4.04.2015

Black Girls' Night Out: Olivia Pope (#ScandalABC)

Shonda Rhimes...boo...my girl...we need to talk.

The past two weeks' episodes are attempting to revive two things many Scandal viewers have repeatedly stated we do care for: B613 and Olitz.  Last week showed us Olitz lives.  This week showed us B613 is still a "thing".

Some critics theorize that this upcoming arc is an attempt to resolve the B613 storyline once and for all.  The irony is...none of us care.  It doesn't need to be finished, resolved, or closed.  It just needs to be buried and forgotten.  Rowan Pope goes into the good night, and we never hear about his killer agents ever again - period.

But no, no...David Rosen's got his white hat back on, Diego Munoz/Huck Finn wants to go home, and Shonda Rhimes has this inexplicable need to make Rowan Pope and Jake Ballard relevant again...despite the fact fans have consistently and repeatedly asked that we drop this.

Don't get me wrong; I'd like to see Guillermo Diaz's role expand on Scandal and Joe Morton is a fine actor.  But Huck is supposedly a master hacker worth billions of dollars.  Why hasn't he bought a new identity (and an island) and sauntered off into the sunset with his family?  And is no one else offering Joe Morton a paycheck, especially now that we're allegedly entering a possible second Golden Age of Black people on TV?

In the meantime, we finally meet a relative of Mellie's family, her Southern half-sister Harmony whose fashion sense I happen to like, thank you very much...but whom Mellie (real name Melody, mind you) ridicules at every turn.  Harmony has to be re-vetted because now that Mellie's "the Candidate" and Fitz is "the First Lady" (for her senatorial run, that is), things are different.  People will actually pay closer attention to her family this time around.  The Melody Mellie/Harmony dynamic is rocky and bitter, and Cyrus finds it amusing as all get out because he does not want Mellie to get elected for, well, anything.  And while her storyline was okay-ish, it got me wondering...what does it have to do with the other?

But anyways...remember Sue?  Sue who wanted to publish a tell-all book about sex, Sue whose throat got slit by Huck because he felt she was a threat to David Rosen's career?  Her promiscuity inspired Liv to start picking up strangers in bars, namely this guy.

This, my dear ladies, is actor Brian J. White.  He plays Franklin Russell, the new guy Liv's been sleeping with.  I've told myself not to get attached; heavens forbid Liv get to frolic with a fine brown man her own age.  I expect this ship to sink any moment now, especially since this week's episode ended with him showing up at her door with friggin' Daddy Pope at his side.

*sigh*

Two guesses: either he's an ex-B613 agent or he's Daddy's hostage.  Either way, it's a fail.

I mean...they couldn't just make him the new Harrison????

7 comments:

  1. Why couldn't he be just be a bruh interested in Olivia? Why couldn't he be the new Harrison who is interested in reviving OPA and being with Olivia?

    Why is this show still on?

    I remember back in S2 and part of S3 when all my of timeline was rife with Scandal commentary about the whodunit and whatdafuqs and forreals for DAYS. Now it's like the show isn't even on anymore, because no one on my timeline is talking about it. Not one word. Nothing. No live tweeting, no live posting, no nothing. Almost dead silence.

    Death knells, perhaps.

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    1. Death knells indeed. The show has jumped the shark, the fat lady has sung, and if "Shondaland" wasn't attached to this train wreck, it would be over.

      The only person anyone can talk about positively now is Mellie and the white girls wanna know when she's getting her own spin-off. $20 says that's where things are headed anyway.

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    2. " Why couldn't he be just a bruh be interested in Olivia..?"

      I ask the same question.For once I just wanted Olivia to have a stable ..meaningful relationship..especially with a hot brother like Brian. I guess in Shondaland, that can't happen.

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  2. I was soooo disappointed when Brian wasn't cast as her new love interest. My god..Brian is fine and he would have been great in a Harrison-esque role,but I agree, if he's with Daddy Pope I envision that 1) maybe's a distraction for Jake( which at this point has become no good) 2) he's working for Daddy Pope. With 3 ,I'm hoping that it's not the case,but I'm not counting on that.I would like to see a little more about Huck. I want to learn more about his family.

    I'm doing my best not to go to sleep on Scandal,but I literally have. I agree, I think that the B-613 have drove Shonda nuts and now it's her everything and it's ruining the show. I was talking with some friends and I thought that Scandal is losing it's luster

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  3. I'm giving Shonda and her writers a massive side-eye, you have a black female lead, why are all the feminist perspectives from white women in particular a white woman who willingly gave up her career and now wants to president.

    Also 18 episodes and we've had 4 focus on Olivia.... ??? And have you noticed they are lifting scenes straight from greys anatomy and reusing story lines. How many times can you try and shut down b shit 13?

    I've come to the conclusion that maybe Scandal wasn't as good as I thought it was and it is now catering to an audience full of Mellies, who may have turned on them because of the lawn chair episode.

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    1. b shit 13

      *dies*

      I've come to the conclusion that maybe Scandal wasn't as good as I thought it was

      If you hop onto Netflix and relive seasons 1 & 2, you'll see that it was. It really was. But then Shonda got carried away with B613 and ruined it. She's already admitted on multiple occasions to being obsessed, so much that she thought about giving them their own show. One article says she's apologized for season 3 and it appears to want to wrap up this storyline, but I think she's using the wrap up as an excuse to try to win viewers over one more time, and then possibly get them a spin-off. She's still attached to that lapse in judgment, even though it's ruining her show.

      And have you noticed they are lifting scenes straight from greys anatomy and reusing story lines.

      Writers have gotten clingy over the past decade. There was a time when awesome guest characters came and went - the 90s was the Golden Age of that ish. You brought on a new boyfriend/girlfriend/nemesis/ally whatever who was awesome, but then after their story arc finished, you let them go. It gave you room to introduce new people, new situations, new relationship dynamics, and that's how you not only kept a show on for several years, but each season was successful.

      Today's writers don't do that. It's like if a single guest character gets a squee from the fangirls, they automatically sign that actor on full-time and start reworking entire storylines to keep them on. Jake Ballard is the best example of this. Why is he still on the show? They clearly don't know what to do with him anymore!!!

      Today's writers also obsess over one aspect of the show. Scandal has paid so much attention to the White House cast that OPA is now filled with one-dimensional nobodies who don't say or do anything new anymore. Huck looks and says the same thing in every episodes. Same with Quinn and Abby. Hell, same with Olivia. Does anyone else think Kerry Washington is starting to look bored on her own show? She's already signed up for two new films; it's like she's ready to go!

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  4. She's already admitted on multiple occasions to being obsessed, so much that she thought about giving them their own show. One article says she's apologized for season 3 and it appears to want to wrap up this storyline, but I think she's using the wrap up as an excuse to try to win viewers over one more time, and then possibly get them a spin-off. She's still attached to that lapse in judgment, even though it's ruining her show.

    *cue massive eye roll and exasperated sigh*

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