I’m doing a slightly simplified blog post today—blogging every day is hard! But it’s a technique that many journalists practice and that I need to develop: I’m linking to an external article I’ve written.
I mentioned yesterday that it would be fun, if not the biggest challenge, to dress as Alicia and Will from The Good Wife. Well, I’m not just a fan of the show; I recap it for the entertainment website Reel Life with Jane.
It’s a great show. It’s well into its sixth season now, and its fifth was quite possibly its best. And that’s saying a lot. If you’re not already watching, I encourage you to start.
The show constantly deals with ethical issues in politics and law and the intersection of the two realms, constantly blurring the lines between good and evil. For example, one question it brought up for me again yesterday, is whether Alicia’s firm should keep a client who is a well-respected member of society for his legitimate businesses, but who is also a known drug kingpin with some questionable practices.
Cary’s not out of the woods yet: Diane learns that [the lead witness] was killed in a car accident. Accident? Really? I’m not so sure. It’s pretty shady. Could Lemond Bishop have been behind it? If so, that was pretty easy. Or could Castro have something to do with it? Could Castro really be that evil? Either way, it again brings up the question of why Florrick-Agos-Lockhart would still want Bishop as a client if he can so easily kill those who get in his way. But we’re jumping the gun; we really don’t know yet if it wasn’t an accident.
Read the whole recap.
Though built loosely around the question of whether the diligent wife will stay with her philandering politician husband, the show has become so much more than that. Creators Robert and Michelle King skillfully balance the procedural stories with the overall arc, and hook viewers with every twist—and there are plenty. The acting is terrific, with several of its cast winning Emmy nominations and awards and lots of guest stars from television and stage, the stories tight and timely, and the music so wonderful, adding drama and excitement to the already thrilling action.
Though there are clearly spoilers in the recap, hopefully it’s also clear enough to explain what’s going on while piquing your interest. If you do watch the show, read and comment about some of the questions, and let me know your thoughts.
Thanks, and enjoy!