Except for Vonda Shepard's annoying voice and her predictability in song choice --- Shepard seems to be the only singer the show can get -- Ally McBeal was a groundbreaking show for it's time, especially for the feminist crowds.
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Even though Roy Black says "you are here to serve your clients" it was clear how much a game of "winning" this was for this group of newbie lawyers. The ethic was not one of doing what's right and arguing on any ethical basis but employing tricks to "win".
Moreover, this group of people is quite petty and bickering. Such is sadly in keeping with some of the negative impressions the public has of attorneys.
It was amazing how unprofessional some of these supposed "professionals" were. For people who were supposedly trained to speak for a living they were surprisingly unskilled. Maybe they can look up some local Toastmasters clubs.
Lastly, I'll point out that the judges seemed somewhat "scolding" in their comments in the middle of the trials. I personally haven't been in many trials but I can't envision most judges speaking to the attorneys in a manner like one would address freshmen law students.
All in all, there's some remedial entertainment value here. It seems a bit contrived and unreal and it follows the hackneyed "reality show" format a bit much for my tastes but it's mildly interesting to see the attorneys put together their cases then argue them. Not as good as CourTV but what do you expect from one of the Borg (aka Major Networks)?
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