As Luke Cage’s Alfre Woodard reflects on the 2016 presidential election, her hope is that the next generation will be able to fix the damage that has been done to the national conversation.
During the “Commanders-in-Chief: Playing the President” panel at the New Yorker Festival, Woodard, who played President Constance Payton in the short-lived NBC series State of Affairs, referred to the current election as stranger than fiction.
The State of Affairs season finale is here. While it’s still unclear whether this episode, “Deadcheck,” will also act as its series finale, the producers chose to end with a cliffhanger. I applaud their optimism, but also, I’m just not buying it.
Though NBC’s Katherine Heigl drama State of Affairs hasn’t been a ratings success, the series will swing for the fences during its season finale on Monday—ending with a cliffhanger rather than a sense of closure for those few viewers who have stuck by the show.
“It’s a very dark, ominous cliffhanger ending in this finale,” executive producer Joe Carnahan tells EW. “It certainly doesn’t wrap everything up. I felt that it was appropriate for the season to culminate in this way.”
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In honor of Presidents Day, EW is holding its own Presidential Election—featuring five equally deserving candidates from your favorite (currently airing) television shows. Every day this week, a new presidential character joined the race, complete with a slogan and a poster. We ask that you, the electorate, consider each character thoroughly before voting for your ultimate presidential pick. Scroll down to check out all five candidates—and cast your vote below.
The winner will be announced on Monday, Feb. 16—Presidents Day—with a parade to follow. Not really… but they don’t care. They’re fictional.
In honor of Presidents’ Day, EW is holding its own Presidential Election—featuring five equally deserving candidates from your favorite (currently airing) television shows. Every day this week, a new presidential character will join the race, complete with a slogan and a poster. We ask that you, the electorate, consider each character thoroughly before voting for your ultimate presidential pick this weekend. The winner will be announced on Monday, Feb. 16—Presidents’ Day—with a parade to follow. Not really… but they don’t care. They’re fictional.
This week’s episode, “Here and Now,” was also about the now and then. We got plenty of flashbacks to the earlier, more innocent days of Charlie and Nick—the ones before they got themselves into this particular life-or-death situation. But, it was also about all of the hard choices the president and Charlie needed to make because of their “kill them all” pact. Smartly, this episode managed to keep most of the B-plots on the sidelines and focus on the task at hand: the mission, and all the messy emotional turmoil surrounding it.
This was rebuilding episode. Nothing major happened—there were no bombs, or attacks, or significant deaths or things learned. And, sadly, “The Faithful” lacked the humor of last week’s “The War at Home.” All of the action that could have happened in its final scenes managed to get shoved into the preview for next week’s episode, which always feels like a ruse. I know it’s not quite sweeps week yet, but I still don’t think the episode’s most exciting moments should be relegated to the 15-second sneak peek for the next installment. That’s not the same as a cliffhanger.
State of Affairs did a really good job of following up last week’s peak episode. While it wasn’t going to match the emotional highs (revealing the mole!) or lows (Green and Navarro in danger!) of “Cry Havoc,” the show managed to take another path entirely: comic relief. Some of the most endearing moments on this show have been when the characters—and particularly Heigl, since humor is arguably her strength—show that they actually have a sense of humor.
This week’s episode was infinitely better than last week’s episode. ”Cry Havoc” featured real plot advancement, including meaningful contact with Omar Fatah and a reveal on who the agency mole/person texting Charlie was. It also gave us not one, but two offings of secondary characters. Ask and ye shall receive! Thank you, State of Affairs! The whole team showed some real life this week, and it’s episodes like this one that make the snoozefest that was “Ghosts” all the more incomprehensible.
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