1.18.2013

Black Girls' Night Out: Olivia Pope

Oh...snap.

Just when I think I already know everything I need to know about what happened leading up to the presidency, Shonda Rhimes says, "Oh, yeah?"

When I think that there's no twist the writers can bring to the Liv/Prez romance drama, Rhimes says, "You sure about that?" (more on that later)

And just when I'm absolutely certain Cyrus can't get any more bad-ass, Rhimes continues to put some of THE best, brutally honest lines ("...and Sally disappears forever into that political black hole known as the vice presidency.").

Oh...shit.

What is Edison thinking?  Why is he asking Liv to marry him?  To show up the president?  To take out the Republicans?  Are we truly to believe that a man that cute, that charming, that wealthy and that powerful will really pursue a woman who gives him the cold shoulder, no sex, and is constantly running off to take care of some other man?

A divorce?  Is the Prez crazy?  No, really - is he crazy?  Does he truly believe Mellie's just going to roll over and take that one?

And back to Liv and the Prez. This is the second time we've seen him try to just take what he wants and I'm not feeling it. When he got drunk and tried to have sex with her in the elevator against her will (and got busted by Mellie), I flashed back to the episode where he tried to bang her up against a tree in front of two Secret Service members.

If this is Rhimes setting us up for the break up to end all break ups, that's fine. But if this her version of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, I'm not interested.

They need to cool it with the faux rape attempts. It sends mixed signals to the audience. You get guys wondering if this is really want women fantasize about and if so, then "no" must not really mean "no".

Also, I need Abby the Red, Huck, and Harrison to stop being convenient sidekicks.  And I see they've finally noticed the utter uselessness of Quinn.

Now...without much further ado, let's rewatch, shall we?



PS - Hollis Doyle is the man. Hollis is one of the greatest-written TV villain of all times.

9 comments:

  1. I never watched Scandal because I never liked the idea of Liv banging the Prez. That never sat well with me.

    Then this:

    They need to cool it with the faux rape attempts. It sends mixed signals to the audience. You get guys wondering if this is really want women fantasize about and if so, then "no" must not really mean "no".

    Ain't buying it. Don't want it, don't wanna rent it, ain't puttin' it on layaway and don't want it for credits on an EBT card. They can keep that ish cause I want no parts of it. So no, no Scandal for me and I don't care how good it's supposed to be.

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    1. You're actually missing out on some good stuff. I don't usually say that about these shows, but this one...yeah.

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    2. "I never watched Scandal because I never liked the idea of Liv banging the Prez. That never sat well with me."

      Yea, same with me. I read the TBGC reviews, and I see my FB and Twitter peeps flip the hell out every Thursday when it airs, but....I can't get past that Olivia's the Presidential Side-Piece. I understand the importance of character flaws and all, but why she gotta be a side-piece?! *fights the air Fantasia-style*

      I might tune in if (IF!) this whole mistress plot-line gets put to bed, no pun intended, but I'm not feeling those pseudo-rape bits either. =/

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    3. I watch "Scandal" mostly because I like to support black actresses in projects in which they are integral to the plot.

      However, the creepy quasi-rape attempts between Fitz and Olivia turn me off. The elevator scene was skeevy and made me feel uncomfortable as a viewer. Honestly, without trying to separate the races of the two, it could have been a scene showing the master trying to force himself onto his slave. The Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemmings comment in a previous episode seemed apt during this scene. Their sex scenes are starting to play out like fantasy scenes.

      I have no problem with Olivia being a flawed character who made mistakes in the past, but watching her still kissing the married Fitz in present day scenes still is disappointing.

      Also, I think that the Olivia & Fitz back-and-forth is going to get more melodramatic and stale by the beginning of Season 3. The shift of the show away from Olivia being a fixer with her own firm's cases to focusing mostly on The White House issues is not good. Why has there been so much less focus on her firm? The supporting characters should be fleshed out, but they are becoming more marginalized outside of how they affect Olivia's relationship with Fitz.

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    4. The shift of the show away from Olivia being a fixer with her own firm's cases to focusing mostly on The White House issues is not good. Why has there been so much less focus on her firm?

      I forgive it this once because the Prez got shot. But...what about when he recuperates? I hope the writers don't keep the focus on the White House. They need to get back Liv's firm and her own cases.

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  2. This will be my second time watching Scandal. I'm between a rock and a hard place with this as I also watch Beyond Scared Straight at the same time *smh *

    Scandal is beginning to grow on me. I admit, I was bothered by the fact that because of what Kerry Washington's character is portrayed as.Though in the natural, I would rather see her be in a meaningful TV relationship, I'm trying not to let reality get in the way of fiction.I also see myself supporting more Black women leads on TV.

    I looked at some of it last night and I thought that Pandora's box was going opened with Mellie. Initially, I thought that she was going to intrepret the faux rape as them slobbering on each other.This part troubled me a little as well. I was thinking it would have been the beginning of the end of their union and I cringed at the part because I didn't want it to seem that they had as Prez Grant said a Sally Hemmings-Thomas Jefferson kind of union.That was my semi complaint that I had with Meagan Goods character on the first episode of Deception. It just seemed that her late best friend and some of family viewed her as the girl that banged Julian or is going to bang Julian. I just wouldnt want either of these shows to be about Black women being banged(Arghh!! That sounds so informal and unclassy) .The idea of them being fantasized as stereotypical bed warmers is a potential turnoff for me.

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  3. I started watching Scandal because of the WoC lead character (and I admit, Shonda Rhimes got the best of my curiosity), and I am currently in the beginning stages of season 2. I am not feeling the Fitz-Liv relationship, either (I find that Fitz is becoming more irritating and petulant as the show goes on....and there was that comment he made about Olivia wanting to "play the race card" when she brought up the Hemmings-Jefferson union.....um, really Prez?...yeah, totally not feeling this relationship. And I'm tired of WoC leads on tv always being paired with white men....and incredibly boring, annoying white men, at that). I was hoping for a sexy, brilliant MoC to sweep Olivia off her feet and give the Fitz romantic angle a rest, once and for all. So, I was happy when Edison showed up, but that doesn't seem to work out the way I was hoping it would. I do love me some Huck, though and his complete loyalty to Olivia. Also, I hope we see more of Brenda Song, and I REALLY hope Shonda Rhimes does not consider a possible Quinn-Harrison romantic relationship, ever.

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    1. Siah, Shonda Rhimes has stated that Olivia and Fitz are the endgame couple.

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    2. I hope Shonda changes her mind. I really do. Cause I'm not feeling Olitz right now.

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