I’ve read a couple of Tumblr entries about “the journey” this weekend and I started thinking about our beloved Olitz. The more I think, the more incensed I become at the power that is.
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it: the chemistry between Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn is rare. It…
Well put this is everything i have been thinking
THIS POST IS EVERYTHING!!! You are sooo right.. I honestly cannot begin to comprehend what is going on between Tony and Kerry… I don’t even think chemistry is the right word for it… It is definitely rare and magical… Shonda has diamonds and she is not making use of them… She is wasting the preciousness that is olitz.. its sad… Scandal is def not going to last 10 yrs.. maybe 5 because things are opening up for Kerry and Tony.. Kerry is becoming a household name.. Tony too… he is getting great roles; roles not like the ones he took before.. he is getting big roles and he is only going to become more and more popular.. i see this show ending in season 5… Like you said, every moment is precious and i also hope that a higher power intervenes because i really don’t want this show to fail solely because of these 2…
Well said you two. I posted pictures of Tony and Kerry earlier today, with the caption…”Can these two fake this?” As mentioned above, I’ve watched a lot of TV, movies, etc. Heck, I even teach a television class. There is acting and there is realism. I have loved many TV couples, Luke and Laura (GH), Greg and Jenny (AMC), Vaughn and Sidney (Alias), even Brad and Angelina. I’ve never seen this. Never. ”Terry” says that they never talk about it. They never have to. It’s obvious for the world to see. It is magnetic. The reason why so many of us love it, is because for something to look and feel real, it has to actually be completely real on some level. Many students walk into my classroom. Some I meet and I say ok, they may be good at writing, or they’ll be good on screen. However, every now and then someone will walk into the room, and they are magical. Rare and unpolished, but they’ve just got it. Now I can’t teach that. It is something that is innate, and real. Kerry and Tony have that thing. It can’t be explained, it can’t be scripted, and it cannot be fake.
That said, I’ve read that Shonda will not write the show based on pressure from the fans. I get it. However, the show may be fictional, but that magic that exists between Kerry and Tony is definitely not fictional. Therefore, she’ll do well to use it, at it’s maximum potential.
I do respect the fact that Tony Goldwyn has been married for 26 years, and has two beautiful daughters. Out of that respect, I will not speculate on his relationship with his wife. I can only image how difficult it is for his family to hear fans basically want he and Kerry Washington together, for real. That is tough, I imagine, for all involved.
I don’t know which one of them took their scenes to the next level first. I mean there is acting type of kissing, and then there is kissing…..But one of them really kissed the other, and it has been going on every since.
It makes sense that a writer doesn’t want to write based on the fans. Completely understandable. But, my favorite television shows and films are not written based on a writer’s whims; they are written based on where the characters take them.
One of Shonda’s biggest mistakes, imo, is writing for moments, rather than writing for the characters. She wanted a shocking moment, so she made Fitz kill Verna which made no sense given what we knew about his character. Huck as the murderer, given what we knew about him and his loyalty to Liv, made sense. She wanted a shocking finale so with no foreshadowing or foundation we got “Dad?!”.
I’ve been writing something and when I meet with my colleague to discuss changes, he’s not afraid to tell me, “I feel the writer here, not the character.” So, I go back to the drawing board and either rethink the words, or scrap the idea because it’s not true to the characters. They control me, not the other way around. Ultimately, being right is less important than being true to the characters and the story that’s unfolding.
Shonda, however, doesn’t seem to be receptive to that kind of constructive criticism and until someone intervenes, we’ll continue to get a mess that is now Scandal.
Wow I really appreciate that comment because the writer should stay true to the character development. As much as the fans may not like something a character does, it should never be entirely unbelievable and from left field simply for the purposes of shocking the audience. Case in point: Fitz in the last two episodes had developed into being bold, fearless, daring and strong - like we knew he could be and in the last 5 minutes, we were given something completely out of character for no logical reason….even in his drinking binges, Fitz never ever crawled to Mellie for anything. So now we are to believe that just because Olivia went back to his Gladiators he felt the need to crawl back to Mellie. Were we supposed to believe that he needed to do that in order to get her on his team for re-election? It didn’t add up especially because Mellie’s plan backfired: her approval ratings plummeted because people were against her for airing their dirty laundry - while Fitz’ approval ratings were climbing.