Posts in category "The Good Wife"

Why the urge to align with the good guys persists, even when the good guys don’t

Alyssa Rosenberg has a characteristically thoughtful post on the trend of TV shows which return to the clear designations of good guys and bad guys. It’s got me thinking about how some of my favorite characters who fit this bill actively serve as anti-anti-heroes within their own morally grey universes. Sometimes we need the stark simplicity... Read more »

The Good Wife: "Alienation of Affection" - The very model of a modern major network drama

This feels like something that’s been observed before, but I haven’t heard it enough: The Good Wife is TV’s truest heir to the Aaron Sorkin mantle, in the best possible way. I’m not sure why this only clicked in my brain after watching “Alienation of Affection.” Maybe it was David Lee sauntering into Diane’s office... Read more »

The Good Wife: "Marthas And Caitlins" - A low bar for caring

Quite simply, this was the best episode of the season so far. The premiere had sequences which were just as strong, but “Marthas and Caitlins” was the first time The Good Wife has fired on all cylinders the way The Good Wife can. The case of the week was intriguingly winding, powered of course by... Read more »

The Good Wife: "Feeding the Rat" - Semi-pro bono

That sure was an episode of The Good Wife. It wasn’t especially good, except in the ways that the show is consistently and comfortably good (appealing actors, engaging relationships, snappy dialogue), and it wasn’t especially bad, either. It just seemed to have no narrative momentum. For a case of the week designed to follow a... Read more »

The Good Wife: "The Death Zone" - Thin air

Well, they’re certainly not wasting any time putting the heat on Alicia and Will (so to speak), are they? Nor is Peter Florrick, who for the second time in as many weeks busts out a stratagem designed to subtly cast Alicia as a liability to Lockhart Gardner. And frankly, I couldn’t be happier. To stretch... Read more »

The Good Wife: A New Day

The list of things I love about The Good Wife is long, but very near the top of that list is the way it so carefully establishes its characters—protagonists and antagonists alike—to have clear, relatable motives. It so expertly mines the nuances of both personal and professional conflict between smart, ambitious people, but it takes... Read more »