8 Scandalous Opinions I Have on 'Scandal'

8 Scandalous Opinions I Have on 'Scandal'

I have come to realize I am in the minority opinion on this titillating series.
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If there's a show you're looking for to lose your sh*t over, then 'Scandal' is for you. It's the show that you either are all in or not. You either get it or you're over it, love it or leave it, or in this case, never binge it on Netflix. But if you're not, you better jump on that bandwagon real quick!

It's been recently announced that 'Scandal' will be ending after seven stressful, but great seasons. This news came about while I was in the midst of starting this journey, so you can imagine my great dismay at this tragic news. I'm currently in the midst of season four, and my tongue cannot be held for much longer as I have come to realize I feel I am in the minority opinion on this titillating series.

1. Mellie may or may not be, but definitely is the actual hero of the show.

She literally gives up everything for everyone and gets nothing in return! She gave up her whole life for Fitz to be president and yet he questions her loyalty to him constantly. It’s maddening. Only now four seasons later is she finally taken legitimately for the political force she is. She’s cunning, smart, and witty, and sometimes frankly I prefer her over Olivia when she’s being clueless.

2. Jake Ballard is a way better option than Fitz any day.

In all my time that I have heard about 'Scandal', no one has ever mentioned Jake Ballard to me! It’s insane to me why he was never put on my radar, especially when he is clearly a better option than Fitz. He makes his feelings known, protects Olivia, and when he was in command at least we were in good hands. Yes, he has flaws of course but unlike Fitz he owns up to them and he isn’t nearly as creepy with his whole “You want me, business”.

3. Olivia is better off on her own.

Though her “I choose me” business was at the pinnacle of cheesiness, she really just needs to commit to that entirely. Her deciding she wants Fitz and Jake and not willing to make a decision about it is not a choice, sweetie. Especially because she clearly likes Fitz more than Jake for some reason so it really is pointless. And since the idea of Olivia and Fitz being together fulltime is inevitable, but boring, I really would love a world where she’s just a badass with no strings and an endless slew of lovers instead of one. Alas, we will never be so lucky to see such a case.

4. Cyrus and James had one of the unhealthiest relationships ever.

And that’s saying something on this show. Though one of the more charming and entertaining couples, they were toxic at best. They literally got a child so Cyrus could get James off the trail f some shady White House business. They then blackmailed each other into staying married to one another! There’s love and then there are lies, that easily made this relationship unravel. And while James’ death was tragic, Cyrus had such a hand in orchestrating it. His shadiness only made James’ demise inevitable.

5. Fitz is a terrible president.

Yes, he has moments when he pulls it together. Yes, he created a presidency where remarkably there are stricter gun control laws, acceptance of gay marriage, and so on and so forth. But most of the time he is really dropping the ball. He drops everything including I don’t know running a nation to have a secret tryst with Olivia. He gets it on with her in the Oval Office after he has been made president. He literally declares war on East Angola to get Olivia back! He can’t even figure out how to have a stable romantic relationship, it’s amazing he made it to a second term.

6. Olivia’s parents are monsters incapable of redemption.

In one corner, we have Maya, one of the most wanted terrorists in the nation who faked her own death and abandoned Olivia at a very young age. In the other, we have Rowan, the former command of B613 where he spent his time torturing and killing thousands while also never telling his only daughter the truth about him or his mother. There are moments where we see the show talk about how much they love her or want to be a family, and it never ends up being true. They’re both extremely selfish, and only worried about their own happiness. They care about Olivia when it’s convenient for them, not her. But both great actors BTW.

7. There is no such thing as a finite, happy relationship in this world.

Every couple on this show is a mess. We have Olivia and Fitz, then Olivia and Jake, then Olivia and Fitz again, and rinse and repeat which is already enough of a headache. There are Mellie and Andrew which turned out to be a disaster, and now she’s got nothing. Cyrus and James, and then Cyrus and Michael which will probably work out somehow and be adorable because he is a gorgeous Matthew McConaughey knock off. Quinn and that cute journalist from season one, then Charlie, then Huck (?!) like what a train wreck. And don’t even get me started on how it’s literally just for the sake of drama that Abby and David aren’t together. The two surely will be on again sometime soon.

8. Wine and popcorn don't really seem like a perfect match.

This is perhaps the most puzzling mystery of the whole show. How did this taste of Olivia’s come up? Is it some sort of inside joke with Kerry Washington or Shonda Rhimes? I would rather stick with the wine and pair it with some of those Gettysburg burgers they’re always ordering, or hell just the wine. Why we gotta bring popcorn into this? Mindboggling.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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