Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Review - The Good Wife Season 1 Episode 17 Heart

It finally happened. After almost a season of stares and suggestive conversations, Alicia and Will kiss for a few seconds before Alicia gets a hold of herself and runs off. Unsatisfied, she runs back up to the office to find Will, but he isn't there. This alludes to a later conversation when Will says they never get their timing right. Alicia is still feeling the need for something, and finds Peter at home. Using him as a proxy for Will, Alicia does her thing, but it's clear her mind is on Will. Alicia nixes the idea of a relationship stating that she doesn't want to risk her job. Will leaves the door open, but it'll be a while before more happens.

The case was the most controversial yet. An insurance company is denying an experimental treatment to save a fetus. Peter plays nicely into the story by using his connections to the insurance commissioner to win the case.

The writers are playing with fire with the amount of controversial issues they threw into the episode. While they tried somewhat to be fair, it was evident that their liberal views came through. From the demonization of insurance companies to the weird reactions to religion, the writers got their point across. Insurance companies are supposed to forgo profits for the most stringent needs of all their parents. When Pastor Isaiah asks Peter if he believes Jesus died for his sins, Peter has no clue what it means, and doesn't want to know what it means. Peter doesn't know the basic tenant of Christianity? Then, Eli Gold almost mirrors Marx by comparing religion to a drug.

I don't have a problem with the writers expressing their views, but with a large portion the viewing audience having a different ideology or not wanting to be preached to, it probably wasn't a smart idea to antagonize them. We'll see if the ratings hold up next week. If the ratings stay the same, I will commend them for being so brave and openly putting these issues out there. At least they were more evenhanded than Joel Surnow and the rest of the 24 writers.

Score: 9.3/10
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