I’m trying to understand what dreams Olivia has for OPA that running this campaign is killing. Yes, a Presidential Campaign is not as exciting as negotiating between a pastor’s wife and his baby mama, protecting a madam, being a matchmaker for the rich or…
we are gonna have to wait till season 4 to get some clarity about her hopes and dreams are because the writers are obviously intent on playing the long game here. I think that was probably why that monologue took a while for me to connect with. I understand where is coming from but seriously? when was the last time the audience got any insight into Olivia’s hopes and dreams? Last I recall was that white hat metaphor from season 2. Less talk, more do, scandal writers. Thats all i ask.
Liv can deny all she wants but it seems what she wants is Vermont: the kids, the jam, the mayor.
I think she wants a lot of things and hasn’t really articulated many of them with anybody. She wants to be respected in her abilities among the most powerful people in the world. And yes, proximity to power is something she enjoys for all her talk of white hats and saving people. I think she wants to feel her work and her life has meaning that goes beyond the nine to five. And finally, yes she wants a simple life to share with Fitz. That’s a whole bunch of contradictions that she’s got to start prioritizing.
Yes, and the only reason the speech even rings hollow to begin with is because the writers themselves do not prioritize these struggles/contradictions in the narrative or take the time to explicate them fully. So when liv finally has a lucid moment of self awareness regarding something, it almost seems like it comes out of nowhere, even if its perfectly legitimate and is part of a broader pattern. Contrast that to the way we are encouraged to think about mellie’s feelings (ie rose on a vine, pretending is what’s real, that close up of the first ladies as she is kissing andrew. It seems they encourage the audience to be introspective about her predicaments more so than liv… and we all know a certain subset of the audience doesn’t even need that as an excuse to not pay her no mind.
Aside from that time she told us that her father is a thing that goes bump in the night, self reflection on her part, that is outside of her relationship with Fitz is almost a rare occurrence. Ok fine she is dealing with a lot of shit and repression is how she copes, but nobody aside from the man she is sleeping with ever even acknowledges that she has feelings, and we never explore that in depth. Rowan is always playing mind games, her clique is falling apart, she and fitz are always in the middle of something yet we never see the effects of all this play out in an up close and personal way. It makes sense though, the people most likely to think about Olivia’s feelings are OPA because they presumably have a longer history ,but they are kind of a useless bunch at this point. At this point
I agree that OPA is kind of a useless bunch now. The characters are mostly exposition fairies if they have lines at all.
Getting back to Olivia, Fitz goes to her apartment in 220 and asks her point blank what she wants, but she never really has articulated that, even then. Her answer to his question of whether she still wants him is to kiss him. She immediately started having second thoughts in the next episode even as she was articulating a plan for their “coming out.” Then she out of the blue says she can’t be with him in 222 because her “Gladiators” need her. Nevermind that she doesn’t do anything to foster or support her relationships with them when we come back in 301.
I think she misses holding the power she did before she was outed. I think reestablishing her reputation seems like a recognizable goal and really her argument with Fitz was the first time we heard that articulated.
However, what are her ultimate goals in the grand scheme of things? I still have no idea.
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Played by Kerry Washington, Olivia is a high-powered political problem solver with the weight of the country on her shoulders and a team of gladiators behind her. She’s complicated and flawed — in other words, human — but still strong, confident, and decisive. She’s also got killer style.
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if only Shonda would let her be greater…
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME @ THIS RACIST CASTING RIGHT NOW
Let me guess, not one Native American actress was available to play the part of a NATIVE AMERICAN WOMAN?
Well I guess since us POC got Annie, it’s only fair that they take Tiger Lily, huh? Who’s gonna play the chieftan now, the Grand Wizard?
Has anybody on here seen a naturopath? What say you? Snake oil or do they actually help with chronic health issues?
For corinnestark :)
If Olivia wins all the time, we get a Boston Legal situation, where the losing is so miniscule that when it happens, it doesn’t register. Personally, that’s not a story worth dwelling on. I prefer the slump and losses Olivia and OPA are experiencing. It makes the wins that much more significant.
I don’t need Olivia to win all the time and the slump would make for great storytelling if they focused more on Olivia and OPA, that is, Olivia in relation to OPA and vice versa. And the whole losing thing is only interesting if they are being proactive and fighting for the firm, it’s difficult to feel a sense of loss if OPA were to go under because the characters themselves don’t seem to care all that much, and Olivia has been reactive since season 2b. It’s not so much that she’s losing. For me, it’s that in season 3, we don’t get to see her navigate as the head or OPA because the WH characters have taken over. That’s what bums me out. There are so many story lines to explore just within OPA but nope, instead we get back stories for secondary characters who don’t directly relate to Olivia pope. Whatever, I’m a past broken record at this point about this whole thing.
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