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FULL MARKS FOR EVOLVING
on 7 September 2014
Darker times now. The law firm's merger with the British is in trouble, a major Oil Company case threatening to bring everything down. Meanwhile one of the firm's greatest assets, Mike Ross, still never knows if he will survive another day. He is a fraud with no legal credentials. Discovery means the end for him and for colleagues who know.
Earlier seasons were enormous fun, some fans regretting increasingly serious themes. Lesser creators would have been sorely tempted to produce season after season of that initial lightheartedness. To their credit, they do not. The series has moved on, brilliantly.
Sixteen episodes. Sparkling scripts, with double-dealing entertainingly rife. Admittedly the romantic storylines are of varying worth, but overall there is much to applaud. The main cast are on fine form, all their characters facing formidable challenges. Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams are great as Harvey and Mike. Rick Hoffman as Louis remains gloriously horrible, but with a surprising softer side (although some may find the cat Mikado sequences tiresome). Sarah Rafferty delights as secretary Donna, so often a step ahead of all (except, this time, for an appalling misjudgment). Gina Torres shines as boss Jessica, steering her ship through troubled waters, not entirely convinced about the loyalty of her crew. Amongst the guest stars are Gary Cole, Max Beesley and Michelle Fairley (she so memorable as Catelyn Stark in "The Game of Thrones").
Bonuses include commentaries, explanatory features, a gag reel. The webisodes are very funny, especially when Louis is involved.
"Suits" remains great, the last few evenings most enjoyably spent.