Veep Season 2 Review “Running”

Selina’s big gamble in last week’s episode paid off, meaning she was back on top as “Running” began. Still, Veep being the show it is, it didn’t take long for more bad luck to bring Selina back down. As a lead in to next week’s finale, this episode did a good job of setting things in motion. Unfortunately, it did little other than that in terms of comedy.

The big problem this week was that nobody really seemed to care. This isn’t a fault of the actors; it’s just that most of the characters are pretty unenthusiastic about the vice president right now. This is even before she walked through the glass, as both Amy and Dan were contemplating jumping ship. Add in Mike’s usual incompetence and Sue’s nonchalant attitude, and it was hard to feel that anyone was on Selina’s side.

There just felt like a bit of narrative disconnect. Again, at the start of the episode, Selina was back to her old self, ready to recommit herself to the vice presidency and prepare to make another run for office six years down the line. Everyone around her seemed ready to write her off, but we weren’t given much of a reason to believe her comeback wasn’t legitimate. Things only took a turn for the worse when she hit the glasses and ended up on a medical high.

These scenes should’ve been more fun than they were, but everyone’s depressed attitude made it hard to get invested. At least Julia Louis-Dreyfus seemed to be having fun, lounging around in a bathrobe and giggling maniacally. Gary was also great, both in the veep’s closet searching for outfits and trying to keep up with her at the fun run.

As the episode came to a close, Selina once again doubted herself, to the point that she’s not sure she can continue to support a president who constantly throws her under the bus. While this moment was probably meant to confirm the fears of the other characters, it instead felt like her reaction to everyone else constantly doubting and standing against her.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Are you for or against Selina? Let me know in the comments!

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