Originally Posted by jandron
A couple of thoughts about this show...
--I generally like political shows, and I've been holding on through this one. But boy, could the story BE and closer to that of Hillary Clinton? To hear the producers say that Elaine is an amalgam of different people is just absurd. Try a little harder to be less 'on the nose' next time. Some of the casting is good, the brothers are credible and Ellen Burstyn steals every scene she's in, and Carla Gugino is easy on the eyes. But Ciaran Hinds bothers me; I just don't see any of the good looks and charm that this character is supposed to possess, and that all of his randy behavior is built around, so none of it works for me. And Weaver does a nice job, but as someone pointed out, she's too old to be some kind of sex object.
---And while we're on the subject, it must be Greg Berlanti's mission to desensitize us to gay relationships by putting them in our faces as much as possible. It bothers me, sorry. I have liberal views on the subject, but I don't want to see it on my TV.
--I DO like that they're shooting here in Philadelphia, and though elsewhere I've seen mention of 'cheap-looking' sets, that doesn't bother me. I understand it's TV on a budget, and I think they're doing a nice job with limited resources. Sigourney Weaver's wardrobe, on the other hand, is pretty awful.
---I don't get what drives some of the character's actions. It seems to me the last thing someone in Elaine Hammond's position would do would be to run against an incumbent president in her own party, particularly one whom she seems to have a decent relationship with, and some respect for. It seems like political suicide and absolute folly, and I would think she'd be smarter than that. With a 50-50 country you couldn't fracture your own party and expect to survive. Real fantasyland stuff. Not to mention the ticking time bomb that is her son, that she'd have to realize is out of control and could go off at any time.
Hillary's situation has to be tantalizing to a political soap opera writer. Wife to a charismatic (and philandering) former president husband, former Senator, former Presidential candidate in her own right, current Secretary of State. If Hillary did not exist, this character would be thought to be preposterous. Like her or not, She's a fascinating person.
I don't thing the Gay son exists to "desensitize" us as much as show how that could could be a problem to a political family. His drug use (and sexual escapades) do not put him in a good light.
The "charm" of the ex-prez has everything to do with power. Not everyone would call Bill Clinton (or Henry Kissinger, for that matter) attractive.
As for running against the incumbent, both Ronald Reagan and Ted Kennedy did it, and it didn't stop Reagan from getting elected four years later. Elaine and the President had clear differences, dating back to their run against one another. Also, Elaine felt that the toad VP had too much influence. Had the President lived. I do think Elaine would have taken his offer to be VP.
The series was soap-operish, but held my interest. I felt that the ending set up a sequel, if one is called for.