|President Fitzgerald Grant III is unimpressed.|
I’m not sure I’ve ever fallen out of love with a show so quickly. (contains Alias spoilers)
I am sick of this show. I honestly am. We’ll see where I am in February, but right now, I’m fed up with Shonda Rhimes and what she’s done to my beautiful Scandal. What’s even more infuriating is I feel like I’m the only one pissed off, the only one seeing what’s wrong. Fans of the show keep reacting the same way as ever “This show is awesome!!!! What a twist!!!” and I’m sitting here like, do people see what’s going on? Am I alone? Have I just become hyper-sensitized or are my complaints legitimate?
Cyrus really pissed me off this week and not in the I-love-to-hate-him way. He was completely torn up by what Sally did to Daniel Douglas. When he saw what had happened he became physically ill. He described it to Mellie as the worst thing they’ve ever done. He felt it made him the devil. It might have been decent character development except for one thing. Amanda Tanner. Cyrus was indirectly responsible for Daniel Douglas’s death, there is no doubt, but he was DIRECTLY responsible for the murder of a young, pregnant woman in season one. Have the writers totally forgotten this? Where was Cyrus’s crisis of conscience back then?
Rowan and Fitz finally got the face-off we’ve been building towards. It started off awesome. Rowan shouted at Fitz (who, frankly, deserves a good shouting at). Joe Morton delivered a hell of a performance. It was enough to make you stand up and cheer, as long as you weren’t listening to what was being said.
It wasn’t just the dialogue that was disturbing, it was the fact that we were supposed to be siding with Rowan, despite that what he was saying was disgusting and insupportable. Fitz was completely out of line in objectifying Olivia, but Rowan’s reaction to this was even worse. In the space of about ten seconds, Rowan takes complete credit for Olivia and everything she has accomplished and achieved. She’s his ‘creation.’ He is a “man” because he worked hard and became successful. Olivia has done the same, but she is still Rowan’s possession, presumably because of her sex. Disgusting. Rowan’s ideas about fathers and daughters are antiquated. “You disappoint me as a suitor for my daughter’s hand.” Sure, the language might have been ironic but Rowan meant what he said. He thinks of Olivia as his to give away. Once again I must ask: this show is seriously written by women?
If the Marie Wallace/Maya Pope storyline proves anything, it is that Shonda Rhimes most definitely owns the Alias box set. Seriously? Talk about a recycled plot. Mama Pope married Rowan in order to rob him of state secrets and sell him to the highest bidder? Olivia thought she was dead for decades while her father knew otherwise? Maya reappears, quickly ditches her daughter, and is set up to wreak all sorts of havoc? For God’s sake, her wardrobe is even similar to Irina Derevko’s. I half expected her to tell Olivia “Truth takes time” in their final phone conversation. Please take this some place different, writers. I’ve seen Alias. This is supposed to be Scandal.
Gold acting stars for Kate Burton, who knocked it out of the park as the wife done wrong/newly minted murderer/vice president. The opening scene was a standout. I really liked the cutting between her argument with Daniel Douglas and her actions immediately after the murder. I do have to complain about the camerawork, however. They were trying to mirror the spirit of the argument with creative camerawork, but when you have a performer as powerful as Kate Burton, you really don’t need any bells and whistles. It ended up distracting me and actually making me a bit dizzy.
Bits and Pieces:
The fact that Maya manipulated Rowan into killing over three hundred people just to destroy some evidence is extremely upsetting.
Quinn would not have looked great with highlights.
Mellie gets an award for ‘Best Passive Aggressive Threatening.’
I’m not thrilled with Jake taking over as Command, or I wasn’t, until his collusion with Fitz was revealed. I have my fingers crossed that they’re working in tandem to dismantle B6-13 from the inside.
Cyrus: “Hell hath no fury like a woman whose husband is screwing another man.”
Rowan: “You spoiled, entitled, ungrateful little brat!”
Huck: “You’re not a gladiator anymore.”
Leo: “You kill somebody, you call me.”
two out of four murder weapons (it would’ve been less without Kate Burton and Joe Morton)