Thursday, February 7, 2013

'Scandal' Review - 2.13 Nobody Likes Babies

        On the newest episode of ABC's Scandal, David uncovers the truth about the Cytron case; things come to a head for Olivia, Cyrus, Mellie, Hollis and Verna; and backed into a corner, the five conspirators go to extremes and, in some cases, unconscionable lengths to protect themselves and the ones they love.

        Scandal's second season originally was only suppose to be thirteen episodes long. But after solid numbers in the fall, ABC ordered nine more episodes - bringing the drama up to the standard 22 per season. Show creator Shonda Rhimes has stated that the whole Defiance election rigging story was envisioned as a thirteen episode story arc. Thusly, tonight's episode acted as a resounding season finale of sorts as the drama solidly wrapped most every story arc that had been accumulating throughout the season while also teasing more threads to come during the last nine of the season.
        Scandal has absolutely skyrocketed during its second season. It has evolved from a procedural case-of-the-week study to one crazy, serialized masterpiece. We always want a show to find its voice and most of the time not many are given enough time to develop and grow. Once Scandal embraced the crazy and convoluted and fast-paced plotting, it became one of broadcast television's best series. Thusly, the show has become the most social-able on Twitter - garnering 2,200 tweets per minute - and the ratings have risen significantly. All of this is because of this great election rigging plot that had the longevity to hand out weekly plot twists for thirteen weeks while also being aware that the average viewer wants to see stuff happen quickly with resounding resolution.
        The second season has also benefited hugely by the promotions of Joshua Malina and Bellamy Young. Their characters add depth and defining angles to the serialized elements. The show needed David Rosen to be the good guy and want to fight the good fight against all of the other main characters and their cover-ups. Sure, right now, it also feels like the show keeps piling defeat after defeat after defeat on him but he is still chasing down the truth. His partner in crime James also was on that thrust for the truth for much of the season. He too was being targeted for death for exposing the cover-up but in the end he chose love. He chose the people he holds closest to him - Cyrus and their new baby. Thusly, throwing another thorn into David while putting reassurance in the hands of Cyrus and Olivia. Mellie, too, has become quite the character in that, yes, she was delusional dreams and ambitions but does so out of her quest for power and her willingness to be unafraid of admitting to that. Perhaps that is the reason why Fitz is so willing to return to her and semi-forgive her at hour's end. Mellie has always been Mellie and thusly this is something right up her alley. He is more betrayed by Cyrus and Olivia and that's why he is now giving them the cold-shoulder. It is a fascinating thing to behold and thusly makes me excited to see where the hell the show will go next.

So what did everyone think of the episode? Will you view Fitz differently now that he is both an adulterer and a murderer? How soon will Olivia get her groove back? What was your favorite character moment? Share your thoughts in the comments.