'Scandal' is hard to turn off

Akron Beacon JournalSeptember 5, 2013 

  • NEW RELEASES

    These DVDs were released this week:

    Films: The Iceman (based on the true story of serial killer and mob assassin Richard Kuklinski starring Lexington native Michael Shannon); Now You See Me; Stories We Tell; From Up on Poppy Hill; Empire State; Petunia; Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie; Slightly Single in L.A.; The Stranger Within; The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Thrillers (from The Public Enemy to Inception, boxed set celebrating Warner Bros.' 90th anniversary); The Jesse Stone Collection; Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest; Song of the South: Duane Allman and the Rise of The Allman Brothers; DCI Banks: Aftermath.

    TV series: The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season; Criminal Minds: The Eighth Season; Parks and Recreation: Season Five; Revolution: The Complete First Season; Mama's Family: The Complete Series; Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season; The Shield: The Complete Series Collection; Sinbad: The Complete First Season; Wild Kratts: Wildest Animal Adventures; Regular Show: Fright Pack; Ancient Aliens: Season 5, Volume 1; Da Vinci's Demons: The Complete First Season; Blandings, Series 1 (two-disc set, U.S. debut of the BBC series adapted from P.G. Wodehouse's celebrated stories).

    THE WASHINGTON POST

The parade of collections of TV shows continues this week. Among them is the second season of one of the nuttiest, most addictive, anything-can-happen shows on the air: Scandal, the ABC drama about politics, love, sex, intrigue, double-dealing, betrayal and expressive lip-curling.

Series creator Shonda Rhimes has mainly been known for more realistic shows, including Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, but those shows would take crazy plot turns. And watching Scandal is on a par with taking the craziest moment from one of those shows and doing it every week, three to five times an episode. The only appropriate reaction to Scandal is, "Can you believe they went there?"

Of course, it's also immensely entertaining both because of its unpredictability and because it has a cast — led by Kerry Washington but including a lot of TV pros in parts big and small — that can deliver even the most ludicrous lines convincingly. And as the second season showed, even when it seems to be going crazy, Scandal can veer suddenly into emotionally effective scenes; I am thinking especially of what has been done with Huck, the highly skilled and utterly tormented operative played by Guillermo Diaz. There's no tongue in cheek in his, or any other, performance.

One of the extras on the new DVD set is, in fact, an extended look at Diaz, Huck and especially the episode "Seven Fifty-Two" that so touchingly filled in the character's history. Other, somewhat brief pieces include one on the show's staging of an assassination attempt on President Grant (Tony Goldwyn), an extended version of the second-season finale, deleted scenes and a blooper reel that, if nothing else, shows how many cast members know their way around F-bombs.

Maybe that will tide you over until the third season begins Oct. 3.

Scandal: The Complete Second Season retails for $45.99 on standard DVD.


NEW RELEASES

These DVDs were released this week:

Films: The Iceman (based on the true story of serial killer and mob assassin Richard Kuklinski starring Lexington native Michael Shannon); Now You See Me; Stories We Tell; From Up on Poppy Hill; Empire State; Petunia; Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie; Slightly Single in L.A.; The Stranger Within; The Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Thrillers (from The Public Enemy to Inception, boxed set celebrating Warner Bros.' 90th anniversary); The Jesse Stone Collection; Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest; Song of the South: Duane Allman and the Rise of The Allman Brothers; DCI Banks: Aftermath.

TV series: The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season; Criminal Minds: The Eighth Season; Parks and Recreation: Season Five; Revolution: The Complete First Season; Mama's Family: The Complete Series; Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season; The Shield: The Complete Series Collection; Sinbad: The Complete First Season; Wild Kratts: Wildest Animal Adventures; Regular Show: Fright Pack; Ancient Aliens: Season 5, Volume 1; Da Vinci's Demons: The Complete First Season; Blandings, Series 1 (two-disc set, U.S. debut of the BBC series adapted from P.G. Wodehouse's celebrated stories).

THE WASHINGTON POST

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