Been binge watching the first two seasons of ABC’s Scandal the last few days. I’d desribe it as West Wing + 90210/Melrose Place.
Likes: A strong female character, nah, a strong black female character who is a believable leader, which is pretty fucking awesome! I think the character would have been hard to believe before Michelle Obama. Also like the Huck character, though that’s on much more familiar ground. Also like, at least for the first half of Season 1, is the behind-the-scene look at DC public relation lawyering, which is novel and interesting.
But by the end of Season 1, and definitely all of Season 2, it starts tanking, fast. The incredulous writing has the PR firm out-spying the CIA, which is unbelievable. And the shitty soap opera-like focus on messy romantic relationships and sex and betrayal is just overly gloppy, turning a taught drama with believable character to messy Melrose Place level of betrayal and globby sob stories with no respect to the intelligence of the audience. Also a major turnoff: piss poor writing that just stretches out the series to milk the early success.
I pushed to finished Season 2 just so I can wrap up and at this point I swear I’d never watch this shit again.