Suits (s.06, 2016-17)


Suits‘ 6th season revolves around Mike’s dealing with prison and later trying to get back into the law-fighting, as well as the firm struggling to stay alive, and, of course, a bunch of relationship and other kinds of emotional issues.

It really seems to me that there is some sort of unwritten rule in the Suits’ writers’ lounge, a one that requires that any given season should contain at least 30% of bullshit. Because it never got lower than that. This minimum level (30 per cent, give or take) is a figure for the last 3 seasons (4 through 6), although the spread was always different – if in the 5th season most of the crap was concentrated in 1 episode and then a part of another, 6th is more like the very first season inasmuch as the crap is distributed evenly throughout the season albeit there was much more of that in the beginning. This image got me thinking about the analogy with a barrel of jam and a teaspoon of shit, but cinema doesn’t really work like that, it’s always more complicated. For example, this show is rather enjoyable, and even occasions of unpleasant tastelessness can only make a person wince with disgust, but that sensation does not become a stable one, because most of such occasions float in a sea of decent quality drama.

I mean, the acting is pretty great; the overall implementation is okay, very professional; notwithstanding certain imbalance and obvious writers’ aspiration to help Mike, the story is interesting and captivating; and the writing in general is at times quite powerful, I’d say – almost excellent. But at other times it’s shitty, and this ambivalence is what actually constitutes the show.

From the things I liked, I would mention overturn in the situation with Harvey’s mother, that was nice. From the other side, I was very disappointed with “the Donna” – the concept is not only in vogue right now, which makes using it a bit tacky, it’s also executed on a very poor level – it’s shallow, badly thought through, and therefore highly irritating. Jessica’s retirement is an odd move, obviously caused by some hidden movement in the cast-crew relationship world; it might turn interesting, though.

All in all, the season is far from perfection, but the show was never anywhere near it, so whatever. I guess, I will watch the next season when it comes out.

Year: 2015-2016
Created by: Aaron Korsh
Directed by: Silver Tree, Michael Smith, Cherie Nowlan, Christopher Misiano, Kate Dennis, Anton Cropper, Gabriel Macht, Roger Kumble, Kevin Bray, Patrick J. Adams, Gregor Jordan, Maurice Marable
Written by: Aaron Korsh, Ethan Drogin, Rick Muirragui, Daniel Arkin, Kyle Long, Genevieve Sparling, Sandra Silverstein, Sharyn Rothstein
Performed by: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres, Gary Cole, Amanda Schull, Wendell Pierce, Neal McDonough, D.B. Woodside, John Pyper-Ferguson, Aloma Wright
Time: 16 * 41-43m
Entertaining quality: 4+ out of 5
Art quality: 4+ out of 5
Links: (website) | (wiki)

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®shoomow, 2017
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