Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Review - The Good Wife Season 1 Episode 2 Crack

After the second episode, The Good Wife is probably my favorite new show so far. While it's set with the obviously looming conviction of Alicia's philandering husband Peter, the show has a great balance between Alicia's home life and her job at a law firm. This show certainly groundbreaking considering the multitude of legal shows out there, and even the wife of a disgraced politician idea isn't too innovative, but what the show does have is a solid cast and good writing, which undoubtedly will give us a good episode every week.

A stripper gets raped, but the state attorney won't touch the case, so Alicia takes the case. It turns out that the stripper was a call-girl and gets thrown into a world she is appalled by. She is also curious about the industry and after she learns her husband pushes the case her way, she gets very suspicious. He calls the stripper Christy and immediately she jumps all over him and asks if she was one of the call-girls the slept with. He of course denies it and later when Alicia questions Christy, she also denies it.

The case is clearly going to end in Alicia's favor and after a semi-surprising acquittal, the State Attorney arrests the offender so it's all good. There are some touchy moments in the case as her friend from college Will (Josh Charles) gets mad at her for overlooking some things. Every time there's a scene between them, I feel as though there may be something between them either in the past, present, or future. I don't want to fall into the paradigm that men can't be just friends with women, but the way they interact (or at least Will) is kind of weird. Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) continues to be a really good character and I love the way she works with Alicia.

Alicia's children are doing research of their own and after a set of photos showing her husband doing lewd things show up at the doorstep, her son discovers they were actually photoshopped. He doesn't tell Alicia anything, but it sets a direction of a long-term arc. With Peter nudging her and all the evidence building up, Alicia will probably uncover some big conspiracy. Great, but at the end of the day, we husband was still unfaithful to her and no matter what he does or what other people did to him, he still cheated on her.

Score: 9.3/10


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