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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

VEEP Season 4 Review: Amy's Meltdown Was Even Better Than I Hoped It Would Be

You know, I think it's interesting/ironic that just when Hilary Clinton announces she is going to run for U.S. president--the first female front runner for president we've had in a looooong while--VEEP centers its entire fourth season around a woman who has proven herself to be one of the worst presidents of all time.

Or so her campaign manager Amy Brookheimer (Anna Chlumsky) proclaims. And honestly, if you've watched the previous three seasons, you could kinda see this coming.

In case you haven't been watching, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss), clueless Vice President-turned-even more clueless President, has convinced herself she's at the top of her game in her new role despite not having even been able to master her position when she was #2. With the same cabinet of bozos (albeit hilarious bozos) in her cabinet, it's like she's broken the glass ceiling but doesn't quite know how to wiggle her way through it. Thus marks the premise of the last season, nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards this year including Outstanding Comedy Series.

I recently got the chance to catch up with the season (now available on Digital HD) and, while I always get a kick out of watching the hysterical shenanigans that run rampant in this fictionalized portrayal of the Oval Office, I thought it was especially fascinating watching that be compounded by the collision of egos just when everything--for all intents and purposes--was finally coming together.

Now I know what everyone was spoiling tweeting when folks on Twitter made reference to the fact that Amy finally lost it. Well, having now watched it, that's a bit of an overstatement. She hasn't lost it as much as she has completely stopped holding it all together for the sake of what has turned out to be utter nonsense. And, really, that's commendable. But I'm sure feminists lost their s**t when Amy said this now immortalized line:

“The fact that you are a woman means we will have no more women presidents because we tried one and she f–king sucked.”
Imagine, like, a trillion exclamation points after that sentence because it is a pretty heated moment that began much earlier than that. It even left Selina speechless. But with this Amy wrote her own pink slip and was emancipated from the foolery. So, good on her. And also: Chlumsky deserves to win all the prizes, posters and stickers for an amazing season. Her typical ticking bound abruptness wrapped in genuine brilliance went toe to toe with Dreyfuss's polished incompetence. I absolutely loved it. It's just more proof that strong and complex characters are 1) mostly found on the small screen and 2) are neither defined by their physical strength nor their resilience.

We all dream of telling off our cartoonish superiors in real life, but Amy (who's never been the one to hold her tongue, no matter how far up the chain of command you are) actually does it. Now I anxiously await her next move. 

Season 4 of VEEP is now available on Digital HD. 


Anonymous said...

I'll be on the lookout for it!

Daniel said...

I thought season 4 was probably the best of the entire series!

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