Thursday, October 8, 2015

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

The Good Wife: Season 7, Episode 1 “Bond” (B+)

It’s been a long time since I’ve held this show in high regard, and my excitement level for this premiere as compared to a number of other shows this past Sunday night was low. Fortunately, this episode surprised me, and I’m glad to see the show is abandoning some of its past hangups and seems to be headed in a very positive direction on a number of fronts. I wasn’t sure initially what to make of the bond court with Christopher McDonald’s impatient judge, but it seems that it’s offered up the best new ally Alicia could have asked for, in the form of Cush Jumbo’s Lucca Quinn, who was committed enough to come be there for Alicia after she helped her out and smart enough to win a case without having any idea what it was about before she got there. Louis constantly pursuing Alicia while she tells him that he’s the devil is interesting, and I think it’s best that they don’t officially work together yet but interact regularly in this manner instead. The sticky notes case with all of the experts Jane Curtin’s judge didn’t believe were real professions was entertaining, and it’s always fun to see David Lee in court. Grace as Alicia’s assistant, calling her Mrs. Florrick and faking calls to make her seem important, is an impressive delight. I think the addition of Margo Martindale’s Ruth Eastman will be a boon to the show, but blowing off Eli at the beginning of the episode hardly seemed like it would lead to Peter firing him and inspiring him to wage war against Ruth and maybe Peter, content to be the chief of staff for Alicia, who always treated him as more than just a campaign manager. Cary getting hit on by an associate may come back to hurt him, but hopefully he can rehabilitate his aging firm and save himself before anything bad comes of it.

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