#Scandal 401: The Dark Days are Gone (Review / First Thoughts)

(Click here to listen to the 4×01 episode, Randy Red, Superfreak & Julia)

NB: I had a lot to say. #SorryNotSorry. I’ll edit it down to something reasonable later. Also, I haven’t had time to check the pulse of Tumblr over this episode. But I’ve heard things…

image

Quick Summary: Everybody has a boring ass life without Olivia Pope™, especially Olivia Pope….I mean Julia Baker. Everybody’s just eating their vegetables to get through life. Until the flavour strolls back into town.

 image

The Extended Version:

“She strapped herself into the seat of the very plane on which she refused to take flight in 301. We began with a plane. We ended with a plane. Why? Because Olivia is on a journey of self re-discovery. I don’t think she needs to be on a plane to do that, but I get the symbolism. Though her path to that journey has been unwittingly engineered by her father … she needs this time. I began my last essay about Olivia by saying she’s a tired Black woman. Her head’s been under water all season long, making it very hard to breathe. I hope her return is not because someone needs her for their emergency, not because someone says something insightful to her, but because she has located the Olivia Pope she wants to be— for herself, not for anybody else. Olivia was Girl, Interrupted at the end of season 2, by the end of season 3, she was Gone Girl. Will she be Girl on Fire (h/t @Bubsiss) in season 4? A girl can dream, right?—Katrina Pavela,#Scandal 318 Finale: Yaaaaasss…to Most of This

image

image

The more times I watched the season 4 opener to Scandal, the more I found there was to enjoy. First, it begins in a decidedly more hopeful tone than the ultra dramatic season 3 opener (which I still liked). The opening lines of Bobby Hebb’s Sunny play as we pan across an idyllic ocean expanse to a white sandy beach…[Click for more]

 

30.9.2014