October 6, 2017 at 7:41 am #1202231378
There may be a thread already for this (did have a look but couldn’t find one) so feel free to shut me down and redirect me if there is.
Fantastic premiere. Alone pretty much better than the whole of the last season, sidestepping all the ridiculousness of a villain no one cared about last year. Instead we got, within Scandal’s melodramatic constraints, a clever, interesting depiction of Olivia’s determined grasp on power whilst also filtering in old elements of Scandal (case of the week, etc.) that last season let go in it’s fervent craziness.
Performance-wise, Kerry Washington took it home, with her explosive scene with Mellie at the end again packing a punch in the way the show used to. Last season I criticised the show for getting distracted away from Olivia and Mellie (the undoubted performance and character standouts) but hopefully if this episode is anything to go by Shonda Rhimes has been able to reign herself in just enough to remember what can make this show entertaining.
Overall: A-October 6, 2017 at 8:04 am #1202231408
Watched this last night and OMG I loved it. I still hate Jake though. Like “kill him off please” hate him. My grade: A+October 6, 2017 at 8:19 am #1202231417
Really enjoyed this episode, and Kerry Washington & Bellamy Young were in top form last night! Jake is annoying as ever. Loved the ending.
AOctober 6, 2017 at 10:07 am #1202231572
I will try not to screw up by creating a thread that will compete with FowardWill’s this time.October 6, 2017 at 10:12 am #1202231574
I haven’t watched the premiere but even though everyone else loved it, I’m guessing I still won’t. This has never really been a very good show, at one point it was a nice guilty pleasure show, and the last few years it’s been such a chore to get through, but I’m going to see it through until the end. I’m glad they’re ending it instead of just going on and on, hopefully they can end on a high(ish) note.October 6, 2017 at 2:10 pm #1202231691
I used to enjoy it very much in the first three-four seasons, but after the awful sixth season, I’m very disappointed and I can’t take serious the final season. Mellie and Jake are the most annoying and no idea what Rowan is still doing in the show.October 6, 2017 at 5:27 pm #1202231733
The first episode was fine. More of the same. Olivia screaming at people Denzeling her way through every scene like she always does because she’s better than everybody else.
Cyrus has awful hair and everybody at Quinn Lastname & Associates is useless now and will most likely continue to be useless and underused for the rest of the season because they don’t fit the show anymore.October 6, 2017 at 8:15 pm #1202231761
This wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, the plot definitely feels like it will be slightly less ridiculous this year, and hopefully with QPA we can get back to some cases of the week, even though we didn’t get much here. It’s still pretty bad though, and only enjoyable if you watch it as a comedy. Kerry Washington and Bellamy Young were both really good here too, but I’ve never liked evil Liv, and definitely never liked the idea of Mellie as president, it’s still hard to wrap my head around that. Also, can Jake please die already?
Was anyone else disappointed the TV reporter at the beginning wasn’t Kate Burton?October 7, 2017 at 12:41 am #1202231885
Fun episode, return to fun a guilty pleasure.
My Grade: B
Washington is bringing her A gameOctober 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm #1202234233
The season premiere set the groundwork for what looks to be an explosive final season. Very overwritten/ shitty/ cringeworthy Shonda dialogue, but there’s nothing to be done about that at this point. That “this is my envelope-filled world!” scene was absolutely ridiculous, but whatever. The feminism one at the end flowed a bit better, but Kerry Washington oversold the delivery there. Olivia is dressed in all-black power suits in full antihero mode now. I wonder how things will go for her by season’s end. They’re clearly setting her up for an epic fall in light of her blatant hubris, and in the true spirit of feminism, she should suffer for her crimes like the fellas do. Prison time or a shoot-’em-up blaze of glory like Walter White! Let’s not forget that Olivia is a murderer, among many other things. The white hat is sullied and all but destroyed. I’m guessing she’ll lose the White House eventually, stop being a fixer, and reassess everything “important” in her life. No Jake or particularly Fitz around to bail her out or save her, who was absent here except for appearing on a television screen. Not sure what’s the point of “QPA,” but I guess we need to finish out the gladiators’ stories too. Marcus, Papa Pope (where is Mama Pope? Time has passed, so she can’t be in the hospital still), Cyrus, Quinn, Mellie, Abby, Huck, David, Charlie … all memorable enough characters that deserve some sort of proper resolution. I really need Kate Burton to come back just once more to open an episode with the phrase “Lovers of Liberty …” lol. I also doubt Olivia’s new boytoy lasts for very long.October 13, 2017 at 9:33 am #1202236303
That ending was amazing but I knew something was up with that guy when Huck was like “peace out” and walked away. If Mellie and that other President hook up that would be interesting. My grade: A+October 17, 2017 at 9:20 am #1202240073
2 great episodes in a row- what is going on?! This one felt like the most ‘classic’ Scandal we’ve had in years and it was all the better for it. The whole cast was fantastic, so much so that I actually enjoyed all the little subplots with Abby/David, Cyrus, Quinn/Charlie and loved that they interlinked throughout. Oh and brilliant cliffhanger even if I should have seen it coming.
A-October 20, 2017 at 7:08 am #1202243131
Last night’s episode was my least fav before Fitz got punched. It then immediately went up from a B to an A in grade lol. Anyways, the battle for Olivia’s soul is going to be fun.October 20, 2017 at 3:40 pm #1202243581
I think it says a lot about last night’s episode that Bellamy Young was MVP in an episode all about Fitz. Still not bad though.
B-October 20, 2017 at 4:18 pm #1202243595
I don’t even watch Scandal but I had to share. Apparently in the most recent episode the president retires to Rutland, VT and there’s a revolutionary war statue dedicated to this terrible slave owner that’s taken down. First of all, Vermont was the first state to abolish slavery (I’m not sure if it ever had slavery but I don’t know) and more importantly, I grew up in Rutland! Kind of crazy to see my home town represented in a show of that size, even if they didn’t seem to do any research on our history or the town’s layout, etc. Anyway, I don’t watch Scandal but my mom called me to tell me about it so I had to share in this thread.
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