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YMMV: Scandal

Scandal the band

Scandal the TV series

  • Awesome Ego : Olivia.
  • Broken Base: By the end of season three, the fanbase has split three ways. The first group believes that Scandal is as addictive as ever. The second group still enjoys the show, but they think season three's heavy focus into the spy thriller genre with B613 has degraded the political drama elements, they found the Mama Pope plot to be extremely cliche, and the season significantly weakened Olivia's character. The third group agrees with the second group's criticisms, but think the show has been Ruined Forever, because of those problems.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A growing risk as the second season progresses. Of course, some of the rotten things done are to save the more sympathetic characters from Hollis Doyle.
  • Fridge Logic: In season 2, all of "Quinn's" trial and the aftermath. Since the majority of the evidence seems to come from the fact that she ran, it's never clear why Olivia didn't discreetly help get her off earlier instead of moving her. Further, she's only charged with the 7 murders as far as we see, and never identity forgery or terrorism, so it's not clear why a US Attorney is prosecuting her instead of a California DA. Even after the trial, she continues to use the name Quinn Perkins and appears to have no difficulty, for instance, booking a flight under that name. Even if acquitted for murder it is doubtful the DOJ would have let her continue under a fallacious identity.
    • It's possible she had her name legally changed offscreen. After all she'd been through, it would make sense if she didn't want anything to do with her old identity.
  • He Really Can Act: Guillermo Díaz has spent a lifetime playing gangsters and criminals and comedy roles, but now plays the deeply wounded Huck very convincingly.
  • Iron Woobie: Abby and Mellie.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Vice President Sally Langston veers into this territory in season three.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Olivia Carolyn Pope, at least once an episode and usually multiple times. She also demonstrates chessmastering and talents in the Guile Hero department.
    • Cyrus Beene.
    • Control probably qualifies.
    • Olivia's mother, apparently.
  • Mary Sue:
    • Some people of the fandom think that Olivia has been increasingly Mary Sue-ish, and so since the pilot, reportedly because she appears TOO competent, scoring a 25 (borderline Mary Sue) in the Mary Sue Limitus Test. However, Olivia is a great subversion since day one. She could be a Mary Sue, or on a pedestal, as Quinn imagines, except that her morals are not presented as perfect, as she can often be too warped in her own impressions to realize the consequences of her acts (though she is well-intentioned), and she can neglect something and get problems because of sheer inattention, and is condemned for it. She was also somewhat manipulated by Fitz, who is apparently less clever than she is. As of now, there is at least ONE character just as manipulative and competent as her : Cyrus. Too bad he is evil, and sometimes outsmarted her.
    • Also, Olivia's much talked about/validated "gut" (i.e. her BS detector or, as David called it, her "spidy-senses") almost always fails whenever it comes to Fitzgerald Grant. If you look back, every call she made regarding the President Grant/Amanda Tanner thing was - 9 times out of 10 - completely wrong. Because he and how she feels for him - as she said in the first episode - makes her mistrust her gut feelings. So yes, more evidence that, really since episode one, Olivia has been a subversion of a typical Mary Sue.
  • Malicious Slander: The fear of the heroine's clients.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The President murders Verna Thornton in order to maintain his hold on the Presidency after he learned of the election rigging that put him there, because she was going to speak to a federal prosecutor and completely expose Defiance. Granted, she did hire an assassin to murder him earlier in the season, and had weeks to live at most.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Alissa. Well, two-scene.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Vice-Prez Langston is surprisingly reasonable in the season finale. She talks the strength of her faith and how it's not just politicking with her—and then gets threatened with the knowledge of her young daughter's abortion. Ouch.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: John Barrowman got a bit of attention when he was cast as a guest star. When he showed up in "Any Questions?" as a fixer Mellie hired, he didn't do that much. The character wasn't even named.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Torture on this show seems to be way more accurate and effective than in real life. This stands out even more when Real Life incidents and shows like Homeland has subverted this expectation.

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