Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Good Wife 5.5: The Villain in This Story

The Good Wife came through with its promise of an episode that would change everything - 5.5 surely did, in a story that was minute for minute one of the best hours I've ever seen on television.

You know what happened, so I won't burden you with a recap.  Instead, I'll cut to the chase with this honest observation:  I was rooting for Alicia and Cary at the beginning of the episode, but, by the end, I was rooting for Will and company, or what would wind up still being Lockhart, Gardner.

The two sides were and are pretty evenly matched.  Will's the best lawyer in the bunch.   But Alicia and Cary are better than any of the older parters, with the exception of Diane, who now will likely be staying in the firm.

I enjoyed the match of wits and tactics.   I also enjoyed - as drama - Peter as governor coming to the aid of his wife.  But I couldn't root for such de facto corruption.  Peter's threatening Chum Hum with looking into taxation of Internet business was bad enough.   But his pulling the Supreme Court judgeship from Diane was going too far.

I get that this a realistic portrayal of politics and business, but I don't have to like or admire it.   It's admirable that Peter is coming to the defense of Alicia as her husband.   But using the weight of his office to do this sticks in the craw.   Politics doesn't always have to be like this.

It does have the good effect of likely keeping Diane with Gardner, Lockhart.   And with Kalinda still working for Will, this firm will be able to put up a good fight against Florrick, Agos, Associates,  and the Governor on their side.  There should be some superb television ahead in Chicago this season!

See also The Good Wife 5.1: Capital Punishment and Politicians' Daughters


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