Title: Scandal (2012-2018)
Created by: Shonda Rimes
Starring: Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Diaz, Jeffrey Perry, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, George Newbern, Cornelius Smith Jr., Portia de Rossi, Columbus Short, Kate Burton, Brian Letscher, Dan Bucatinsky, Gregg Henry, Artemis Pebdani, Matthew Del Negro, and Henry Ian Cusick
Country of Origin: United States
Original Language(s): English
No. of Series: 7
No. of Episodes: 124
Genres: Political Drama, Political Thriller
Running Time: 43 minutes
Original Network: ABC
Olivia Pope, a former media consultant to the president, is ready to move on with her life and opens her own crisis-management firm, but she can’t seem to shake ties with her past. Olivia’s staff includes Quinn Perkins, who has a complicated history, and hacker extraordinaire Huck. As she moves forward it becomes clear that, while her staffers may specialize in cleaning up the lives of other people, they can’t seem to do the same for themselves.
The show takes place in Washington, D.C. and focuses on Olivia Pope’s crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates (OPA), and its staff, as well as staff at the White House and surrounding political scene. In addition to Kerry Washington, the show features Tony Goldwyn as Fitzgerald Grant III, the President of the United States—later a former President—and Olivia’s main love interest; Darby Stanchfield as an assistant at OPA (later renamed Quinn Perkins & Associates or QPA), and also the former White House Press Secretary and Chief of Staff; Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, former assistant at OPA and later head of QPA; Guillermo Diaz as Huck, a former B613 agent and assistant at QPA; Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, the former White House Chief of Staff under Grant and later Vice President of the United States under Mellie Grant; Joshua Malina as David Rosen, the Attorney General; Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, the ex–First Lady, a former senator, and later the President of the United States after Grant; Scott Foley as Jake Ballard, the Director of the NSA and Olivia’s secondary love interest; Cornelius Smith Jr. as Marcus Walker, a civil rights activist, who used to be an OPA assistant and White House Press Secretary; Joe Morton as Eli “Rowan” Pope, Olivia’s father and the former head of a spy agency called B613; and George Newbern as Charlie, a former B613 agent who later becomes a member of QPA.
After six long bloody years, Scandal has finally come to an end. It’s a bit sad and exciting at the same time. I first watched Scandal on television while I was channel-surfing. It was a coincidence that I stopped at Star World and watched Scandal. And in no time, I became attracted to the series and always excited for next episodes until episodes grew to seasons. My feelings towards the characters changed from time to time. From like to dislike, from hate to love, from angry to sympathy. It keeps on changing through all seven seasons. After all, Scandal has gone through seven seasons. No wonder that the audiences’ feeling towards the characters kept on changing. Like I’ve said in my review of The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017), with so many seasons, the characters’ character kept on changing too. From good to bad or vice versa.
I still remember the first time I laid my eyes on this TV series. I was still in university life and was studying while looking for something on television. I accidentally stopped at Star World and watched Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope. Her way to solve things looked amazing and cool. That’s why I decided to continue watching the series and I can’t believe it lasts until seven seasons.
I grew up from liking Olivia Pope to hating her and kind of liking her again. Like everyone living, Olivia’s character changes through time. Kerry Washington really portrayed the character really well. For seven seasons, she did it consistently. Though I like Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, I don’t really like Olivia Pope at some certain points. Yes, she is smart, she has great style and instinct, but she is also kind of selfish and bossy. But of course, you can’t make a character too perfect because it won’t be realistic at all.
“A man who isn’t President has options. A man who isn’t President can divorce his wife. A man who isn’t President can have a life. The life he wants, the life he’s always wanted, with the woman he loves.” – Fitz Grant
I do like the love story between Olivia Pope and President Fitzgerald Grant. But only in the beginning when everything is much more simple. Like any other TV series with many seasons, I kind of know that Olivia Pope will not be with just one man for the entire seven seasons. But in the end, I know who she will be ended up with, though how it will happen, it’s another matter. I don’t know whether I am satisfied with the ending of the love story or not but I think it’s the best for everyone—for every character in the series. Anyway, I’m just want to say that Tony Goldwyn really does suit in playing the President. I like how he managed to give the aura of a president and show us the vulnerability. I love the way he looked at Olivia Pope. It is so much love. You just can’t deny that.
