Thursday, September 25, 2014

What I’m Watching: The Good Wife (Season Premiere)

The Good Wife: Season 6, Episode 1 “The Line” (B-)

After a disappointing end to last season, I’m not sure what I expected from this premiere, but I’m not convinced that either of the two major plotlines featured here are the right way to go. I understand that Josh Charles wanted to be written out of the show and therefore killing him off was necessary, but now the show is headed in whatever direction its creative team thinks is best. Having Cary arrested and making it impossible for everyone who knows him to get him released is a strange and dark way to go, since he was a perfectly competent and strong character out in the real world. It makes Lemond Bishop a bigger part of the story than he should be, especially as he tries to get his underlings to cut off Cary’s fingers and forces Kalinda to stop questioning his people. It’s going to prove immensely distracting, and I don’t think that this is the way that Finn, who isn’t a great character as it is, needs to be positioned. It’s clear that Castro has an axe to grind with Peter after Eli’s rather blatant manipulation of the two of them, and it’s going to be an uphill battle this season. Where Diane ends up isn’t of much interest, but telling Louis and David that she’s retiring was a poor idea because now they think she’s up to something whereas they might not have had any clue had she remained silent. It was good to see Sarah Steele back as Eli’s daughter, though her role in each of her scenes was rather forced.

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