Thursday, May 14, 2015

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

The Good Wife: Season 6, Episode 22 “Wanna Partner?” (B-)

I’m not quite sure what to make of this finale, which feels both slow and rushed at the same time and comes at the end of a decidedly scattered season. Peter reporting that he has been asked to run for president so that he can actually secure the vice-presidential nomination comes from out of left field, and though I know it’s possible to come back from political pratfalls, it would seem to me that a state’s attorney who served time in jail might have a hard time getting elected, and having his wife disgraced and forced to resign due to corruption charges can’t possibly help either. Committing to the suspension of disbelief is crucial here, as Alicia is now looking to build yet another firm with random partners, pulling Finn around for the second time recently, linking his future completely to hers. Louis Canning showing up at the end with an offer to partner based on his fury at David, Diane, and Cary for firing his wife because they thought she was a spy is a shocking twist, and one that I don’t think Alicia will take to kindly, though I suppose it would be quite interesting to see the two of them working together, constantly disagreeing about ethics. Kalinda’s big return was certainly dramatic, but her final appearance is emblematic of her wasted time on this show this season, something that should serve as a strong argument against keeping characters around for no reason. Nothing worthwhile was accomplished with her this year, and it’s a shame it took up so much of the plotline. This show just got picked up by CBS for a seventh season, and I can only hope it will be better than this year has been.

Season grade: C+
Season MVP: Julianna Margulies

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