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A SHOW TO RELISH
on 6 November 2013
This great series goes from strength to strength, Alicia ever more firmly in control. She is proving a great asset to Lockhart/Gardner - especially with the law firm now often in deep trouble, senior partner Will particularly. Still she manages to be a caring mother to teens Zach and Grace, despite financial problems as eviction looms and a new school is needed. Separated husband Peter continues to strive, by fair means or foul, to entice her back to boost his career. Currently District Attorney, he sets his sights on becoming State Governor.
22 episodes, evidence throughout of intricate plotting with strong storylines ingeniously interwoven. Intriguing court cases often delve deeply into moral matters and do not always work out as hoped. All the way through there are undercurrents, secret agendas, dirty tricks, surprises, humour too - as when colleagues jostle to fill a vacancy.
As ever Julianne Margulies is superb as Alicia. She heads a great cast. Amongst special delights? Resourceful boss Diane; awesomely persistent researcher Kalinda; once ultra-ambitious Cary, now with so much food for thought. Always a pleasure is Alan Cummings as wily, manipulative Eli. Guest stars include Michael J. Fox, entertainingly as devious as can be. Fans of "Friends" may be surprised by Matthew Perry, here playing a brazen liar so full of charm - he clearly destined to rise high in politics.
Interesting bonuses include eavesdropping on a script conference, a chance to see how the interplay of disparate ideas helps produce one of the most sparkling episodes.
The past few evenings have given much pleasure, this a series succeeding at every level.