Gladiators saying “Scandal” is getting boring is about as heinous as a parent calling one of her kids ugly, but “The Lawn Chair” episode may have upped the ante on the writing. With a phenomenal plot and quality guest actors, the #BlackLivesMatter episode may have made Gladiators thirst for more powerful episodes like that that bridge the gap between scandal, current events and tear-jerking moments.
Seach for keywords “#Scandal” and “boring” on Twitter, and there are a lot of fans of the show complaining. Some are comparing the show to top-ranking newbie show “Empire.” But the issues may be a bit more clear to see than that.
Mistake #1: The team has been demolished. Olivia Pope is off saving other people without saving herself. Huck is exposing secrets to reclaim his family. Quinn Perkins doesn’t appear to have any friends and even Charlie has given up on dating her. Abby has always been a boring sidekick and even more dull now that she’s not dating the always colorful Attorney General David Rosen. Harrison Wright was the glue that kept the team together. Although the “Scandal” creators couldn’t control real-life actor Columbus Short’s outside activities, without Harrison, Olivia’s team is starting to act like co-workers instead of a family.
Mistake #2: Elizabeth North was okay during the prostitution scandal, but why is her character still on the show? She doesn’t particularly add anything to it outside of complaining about what Mellie Grant is up to. After Huck pulled out his toolbox, he pretty much finished off the most interesting parts of her character.
Mistake #3: Every president needs a nemesis, but how long can Gladiators fake being interested in the murdered, homosexual husband of Vice President Sally Langston? Listening to a woman go on and on about the LGBT community after she had to face her own demons makes as much sense as Former President Bill Clinton going off on a tangent about oral sex. Nobody’s listening because it’s become a joke.
Mistake #4: #TeamFitz fans may be irate about this, but the candle wick has been clipped between Olivia Pope and Fitz. After Olivia went to Masunga, Tanzania, she made her choice in Jake. The only thing that Jake did wrong was not getting the pillow for piano sex fast enough. Other than that, both Fitz and Jake did everything to bring her back to safety. Olivia is getting in her own way when it comes to romance. Even Mary Jane from “Being Mary Jane” does a better job of keeping her boyfriends in order. It’s difficult to cheer for Olivia’s personal life when her mood switches quicker than a model’s hips.
Mistake #5: Cyrus Beene has always been at his best as the umbrella for President Fitzgerald Grant’s rainy days. James Novak made Cyrus more interesting because of his busybody shenanigans as the press secretary. With him killed off the show and not much interest in the prostitute he was engaged to, his romantic life is a bit drab.
Mistake #6: Initially the idea of making Olivia’s parents dominant cast members probably made as much sense as finally hearing what teachers and grandparents had to say during the “Peanuts” series. However, Rowan Pope and Maya Lewis came aboard and owned every single scene they were in. Now they’re locked up, gone fishing and Olivia’s character has become pretty empty without her psycho parents to answer to.
Maybe it was a bad idea for Shonda Rhimes and the rest of the “Scandal” writers to show off one of their best Poker hands midway through Season 4. While “Mary Mary” has always been a good Thursday night show, “Scandal” used to own the night. Shuffle the cards. Bring back a wild card. And deal again.