Friday, July 20, 2012

Political Animals



Wait. I can't believe that I forgot to mention how much I love Political Animals. Yes, they kind of did a lot of filming near where I work and that was kind of a pain in the butt HOWEVER, so. freaking. worth. it.

Sigourney Weaver, resident ladybadass, stars as Elaine Barrish, who is basically Hillary Clinton, another ladybadass. The show starts when Elaine, a former first lady, concedes her historical Presidential run to a charismatic male contender. She said something about how this shouldn't discourage more girls and women from wanting to be President, and that she will live to see the first female President of the United States. I, of course, cried at this point, which was, by the way, 4 minutes into the show.

Elaine's campaign had similar problems to Hillary Clinton's. She was called frigid and her husband took up a lot of the spotlight. People were disappointed with her, but refused to connect. When her egomaniac husband starts going off after the concession speech, Elaine asks for a divorce. OHHHHH.

The show picks up three years later. Elaine goes on to become the Secretary of State, and carries the administration on her sky-high approval rating. A reporter named Susan Berg (a Maureen Dowd type, but younger and not as obnoxious) who earned a Pulitzer for her reporting President Barrish's affairs during his term trades on Barrish family secrets to spend a week with Elaine, doing a special interest piece.

AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS GOING TO BE SO COOL.

At first I was unsure of Susan Berg, probably because I don't like Maureen Dowd, but she actually got kind of an interesting back story! Since her Pulitzer beginnings, she hasn't done much award-winning reporting. She and Elaine, and Elaine's family, all hate each other.... but Elaine and Susan, despite their tension, understand each other. They're both women in male-dominated fields who work their asses off and have to pretend they're not working hard. They deal with dirtbag dudes and don't take crap from them.

I think that the show is trying to use the "family drama" angle, with Elaine's sassy alcoholic mother and her addict gay son and other son who's perfect and marrying a bulimic girl and her ex-husband's craziness, but  I think Susan and Elaine are going to be the most interesting parts of the show. While the current administration fritters away its chances to do good, Elaine doesn't back down. At the end of the episode, she leaks a story to Susan so that she can get her way in a diplomatic affair. And then she turns to her bodyguard and tells him that she's going to run for President again... and win this time.

 OHHHH. OH OH OH! So freaking badass, right? I want to know if Hillary Clinton watches this show. Also... I can't believe it's taken this long for Hilary Clinton to get a screen adaptation. I hope that the show doesn't get like, catty scandalous, like many shows about women do, but I have high hopes. Here's one to watch!


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