Scandal Season 3 Review “Flesh and Blood”

Now that’s what I call a Scandal episode! It was heavy with intrigue, manipulation, and misdirection. Oh, and don’t forget the angst. Plenty of angst. It didn’t move at the kind of breakneck pace that I’ve become accustomed to, but there was a great deal of action nonetheless. It also set up what looks like it’s going to be an explosive season finale. But let me not get ahead of myself.

I’m kind of conflicted about how I feel about Olivia right now. Actually, for the first time in Scandal history, Olivia is kind of getting on my nerves. She’s gone from the complicated, strong, smart, capable woman that we met at the beginning to a whiney, insecure, situationally stupid person. It’s kind of frustrating actually. Usually Olivia is the one who can see around corners. She’s the one who thinks things through to the end. She’s the one with a plan. However, as of late, she seems to be all over the place. She’s trying to run Fitz’s campaign. She’s trying to find Maya and bring her to justice. She’s trying to take down B613. She’s doing all these things, but she doesn’t seem like she’s doing any of them very well. After Jake told her about the bomb, she told Fitz that he was canceling all of his campaign appearances and staying in the safety of the White House. On the one hand, I can understand her reaction. Fitz has already been shot and almost died once, and she doesn’t want to go through that again. But on the other hand, it’s not doing her job if she takes Fitz off the campaign trail 6 days before the election. She knows that Sally is still out there stumping and she knows that sequestering Fitz in the White House is going to cost them in the long run. When I talk about Olivia being situationally stupid, I’m talking about her sudden inability to think things through to the end. When she decided to take down B613, she didn’t consider the consequences. She knows what B613 does, or at least, she knows on a surface level what they do. I get that she wanted to destroy B613, but she couldn’t possibly think they were just sitting there waiting for something to happen. She had to know that there were probably operations running. What about the people in the field? What about the people B613 was trying to protect? I’m not saying that she should’ve announced to the world that she knew how to shut them down, but she had to know that doing what she did wasn’t going to be without consequences. I don’t know what needs to happen in order for Olivia to get her head back in the game, but it needs to happen quick. This is not the Olivia that we’ve come to know over the last several seasons, and I can’t say that I particularly like this new version of her.



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