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    Episode: The One Where Diane and Liz Topple Democracy

    Synopsis: Diane and Liz handle a class action lawsuit about malfunctioning voting machines from the 2016 presidential election; Blum continues to impact the firm while delaying his work on the Second Helix case, and Lucca is intrigued by one of Blum’s handsome associates.

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    Fantastic episode. “Topple Democracy” is a season, if not a series, highlight. Baranski, McDonald, and Lindo all at the top of their games in this one (it’s really a shame none of those three get any awards recognition for their work on this series). Great balance of courtroom drama with the resistance group and a nuanced grappling with some serious questions about voter disenfranchisement. I feel like this episode finally brought together a number of the disparate threads from the first half of the season and sets up a great final stretch of episodes. I’m bummed we only have a few to go, but glad we know it’ll be coming back.

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    Episode: The One Where Kurt Saves Diane

    Synopsis: Felix Staples brings a case against ChumHum and chooses Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart adversary Soloman Waltzer as his legal representation; Diane receives a note at home that makes Kurt suspicious of what she’s been up to; Gary Carr continues to shadow Lucca. Guest-starring John Cameron Mitchell and Alan Alda.

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    I’m happy to see Lucca getting more material this season (and I am okay that this is coming at the expense of Maya not getting any). If it wasn’t for the previews for next week, I would have thought they wrote Maya off the series completely.

    I love Alan Alda! It’s a shame he wasn’t nominated for Guest Actor last season. I had no idea he was returning and of course he was great as always. I don’t think this would be a competitive tape for him though… as charming as he is. John Cameron Mitchell was also a highlight! I love his “relationship” with Diane. Between his work on The Good Fight these past two years as well as his work on HBO’s one season of Vinyl, John Cameron Mitchell really has deserved a Guest Actor Emmy nomination!

    I’m glad this resistance group plot is coming to an end. I’ve have to say that I haven’t really been a major fan. Season 3 has been super polarizing in its hate against the current administration. I much preferred Season 2. Still, the actors are bringing it as always! Shoutout to Audra McDonald for making the most of the small moments she has been given.

    I do think that this year is Christine Baranski’s best shot at breaking through with a Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination at the Emmys! I’m happy she’s making the press rounds and proclaiming that she wants it. I found it interesting how she stated at an event that she’s waiting for the writers to give her an “Atticus Finch moment” in the courtroom. Why haven’t they done this yet???

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    I loved this episode. Great legal case regarding ChumHum with great appearances from John Cameron Mitchell, Jane Curtin, and Alan Alda (I’m so glad they brought him back this season, though he did have better episodes last time). The resistance group material this week also delivered, especially with Gary Cole’s prominent role and Michael Urie’s great return. I might make for a decent submission for Baranski if she breaks in at the Emmys, unlikely as it seems, but I’m holding out for even better material in the final two episodes.

    Cheryl Hines looks phenomenal in next week’s episode! Also, Maia returns!

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    It’s funny how this season of The Good Fight keeps ending up in the press. I didn’t realize the “CBS Censor” in last week’s episode was a real thing. I thought it was just something from the writers.

    https://deadline.com/2019/05/the-good-fight-censored-cbs-all-access-1202607633/

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    It’s funny how this season of The Good Fight keeps ending up in the press. I didn’t realize the “CBS Censor” in last week’s episode was a real thing. I thought it was just something from the writers.

    https://deadline.com/2019/05/the-good-fight-censored-cbs-all-access-1202607633/

    I already fast-forward through the cartoons, which have just been annoying, so I’m happy to not have one this week.

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    It’s funny how this season of The Good Fight keeps ending up in the press. I didn’t realize the “CBS Censor” in last week’s episode was a real thing. I thought it was just something from the writers.

    If CBS felt the need to censor the short, I’m really pleased this is the compromise they struck with the Kings. I thought it was hilarious and meta and would’ve thought it entirely scripted had those articles not come out. I also love how they used the short in the previous week, animating material from Downton Abbey that they couldn’t get the rights to air in the actual episode. Brilliant.

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    Emily Nussbaum has written an incredibly detailed report of the recently-censored animated short, what it showed, why CBS censored it, and the fact that the Kings almost quit the series in protest:

    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/cbs-censors-the-good-fight-for-a-musical-short-about-china

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    Episode: The One Where the Sun Comes Out

    Synopsis: ChumHum requires Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart to bring in a specialist to look into lingering misconduct issues at the firm; Diane continues to question her resistance group’s tactics; Blum makes Maia a job offer.

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    Next week’s season finale looks good with Blum plotting his revenge against everyone. Overall, I feel like this season took a LOT of risks. Some worked and some didn’t… leading to an uneven season. No where near as strong as last year’s. However, with a lot of high profile series taking a break, I think this is The Good Fight‘s best shot at finally scoring more than a single nomination!

    I think the season’s best bets at potential Emmy nominations this year are as follows:

    Lead Actress in a Drama Series Christine Baranski

    Original Music & Lyrics (for one of the animated “The Good Fight Shorts”)

    Outstanding Music Composition for a Series

    Outstanding Contemporary Costumes

    Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)

    I also think there is an outside shot at:

    Drama Supporting Actor: Michael Sheen

    Drama Writing: “The One About The Recent Troubles” by Robert & Michelle King

    Drama Supporting Actress: Audra McDonald

    Drama Supporting Actor: Delroy Lindo

    Sound Editing/Mixing

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    Episode: The One About the End of the World (Season 3 Finale)

    Synopsis: Blum seeks revenge against Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart by representing former clients who claim the firm overcharged them; Lucca finds out she’s a candidate for an open partner position; Diane helps Kurt with a work project.

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    Satisfying conclusion to an uneven and (too many)risk(s)-taking Season 3.

    I’m glad they found a way to send Maia off properly. I think from the start of the series it became clear that there were too many “leads” on this show. Hopefully with her out of the picture (and to a lesser extent, with Julius departing the series as well), the focus can go more on Diane… and give more opportunities for the other cast members to shine.

    I thought the cliffhanger was cool… but damn… it’s going to be hard to see Diane Lockhart in prison (if that’s where the story is heading). It does setup for an exciting premise for Season 4 though!

    While I didn’t mind this season’s animated shorts necessarily, I hope that Season 4 cuts them down to just one or two appearances. We don’t need them in every episode. I’m also hoping to see a tighter plot/theme akin to Season 2’s “Kill All Lawyers” angle. I feel like this season had A LOT going on that didn’t really come together very cleanly.

    Overall, I enjoyed Season 3 and at the very least I can say that it is probably the series that took THE MOST risks on television this past season!

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    TVLine confirms that Rose Leslie has officially exited the series, with the season three finale serving as her last episode:

    https://tvline.com/2019/07/18/the-good-fight-season-4-rose-leslie-leaving-maia-not-returning/

    I always liked Leslie on this series and I’m sad to see her go, but the decision makes a lot of sense given the direction of the show from its second season onward. Had the original premise remained, I’m sure she would’ve been a continued fixture, but they haven’t had an integral use for Maia since the first season. I also really like the way they wrapped the character, and assuming they parted on good terms I think they could have Maia and Roland back as guests down the road.

     

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