Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Political Animals: At Least Sebastian Stan Still Exists...

Hmm. Anyone else think episode two of Political Animals took a bit of a nose dive?

Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond on Political Animals Whaa?? Sebastian Stan as TJ Hammond on Political Animals USA
T.J. Hammond was stil pretty angsty. After a night of sexin and snortin, he runs out into the darkness like the dirty little secret that he is. And presumably, his hookup got some nice kicks to put up on Ebay. T.J calls his brother Doug for a ride home. And so begins the redundant cycle of lectures at T.J. by his better family members.

Sebastian Stan as TJ Hammond on Political Animals USA Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond on Political Animals USA
His brother wants him to stay clean and sober for five minutes so he can have his freakin engagement party. But the lack of chemistry between Doug and Anne means I care 0.00% about their wedding, her parents, or their constant inability to have sexy sex.

T.J. Hammond "I know you have a whole suicide/coke/downward spiral thing going on... but can you just not wreck cocktail hour?" Political Animals 
Then T.J. goes and visits grandma who essentially shoves alcohol in his face every chance she gets. Grandma - who had an alchie/addict husband and seems to worry that T.J. is going down the same sad road - needs a screwdriver in order to sing her song. What's with that? Keep the mind altering substances to a minimum for five minutes, lady! Like - just don't bring it up.

Sebastian Stan as TJ Hammond on Political Animals USA Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond on Political Animals USA
Then T.J. steals a blank check because that totally makes sense these days. "Hi bank, it's grandma. I need to stop a check because my addict grandson stole it. Thanks bye." Click.

Sebastian Stan as TJ Hammond on Political Animals USA Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond on Political Animals USA
But it doesn't matter because it turns out his 'partners' only really want his name. Which makes T.J. feel all sad inside but not sad enough to not be partners with them. He just wants to make sure they use his name AND his cash... or something. Frankly, the T.J. story wasn't what really bothered me about this episode. What really bothered me was all the other stuff.

Sebastian Stan as TJ Hammond on Political Animals USA Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond on Political Animals USA
At this point, my screen-captures will become totally irrelevant to what I'm writing about. Because Sebastian Stan is nice to look at and Ciaran Hinds really really is not. What's WITH him? Why would anyone ever EVER sleep with him? I don't care how powerful you are, my reaction to sexual advances from that fellow would be eww. And I swear, if I have to hear him say 'sugah' one more time, I'm going to throw my shoes at his face.

And this week, unfortunately, he wasn't the only one bugging me.

Sebastian Stan as TJ Hammond on Political Animals USA Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond on Political Animals USA
Sigourney Weaver is not meant for mousy, cowed, weak-willed, wifey-poo. Not only did it feel like she forgot how to act in that flashback, but it's a major bummer for the character. How would a woman with the mother she has ever be that sort of person? It was too far in the other direction. The extent to which they defanged her really bummed me out. And to have it be such such an icky man that she's fawning all over makes it even worse.

Sebastian Stan as TJ Hammond on Political Animals USA Sebastian Stan as T.J. Hammond on Political Animals USA
Eh. The whole thing is only six episodes so it's not a huge time commitment. And I'm hoping maybe the second episode was just stumbled over because they were rushing. Or trying to dump too much backstory. Or had the story-lines too spread out. Or something.

Whatever. Sebastian Stan is there. So I'll be there too.

1 comment:

  1. Hey you have'nt done your weekly recap on maggie and Jim from newsroom. I look forward to them. Please do one. :(

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