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Belinda S. (niara) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 10/1/2013...
Is it worth the hype? Good question. I enjoyed the limited episode first season, and looked forward to Season 2. I had the pleasure of watching the entire second season in one weekend, and I have come to realize that this is the way to watch a tv series. But I digress.
Again: is it worth all the hype? Maybe. Is it definitely worth checking out? Yes. For network television, hour-long dramas have just about perished from the earth, but Scandal is a nice romp, moving at a light-speed pace, with everyone talking really really fast and wearing really, really nice clothes, all showcasing the hijinks that go on in our nation's capital. Washington is a cesspool, at least portrayed in Shonda Rhimes' world.
Kerry Washington in breathtakingly beautiful, but it's a good thing this is an ensemble cast. I honestly don't know if she has the acting cajones to pull this off alone. The best thing, the absolute best thing, IMHO, is the smoldering, off-the-chain chemistry between Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn, best known for "Ghost" but here is playing President Fitzgerald Grant, known to those who know him well, as Fitz. Against every contrite and ridiculous storyline, I found myself rooting for these two. In the metaphysical, parallel universe of network drama, Olivia and Fitz need to be together. They are able to convey that desperate, longing desire and breathless passion.
But the real stars of Scandal? Guillermo Diaz, who plays the haunted and tortured Huck, a former Black Ops character that has a past as long as my arm who Olivia rescued, and Jeff Perry, who plays Cyrus Beene, President Grant's Chief of Staff. They are treasures and all the scenes you witness with them remind you that this is what network television could be about if they weren't such gutless, soulless, pu***s, eager for a quick buck and the mind-numbing drivel of reality television.
So no, Scandal will not go down in the annals of time as great television (think MASH, think Hill Street Blues, think All in the Family) but it is wildly entertaining and that's all that really counts.