I don't know about "fun". But, plenty of shows are milking drama from twisty defense maneuvering that is based in reality. THE GOOD WIFE, BOSTON LEGAL, THE PRACTICE, L.A. LAW - none of them wrote down to their audiences regarding legal situations. HTGAWM was very weak in that sense. They need to get some decent legal advisors in there because, frankly, Keating's legal skills looked amateurish IMO; not impressive. And, this series boasts about her legal prowess. It didn't impress me that none of her staff (or her) thought about discrediting the witness' vision (BASIC!). Wasn't impressed that one of the characters boasted about clerking for a Supreme Court justice over the summer when that person hadn't even taken Criminal Law 100. Really? Why not just write it more realistically? Like have the course be for older students with more knowledge, experience, & cutthroat competitiveness for internships? If the writing is going to be tight & focused in the area of intrigue, why not pay the same attention to the legal details? Just looks sloppy & lazy otherwise because L&O gets these details all the time.
Your missing the larger point. The FROZEN storyline is emphasizing, comparing & contrasting, the change in Regina & Emma's relationship with the one Elsa & Anna has. They're using it to show character growth. It isn't just shallow product placement. FROZEN was a hit for a reason - because kids like to see strong, positive relationships between siblings. Not just rivalry. Regina & Emma have moved beyond their initial rivalry over Henry & are family now. They have really changed each other in ways they aren't even aware of, and the audience can see it by the visual cues in this episode that harken back to FROZEN.
This is a *review.* It's not a point-by-point recap of every single scene & detail that occurred in the episode.
Agreed. I do like the turn this season is taking though. Instead of blaming yet another person for her unhappiness, Regina is thinking differently, going deeper, & literally trying to change her story to allow for different options. It would be great IMO if the story got meta & the audience was treated to multiple conversations between Regina & the book's writer on what is the definition of a "villain," why everything has to be black & white for children & if achieving a "happy ending" should be the goal in life, as opposed to the end of a fairy tale in a book - two very different things.
That part is indeed oversimplified for dramatic effect. Booth has had honorable service in the armed forces recently & was nominated for a position that involved approval by Congress. The guy has Friends, as has been proven in many past episodes. He has friends in the CIA & the military that would probably have his back if he asked. To go from being interviewed by a Congressional panel to a fugitive chained to a hospital bed is rather drastic. And, yeah, if anyone would know how to stay out of jail at this point, it would be Brennan, who has enough money to put a defensive line of lawyers between her husband and prison for years.
Frankly, I'm wondering why tv viewers can't go back to the way things used to be before the Internet. You know, when people just watched a show, enjoyed it, & didn't try to decide if it merited continued existence based upon seasonal themes, character development & possible shipper relationships. OMFG?!?! This episode was hilarious in all the best ways, and you can't even enjoy it because you are too hung up comparing it to previous seasons & fretting about the fact that Jess is still a romantic & Schmidt is shallow. Guess what? Those are the characters! Did Lucy & Ricky Ricardo change one bit from their first season? NO! Claire & Cliff Huxtable? NO! Laverne & Shirley? NO! Do you think people thought, "Gee, Ricky has been in this country long enough. He should lose the accent. And, Fred needs to stop being so grumpy & cheap. It's getting old." Funny is funny. Take a step back; two steps maybe. Stop trying to do exploratory surgery on a patient who is not even sick. I understand people with a responsibility to write critiques needing something to write about. But it borders upon ridiculous when critics can't even appreciate lines, situations, attitudes & plot developments that are, yes, hands down funny. NEW GIRL, you are doing fine for this fan. Keep up the great work!
I agree. Finn should be ashamed that he is doing this because it's EXACTLY what the D.A.'s office did to Will's client, who broke under the pressure & shot up an entire courtroom because he was in utter terror about being in jail. The D.A. is railroading innocent people, & the ASA's & police are complicit in it. They don't care if an innocent man like Cary is murdered in prison, raped or beaten to a pulp as long as they get what they want. I don't like watching one of the most decent characters on TGW go thru this while everyone else is just concerned about their own paychecks & professional reputations. Really, if there is no one sympathetic or moral left on the show, why am I watching?
There were plenty of times on the original DALLAS when Sue Ellen & JR also hated each other with the fires of a thousand suns. There weren't married for several consecutive seasons. But, just because they weren't together romantically didn't mean they were lacking in stories. It's the way the characters are written *independently* that matter in the long run. Sue Ellen would not even be in this version of DALLAS now if it weren't for the fact that the old DALLAS writers made her a formidable, powerful businesswoman on her own. Pamela & John Ross are just replaying their old tune. IMO, it's fun to see history replay itself. And, frankly, the thought of J.R. & Sue Ellen being cute & cuddly makes me gag. That isn't what made people tune in back then. DALLAS got high ratings because fans loved to watch them *fight*; not make up. It was Bobby & Pamela that fans wanted to see together. Not J.R. & Sue Ellen. Fans LOVED IT when Sue Ellen handed J.R. his *ss. Emma has become a really interesting character. I'm impressed with how they managed to turn her from the 2-dimensional bad seed mistress into someone who could be a real power player for her generation. Pamela IMO is teetering on a fence. If she goes too far one way, she'll become that caricature of the "crazy Barnes," a la Cliff or Katherine Wentworth. It's ironic that she started off as the character with some depth & is now backtracking while Emma was pretty shallow & has become more fascinating to watch. The Barnes offspring do have a heavier addition to revenge than they ever did to alcohol though. So, she may just take her father's place on the show.
Better than the finale of REVOLUTION. But, other than Big Jim's descent into lunacy, the rest of it was pretty lukewarm. I've watched this series since the beginning. Last night's finale felt like they are just throwing stuff at a wall to see what sticks in case of renewal. There is no clear plan to any of it. By that, I mean butterflies. They gave us BUTTERFLIES at the peak moment of a finale episode. And a dripping wet Melanie. I didn't know whether to laugh at her moist face, or cry in frustration. The reason Big Jim's arc plays the best out of every character is because it's straight out of the book. Not only does the actor know what is going on w/the character, but it feels like the writers have some kind of handle on where he is going. That isn't the case w/everyone else. Julia is EXACTLY the same as she has been since day one. It's good that she's a decent sort. But, there's no *journey* with her. She just IS. They've never told us WHY she is so special. Barbie was given a bit more of a story. And, Junior. But, the writers are dropping major plot points when they are no longer convenient. The egg was SO important for 1.75 seasons. But, since they have no more ideas on what to do w/it - let's literally drop it off the face of the earth, never to be heard from again. Ditto Lyle, Angie & Pauline. I think the only way they can save this series is if they turn it into "Journey to the Center of the Earth." Go full-tilt crazy, and have the Chester's Mill citizens make their way to a world at the center of the Earth that is trying to get out, via an egg-shaped dome. Have them basically say, "Hey, we're sorry. It was just an experiment to see if we could live on the surface. We had no idea anyone else was out there. Our bad!"
A 20+ episode season is old-fashioned. This isn't network tv. It's cable, meaning budgets are smaller. Cable series today have 10-15 episodes. TNT's DALLAS has had 15 episodes each of the past 2 seasons. All indications are that it will be the same in season 4.
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