The Complete 2nd Season

DVD - 2014
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Former Senator Selina Meyer was a charismatic leader and a rising star in her party with her eye on the White House. Then she became vice president. Veep follows the whirlwind day-to day existence of Vice President Meyer as she puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, and defends the president's interests, even as she tries to improve her dysfunctional relationship with the Chief Executive.
Publisher: [United States] : HBO Home Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2014
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 278 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jul 14, 2014

President Selina Meyer would like to be more involved in the happenings of her government in the second season of Veep. In her quest to achieve this, the audience is introduced to a few new faces: Kent Davison, the Presidential Strategist, is a loathsome, statistic-obsessed psychopath, according to Selina; Ben Cafferty is the President’s over-stressed Chief of Staff, who essentially runs everything for the incompetent POTUS. The VP is also burdened by her useless ex-husband Andrew, whom she maintains a complicated relationship with. She and her team, who miraculously manage to remain in-tact after last season’s shenanigans, are attempting to deal with the new ones that Selina’s quest for greater power creates.

While this season of Veep places Vice President Selina Meyer in the same situation as the first, it throws a lot more problems her way, as she seems to have even more people than usual trying to cheat her. POTUS is always a pain, as is competitor Danny Chung, however Selina is now forced to deal with an in-office enemy in Kent, as well as her ex-husband Andrew trying to make her life miserable. Not to mention the fact that her relationship with her daughter continues to be an awkward, strained one. It’s interesting to watch Selina deal with all the stress she’s put under this season, as she and her team do not handle it well. She’s very unhappy with her position under the President, which is understandable seeing as he’s quite incompetent and generally terrible, and the circumstances that surround her Vice Presidency. Throughout the entirety of the season, she feels that she’s getting taken advantage of by everyone around her, especially the men and specifically Kent and Andrew, as well as Roger Furlong and others, and even international males get in on it. Needless to say, she is getting tired of being a puppet, revealing one of the other main themes this season: Selina’s quest for more power. She really doesn’t have a say in anything within her government, and she wants to change that. While she is making this her mission, however, unbeknownst to her, her team are having doubts about whether or not they want to continue to back her in her campaign. Clearly, season two was a frustrating one for all of the Veeple.

Season one was a massive success, I’d say, as I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the show, but season two of Veep was even better. The audience spends the whole season feeling terrible for Selina, as everything is out of control and going wrong all around her, including her personal life. She’s unhappy with what she’s being assigned to, she’s being lied to by the people she’s supposed to trust, and she’s being harassed constantly. It’s no wonder that she’s fed up with her circumstances. The writers managed to handle Selina’s stress quite well, even while she did not, and found a way to make the show just as amusing and quick-witted as its first season – if not more so. The situations that Selina and her staff found themselves in were amusing as always, and I still do not understand how they managed to get out of them, let alone do the damage control to make them look somewhat decent. You can’t help but feel for the team in these situations, but mostly for Selina, as it’s a true mystery that these people are still employed after all that they’ve muddled up and all the people they’ve crossed. If this is even remotely true to life, and this is how Washington is run, it’s a marvel that anything gets done. Nevertheless, it makes for wonderful comedy and one of the best shows on television.

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