Some random observations on the new presidential, uh, drama:
Wow, does Geena Davis look bad. Did the producers force her to plump up so that she would have more "weight" or is the prospect of playing Hillary three years in advance enough to drive some people to slam the Hagen Daz?
I had very low expectations for the show and they were happily realized. We spent most of the time laughing at the dialog and I found myself looking at my watch and marveling just how long an hour can be. Sherry's opinion was that the writers must have assumed that they had to clear out all the Powerful Female clichés in the first episode.
But we haven't had a president since Jed Bartlett jumped the shark several seasons back, so I suppose that Mackenzie Allen will have to do. The show would have been much better, incidentally, if the president's name had been something like Abzug. At least then, all those nasty Republican tricks would have made sense.
One vérité element was that there were no Democrats present in the government, kind of like it is in "real" life. Another was the brain dead Republican president. The joke here is that even with his brain quietly exploding beneath a swath of bandage and an impressively large tube lodged in his right nostril, the doomed CIC was still more articulate than the actual specimen. Some other jokes were that he had tapped a female veep and a black chief of staff. We know that would would never happen. And for some reason, none of the speechwriters were Jewish. What's up with that?
Leave it to television to come up with a plot device that has the new skirted president flexing her military muscles by sending in the Marines to rescue a Nigerian woman who was set to be executed for "having sex" or something like that. Yes, it's The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sista-presidency. The achievement is quite impressive. The writers managed to condescend to almost every woman in America in under 40 minutes.
I'm not sure what to make of the feature that President Allen is an Independent. I assume that this is so she'll get nowhere with either party, which just might end up saving the Republic.