Tuesday, April 16, 2019

What I’m Watching: Veep

Veep: Season 7, Episode 2 “Discovery Weekend” (B)

It’s possible that it’s always been this way, but I don’t think I ever noticed just how little self-awareness Selina possesses. I knew that she was mean and rarely meant what she said even if she did manage to eke out a compliment or actual sentiment here or there, but the way that she can’t notice any of her own behavior is more grating than funny at the moment. I guess she’s not the only one who acts that way, though there’s no pretending that the man who strongly campaigned for the abolishment of daylight saving time is a beacon of intelligence. I did not expect Tom James to express such feelings for Selina, and I like that it ended up distracting both of them enough to create a new opponent in the form of Senator Oluwakemi. I was pleased to see William Fichtner from “Invasion” and “Prison Break” as the enigmatic Felix Wade, and it’s always fun to see Dan Bakkedahl, who will soon be back on “Life in Pieces,” as the effortlessly horrible Roger Furlong. It also took me some time to recognize Rhea Seehorn from “Better Call Saul” as Tom’s deputy campaign manager Michelle, who Selina hilariously gave her drink order to in a cruel (and successful) attempt to demean her. The #notme plotline is a bit silly, though I guess that’s what counts for parody in the age of so many politicians and men in power turning out to have abused their power. Among the better moments of this episode were Richard reading data upside down, Mike still using AOL, and Dan being instantly dismissed by Wade.

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