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11 November 2010 @ 06:48 pm
The Good Wife 2.06  
Ohh, you are going to pay for that, Blakey.

What is it about this show that makes me totally GLEE when people out manoeuvre one another? Even for terrible ends? There's something so seductive about the struggle to best one another in all these muddy waters. It means that even when the 'wrong' person wins, I feel like I have to 'pay' their efforts. Thus with the case this week, and specifically the twist that it was Lockhart & Gardner who 'lost'. I liked the big-fish-gets-eaten-by-bigger-fish feel of that... there's always a bigger shark lurking out there. Michael J Fox was wonderful. (Still, I think Lockhart and Gardner can be proud that they at least got a win of sorts! Aww, Diane looked so happy!)

On matters Kalinda-related, I have more mixed feelings. Part of me doesn't want to see all Kalinda's secrets dragged out the show, and I hope that's not where we're going. I like her as an enigma. I trust that we won't see that happen because writing a story where Blake ends up winning? Would be absolutely sickening. The other thing which makes me feel a little more secure is the strong feeling that Kalinda's sexuality is the very least of the secrets she'd rather didn't come out. If she's hiding it, I suspect it's only because it covers something actually damaging. (Maybe Donna knows something about her real background?)

It's really hard for me to see Lili Taylor as anyone but Lisa from Six Feet Under, and I have to say her character here was reminiscent, in the most annoying ways, of Lisa, who I never liked. That slightly space-cadet preciousness ... I don't like it at all. I think I would have found her more sympathetic if she had really truly backstabbed Kalinda in a clever way (which would have been appropriate for this world), rather than just falling in with Blake just because he came hunting. As it was, the whole jealous ex thing didn't win her my sympathies. Not exactly a big surprise that Kalinda is a heartbreaker!

I'm sure the Alicia/Kalinda shippers will be doing cartwheels over the implications that Donna threw out at the party, but I kind of feel that she really did have the wrong end of the stick. I mean, I totally buy that Kalinda finds Alicia attractive and has a massive soft spot for her (it's very rare for her to let anyone under her armour the way she does Alicia, and they were super cute together in the party before Donna and Blake showed up), but I also think she's realistic and well able to keep things in perspective. I don't think she has any active intentions towards Alicia, in fact I think she'd be offended that the real friendship she has is interpreted only through a sexual lens. (I suspect Alicia is more special to Kalinda as a friend than a lover would be.)

I am glad we have some real dirt on Blake now, but it makes me want to grab Will by the arm and drag him away from Blake. Eek! I do kinda love evil!Will though. He was very amusing when he asked for the violent animal trial tapes. :) I hope that what we get out of Blake's plot eventually is an exploration of where the line is for both Will and Diane in getting him to dig up evidence. They've both now used him at times with a brief that is pretty much 'do whatever it takes'... that's going to come back to bite them at some point because I think they are deliberately choosing not to see what they are really doing there.

The scenes between Cary and Kalinda were great fun, I'm still really enjoying him in his new role.

Eli fun as always too, particularly the delicious play of the 'plant' in his office (his acting on the telephone was gorgeous!). And he was so funny with Alicia. I loved her frowny at his 'next time I'll bring you something good'. Was she thinking 'Eli's idea of "good" is probably even more scary than his idea of "bad"'? :D Yes, he is a scary strange little man. &hearts

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darenothopedarenothope on November 11th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
I just finished watching it. Oh, the end where MJF's character tells Alicia that they 'lost' and Alicia taking that all in at the end at the party which isn't so much the victory party that she thought it was.

oh, blake. I don't like him. XD
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kalindabop_radar on November 11th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yes! I mean... no, no, I do not like Blake.
Sizequeensizequeen on November 11th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
The thing I love is that Will and Peter aren't nice guys. It's not like Alicia went from a morally gray jerk to a nice guy; she has a type, and that type is "Grade A Bastard." I have a theory that she fell for Peter, in part, because he reminded her of Will.

That being said, romance is not even close to being the most compelling part of this show. Which is awesome.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aish facepalmbop_radar on November 11th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, I like your theory! I think there are differences between Peter and Will, but they do share a willingness to manoeuvre their way to the top of the heap at all costs. I think the thing that makes Peter more annoying to me is that he perceives himself (and presents himself) as a 'good guy'. Hypocrisy is a turn-off! If you're a slimy bastard, admit you're a slimy bastard! ;)

But it's true that all the legal and political manoeuvring is most gripping.
Nora Norwich: kalindanorwich36 on November 11th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
I'm giving Eli a pass on his stupidity about the breast implants thing because he doesn't know he's on genre tv--but I called that the minute we heard the word "breast implants." Still, I agree with you that his manipulating the plant in the campaign was awesome.

I liked the scenes between Cary and Kalinda enough that I'm kind of shipping them now. Cary strikes me as fundamentally similar to Kalinda, somehow, though in a much more nascent stage. But I love the powerplay stuff, and I'm REALLY curious about what favor he might have asked her for in return.

Blake has suddenly become kind of scary to me--obviously in addition to working for the meth gang we're to believe he beat up that doctor so he couldn't testify again, right?--so I too am nervous about his connection with Will. I think (hope) Kalinda can handle him, though.

On matters Kalinda-related, I have more mixed feelings. Part of me doesn't want to see all Kalinda's secrets dragged out the show, and I hope that's not where we're going. I like her as an enigma..... The other thing which makes me feel a little more secure is the strong feeling that Kalinda's sexuality is the very least of the secrets she'd rather didn't come out. If she's hiding it, I suspect it's only because it covers something actually damaging. (Maybe Donna knows something about her real background?)

I totally agree with all of this. Part of me was psyched to see confirmation that she has relationships with women, but part of me wanted that to stay a mystery. But I too think there has to be something much more than just her sexual identity that's being covered up here. And I also agree with your read on the Alicia/Kalinda thing.

Michael J. Fox was awesome, wasn't he? Apparently he's going to be coming back for a couple more episodes this season. And honestly I felt like Lockhart and Gardner DID win, in a way, because until they came up with their new trial strategy (and Blake's dirt on the doctor) they might have completely lost the case, so actually getting $35 million was a sort of triumph.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kalindabop_radar on November 11th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Hee hee, yes I felt more shippy of Cary and Kalinda too! Those two 'get' each other.

Yeah, Blake is really scary!! Actually one of the things that made him seem scariest to me was Kalinda's reaction--both to Cary's information and then at the party. I think she knows she's in deep and that crossing Blake could seriously be dangerous.

Part of me was psyched to see confirmation that she has relationships with women, but part of me wanted that to stay a mystery
Right! I mean I can roll with it... but I also liked it when we didn't know and could fully appreciate the impact of Kalinda's 'I'm private' responses (which may I say I love as a response!).

Yes, MJF was magnificent! I didn't know he was coming on so it was an exciting twist for me and as soon as I saw him I knew the court case would be brilliant. But yes, I agree that L&G really did win in a way. Though that scene made me really think about the ways in which Alicia is often the knowledge-holder of damning or at least murky information on this show... and she's often put in positions where she either can't share that with anyone or to do so would be hurtful to her or others. In a way her essential characterisation as the wife that smiles for the cameras and hides the ugly truth at home works for her there, but the show's done a good job of showing the toll that takes personally--for narrative purposes I don't think this would work, but at a character level you'd think there'd have to be some breaking point at some stage!
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