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13 October 2014 @ 05:36 pm
Scandal!  
So, first I started streaming Parenthood through Neflix and I LOVE it! I adore their whole dysfunctional functional family. Ad who would have ever thought I'd like Dax Shepherd - I mean, the Punk'd guy? But I love his character so much! And the kid who plays Max deserves a freaking Emmy! It's so easy to mainline too. But I figured I should take a break and watch a season of something else before I go back to Parenthood.

I tried Bitten, from D's recommendation. I did not like it. First of all, the idea that there aren't very many female werewolves because they aren't strong enough to survive the 'change'? I call bullshit. Do you know what women have to endure with our stupid bodies? So sexist, man. And also, Clay wishes he was Dyson Thornwood. But he isn't. I watched four eps and quit that. Then I decided to try Scandal, per Guy Therapist's recommendation when we were talking about wanting more female leads and 3-dimensional female characters. I am IN LOVE with this show. It's giving me the fresh new shiny toy feeling of love!

Since Guy Therapist is working at the other clinic these days, I decided to pop him an email and tell him exactly how I felt about this show he recommended. For your reading pleasure, here is my freak-out...

YOU!

I've started watching Scandal, per your recommendation. And I love it! And I hate you! Because omg, every person on this show that I'm like, "I love that guy!" turns out to be a sleazy scum or a murderer or a torturer or covers up evidence or...omg. Fucking Cyrus and Billy and just...please, tell me District Attorney David does not turn out to be a scummy dude, okay. My heart can't handle it.

On the other end, you were right about how much I would love Olivia Pope. Kerry Washington has chemistry with everyone. Like, EVERYONE. Every person she has an interaction with, I am all, "She should hit that." Like, she has chemistry with her office door. She should totally tap her office door. But also, she's isn't this perfect character, you know? She's got so many issues, man. And generally the one and only thing a character can do to completely turn me off of them is to cheat/sleep with a married person, like...committing violent felonies isn't a deal breaker, but generally adultery is...but somehow they have made me love Olivia Pope anyways.

And Harrison! Omg, I am in love. That's my man! And Huck is like this big ol murdering special ops teddy bear and I just want to hug him but I won't because he clearly doesn't like to be touched. The representation on this show is great too...like her team is made up of all POC and women and WOC and then Stephen. Lone Stephen as the only white guy on the screen like 80% of the time. This show comes off as a great cross between The West Wing (in my top 5 favorite shows of all time) and Leverage (in my top 5 most watched shows of all time). Like the fast paced, political intrigue, walk n talk attitude is SO West Wing. And the group of misfits trying to redeem themselves by any means necessary is what I love about Leverage. The whole 'family we make' theme with Olivia's team!

In conclusion: WHY DID YOU TELL ME TO WATCH THIS AWESOME WONDERFUL SHOW? I'M FREAKING OUT, IT'S SO GOOD!

Hope you are doing good and that the east side isn't wooing you over forever. - *Dodger*

For all my West Wing peeps out there, I highly recommend Scandal, available now on Netflix!
 
 
 
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on October 13th, 2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
I don't watch any of those, but I'm glad you're enjoying them!

The season opener TWD commentary is up, so when you watch it, drop by and let me know what you think!
dodger_sister: the west wingdodger_sister on October 14th, 2014 11:41 pm (UTC)
I don't watch any of those, but I'm glad you're enjoying them!

I really am! Except obvs for Bitten, which I did not enjoy at all. And now S4 of Raising Hope is finally available to stream on Netflix - I am overflowing with good bedtime TV!

The season opener TWD commentary is up, so when you watch it, drop by and let me know what you think!

One of the best TWD eps in the history of ever! I was screaming and squealing with excitement the whole time! Have your ep commentary open on my Ipad.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on October 15th, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
Here's the thing about Bitten: it came from arguably the WORST book that Kelley Armstrong wrote. Elena's too perfect, except for when she's a total mass of neuroses; Clay is quite simply a psychopath (not a sociopath, because he does care about two people deeply, and his Pack brothers somewhat), and the book is awkward in way too many ways to discuss. So why would they choose THAT book, out of thirteen in the series, to start with? Fortunately, the series has several much more interesting female leads; Dime Store Magic is my favorite book in the whole thing. But I had NO interest in trying the series whatsoever.

Yay!
dodger_sister: the walking deaddodger_sister on October 16th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
I didn't even realize Bitten was based on a book. I will not be reading that book, for sure,
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on October 17th, 2014 01:10 am (UTC)
It gets better upon reading the whole series. But that's a lot of work for one bad book!
Denidenig37 on October 14th, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
Sounds good, makes me wish I had a way to watch it :-D
dodger_sister: the west wingdodger_sister on October 14th, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
Sounds good, makes me wish I had a way to watch it :-D

Oh yeah, if you have a way to watch either Scandal or Parenthood, ever, give them a shot! I love them both so much!
phamalamaphamalama on October 21st, 2014 12:11 am (UTC)
lol my mom watches Scandal religiously! It's totally addictive but OTT where they do a lot of yelling and dramatic music~ But they round out characters differently than in standard depictions of political characters in drama? Very fun to watch.
dodger_sister: the west wingdodger_sister on October 24th, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
lol my mom watches Scandal religiously! It's totally addictive but OTT where they do a lot of yelling and dramatic music~

It's like a weird combo of a political drama and a soap opera.

But they round out characters differently than in standard depictions of political characters in drama? Very fun to watch.

I feel like they really flesh out the characters in a way that a lot of shows don't do these days. So that even when they are being OTT, I am so invested in the characters that I don't hardly even notice.

Yes, very fun to watch, I am loving it!
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on February 2nd, 2016 12:18 pm (UTC)
Seeking Scandal!!!
Hi! I'm just finished getting caught up on SCANDAL and am ready to get my SHIPPING on! After seeing the lowly offerings over on ff.net, am returning to LJ. Admittedly, I'm not super-great at navigating LJ! But found this entry of yours! If there's anyone or anywhere you can direct me to - I would GREATLY appreciate it!!!
dodger_sister: tww girlsdodger_sister on February 21st, 2016 11:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Seeking Scandal!!!
Hey, sorry it took so long to get back to you - I suck at replying these days. Honestly, I'm not really in the fandom side of Scandal, I just kind of watch it and gush about it and then watch more! But usually I would just redirect anyone looking for fics over to AO3. Sadly, they have a pittance of offerings there - only 186 stories. But still, maybe one will scratch your particular itch. The Scandal link for A03 is here. Good luck!
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on February 24th, 2016 12:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Seeking Scandal!!!
Thanks! I appreciate the direction!