Sunday, July 17, 2011

What I’m Watching: Franklin & Bash

Franklin & Bash: Season 1, Episode 7 “Franklin vs. Bash” (C-)

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later, and if this show lasts a while, it’s bound to happen again at least a few times. Pitting Franklin and Bash against each other is exactly the kind of device that would serve this show well, especially as Infeld encourages its occurrence. That said, it leads to some entirely ridiculous courtroom conduct, but that’s nothing unusual for this show. Objections like “betrayal” and “stealing my moves” would only fly on a show like this, and the rather randomly timed decision to recombine efforts and defend their clients together feels forced. The entire nature of the case is a stretch, but that’s just something to get used to here. Infeld is seeming increasingly like a puppeteer, pulling the strings on all of his lawyers to manipulate them as he sees fit. I will say that Franklin and Bash definitely make a better pair than the alternative, which is an umemotive Hannah and an unsmiling Karp. It would be nice to involve Pindar and Carmen in a more direct and consistent way since they often seem to enhance the situations and cases involving Hannah and Karp. The Franklin vs. Bash case was much more interesting and involving than the thirteen-year-old adventurer putting equal effort into winning his case and trying to hit on Hannah. That’s one storyline that didn’t work all that well, especially because the father’s attachment to his son was rather obvious and easy to pick up on from the start.

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