Suits (s.03, 2013-14)

In season 2 of Suits the firm initiates and then goes through a nasty divorce, Mike almost gets uncovered by Louis, and also starts a relationship with Rachel, Louis almost gets married, Harvey almost succeeds in starting a relationship of his own, pretty much every character reveals a previously unknown side, etc. etc., blah-blah-blah.

I’m only writing in a disdainful tone because there is, indeed, some good stuff in the show: several different conflicts, where all the engaged parties made regrettable and far-reaching mistakes; some of the storylines developed as if growing naturally (as opposed to externally guided direction), like the one where Louis finds out about Mike, (although, it was later spoiled by how Mike slipped out of that trouble); and, of course, Mike’s discovering that he has a glass ceiling (he can’t afford being as good as he’s capable of, or he would get into the media’s field of vision, which would lead to his exposure), and the way out his dead-end he was suggested.

But that’s not enough to constitute a good show, because bullshit of various kinds is also very much present through-out the season, and it makes up to at least 50% of the narrative. Obviously, a special stress was laid on all the relationships, with a heavy tilt towards emotions at that (on the verge of melodrama, and even crossing the line sometimes); the writers relied multiple times on pretentious, sensitive concepts and stories (imposition of the idea that the firm is a true family to all the heroes, return of Rinaldi, Louis letting Mike off the hook); some of the storyturns were down-right silly, and not in a good way, like the whole cat trial story; the fact that contrary to the examples of the opposite, major part of all the developments were forced by the writers without sufficient anchoring beforehand; flashback episode (#6) showing a line of events that contradicts previously stated facts; almost always when a situation is being aggravated, it seems fake, artificial, – all in all, the work of the writers is crude enough for the omissions to be distinguishable by a naked eye.

It’s because of those few good thing in that lake of crap that I cannot yet let it go. If only they stopped doing them and turned into complete and simple shit, I would’ve dropped it immediately for there is plenty of better shows to watch, but the mixture is actually rather curious, – from an exploratory point of view, that is. Probation period is extended one more season.

Year: 2013-2014
Created by: Aaron Korsh
Directed by: Christopher Misiano, Roger Kumble, Anton Cropper, Michael Smith, Félix Alcalá, John Scott, Kevin Bray, Cherie Nowlan, James Whitmore, Jr.
Written by: Aaron Korsh, Jon Cowan, Ethan Drogin, Daniel Arkin, Genevieve Sparling, Rick Muirragui, Paul Redford, Justin Peacock, Erica Lipez
Performed by: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres, Abigail Spencer, Amanda Schull, Michelle Fairley, Max Beesley, Gary Cole, Michael Phelps, Stephen Macht, Rob Stewart
Time: 16 * 43-47m
Entertaining quality: 4 out of 5
Art quality: 3- out of 5
Links: (website) | (wiki)

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