Tuesday, March 21, 2023

What I’m Watching: Perry Mason

Perry Mason: Season 2, Episode 2 “Chapter Ten” (B+)

It’s interesting to see Perry drawn in to a case that he wasn’t trying to be a part of, but he’s also exactly the right man to defend Rafael and Mateo Gallardo, who are most certainly not guilty but are being portrayed that way in the press and the courtroom. Perry nearly got himself into trouble by telling the judge what was prejudicial, and now these brothers have essentially been convicted by the severity of the crime they’re accused of, rather than proven to actually have committed it. This show’s cast keeps getting better and better, with Hope Davis chewing plenty of scenery in a very different way than she’s been doing throughout season two of “Your Honor,” and Katherine Waterston showing up as the teacher who was more than ready to answer all of Perry’s condescending accusations with confirmation that she really does care about her students. I was impressed with Perry for figuring out how to save his own life when he ran into Detective Holcomb on the boat and then he told his boys to “give him a tour.” Raising a toast to him so that everyone knew his name was smart, and now Perry has firmly established himself as someone who can’t be killed. Charlie Goldstein, on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky, and this case is likely to only get more sinister. Paul and Pete need to work on their open communication so that they can work together and ensure each other’s safety, and as always, Hamilton got the best line of the episode when he questioned whether Della telling him that he sounded like a DA was a compliment or an insult.

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