10.05.2014

Black Girls' Night Out: Olivia Pope

Fine.  I cave.

Initially I was going to do something a little different with Season 4, like an open thread each week because I was not looking forward to watching/recapping this show.  To an extent, I'm still not but my fellow TBGC writers fled at the very thought of doing this, so here I am.

Then I got to remembering that Olivia Pope was a founding pillar of the Black Girls' Night Out series (*sniff*...RIP Carter) and I started to get all nostalgic.

Let's jump right into the last two weeks with a confession: I miss Harrison Wright.  I'm missing Harrison Wright the I miss Preston Burke every time I watch past Season 3 of Grey's Anatomy.  I feel like with the "reset button" hit, this would've been a perfect season for Harrison to shine.  A part of me hopes Columbus Short and Shonda Rhimes can come to the same deal Jonathan Rhys-Meyers landed when he took the role of Dracula.  Because in the premiere, when a grieving Olivia reminds herself that Harrison would ask if they were gladiators or bitches, all I could think was, "Jesus...we need him back.  Bring him back.  Cut his salary, slap on an ankle monitor, do whatever you have to just to get him to behave, but bring him back.  We don't need you to find another young, black lawyer.  We need the original."

I also didn't like how the premiere began with Jake sticking his fingers in Olivia's panties.  Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of sexy Black women on TV and in film being desired and pursued, but I'm getting sick of Jake and Fitz.  Friggin' Daniel Henney or Jay Hernandez or Rick Mora needs to join the damn cast ASAP.

I like how Quinn has calmed down and become the new Abby, but with Huck's skills.  I like that actress Katie Lowes continues to fill out and look like a fabulous grown woman.  I'm digging Guillermo Diaz as always, and I'm wondering why he isn't starring in more films on the side.  This one hell of an actor, especially in the moments where Huck's humor peek through his "damaged" demeanor.

And I continue like Darby Stanchfield as Abby; I think they were lucky to land this actress and she's been woefully underused for the most part.  While I do want to see more of her and learn more about Abby, I do not need this to be "her" season.  See, I've noticed that when a show has a singular or dual white lead(s) - think Buffy, Angel, Alias, Xena, Damages, The X-Files, etc. - the show does not deviate from the white leads.  Seemingly on pain of death, writers will spend year after year after year focusing on white leads.  But make the lead(s) of color and suddenly the writers get a strange form of ADD which drives them to focus on the nearest white character.

#FuckItMellie remains awesome, of course; I like this unexpected version of Mellie, and when the Secret Service says she's "ready for her chips" and Fitz has to reach for a stash of potato chips, I laughed out loud.  I think her grief is excellent commentary; we live in a society where parents can lose children, mothers can lose children they've borne in their own wombs...we just tell them to suck it up and get back to work.  News flash, people: burying your own children is unnatural.  It does not conform to the natural order of things.  Children are supposed to bury their parents, never the other way around.  So if a parent - especially a mother who bore the child herself - has a breakdown, decides to live in her pajamas and eat fried foods, leave her the fuck be!

I don't like how bitter, angry, vindictive Cyrus is using all-out blackmail to get Liv to work for the White House.  If I were Liv, that would be my first sign to take my ass back to the island, or at least call Daddy and tell him to have another chat with Cyrus about how things are really supposed to work.  We don't need Liv working for the White House; I thought that was the whole point of Shonda's "reset button".  You don't reset your phone or computer to make it do what it's already doing; you reset shit so something new will happen.  I'm liking broken, grieving Cyrus; but I hope it doesn't make him stupid enough to start screwing that sex worker who's been stalking him.  Like, I hope he's still "Cy", staying 2-3 steps ahead of his fellow politicians.

Did I miss anyone?  Oh, yeah...Fitz.  *yawn*  Nice State of the Union speech, bruh.  Or it would've been had it not been Olivia's idea.  I mean, seriously...is there anything you can do without Cyrus, Liv, or Mellie to think it up for you first????

What did y'all think?

3 comments:

  1. "See, I've noticed that when a show has a singular or dual white lead(s) - think Buffy, Angel, Alias, Xena, Damages, The X-Files, etc. - the show does not deviate from the white leads. Seemingly on pain of death, writers will spend year after year after year focusing on white leads. But make the lead(s) of color and suddenly the writers get a strange form of ADD which drives them to focus on the nearest white character."

    *Claps* This^^^^
    Since season 3 Olivia has been pushed to the background. The story should always go back to the main character and Olivia Pope should be the focus. And why is everyone else allowed to have a voice and vent but Olivia is constantly silent.

    Scandal so far has been meh. I miss Harrison. I need for Jake to die. Abby I can take or leave. Huck I haven't been here for since he choked Olivia. Quinn..I was never here for. Cyrus...bye.

    Mellie.....I don't care about her pain. Mellie is the embodiment of your commentary. Notice how many story lines revolve around her and how much screen time she gets, with none of it going full circle to Olivia. Nothing people love more the the great white hope/best victim ever.

    My boo Fitz ... I want the WH to be more in the background, I don't want Olivia there.

    I want OPA, bring back Stephen, cases of the week, Olivia not taking everyones crap.

    I just want the 3 o's back :Olivia Pope, OPA and Olitz.

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    1. Scandal so far has been meh.

      It's becoming one hell of a snorefest.

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    2. There's only so many variations of frosting you can put on a shit cupcake.

      Delete

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