Scandal: The Complete First Season
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From the creator of GREY'S ANATOMY and PRIVATE PRACTICE comes a captivating saga of illicit relationships, unchecked power and shocking political intrigue. Go behind the closed doors of Washington D.C.'s elite and watch as the plot unfolds in SCANDAL: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON. When trouble rears its ugly head -- headline-making, life-ruining trouble -- there's only one person to call: the legendary Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). With her steadfast rule of always trusting her gut, Olivia leads an expert team of crisis management consultants skilled at making even the most sordid, salacious scandals disappear. But as these self-proclaimed "gladiators in suits" begin to reveal the cracks in their armor, will the masters of damage control be able to control the damage in their own personal lives? Relive every episode of this exciting political thriller, plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features, and get your fix of the ultimate "fixer."
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At first glance this finely crafted series appears to be a standard issue who done it with the expected ups and down and cliff hangers that all get neatly tied up at the end of each episode. But look deeper. The words matter and so much more is being communicated. This show shoots past you at break neck speed which successfully conveys the urgency of the high stakes situations Pope and Associates is hired to fix. In counterpoint the relationship between the President, his administration and Olivia Pope unfolds over the seven episodes. Not all is as it seems. The more you get the know each of the characters the more you start to speculate about their actions. What is clever is how the writers sew the seeds for the next episode in the one preceding it and you get several "ah ha" moments as the story unfolds.
I cannot say enough about the fine ensemble of actors hired to bring this series to life. Much has been written about the dynamic between Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn. These two actors deserve every accolade they are receiving in their portrayals of Olivia and Fitz. With a touch, a glance, even in how this couple stands in silent proximity to each other these two skilled actors convey the fire of a forbidden love, briefly consummated and now lost. Our lovers are separated by circumstances, duty and by those closest to them each of whom have their own agendas. Like other fans of this new series I am looking forward to watching Washington and Goldwyn next season negotiate the emotional minefield they find themselves in.
That said there is more, much more however to look forward to in season two. Shonda Rhimes has created a collection of rich and complex personalities in this series that you want to know about and whose stories are guarantee to provide for a stimulating evening of TV watching as they unfold.
It has been a long time since I have mourned the end of a television season and have anxiously awaited the start of the new one in the fall. Re-watching this series on disk with its promised extras will help ease the pain while I wait.
Struggled through 1 1/2 episodes and just couldn't take it anymore.
Shonda is trying to be Sorkin..and doesn't have the depth! This is NOT the West Wing. I will avoid further eps...shame, cos initially it did show a glimmer of promise.
I got it again today because of the recent Emmy nomination.
Now I see why I didn't follow through before: Two things stand out (or three): 'Olivia' is fine up to a point; but she (and her director) insist on having her curl her lip when she's being emphatic like a rabid dog. It doesn't work. It's not necessary and lowers her emotional I.Q. -- it's a loss - than - top model for young women. She could bemore mature, as a woman who presents herself also as so sure of herself and who inspires her team to such a degree as she seems to do.
-- The writing is a bit hackneyed and flat; the characters present themselves as stock characters to some degree, rather than as distinct individuals. (I have just finished binge - watching Breaking Bad, which has such good writing (layered -- camp and original and amusing and nuanced) and good actors who couldn't be anyone else (in Scandal each actor could be replaced by a slew of any other actors) and whom you had a deep connection with.
-- As a child psychotherapist -- and as an empathetic viewer -- it is unforgivable to use an obviously pained, crying one year-old. One - year olds cannot be actors so if you as director want to show a small child fearful and sad you have to trigger those emotions in a real child. The child is traumatized; this experience will stay with her all her life, and turn her development in a skewed direction. Again, it is unforgivable for any film company, and for every actor and crewmember to participate in the misuse of a baby like this. Parents should not lend their children to what amounts to torture in exchange for money and they should not be tempted by unscrupulous film directors just to get an emotional response from the audience. Parents have no right to do so.
The child is the only one there who is not acting.
Audiences should not overlook the traumatization of young children in dramas. They should contact the filmmakers and tell them they refuse to pay money to films in which the filmmakers betray their trust. These films should be boycotted. (In fact, the director of this first season,; the one who encourages 'Olivia' to curl her lip like an angry animal, as well as being willing to hurt a child, must have a vision of human beings that is cold and careless.)
(Just thinking about the effect on the audience, how can I continue to watch this evolving story with enjoyment and trust in it if I think another small child is going to be hurt before our eyes?)
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