Ladies, ladies, ladies. Some of you may have wandered into Shondaland thinking that they were going to break new ground, it was going to be a new and exciting type of show. Beautiful Kerry Washington in the lead! Heretofore washed-up-90s-film-star but still-very-handsome-white-guy-with-great-hair as her co-star! Smart woman in charge! Political intrigue! “Color-blind” casting!
But then, sadly, we see that the one hallmark of our beloved Shonda is her ability to rip defeat from the jaws of victory. I have seen this movie before (GA) and I have suffered the slings and arrows of remaining with it. Seasons 3.5 to 5 were dark days indeed.
Part of what cratered GA in those days was an inability to let her lead grow and change, to mature. To remain a petulant, selfish young woman in the face of an unusual and (at first) all-consuming love. I’ve read that it wasn’t until Rhimes had the chance to re-watch the early seasons during the writers’ strike of S5 before she realized what she had wrought.
We will have no such luxury with Scandal. Though maybe someone can convince her to watch those first roughly 20 episodes, to understand again why we were attracted to Fitz, to Olivia, even to Huck and Quinn, to see that they had, at one time, admirable attributes despite some questionable actions. The characters she has drawn are now merely CARICATURES of human beings. There is not one believable flesh-and-blood character left in this lot. Not to mention the B613 nonsense has no logical conclusion because it was over-the-top insanity from the start.
That said, I don’t have the time nor the inclination to point out the obvious failings of this particular episode, but I will go on record that I needed a Silkwood-bath after nearly watching that Quinn/Huck (Quick?) sex. That was an abomination.”
Commenter over at The Vulture recap of Scandal, Flesh and Blood, episode 317.
This comment is everything. Crine at the Silkwood bath reference.
Ha! That was hilarious!
It really is. Everyone knows Shonda’s M.O. at this point: snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Scandal could have been great. She had all the tools. Instead, she chose to go overboard for no reason. Now, the only remedy is to say season 3 was all a bad dream.
She’s such a hack.
Bless this recap!
If SR stays true to her patterns, Olivia will continue to catch hell and have parental issues. But, the band-aid on all Shondaland shows seems to be a house gets built and the main OTP go through all kind of fuckshit then they end up in the house no one gives a shit.
I don’t agree that Tony was “washed up”, but I do agree with much of the rest of this commentary.
Tony was never washed up.
Tony Goldwyn was never a “washed up” actor. He was always doing stuff he liked to do. Hollywood’s idea of successful is not his.