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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Update after watching the entire season - I struggled to watch the remaining episodes and if anything it got worse. How this show gets the review it does is baffling. Over the top acting and poor writing.
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.