Because then I didn't have the capacity to do so and now I do. I get that this is a public forum but if you can't come up with anything more constructive to discuss about this show than the fact that a character is gay and load your comment about said character with homophobic and offensive language then, well, I'm not letting it stay. It offends me and other readers who are here for an actual discussion of the show and its plot.
I deleted his comment. I'm not tolerating hate speech here. Let me know if you want me to delete or edit yours so that it doesn't look out of place in the context of the discussion happening in the comments.
Hey thanks, Andy :)
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.
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