Thoughts occasioned by watching the first season of Scandal

  • When you think about it, being the President is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. I mean, four out 44 presidents were assassinated. That’s nine percent. If you figure that each president serves, on average, about five years, then that’s an annualized death rate of around 1.7%? Whereas when I quickly googled the most dangerous jobs in America, it looked like they all had annualized death rates of well under 1%. (Also, two Presidents were injured in assassination attempts, so there’s a chance of that as well.)
  • The president in this show, Fitz Grant, looks simultaneously really weathered and really young. There’s something about the strange smoothness around his eyes.
  • I really like how everyone in this show is a Republican. I feel like Republicans are underrepresented on TV dramas.
  • This show’s emphasis on personal melodrama is absurd. Like, there’s an entire episode that boils down to, “If you can prove that you really love your wife, then you’ll be elected President.” And not only that, but this seems so intuitively obvious to everyone that it doesn’t even need to be debated. Ummmmmm…I don’t think it’s that big a deal. Actually, lots of the scandals don’t seem like that big a deal. Like, the President had an affair with an intern? Who cares? That actually happened. And it came out. And it was a scandal, but it passed. The current president admitted that he’d once snorted cocaine! And no one really cared. In order for a scandal to be a scandal nowadays, there’s gotta be an extra twist. It either has to be illegal (Eliot Spitzer) or it has to be hypocritical (Larry Craig) or it needs to be really absurd (Anthony Weiner; Mark Sanford). Just cheating on your wife isn’t enough.