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Grant: For the People - Scandal, Season One Finale
And to the concluding episode of Scandal’s season one with
new Aristotlean insight! We open with Quinn entering Gideon’s apartment, glee-filled
with the friendliness of the neighborhood bagel shop’s staff.   Upon seeing Gideon bleeding on the
floor, she run...

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Aristotle at Work in Scandal
Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but after revising Aristotle’s Poetics (with the aid of
Michael Tierno) – this time with a highlighter in hand – I’ve decided that I’m
an Aristotlean girl and I think the writers of Scandal are too.   Here’s why I think so: Art...

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Directing and the Art of Suturing...
Before I post the analysis of the final episode of Scandal , I want to say a few words on directing
as it related to suturing, a technique to which I’ve recently become attuned,
whether it be in a movie, TV show or rock concert!   Recently, at a Chris Isaak...

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Reflective Report... Oh No!
I began this project with
the assumption that television, while differing in structure from film, is
based on a morale premise and that the morale premise can be seen in each
episode and each character.    In my research paper,   The Foundation of Story , I...

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Reflective Report... Oh No!
I began this
project with the assumption that television, while differing in structure from
film, is based on a morale premise and that the morale premise can be seen in
each episode and each character.   In
my research paper, The Foundation of
Story , I hy...

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Characters and Sub Plots
While I’ve identified the main beats of each episode, I
still have to analyze how storylines are introduced and interwoven.   The best I can say is that Scandal follows screenwriting best
practices: get in late, get out early. Hence, we jump right into the ...

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Structure
A big part of retaining the promise for television viewers
is maintaining characters’ equilibrium.   People would be shocked – and stop tuning in – if Olivia Pope were to
lose it emotionally and become incapable of directing her team in her smart,
fast-talk...

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The Premise as Promise
The goal of this exercise was to understand the intricacies
of how a story is structured over multiple episodes and how it adheres to its
premise within each episode and over the season, as well as identify what the
buttons are that inspire binge watching. ...

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The Trail - Scandal, Episode 6
We open where we left off in episode five: Olivia, “Why are
you here?”  Fitz, “I didn’t kill
Amanda Tanner.”  Olivia, “I
know.”  Fitz then says, as if it’s
Olivia’s fault, “You left me.  She
was there.  It was one time.  A mistake.”  Olivia, “You cheat on y...

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Crash and Burn - Scandal, Episode 5
On reflection I realize that there is an Ah! that comes in
the final two minutes of each episode, right before we get zinged with a new
problem.    In episode one,
it’s when Sully announces he’s gay and it’s acknowledged that Olivia is “the best
guy.”    In...
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