Monday, June 26, 2017

TV Show Review: Veep (Season 6)

The ruthless nature of politics turns to brutal jokes in the sixth season of this highly awarded HBO Comedy. Former President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) seeks to cement her legacy with a presidential library and a tell-all book. At her side, Gary Walsh (Tony Hale) continues to assist Selina along with his trusted bag and whisper in her ear all the names she is supposed to remember. Amy Brookheimer (Anna Chlumsky) hopes to get her new boyfriend elected but her rough tactics that were welcome in D.C. prove a little harsh in this local race. Dan Egan (Reid Scott) works as a new broadcaster after leaving the lobbyist industry. Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons) finds success as a politician making one incompetent decision after another. 

Selina continues to be involved in international politics traveling to Georgia, the country, to oversee the first election. Her book depends on the diary of Mike McLintok (Matt Walsh) who she brings along with her. Also accompanying everywhere is Richard Splett (Sam Richardson) who is always ready with a hilarious comment. Selina forms a relationship with Mohammed Al Jaffar (Usman Ally) who helps her out of troublesome situations when she hopes to have a positive photo op. Selina's cold-hearted nature is illustrated most clearly in her relationship with her daughter Catherine Meyer (Sarah Sutherland) who has formed a relationship with Marjorie (Clea DuVall). 

Jonah finds himself courted by the daughter of a wealthy donor who grooms him for marriage. He manages to form a powerful block of Congress and shuts down the government. Assisting Jonah are Selena's former aides Kent Davison (Gary Cole) and Ben Cafferty (Kevin Dunn). Selina fields rumor of being nominated for the Supreme Court and moves closer to solidifying the location of the Presidential Library. Dan finds that his cohost is spreading rumors about them dating off air and Dan ambitiously embraces the gossip to facilitate his rise as a host. As her health declines with a heart attack, she finds that Gary mirrors her problems and makes her promise to come down to his hometown. Selina charms the stereotypical Southerners with a story she steals from her assistant.

Mike loses Selina's diary so her book publication is overshadowed by the controversial of her past mistakes. However, a past accomplishment that she never got credit for comes to light as well making her a hero for a brief period of time. As the plans for Selina's library are made to look like a vagina, it is revealed that it is buried on the former slaves quarters but of course, Selina doesn't care and wants to cover it up. The finale reflects back on Selina's rough trail through politics and her history of narcissism. At the end of the season, Selina decides to run for President again forcing her to break up with Jaffar but so does Jonah and Dan finds out he got Amy pregnant.

I finally caught up on all of Veep in the last few months and have found the show enjoyable and hilarious. It took me a while to understand the dynamic that Selina is not a likable character and her staff, or former staff, are the characters to actually root for in the hard, cruel world of politics. While the current White House has reached a new level of outrageous, Veep still seems relevant and not so far off base as to ruin the humor or story. It will be interesting to see how the show adjusts to being back on the campaign trail. 

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