TV Review - Scandal: Season 2
Kerry Washington stars as Olivia Pope, a woman not unlike the character of Eli Gold, played by Alan Cumming in The Good Wife. She advises and manages political campaigns. She works with lawyers. She probably was one. Now, she's a crisis manager, which is basically an amalgam of all those things. What makes Eli Gold interesting is that he's good at his job, but he's not perfect. He can't always pull rabbits out his hat. Olivia Pope can. She's supposedly super woman and even when she's not, she always has an ace up her sleeve. That's an attractive quality. It's a commanding quality, but it makes the show boring because we know that she's always going to win.
The series is slightly less soap opera in nature than this summer's Political Animals, but Scandal is still very much The West Wing meets The Young and the Restless. The chemistry between Washington and Tony Goldwyn who plays the President is pretty intense, and Goldwyn's performance in particular, especially opposite Bellamy Young who plays the First Lady, is enough to keep me coming back for more.
Three Stars out of Five.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Airs Thursdays at 10PM on ABC.