Veep, Season 2, Episode 7: “Shutdown”

By Jake Folsom “Shutdown” takes an excellent concept in the wrong direction. The reason for “Veep’s” federal shutdown seems unimportant as we gear up for a blistering satire of Washington inactivity. The prospect of such a shutdown might recall shutdown scares of recent years — inflexible politicians gumming up CSPAN, talking without communicating, using the…

Veep, Season 2, Episode 5: “Helsinki”

By Jake Folsom Have you ever noticed how some people unintentionally affect accents? Often, you can see it when two people with different accents are in conversation. The mimicry is subtle — a changed cadence, or the adoption of an unusual idiom. “Veep” plays with this phenomenon in “Helsinki,” and, once again, proves its gift…

Veep, Season 2, Episode 4: “The Vic Allen Dinner”

By Jake Folsom The funny thing about the term “social media” is that it is, increasingly, a misnomer. People don’t just use Facebook and Twitter recreationally — many are forced to create accounts on these sites for their jobs. “The Vic Allen Dinner” has fun considering the disconnect between professionals who must use social networking,…

Veep, Season 2, Episode 2: “Signals”

By Jake Folsom “Veep” continues to play to its sardonic strength — “Simpsons–style” across-the board stupidity and parody of empty political tomfoolery continue to rein. Both are done beautifully in “Signals,” in which VP Selena Meyer’s discreet “secret signals” to her aides are leaked to the press. Considering an eyebrow scratch, Selena worries about people…