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I thought it was well done in seasons 2 and 3, he was introduced as a stand up guy, who wasn’t afraid to stick with the things he loved just because he might face some bullying or harassment over it, he showed he accepted people for who they were regardless, and that he only judged people if they were assholes. Moving into season 3 he stuck with those established character traits, while also developing and becoming a bit more interesting, with having to do whatever it took to help his family out given their unfortunate financial situation, coming back to McKinley after his absence, his attempts to rekindle his relationship with Mercedes - I thought his character was really well handled in both seasons, and he was a real bright spot, as far as the characters of the show are concerned.
Then season 4 happened and that all went down the crapper - The writers changed his character so drastically and dumbed him down to such a point that you started to really get irritated, wondering why they didn’t just create a newbie character with those traits. And the whole point of this character regression and sabotage? So that he could…become the male-Brittany…so that in turn he could date her. Yep.
Well I guess the trade off paid off though, right? I mean, we lost the nice guy, with the interesting character development, who often provided a sweetness to offset a lot of the other character’s unpleasant bitterness, so that we could have…an unengaging, mostly disliked and rejected pairing that didn’t last a season, and which was dumped by season 5. And also Blam. Yay.
I was talking to a friend in these tumblr streets about why I feel Scandal is going wrong and if I have to say it in one way is that they can never have a Red Wedding.
For those who don’t know, on the show Game of Thrones, there was an event so trauma filled that viewer literally screamed, cried,…
And the beauty of GOT is that all the characters keep progressing. I don’t mean that they change foe the better necessarily but there is no stasis, there is organic character growth, there is no snowglobe effect, actions have consequences, and characters are effected by those consequences. It’s not a matter of Olivia being outted and OPA barely reacting. For the record, I watched Olivia’s monologue and had to laugh at the sheer hypocrisy of the writers. Olivia has a business? She has goals and dreams? Really? because OPA barely garners any significant character arcs. What are Olivia’s hopes and dreams? I sure don’t know because the writers don’t give her the opportunity to voice them. The irony was stunning because whatever Olivia accused Fitz of ignoring about her…the Scandal writers are doing the exact same. Whoops, went on a tangent there. Even though GRRM is sadomasochistic like SR, at least the characters make some semblance of sense…at least the integrity of a character’s core remains intact, unlike Scandal where each character makes an OOC decision every episode. GRRM pulls the rug out from under you via. plot, he pulls the rug out from under the viewers in a good way, by subverting audience expectations(ie. What happens to Ned). Whereas Scandal pulls the rug out from under you by writing characters in whatever fashion suits the plot that particular episode, it’s not borne out of anything organic, it’s…this character will do this because it will make for a shocking moment that will make twitter explode.
and that explains my initial reservation about that whole speech when everyone else was bouncing off the walls about it. Its like OPA hasnt been significant in so long you actually dont connect with her plight immediately. You have to go way into the memory bank for it to connect the dots which shouldn’t even be a problem but whatever.
Yeah because for Olivia and OPA, the writers would rather tell us rather than show us. It takes away from all the precious screen time spent convincing viewers why Jake is better than Fitz and why Mellie is better and way less of a whore than Olivia. Like honestly. Have we seen people whispering behind Olivia’s back? Have we seen a moment of Olivia looking disquieted by said whispering? How are they still paying rent for that lavish office space? How is Olivia paying OPA? Did she have to sell all those designer duds? Is that why she’s wearing fashionable snuggies all the time? So OPA has NFTG about Olivia possibly being Fitz’s mistress? Abby isn’t confronting Olivia and demanding an explanation? Huck can choke out Olivia and he won’t divulge the Olitz relationship to the rest of OPA to get back at Liv? But seriously…the content of that monologue rang so false to me because I bet if you asked SR or any of the Scandal writers what Olivia’s ultimate goal is, they couldn’t tell you. But they can tell us what Cy, Mellie and Fitz want in multiple ways via various monologues. Smdh.
And this is why, to a lot of people, Mellie becomes more relatable in some ways. Because the audience knows that she wants power and to keep it in any way possible. We’ve gotten two whole episodes on her angst, her struggle, her rape. Where is Olivia’s development? Why can’t we know what she wants in the overall picture of her life. Why can’t she have friends to share that with which is what OPA is meant to be.
And what made OPA a family in the first season is gone. Those friendships. Those dynamics. Those moments were you got a glimpse of who they are and how they worked together as a misfits. So you don’t really get why Olivia is so gung ho about staying with her Gladiators in comparison to the one actualized dream she has said she wanted which is Vermont with Fitz. She doesn’t even go to the office.
