Season 4 already, huh? ...and this is the first episode I've ever watched. Seems like I picked a really good one! If Elena pursues Damon, she's an idiot. Anyone can see he's bad news. I can feel sympathy for the guy, and I'm sure there are mitigating circumstances, but already, I'm feeling very protective of Elena, and I want nothing more than for Connor to figure out a way to send Damon to be with his best friend! Quick solution to the whole love triangle thing. Getting tired of love triangles. So...what'd I miss? :-)
I agree with those who say the episode felt flat, and that some of the plot was outright stupid. Why would the FBI keep sending 'canaries' into close quarters to arrest a known bomb-maker?? Then, Gibbs did the same DA*N thing at the end. Obviously by that point, Dearing was ready for death by Gibbs--why not do it in a blaze of glory? Unbelievable that Gibbs would take such personal risk when there are much safer ways to accomplish the goal. Total misuse of Gibbs' talent as a sniper. Also, given the size of the blast at NCIS HQ, I agree with those who say the team should be hurt worse.
continuing my other post: ...Ben is a really engaging character, a great foil for Kate & Lauren, so much so that the focus & cast could be read more as an ensemble, now - it's not so much 'Facing Kate' as 'Facing Reed, Reed & Grogan.' They're all formidable at what they do. I think facing any one or all of them would generate great story lines for years to come. I HOPE the network execs agree!
I'll miss Fairly Legal the most, hands down. But I don't believe for a second that the odds of renewal for FL are nearly bleak as Matt seems to think.
I like Necessary Roughness, too, but it became extremely dark at the end of Season 2. That part was kind of a downer.
Still, I'd like to see Season 3 of both programs because the lead characters of both shows have been left at really compelling turning points in their lives, and I REALLY want to see what happens next! Besides which, the writing & acting are REALLY good. On Necessary Roughness, the mysterious Nico has won me over, and TK cracks me up when he's being cheeky and makes me want to cry along with him when he's down.
And then on Fairly Legal, there's this whole Ben & Kate thing. I dunno, I'm on the fence over whether it should turn into a relationship, or whether it'd be better for that mid-season kiss to remain an anomalous incident in an otherwise contentious business relationship. But Ben, oh, Ben is a WONDERFULLY engaging character--a great foil for Kate, and Lauren, too. To me, the show really isn't about 'Facing Kate' anymore--it's more of an ensemble. Facing anybody up to any one or all of the partners at Reed, Reed & Grogan would generate great story-lines for years to come. I sure HOPE the USA network execs agree!
Eric McCormack may have had trouble distancing himself from Will and Grace in the past, but he has DEFINITELY found a break-away role with Dr. Daniel Pierce! McCormack very ably brings Pierce to life in SUCH a unique and sympathetic way, there is only room for Pierce in my mind when I am watching him. Some people claim the show is a ripoff of Monk, but I think Pierce is a much more interesting character than Monk because he refuses to accommodate his illness - he challenges himself every day in a way that Monk rarely did. Monk was mostly smart. Pierce is smart AND courageous - except when it comes to intimate relationships. But even there, we're seeing him turn new corners. I'm really looking forward to Season 2 and seeing where his beautiful mind leads him next.
My favorite moment of this week's episode is the turning point in the investigation--when Lena offers Auggie the coffee, and it becomes obvious that he is on to her, as he pointedly sets it down unsipped, and hightails it out of there shortly after. But it was also the most frustrating moment b/c he knew Lena was up to no good, but still left Annie with no protection.
Other than that, Auggie was pretty great, but I appreciated Simon's swansong in Annie's dreams more. With Simon's dicey history, I knew they were in for a bad end, but still, it was sad to see him go.
I think Annie has been through enough heartache now that ANY kind of a romance (workplace or otherwise) is implausible, at least not for a couple of years. My take - she puts romance on the back burner and continues to be a relatively free agent who can depend on the friendship of both Auggie and Eyal for at least a couple more seasons.
As for redemption - oh, they'll get Lena, alright. Annie will win vindication for herself. But how does one ever fully get redemption for the loss of a loved one? That's just impossible.
I find it interesting that even though this is a poll about summer shows, Fairly Legal, a winter-spring show, is among the front-runners, and has garnered the most comments. Well, here's another one. I don't care WHAT season they air it in, I just want more!!! Bottom line, we Fairly Legal fans really love the show, and we have really suffered with this looooong wait for news of Season 3!
If I could've voted for three, I'd have voted for Franklin & Bash and Necessary Roughness, too, but I would not be nearly as sad if they were not renewed. NObody does smart dramedy like the writers & actors of Fairly Legal!
BTW, Royal Pains, another fave of mine which IS a summer show, does not appear on this list - but, then again, that one's so popular, they'd really have to work hard to kill it.
Christine, you're my favorite Fairly Legal blogger. Your analyses so echo the way I feel about the show, about each episode, it's downright scary! The only thing is, in Borderline, I'd like to have seen Ben pushing things just a *little* bit further than he did. OTOH, his being a gent and giving Kate the space to be scared also enabled her to stay on a high moral ground with Justin, knowing she never cheated on him the whole time they were still maintaining their odd relationship--even after they were divorced. And for Kate's sanity, I really applaud that.
Love Fairly Legal, desperately want it back for a whole lot more seasons, and I give this episode a 5-star rating because it is chock-full of twists & turns. But I didn't feel that way the first time I watched it.
[SPOILER ALERT - just in case you didn't find reading the review itself sufficiently spoilerish]
The whole apartment hunt thing was hard to watch, and harder to understand. I just kept shaking my head, wondering why Kate would torture everyone, including herself, with this exercise in futility? Couldn't she see the train wreck coming? And Ben's pushing at her & needling her about how it was going - that wasn't very nice, either. But what gets me to 5 stars is the main story - it was a pure delight to watch all the characters playing chess and 'tangoing' (as Robin would say) with each other within the context of trying to hide or expose the Selex/City of SF connection.
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