October 1, 2011 at 10:54 pm #228703
Just checked out the season premiere. I’ve always thought of this show as pretty average and not quite up to the standard of weekly viewing, but I really liked this season premiere. A good, interesting case (though with an abrupt, unsatisfying, and not really convincing ending). I liked Archie Panjabi’s subtlety and smooth, casual authority as an investigator (though her tag-team investigating with Kelli Giddish struck me as a bit Charlie’s Angels). Didn’t have much interest in the Eli Gold subplot, and the Muslim/Jewish tension felt heavy-handed, but I’d say the good outweighed the bad, and the bad wasn’t really all that terrible anyway (except the ending to the case, which in addition to being abrupt was shocking glib considering the brutality of the crime).
I’ll watch another week, see if this show draws me in any further.October 2, 2011 at 6:51 am #228704
It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. Maybe my expectations were set a little high, but on the whole it was a bit underwhelming.
Absolutely loved the build up to what was happening with Alicia and Will’s relationship, but everything else was a little flat for me. But in saying that, in comparison with some of the other garbage around these days it will still a top notch hour of television.
MVP: Julianna MarguilesOctober 2, 2011 at 7:06 am #228705
EPISODE 3×02 – “The Death Zone”
Alicia navigates the finer points of English law when she tries a civil case in a British court via satellite and goes up against a queen’s councilman (Eddie Izzard).
Discuss.October 2, 2011 at 8:01 pm #228706
WOW. That ending was…amazing!
It’s kinda funny how out of the loop Diane is about Alicia’s personal life…October 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm #228707
This was a great episode — definitely could be used as a series tape. Hopefully more episodes of this season are on this level and we’ll be in for a great season.
Unlike last episode this episode felt like I was watching “The Good Wife”…and that ending..damn.October 3, 2011 at 11:34 am #228708
Kalinda working with Eli was pretty nice. And what about that hint “Do I know you?”. How great that he might know her as Leela and is a little involved in the “Kalinda’s past” plot.
Christine Baranski finally had something to do with those last scenes and I’m expecting this to go in very interesting directions.October 3, 2011 at 11:48 am #228709
I liked this episode very much. It had some pretty cool scenes with Alicia and Will, Alicia and Diane, Kalinda and Eli.October 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm #228710
I didn’t care about the case at all, but there were some very strong scenes between cast members (Peter and Zack, Zack and Alicia, and Eli and Kalinda, especially).
The show feels like it’s settling into a traditional procedural groove, and I’m not here for that.October 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm #228711
I really liked this episode, and even more than the premiere. Christine Baranski and Josh Charles were really strong in this episode. Also Zack was very good in his scenes too. Like I said before, this is my first time watching this show, and I am now kicking myself in the ass for not watching this from the very beginning. One of the best shows on television by far! I also found Eddie Izzard to be good in this episode as well.
Grade for “The Death Zone”: A-
Season 3 Grades:
1.”A New Day”: B+ MVP: None
2.”The Death Zone”: A- MVP: BaranskiOctober 4, 2011 at 4:45 am #228712
The second episode was a lot more intriguing than the premiere due mostly to the case. On the very rare occassion this show wraps up a case in an interesting, surpirsing way. This season is lacking the darkness and tension that the last one began with. I get the sense that the writers are giving up any non-procedural ambitions and are gonna settle for a traditional procedural/soap. That’s pretty much we’ve seen from this series since the beginning of 2011. That’s fine if that’s all you want out of this show, but I saw greater potential in most of 2010’s episodes.October 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm #228713
Better than the opener, but I don’t know. These court cases are always the weak links. But I get they have to be there not because its CBS, but the lead is a lawyer. Love the interactions w/Kalinda and Eli. And some stakes were raised w/that ending. And Julianna Margulies is really impressing the hell out of me.October 9, 2011 at 8:35 am #228714
EPISODE 3×03 – “Get a Room”
Will and his ex-wife (Lisa Edelstein) meet for a court-ordered mediation
session. Meanwhile, Eli and Diane disagree over how to handle a dairy
company’s public-relations disaster. Dallas Roberts also guest stars.
Discuss.October 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm #228715
I hope this episode is better, I’m a bit disappointed with this season and the cases have been so boringOctober 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm #228716
Me too, but the cases have always been boring. There are only very few exception where they’ve been living up to the rest of the show. They’ve always been and always will be the main factor that is pulling the show down.October 11, 2011 at 11:06 am #228717
I actually really liked this episode. The mediation proceedings were totally new to me, so the case became a much more interesting part of the episode. Especially strong ensemble work – I loved the small scene between Cary and Kalinda. I also really like the way the writers are dealing with Zach finding out about the second affair.
This did not have the paint-by-numbers procedural feel that the second episode did.
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