When Scott Foley joined the cast as Jack Ballard, a.k.a. Olivia Pope’s love interest as well, I was quite amused by his character. He is younger than the President and also very handsome. I got confused whether I wanted Olivia Pope to be with him or Fitzgerald Grant. Jack Ballard is very nice too. Well, at least in the beginning. As series went by, his characters kept changing. I can’t really say whether he is good or bad. I like his chemistry with Olivia Pope. It’s good. However, if I have to pick, I will pick Olivia Pope with Fitzgerald Grant. I don’t blame Scott Foley, but I do think Tony Goldwyn can show more love from his eyes whenever his character looked at Olivia Pope. I can’t see it in Scott Foley’s eyes even though his character kept saying he loves Olivia Pope. I don’t quite believe him. Well, I am sure Jack Ballard loves Olivia Pope very much. He would do anything—I meant anything—for Olivia Pope. But unfortunately, I just can’t feel the love like I felt when I saw Fitzgerald Grant and Olivia Pope. I just don’t like when Jack Ballard was put in Fitz and Olivia love story equation, but I think his character added more intrigued and thrilled to the story.
Things got more interesting when it’s time for another president. The election story took nearly the same time as the real America’s presidential election. Season 5 is very much interesting because we got to see the debates and how each candidate made their way to win as the next President. I like the character of Susan Ross. She is Fitzgerald Grant’s second Vice President. Her character is very kind and funny. I wish she got more screen time and a more satisfying ending. Susan Ross is a very refreshing character in the midst of cunning persons. I love her chemistry with David Rosen. They were pretty good together.
“Ugh. I’m so, so sorry. Gosh, I don’t want to be the kind of person who marches in here and throws her weight around. I hate people like that. But I am the vice president, which makes me the President of the Senate, which means… You’re in my chair. Again, so sorry. Thank you.” – Susan Ross
However, season 6 is another matter. I think they were just wasting time with the story. You know what I mean? It’s like, they ran out of ideas. Well, not really, but the plot story is just wasting time. It’s like they were stalling time for this sixth season. It’s still fun to watch but at certain points, I feel like I have enough. To be honest, I kind of having a break in watching the series because I feel bored. Luckily, curiosity got the best out of me and I continue to watch Scandal until its final season.
I love the friendship between Huck and Quinn. Like all friendship, there are ups and downs, good and bad. But a true friendship will get through it all. The relationship between Charlie and Quinn is also fun to watch because somehow they are a very funny couple in a way. I don’t always like each character, but at the end of the day—or the series—all the characters got what they deserved. Well, maybe not all because there are some characters that I wish to have better endings. I kind of annoyed with some characters’ ending. Not just the ending, but also the characters themselves. Like any other TV series with long series or seasons, there are many characters that switched from good to bad or bad to good. Some characters died, some showed up later on the show and became likeable in an instance. I can’t describe how many characters that I wish to stay longer on the show or wish gone sooner. But it’s okay. You can’t please everyone, right?
I love the setting in Scandal. They were very good and on point. I never knew the Oval or the White House, but the settings in the series were very convincing. Well, some CGI effect was pretty obvious but since TV series don’t get a lot of editing time like films, I can forgive the CGI effect. I can still enjoy the plot story just as much. I also like the fashion style, especially the way Olivia Pope dressed. It’s amazing when Kerry Washington was pregnant during season 3. I can see she is getting fatter somehow but all the filmmakers managed to hide it very well. Either with her clothing, her bags, or the furniture from the setting. They chose it well. Not to mention, her face still looked as thin as ever, so you cannot really guess that Kerry Washington was pregnant.
I am not an American, so I don’t really understand America’s politic issue. Some politics problem were confusing to me, but I still can enjoy the plot story and the conflict. It’s exciting. Yes, at some points I was bored but at the end of the day, I have to say that I did enjoy watching Scandal. After 6 years, it is normal that I got bored at certain points. But since the story is kind of addictive, I got back to watch it again. The plot story is complicated and very much exciting. You don’t have to love politics to like this TV series or understand politics to enjoy it, because the plot story is pretty much very good. It is complicated and confusing at some points but in the end, you will want to watch it again.
Scandal is a very good TV series. It’s thrilling, exciting, and enjoyable. I like the overall story, I like the love story between Olivia Pope and Fitzgerald Grant. I love how every actor and actress in the series have shown their A-game in portraying their characters. Everyone nailed their characters very well. It has been a fun 6 years of watching Scandal. There are some ups and downs. I can’t say I am very satisfied with the ending, but like I said, you can’t please everyone. The ending is not very satisfying but I am quite happy with it.
In conclusion, I give Scandal 8 out of 10 stars.