Sunday, July 10, 2011

What I’m Watching: Franklin & Bash

Franklin & Bash: Season 1, Episode 6 “Big Fish” (C-)

This show continues to be decently entertaining while becoming even more ridiculous than ever before. Having a CEO who stole from all of his shareholders is nothing original since nearly every legal show is doing that these days. The twist that he’s dying and he wants to reimburse everyone he ripped off is a bit more innovative, but of course this show isn’t content to leave it at that and needs to include a few even more absurd modifications. His misdiagnosis seems a bit too convenient, and threatening his lawyers was a big jump, though I suppose not too surprising for such a self-centered, powerful man. Franklin and Bash managing to suggest an alternative sentence and condemn him to that while interviewing him on the stand is something that could only happen on this show, and to think that the judge would allow any of that requires an enormous amount of suspension of belief. Jason Alexander was relatively fun in the role, though I can’t say that it demanded all that much of him. The secondary plotline was absolutely silly, with Hanna and Karp including Pindar in their latest efforts to attract a new client simply because of his ethnicity. It’s hardly a shock that what ended up being the downfall for the surprisingly well-presented Pindar was a toenail clipping collection put on the fridge by Franklin and Bash. This law firm has to be one of the most preposterous places to work, and not just because bonuses are given away to charity based on a throw of a dart.

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