Baran­ski ac­cepts a new brief

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - The Good Fight,

When The Good Wife de­buted in 2009, it was in­spired by the hu­mil­i­at­ing spec­ta­cle seen rather fre­quently on TV at the time, of var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal spouses stand­ing be­side their hus­bands while the lat­ter pub­licly con­fessed to in­fi­delity. That se­ries opened with Alicia Flor­rick (Ju­lianna Mar­gulies) slap­ping her hus­band Pe­ter (Chris Noth) for putting her through it.

The fi­nale seven sea­sons later fea­tured Diane Lock­hart (Chris­tine Baran­ski) slap­ping Alicia and walk­ing off. An in­ten­tional ref­er­ence or not, it her­alded this new spin-off se­ries, The Good Fight, cre­ated by Michelle and Robert King, and star­ring Baran­ski along with Del­roy Lindo and Game of Thrones’ Rose Les­lie.

The 20-minute open­ing se­quence shows Lock­hart an­nounc­ing her re­tire­ment to her law part­ners and putting a de­posit on a villa in Provence. Les­lie plays her god­daugh­ter Maia Rin­dell, who has just joined her law firm as a The Good Fight, The Good Wife ju­nior as­so­ci­ate. They have a two-week cross­over dur­ing which Lock­hart is ex­pected to “pass the ba­ton”. But every­one’s lives are thrown into dis­ar­ray when Maia’s father, Henry (Paul Guil­foyle), is ac­cused of run­ning a Ponzi scheme. Lock­hart is fi­nan­cially ru­ined, all of her con­tacts are burned by the scan­dal and her part­ners are un­will­ing to re­scind her res­ig­na­tion. In ad­di­tion, Maia’s pos­i­tive stand­ing in the firm is oblit­er­ated.

Lock­hart nat­u­rally needs to restart her ca­reer and Adrian Bose­man (Lindo), op­pos­ing coun­sel in a po­lice brutality law­suit, throws her a life­line. (In his all-black law firm they call her the “di­ver­sity hire”.)

Hos­pi­tal and le­gal dra­mas can roll on and on, and this one de­serves to — it’s pretty ter­rific. It was well re­ceived in the US this year and a sec­ond sea­son has been com­mis­sioned. Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, SBS.

Chris­tine Baran­ski, right, with her new co-stars in reprises her char­ac­ter Diane Lock­hart

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