Thursday, March 12, 2015

What I’m Watching: The Good Wife

The Good Wife: Season 6, Episode 14 “Mind’s Eye” (B-)

I’ll admit that this episode’s format was somewhat engaging, but why set an entire hour in someone’s imagination when there are plenty of real developments that could be playing out? I suppose this was a decently useful examination of everything that’s going on and what’s plaguing Alicia, as she struggles to balance the more mundane and insignificant annoyances in her life, like Canning’s suit, and the much more crucial, future-defining moments, like her upcoming interview. Her nonchalance about her laryngitis only emphasized how much she had on her mind because she couldn’t vocalize it. It was a trippy experience to see her jump from Will to Finn to Johnny and then picture Kalinda with Peter, going over every sexual thought she’s had over the course of the past few years. Howard was probably the most entertaining part of her imagined testimony, as he tends to be, completely unaware of and indifferent to what’s going on around him unless it involves food or the allure of apparent power. Eli and Marissa popping up to offer their contradictory commentary on what they thought of Alicia’s remarks was amusing, as was Prady showing up to wax philosophic about their campaigns. Canning getting sent to the hospital was a dramatic and divergent twist, and Alicia being the only work “friend” of his to show up was actually sweet. This installment made it easy to get caught up in the theoretical, like a homeless Zack, and its ending marked a poignant return to what’s actually happening in Alicia’s life.

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