5 items from 2016
Don’t read on unless you’ve seen “End,” the series finale of “The Good Wife.”
During the past few seasons, “The Good Wife” has poked fun at Prestige Drama cliches by giving viewers scenes of Alicia watching a pretentious show called “Darkness at Noon.” Viewers could debate which overwrought drama “The Good Wife” was making fun of — maybe it was “Low Winter Sun,” perhaps it was the second season of “True Detective,” or maybe the mockery was targeting another ambitious drama that took itself far too seriously. It didn’t really matter which show “The Good Wife” was dragging, because most of us got — and enjoyed — the joke.
Satirizing some of the most tiresome tropes of dramatic television served a few purposes for “The Good Wife”: It made the CBS show seem more enjoyable by comparison to some fictional, pompous, macho mess, and it made the adjacent point »
- Maureen Ryan
Don’t read on unless you’ve seen “End,” the series finale of the CBS drama “The Good Wife.”
You almost had me, “Good Wife” finale, right until the end. I have some very mixed emotions about that last sequence.
The good: It was satisfying that Alicia, in a scene that echoed a key moment from the show’s very first episode, did not take Peter’s hand at the end of his press conference. She left him hanging, which was only right, given that she was about to start a new life. She held his hand walking into that room, but after that, they were done. She’d done all the Peter Florrick hand-holding, literal and figurative, she was ever going to do. About time she set off on her own.
Intellectually, I suppose you can make the case that it made sense for her not to find Jason in that hallway. »
- Maureen Ryan
A half dozen characters dropped “Yep, we’re headed for a series finale” bombshells on this week’s The Good Wife, but none landed louder than Alicia Florrick’s barely audible inhalation in the episode’s last second.
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Cary’s quitting —and perhaps heading to parts decidedly more tropical. Eli’s pleading guilty. David Lee’s selling out. Diane’s putting the finishing touches on a power play. Howard Lyman is pulling up his pants. And Peter’s begging for a favor.
But our protagonist, she’s »
I’m worried about Eli Gold — and not just because he repeatedly manhandled a public-restroom wastebasket without immediately scrubbing his hands during this week’s installment of The Good Wife.
The right-hand man to Peter Florrick may have no knowledge whatsoever of the backroom dealings that could bring down his boss, but his name sure did come up a lot in those snippets of Grand Jury proceedings we heard through a bathroom ventilation shaft. Coupled with the fact that Chris Noth’s governor »
If ordering a “Florrick 2016” campaign poster is on your 2016 to-do list, I’ve got some good news and some bad news.
There should be steep discounts on said banners (in the fictional world of The Good Wife, anyhow) come Monday morning. Problem is — as most of us could’ve predicted the minute the never-impressive-as-her-credentials Ruth Eastman started thinking her man could actually be Potus — they’ve already passed their expiration date.
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Indeed, on this week’s installment, Peter manages to visit every single county in Iowa, but after two last-minute snafus »
5 items from 2016
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