Le­gal drama is pre­mium TV that moves at an old-school pace

StarMetro Vancouver - - Metro News | Television - Jo­hanna Sch­neller is a me­dia con­nois­seur who ze­roes in on pop-cul­ture mo­ments. She ap­pears Tues­day and Thurs­day.

The Show: The Good Fight, Sea­son 2, episodes 2 and 3 (w) The Mo­ment: Diane’s change “I don’t know what’s go­ing on in the world any­more,” at­tor­ney Diane Lock­hart (Chris­tine Baran­ski) tells Liz (Au­dra Mcdon­ald), her new part­ner (and ri­val) in her Chicago firm. “I read the news, and it doesn’t make any sense. It’s not just bad, it’s in­sane.”

But soon, Diane is mi­cro­dos­ing drugs, and laugh­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ately in court. These last few weeks felt ter­ri­ble, she tells an­other part­ner, Adrian (Del­roy Lindo). “But now I just don’t care,” she says. “What did Ten­nessee Wil­liams say? What’s the se­cret to hap­pi­ness? In­sen­si­tiv­ity. That’s what I feel.”

“We are $600,000 richer,” he says, re­fer­ring to a case they just won.

“And with Trump, we won’t be taxed as much,” Diane replies.

Last sea­son, showrun­ners Michelle and Robert King piv­oted from sex­ism in The Good Wife to racism here (Diane is the only white part­ner in her African-amer­i­can firm). Now it seems they’re piv­ot­ing Diane, an idea with po­ten­tial for naughty fun. (Leftie Diane, prais­ing Trump? Shock­ing!) And they’re do­ing it, as they do ev­ery­thing, at a brisk clip.

In the U.S., this se­ries airs on CBS All Ac­cess, a stream­ing ser­vice that al­lows for more risqué plots and lan­guage than net­work TV. But the Kings are vet­eran writ­ers, and they haven’t en­tirely aban­doned the dis­ci­plined struc­ture that served net­work TV so well in its hey­day: A and B plot­lines, cliffhang­ers at com­mer­cial breaks, a rol­lick­ing pace.

I love me some pre­mium TV, but it can lead to lan­guorous sto­ry­telling. It’s nice to be re­minded of the plea­sures af­forded by rig­or­ous old-school pac­ing.

Pa­trick Har­bron/cbs

Michael Boat­man plays lawyer Julius Cain in The Good Fight.

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