I was a Scandal fan from the beginning, but I must say the last season, especially the last couple of episodes of the final season felt rushed and unfinished. By the end of the series, I was left with so many questions:
Does Abby find love again? Will Huck find love? Is Cyrus’ only punishment his guilt? What about Olivia’s mom? Did Jake deserve his fate? Did the Gladiator’s get off easy? What does the portrait in the gallery mean?
I still haven’t been able to fully digest everything that has happened within the 7 seasons of Scandal. Those who know me know that although I’m interested in all of these questions, I am more fascinated by some of the larger themes and notions that were discussed through the final episode.
Even though I can write a lot about several different ideas, I want to focus on a dichotomy that is present from day one, the idea of good vs. evil, heroes vs. villains, and gladiators vs. monsters. Oliva passionately declares:
This is bigger than us,” […]“This is about the country. This is about patriotism: the end of politics, the beginning of leadership. It all has to come down, no matter the cost. . . We are not the heroes of this story. We are the villains. This is your chance to be a hero. This is positive change,”
There is one line from her dialogue that has stuck with me, “We are not the heroes of this story. We are the villains.” If her declaration is true, then why have we been cheering for the villains. The question arises, when did each character go from becoming a gladiator to a villain? Or, were they ever really heroes at all? Olivia once said…
Since we established at the end of the series that they aren’t the heroes or the gladiators of the story, so I guess they are the ladder… Personally, I think that the dichotomy, the notion that they are one or the other takes away from the complexity of the show and the complexity of politics. Yes, they have all done some horrible things, yet, the writers decided to murder one of the most innocent Gladiators in the group. What does this say about justice? What does this say about positive change? That people must sacrifice their lives in order to spark a change in others?
Honestly, I’m not sure. I think that’s the problem. Scandal had a HUGE platform, and they were able to bring light to so many issues and bring BLACK representation to a national platform. Oliva Pope openly told millions of people that minorities and BLACK people have to “be twice as good to get half of what they got.” Even in the finale, Command, REAL command spoke to a bunch of old white men and explain how HE ruled the country under their nose for YEARS! Talk about black power!
They could have strived for greatness and they did in the beginning BUT I don’t think the last season, the last two seasons embodied what Scandal is actually about, and don’t @ me! You know, I’m right…