DVD Review: Scandal Season One
Image is everything, and if you have a potential problem with yours, then Olivia Pope is the person to see. Pope and her tam of, shall we call them ‘legal investigators,’ specialise in fixing problems, proving innocence or making the problem go away.
Each episode the team takes on a new client, from a rich CEO whose playboy son has got into some trouble, a Latin American dictator or even the airline pilots union. If you can afford Pope and her team, then she’ll keep you squeaky clean.
Of course coming from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, the show is all about image as opposed to serious drama, though there is certainly plenty of drama.
The season starts off great, a little intrigue and a lot of drama. We get to meet the team and see what they do. It sets itself up for a pretty decent season, but then things start to go in the wrong direction.
The show is based around the powerhouse that is Olivia Pope. No one messes with Pope. No one can out smart Pope. No one can even come close to Pope. Pope is the ultimate strong woman role model, and it’s a great set up for a show.
But then the (very married with kids) president looks at her with his doleful eyes and she just melts into his arms. This apparently is the romantic part of the show. That women are helpless creatures who desperately need a man to make them happy, secure and fulfilled.
What’s worse is that with only seven episodes to play with in season one, an entire episode late in the season is devoted entirely to the back story of Pope’s relationship with the now President. It’s a story that we’ve already been told through hints and tidbits through the previous five episodes. if anything it just needed about 5 minutes tie everything together for a dumb audience to understand. But no, we get a whole episode wasted.
After that the season ends with a bit of a twist and the promise of more high stakes drama next season.
For me, Scandal is a show full of promise, but is marred by the show’s intent on focusing on an illicit affair that does nothing for the general story-line or the show as a whole. It has enough promise however to be worth watching, and just enough of a set up for season two to be willing to give it another shot.
Rating: M Violence and sexual references.