TV Club: Scandal finds some focus, but it’s not enough

Well, that mystery didn’t last long. Or at least, that’s what we’re supposed to think. This season started with the unexpected assassination of Frankie Vargas and Cyrus’ path to power. It seemed like Olivia and her crew would spend weeks taking Cyrus down in order to uncover the truth. Well, that didn’t happen. Instead, Olivia and the Popes are given little to do in an episode that allows Cyrus to tell his own story. It’s fitting that Cyrus would guide his own downfall. It’s a petty move that takes power from Olivia and, boy, does Cyrus Beene love a petty chess move. That’s how all of “Fates Worse Than Death” functions. The episode is simply a chess move in a game that’s working to unravel a larger mystery. Whether that mystery will actually make sense or have an enjoyable payoff is another …

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