I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU RE our daughters. I don't look to television to teach my children lessons, now while they're little or as they grow up. But since I AM teaching their worth, it's not wrong that I want to see other women out there valuing themselves and refusing to take the constant cutting down and disparagement of their character through lowbrow namecalling. Women, fictional and otherwise, can do better than that, particularly when the fictional women are written by real people.
What frustrates me is that *I* am not the one saying that Mellie is the heart of the show. This show is and should be about Olivie Pope the Fixer who solves problems. If it's become about anything other than that, and let's get real, it totally has, 1) I didn't do it and 2) Shonda Rhimes deserves the vitriol.
As to me liking Olitz in the beginning, that's sort of half true? Those two have off the charts chemistry. That's undeniable. But the problem is that as long as she's a mistress and we only ever get to see that chemistry (i.e. sex on the President's desk) we can't really judge their relationship. Relationships are more than sex, you know?
It's the dysfunction, the way he spouts off and tells her to shut up and bosses her around sometimes that just...it doesn't sit well with me. So when I see them like that, I can't pull for that relationship.
That doesn't mean I'm pulling for Jake either.
Truthfully, I could argue for any pairing on this show and also argue against them. Mellie and Fitz, Fitz and Olivia, Olivia and Jake, Mellie and Andrew, Jake and Fitz. Whatever. Show it to me. Make me believe it. I don't care who's with whom. This isn't a show where I watch to ship the characters. (The Vampire Diaries, however...#TeamDelena.)
I'm kind of giving you a standing ovation in my head right now, FYI. I don't LOVE this triangle, but we've been given one and we're watching it. Your categorization of those relationships and also the way in which Olivia has been rewritten is spot on. It's also incredibly frustrating as a viewer. I want her to be better than that. I want her to be stronger than that.
As for the shift in focus to Mellie/Cyrus/the White House, I think that's normal, to a certain extent, to prolong the series. If we burn all the stories about Olivia too quickly, we kill the show, you know? So building up and focusing on the other characters doesn't bother me because at the end of the day I have hope that the show will circle back around to Olivia.
Many of these things were for her clients and might also have been done without the benefit of them sleeping together. "What do these things do to emotionally benefit her?" is what I'm talking about when I say he's done nothing for her. How does Fitz build Olivia up, you know? I'm not talking about tangible things. I should've made that more clear.
And to the point about 302, he admitted to an affair he DID have and ruined the life and career of an innocent woman. That's only sort of noble.
I also want more of the weekly cases. I think the show suffers when we get too involved in the relationship dramas to the detriment of the political fixing that started the show in the first place.
This reviewer, i.e. me, has never said that Mellie is the heart of the show. Please do not put words in my articles. She isn't. She never will be. But she is a principle cast member and as such will get screentime and story development. That's a Shonda decision and I write about what we're given week to week.
Plenty of long lasting shows elevate their supporting cast members to series regulars which is what has happened with Mellie.
And none of these episodes are from Olivia's point of view, or Mellie's for that matter, as this is a third-person limited omniscient series. Do different episodes focus on different cast members and characters? Yes. But that doesn't mean that the focus of the entire series shifts.
Here's the deal. You know NOTHING about me and you're assuming that because I do not think their relationship is a healthy one it's because it's an interracial one. That could NOT be further from the truth. AT ALL. I do not hate Fitz and Olivia because they're not from the same racial background. You will NEVER find anywhere that I have said that or claims to support that my dislike of their current relationship has anything to do with race. If you're reading bigoted arguments like that elsewhere, I suggest you stop giving those people pageviews.
I was not then nor am I now a Grey's Anatomy viewer so I cannot speak to the Meredith-Derrick relationship as a comparison.
I agree with you that Scandal is not about Mellie. That's why I don't like that she and Olivia are constantly pitted against one another about a MAN. Not a job. Not a political office. Not a leadership position. A MAN.
Women are better than that. We're stronger than that. We don't need to bicker and argue and namecall about men. They can both be strong women in their spheres of influence without catfighting.
You and I agree that love triangles are stupid and that throwing Olivia between two men alters the landscape of Scandal. It's suddenly no longer about Olivia, the strong, sexy, powerful woman, and becomes about Olivia who needs a man in her life. THAT enrages me as a viewer.
The relationships on this show are ALL broken and damaged and unhealthy. I don't care who is with whom or what color their skin might be so long as the relationships are healthier than what we're seeing week to week.
Comment modified at March 07, 2014 09:07
It's really not about whether I want this triangle to happen or not. It's happening. Look at the writing. Olivia goes back and forth between Jake and Fitz and that makes it a triangle.
And I don't hate Fitz mainly because of the affair. I don't hate him at all. I just think that he's not a strong man and has been handed a lot in his life without really working for it and is also sort of spineless unless he's standing up for what inevitably turns out to be a bad decision.
We don't yet know the extent of Mellie and Andrew's past, but if I had to guess I'd say that Mellie didn't cheat but will now.
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