Harry's Law Season Finale Review: "Last Dance"
It is rare when the title of an episode fits more than one story. Unless you’re a David E. Kelley show, in which case the title of the episode will be fitting on many levels.
In "Last Dance," we wrapped up the first season with Puck doing his last dance as a D.A. and cleaning out his office and offering advice on the Brian Jones case.
While Rachel and Adam attempting to get a convicted murder a chance at his last dance in the form of a second appeal. Of course, it was also the season finale.
And that last one could become the most poetic; you may or may not know, that the fate of Harry’s Law has not yet been decided. While most signs are good, there has been no official word on if NBC will renew the show.
I was glad that Jenna admitted that she goes a little crazy at the beginning of a relationship.
This is good because anyone in recovery can tell you admitting you have a problem is the hardest step. Now that she and Malcolm both know she has a problem, they can find her some counseling and in two or three years she might be sane enough to date.
Do two different people write the relationships between Malcolm/Jenna and Adam/Rachel? There is such a night and day difference.
I know that Malcolm/Jenna are younger and are closer to the “teen angst” ages. But, when you look at the distance between “you need to kiss me in front of Harry to fix this” versus “I came here to tell you I love you more,” you can’t help but wonder.
Let me say up front that I am happy that Adam and Rachel look to be getting back together. Rachel has grown on me over the last 11 episodes and after seeing the two of them in the courtroom fighting for Brian, I agree with D.A. Kim Mendelsohn, they make a great team.
Adam brings the passion out in Rachel, and Rachel helps keep Adam from flying around the room like a balloon someone cut the knot off of. The final straw for me was the symmetry between Puck’s song and Rachel realizing how she felt for Adam.
The only true negative for this episode for me was the overt social statement (or warning) made about our justice system. A couple of TV Fanatics had mentioned in comments previously that they were seeing it in those episodes. While I may have not seen it in those episodes, I certainly did in this one; it really pulled me out of the story overall.
The point I became aware I was hearing a social warning was when Kim Mendelsohn (portrayed by Camryn Manheim) began going on about the thousands of appeals and how the system is choking; and it continued into Adam’s speech about how we have appeals to assure we have the right person for the crime. Which made me connect it to what Puck talking about how broken the system was (last week and this week).
David E. Kelley, has done no less than four hit shows based around lawyers (not counting Harry’s Law.) He started with L.A. Law in the 1986 and continued through Boston Legal that ended in 2008. Standing on his soap box banging this drum is awfully close to biting the hand that feeds you.
However, I think the most important thing Kelley needs to remember is that we (the audience) watch TV to be entertained, if you spread a thick social message every episode, we will find something more entertaining to watch. Pace yourself a bit David; remember that you got into this to entertain, not petition for signatures.
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Harry's Law: "Last Dance"
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