Earlier this week I finished watching The Good Wife. Hurrah!
After five months, cancelling countless plans with friends and that odd two weeks in May when I had no Internet; I finally reached the conclusion of St Alicia Florrick’s story.
Now, if you follow me on Twitter (sorry about that) then you’ll know that I essentially live tweeted my reactions to every episode because MY GOD SOME OF THE EPISODES WERE INCREDIBLE.
I have a few thoughts on the past seven seasons of what is personally the best TV show I’ve watched since One Tree Hill (don’t laugh!), so I put them all nicely together in a list because fuck, I love a good list.
Disclaimer: There are some major spoilers in this so if you would rather watch The Good Wife yourself – which you totally should – then avoid everything below. And once you’ve watched it then come back and read this!
Cary Agos and Eli Gold are BAE
I lusted after these two in every single episode, even in season 6 when Eli’s hair was doing that weird comb over thing. Sure, the storylines in the show were top notch enough to keep me engaged, but it was nice to have some eye candy too, you know?
Also just letting you know, Alan Cumming, who played Eli Gold, is now my new daddy crush.
What happened with Kalinda?
The broody and mysterious investigator Kalinda Sharma [pictured], played by the brilliant Archie Panjabi, was one of my top three favourite characters from The Good Wife. Which is why it sucked when she was randomly written out of the show at the end of season six.
Rumour has it that Panjabi and her co-star Julianna Margulies, who played Alicia Florrick, didn’t get on well and the tension caused a wedge between the cast. Avid viewers also noticed that the pair hadn’t been in a scene together for almost 30 episodes! And in the one scene they did have together, it was rumoured to be done via green screen!
All the while I’m left here wondering; WHERE DID KALINDA GO?? Because not even in the final season or episode was anything about Kalinda’s character resolved.
Lastly, can I just say Panjabi’s faux American accent throughout was one of the worst I’ve ever heard, though I won’t knock her for trying. But I’m convinced during a few episodes she spoke entirely in an English accent and no one said a thing.
Hitting The Fan
Season 5, episode 5 of The Good Wife is a MASTERCLASS in drama. I know I’m prone to the odd hyperbolic statement from time to time, but honestly guys I don’t think I’ve ever seen 60 minutes of any show so smart, well written and flawlessly executed as what I saw in this episode. And I’m not the only person who thought this.
It even has a review of 9.7 out of 10 on IMDb for goodness sake!
It was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama, but lost to Breaking Bad.
I now feel like an actual lawyer
Short story; when I did my A-Levels a decade ago (oh my God) I almost studied law just because it involved writing. I sat in on a taster class to get an feel for it and I was bored senseless. Maybe it was just the teacher?
Anyway, fast forward to today in 2017 and I know what a subpoena is, the meaning of an avadavit and I know I’d never do pro bono work. Who needs an A-Level in law when TV can teach you everything instead?
I’m also now quite fond of shouting OBJECTION! RELEVANCE? At any given moment because why wouldn’t you? Others include; OBJECTION! BEYOND THE SCOPE & OBJECTION! CALLS FOR SPECULATION.
Try it, it’s fun!
Will and Alicia
It took me so long to warm to these two as a couple, mainly because I just don’t think I ever liked Will’s character. There was something so smarmy about him.
But when he was killed in court and Alicia never got to tell him she loved him back, I was screaming at the television. I was stunned. How are they gonna kill off someone who was a main character and integral to Alicia’s character development?!
Then his appearance in the final episode as a figment of her subconscious was so poignant and sad. They really were meant for each other </3
Willicia 4 EVA!!!!
I know the protagonist of The Good Wife was always Alicia Florrick, but for me it was Diane who I was more invested in. I know she is a fictional character but Diane Lockhart is everything I want to be in life.
Successful, resilient, hater of all men, accomplished, smasher of glass ceilings everywhere.
Truth be told I’ve always had a soft spot for the actress Christine Baranski since the days of seeing her playing Maryanne Thorpe alongside Cybill Shepherd in the sitcom Cybill when I was a kid.
It’s one of the reasons why I was so glad she was given her own spin-off The Good Fight – which I am a quarter of the way through watching and I fucking love it.
And before I end this pretty much love letter to the show, I stumbled across this tweet from last year about needing to get into The Good Wife…and well would you look at me now?!