionalism, we want her beauty and femininity acknowledged.

One commenter even took issue with her side pose, saying there was a concerted effort to show off her jugs and her ass.

Mm-hm.

Meanwhile, Scandal just keeps getting more and more exciting.

This week's episode moved away from the juicy and scandalous and dabbled in espionage and national security.  Very interesting.

Meanwhile, the Olivia-Prez-Wifey triangle just got all the more interesting.

Olivia's not taking the Prez's late-night calls.  We all know by now how he reacts to rejection from Liv.  Meanwhile, Wifey was under the delusion that she had her husband back and that they could be a happy couple again.

Mm-hm.

Then why was he trying to sex Olivia up against a tree in the presence of two Secret Service agents?  Which, by the way, was creepier than it was sexy.  First the Prez had her "brought" to him.  He yells at her and tries to show his dominance, all because she was talking to her ex, a sexy (black) Democrat Senator.  He then tries to screw her brains out against a tree and she shoves him off and angrily reminds him she's not his.

Wifey finds out and snaps.  She feels it's time for her to be President, and she demands her husband either get over Liv or forget about being re-elected.

The show ends with Abby the Red in bed with the ex-District Attorney, who's finally figured out that Quinna actually is innocent and that what happened to her ex and his six coworkers was a lot bigger than a lover's quarrel.

So what did y'all think?


5 comments:

  1. Re: Carter on "Person of Interest"

    I don't think that her scenes were boring. Carter's detective skills were used in both cases, and it showed that she's a great investigator and smart. Reese *does* get most of the action scenes, but that is the nature of "Person of Interest" because he is the (super)hero.

    The basic concept sets it up as Reese being the action character with the dazzling scenes, Finch being the computer genius, Carter being the investigator & moral compass with brief action scenes, and Fusco being the goofball / grunt work team member.

    Of course, I *want* Carter's scenes to increase, and I found her investigation of the CIA / shady government to be the most interesting thing about the episode. I hope that the writers continue to incorporate her search throughout Season 2 since the conspiracy surrounding the machine is central to the show.

    Re: Pope on "Scandal"

    Olivia and Fitz have amazing chemistry. I actually like Mellie because of the intensity that she brings to the show.

    However, I am apprehensive about how long the writers can keep Olivia and Fitz "together but not really together" without it becoming extremely repetitive.

    This show may be a soapy political drama, but there's no way that the President will divorce Mellie while in office.

    The weak spot of SCANDAL is that I don't find the characters at her firm to be interesting. The White House staff and drama is much more intriguing.

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    1. I don't think that her scenes were boring. Carter's detective skills were used in both cases, and it showed that she's a great investigator and smart.

      Yes but they could do more with those scenes. She's investigating without investigating; she can't always be at her desk or on the phone. If she's going to do legwork, then let her do actual legwork. I want to see her talking to people, breaking into places, hacking into someone's else computer - stuff like that.

      However, I am apprehensive about how long the writers can keep Olivia and Fitz "together but not really together" without it becoming extremely repetitive.

      Right there with you? I feel like every single episode - both in the 1st and 2nd season - has the back and forth between them and it's getting old. Either get together or break up already.

      The weak spot of SCANDAL is that I don't find the characters at her firm to be interesting. The White House staff and drama is much more intriguing.

      Again...right there with you. Quinn serves no purpose, Abby the Red is entertaining but not fleshed out (and the actress is awesome), Harrison might as well not be there, and Huck seems to be doing all the work. The writers have GOT to fix this and quick.

      And yes, the White House staff are much more fascinating. Cyrus is my favorite.

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    2. "I want to see her talking to people, breaking into places, hacking into someone's else computer"

      I understand what you are saying. Carter did a lot of leg work in Episode 2 of Season 2 in Texas. However, breaking into places and hacking computers would be out of character for her because those are illegal and highly unethical activities. Also, the evidence she gathered would not be admissable in court.

      Carter *IS* breaking the law by helping Reese and Finch, who are vigilantes, but she's still supposed to be the show's ethical and moral character. If she started hacking computers - which really is Finch's role on the show - and breaking into buildings illegally - which is Reese's role on the show - then the character's premise completely changes.

      If the show lasts as long as Season 4 or 5 I could rationalize the change or evolution, but Carter still is an officer of the law - albeit one who is helping vigilantes.

      The ongoing issue / problem is that Joss Carter is the female lead character of PERSON OF INTEREST, but she still is secondary to Reese and Finch due to the show's concept. My hope is that her investigation into the CIA, NSA, and other government conspiracy - which is central to the show - enhances her role and screentime with SUBSTANCE. I am still waiting for her background to be fleshed out like the executive producers have promised.

      Re: SCANDAL

      I really don't see a conceiveable way for Olivia and Fitz to get together any time soon. The main sticking point is that Fitz is President of the USA, and the public would not accept a President dumping his wife for a mistress. He threatened to resign in Season 1, but we know that won't happen.

      The only other way for them to become a couple is for Olivia to become his full-time mistress until he finishes his Presidency. I would NOT want to see this occur. Mellie may be awful, but an affair is still an affair.

      The problem is that the concept of SCANDAL is limited when it concerns Olivia's personal life. If she completely ignores Fitz and starts dating other men, then why would the show need to focus on Fitz and his staff members? It's not like Olivia and Fitz work together every day. As such, the writers have to create reasons for the two to interact. At a certain point, it is repetitive.

      Do you think that it would be better if Olivia shut down her firm and started working on staff at the White House as maybe the Press Secretary or the Communications Director? That would be an organic way for them to interact AND get rid of her firm's staff members.

      However, the boss-employee aspect would arise, and Fitz truly would be in control of Olivia's life.

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    3. Carter and Reese don't always work the same case, as evidenced by this episode. Carter helps Reese with intel and resources on his projects, but she's also a cop in her own right and technically has her own cases/missions to complete, regardless of Reese and Finch.

      I hope the writers remember this, because I hate to think that this successful, independent career woman's life is suddenly all about helping Reese.

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    4. Understood, and that would be great to see, but the show's concept focuses on the Person of Interest / case per week. I doubt that the writers will focus on a "regular" homicide because of screen time - juggling two murder / attempted murder cases per episode plus dealing with the overall government conspiracy, police corruption, and background of the characters.

      The only way I see that happening is if the "regular" homicide case just so happens to correlate to the "person of interest" determined by the machine. It basically comes down to the show's concept and formula. For the purpose of this show, Carter's focus pretty much *is* helping out with the POI cases, although she may mention working her on-the-book cases.

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