Monday, September 26, 2011

The Good Wife: Take Two

The Good Wife is back on CBS and the writers have given the show a new lead character.

Alicia Florick, having slept with Will Gardner (Josh Charles), her boss and former Georgetown classmate, has shed her "good girl" image.

If she didn't look like Julianna Margulies, I'd have though they switched women completely.

The change is welcome.

The old character was overly serious, without humor, even severe.  It was frustrating to watch her show so little emotion while navigating the most maddening circumstances.

Along with the legal/political/intra-office intrigue that was always great, there's now the romance that in last night's episode was as graphic and climactic as it could have been with two completely clothed actors.  (Well played director Brooke Kennedy.)  The network censors must have blinked and missed it.

The set-up for the rest of the season was intriguing as well.

Alicia and Will embark on a campaign of subterfuge to throw others off their scent.  They're very convincing, except to Diane (Christine Baranski) who smells blood, per next week's teaser.

The competition between the law firm and the State's Attorney's office, now headed by Big, sorry, Peter Florick (Chris Noth), looks promising, especially as Cary (Matt Czuchry) pits Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) against Alicia.

Even the kids' storyline, which was woven into that of the adult action last year, looks cute.

And I haven't even mentioned the internecine dealings of Eli Gold, the wonderful Alan Cumming.

Bottom line: the new Good Wife is excellent.

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