And why hasn’t Abby smacked her in the head yet. Why isn’t any of her foot soldiers questioning all they have done for the president? Why isn’t there bitterness?
That is why all these hash tag events mean nothing. There are no real relationships in Scandal. Just white noise.
Because honestly it’s fracking ridiculous that we still don’t know what Olivia ultimately desires. Hell, I’m still not sure if she even truly wants Fitz. I shake my head because there has been so little progression for Olivia from season one. Her character has been stagnant for three seasons. Kerry described Olivia as confused, unsure, vulnerable in season 1. Apparently Olivia has been confused for three whole seasons about what she wants. In real life, there are plenty of people who don’t know what they want for years but this is a TV show, and your lead character should have some sort of character growth. Your lead character should at some point recognize what we end game is and actively strive for that, she shouldn’t just be a conduit for other people’s hopes and dreams. She needs to be a fully realized character who has her own hopes, dreams and desires, who actually reacts when she is being verbally berated by those around her.
Olivia, despite her confusion in the first season, knew what she wanted. She wanted to run a bad ass business and earn money, power, and respect while helping people. Which is why her relationship with Fitz was the conflict because it blocked her goal from doing that.
Does she still even want that now? Do we know? Do we care? Not really. She’s just really passive right now and no main character should be passive. I could even relate if her dream was to get back OPA to it’s former glory. But it’s just like…we never get that from her not only from her words but her actions.
Like compare her to other main characters with dubious lives and I can tell you what they want in one word.
Walter White- Money
Nucky Thompson- Money
Tony Soprano- Understanding
Hannibal Lecter- Kill (the rude)
Ned Stark- Home
Tywin Lannister- Respect
Jessica Larson- Power and Respect
The problem with Olivia is I can’t sum up what she wants in one or two words. And while that might seem simplistic it is anything but because it brings stability to the character where they can branch out into deeper and more complex motivation. In the first season she had that. Now? Not so much.
I’m on my phone so I hope this doesn’t cut off Milton’s commentary. Yep, exactly, Milton. I used to think that what she ultimately wants is to fix people because she feels as though she can’t fix herself. I was so here for the season of Olivia+OPA at the end of season 2 because I understood why she left Fitz. I understood because it went back to the Olivia Pope we met in the pilot. “Olivia Pope, that’s who she is. She fixes people. And you need fixing”. The problem is that we don’t see Olivia actively trying to fix anybody at OPA in season 3. Wtf. Isn’t that why she left Fitz? Isn’t that who she is supposed to be at the core of her character? And yeah…I get that Rowan fucks with that, but besides trying to fix Abby up with Stephen in season 1, when do we ever get to see Olivia Pope trying to fix her gladiators in present day?
She doesn’t. She is barely in the office and she spent most of her time trying to help and chase after Jake.
Which is why her “I have to save my gladiators” rings hollow. First season? I could buy that. Second season? Meh. Third season?
If she were really trying to help her gladiators she would be there. She would be getting Huck some real help so he doesn’t kill the things he loves. She would be grooming and helping Harrison run the business. She would be cultivating her friendship with Abby. She would be mentoring Quinn.
What is she doing instead? Running Fitz’s campaign, shutting people out, and sharing wine with Jake.
Lol well see…for me…that’s all the invisible hand of the Scandal writers. I’ve completely lost my trust in them so I don’t see this as some sort of intentional thing on their part, I think they’ve just slowly but surely made Fitz the central lynchpin of the show rather than Olivia which is why she’s never at the office, running her own show. Nope, she’s now gotta be at the WH running Fitz’s show because it’s ostensibly become a show about the WH characters. The characters around Fitz get fleshed out; Cy, Mellie, Sally…while Harrison and Abby get nada.
See I could see that if Fitz were not being hollowed out and destroyed episode by episode, becoming less dynamic and less likable by the moment. Let’s be real, the focal point of this show now is Mellie. Don’t believe me?
She got a new love interest which fleshed out his character as well as added more background to her.
She stole Cyrus as Olivia and Fitz’s confident. You never see Cy interacting with Fitz and Olivia like he used to but is used to be her sounding board now as they scheme together.
Mellie has gotten over two episodes (and a rumored third episode coming up) that explains her past.
Most of the WH scenes involve her now. I think she got more screen time than Fitz last episode and he’s a fucking lead. lol
But I do agree that the focus should be totally on Olivia instead of the Grants. But unfortunately the show has other ideas.
It’s really a shame because this show has shifted and is steadily becoming unrecognizable.
It does not escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from your dreams are valid.