October 3, 2015 at 9:27 am #363444
The second season of Madam Secretary debuts tomorrow night, October 4!
Episode: The Show Must Go On
Synopsis: Elizabeth takes the oath of office when the President’s plane disappears over the Pacific Ocean; Henry, in his new role with the Defense Intelligence Agency, is asked to recruit one of his Russian students for a task.
This episode is directed by Executive Producer Morgan Freeman, who also guest stars. Jill Hennessy also makes her first appearance in a new recurring role.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 4, 2015 at 9:18 am #363446
Interested in seeing how the SoS skips over vp speaker and senate pro tem to be president!October 4, 2015 at 8:59 pm #363449
Great season premiere! Madam Secretary has done some quasi-ripped-from-the-headlines stories all throughout its first season, and they tackle a missing airplane here in an interesting way. Having Elizabeth step in as Acting President was a nice way of heightening the drama, and I’m glad that we have what I believe they’re setting up as a half or full season arc with trying to identify who tampered with Air Force One and the aftermath. Barbara Hall seems fascinated with aircrafts, with the first season hinging on the former Secretary of State’s plane going down and all of the investigation into faulty parts, etc. The premiere also did a nice job of balancing tone, with some generally funny material with Elizabeth being tone deaf, panicking before her performance, and then seeing her staff do the parody song. I had the same thought, BamaEd, about what a great nod to their audience that they know the Broadway musical talent that they have on their payroll. Everyone in this uniformly strong ensemble got some good material tonight, too.
I’m so glad CBS renewed this series and I’m thrilled to have a new season to watch! Hopefully Leoni will get more recognition for this role this year, as she was certainly Emmy nomination worthy for her performance in the first season.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 5, 2015 at 7:04 pm #363450
Interested in seeing how the SoS skips over vp speaker and senate pro tem to be president!
That was handled perfectly. Plus, that ending, with 2 Tony winners and someone who appeared in a musical was just perfection!
I agree on both counts!October 11, 2015 at 8:11 am #363451
Episode: The Doability Doctrine
Synopsis: Elizabeth disagrees with President Dalton’s approach on how to negotiate the return of a kidnapped State Department employee in Afghanistan; Elizabeth meets the real former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Henry begins to court his student Dmitri on behalf of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 12, 2015 at 10:57 pm #363452
for next week ostrov’s wife look like she may be a great character! very good action scene in afganistan as seen on the TVs in the situation room.October 17, 2015 at 9:24 pm #363453
very good action scene in afganistan as seen on the TVs in the situation room.
Not as good as something Homeland would deliver, but considering the restrictions that Madam Secretary faces on network television, I thought it came pretty damn close to it! Speaking of that scene, it’s also great to see that this show isn’t interested in delivering a happy endings for each one of their diplomatic-crises-of-the-week. I thought the Madeleine Albright cameo was nice, though the advise she imparted on Elizabeth could have been given to her by almost anybody on her staff or at home, so that was slightly disappointing. I think my favorite part of this new season is the introduction of an adversary to Elizabeth in Craig Sterling. I like that it’s totally unclear as to what his intentions are, aside from eyeing her job as SoS, and it should be a new and interesting dynamic for the series to explore. The family dinner scene was also particularly good!
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm #363454
Episode: The Rusalka
Synopsis: Elizabeth and President Dalton face tremendous difficulty and hostility while trying to deal with the Russian government; Henry’s newly recruited spy for the Defense Intelligence Agency, Dmitri, is kidnapped and interrogated about his allegiances.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 18, 2015 at 8:50 pm #363455
In my review of last week’s episode, I noted that adding an adversary for Elizabeth within Dalton’s administration was a great move for the series, and “The Rusalka” escalates that by giving Elizabeth Russia as an enemy for the long game of the season! I thought this was one of the best episodes of Madam Secretary yet, with trouble looming domestically and abroad for Elizabeth, and Henry’s new career tying nicely into the overarching plot with Russia. Ostrov’s wife is definitely a larger than life character, but her scenes had an exciting and different gravitas. Overall, I love the direction that this series is moving toward and its nice to see them dedicate whole episodes to advancing a season-long plot.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm #363456
Episode: Waiting for Taleju
Synopsis: When Elizabeth disagrees with President Dalton’s approach to dealing with an increasingly hostile Russia, she finds herself pushed out of his inner circle; incriminating photos of Stevie and Harrison surface, and Elizabeth and Henry try to protect Stevie from the media scrutiny.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.October 27, 2015 at 8:16 pm #363457
The main scene was the dinner between elizabeth and dalton and i think that went very well and was the highlight. The tension that’s been between them has been very good for the show.November 1, 2015 at 10:01 pm #363458
Episode: The Long Shot
Synopsis: Elizabeth and President Dalton fear political unrest within the Russian government as a result from Ostrov’s death; White House cybersecurity makes progress tracking the hacking of Air Force One; Jay fights Russian propaganda.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.November 8, 2015 at 4:49 pm #363459
Episode: Catch and Release
Synopsis: Elizabeth recalls all aid workers in Syria, including her brother Will (guest-star Eric Stoltz) after an American worker is killed by ISIS; Henry is conflicted when Dmitri asks for help saving a fellow student.
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