Staff Writer: Dejah Harley
My friends and I always know we will love a show if the pilot episode is amazing. Sometimes they aren’t the best but when writers hit it out of the park with the first episode, you fall in love with the series. Scandal was no exception.
There is something about this show that just pulls you in. From the very first episode it is completely different from a lot of political shows you may have seen before.
The main character is Olivia Pope, an African American “fixer” in Washington, D.C. Her job is to essentially make politician’s scandals go away. An African American lead character in a powerful role is something very refreshing in television. Many times they aren’t reflected as much.
That is a reason why many African American women love the show so much. It reflects something, other than just the normal stereotype of loud, ignorant, and ghetto.
Olivia Pope, portrayed by Kerry Washington, is opinionated and bright. She uses her words and language as a way to make a point and show people that she is not someone to mess with.
Something that some found controversial in Scandal was not just Olivia Pope having an affair with the President but the fact that it was a black woman and a white man having an affair. That is something that Shonda Rhimes was skeptical writing about because she wasn’t sure how the viewers would react. However, no one has seemed to take offense to this. Many people are even saying they like this change of pace.
Everyone I seem to talk to about the show loves it. There is definitely a lot of hype for the show. However, I believe it’s justified. There is currently a season break, giving you enough time to go catch up on the show and get hooked!