The perplexing thing about The Good Fight season 6 is that, even after watching what should have been enough episodes to form some kind of opinion…it feels impossible to either gush about or condemn it. Which, if you’re at all familiar with us, you realize is about as out of the ordinary as it gets. To have watched halfway through the series’ final season and still have no idea where it’s going, much less how it’s going to get there, is both frustrating and exciting.
And, actually, that’s the problem — if we even decide to call it that by the time we’re done here — with the season at large. We’re not sure how to take the difficult parts in the context of all the things that work. But, at the same time, we can’t even really discuss either aspect without getting into spoilery plot specifics. Not to mention, we have far too much faith in Robert and Michelle King to write The Good Fight‘s final season off before it’s, well, off.
So, we’re going to go ahead and just…not deliver a verdict just yet. Mostly. It’s complicated, but we have a nagging suspicion that’s the point. Or, at least, that’s what we maybe hope?
Instead, let’s just do the vague tease thing, with a precious few non-spoilery specifics thrown in.
Some mixed thoughts on The Good Fight season 6
- Ok but she’s filling in bits of conversation like I do when I’ve watched the same movie or show too many times to be healthy.
- If you thought you got a feel for Andre Braugher’s Ri’Chard Lane in the trailer, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
- And he is so. much. fun. Surprising? Nope.
- The very first time I saw Alan Cumming back as Eli Gold might have resulted in some undignified screaming and clapping over here at the Lieberman household. It’s perfect. I’ve missed him so much, and he got to say that.
- …and father-daughter stuff, always a personal fave.
- More Carmen? Good. Stellar, even. Always more Carmen, please. There is no way to stress enough how much Charmaine Bingwa deserves to take over the world. The stereotypes the particular character she’s working with perpetuates, though? Not good.
- Here’s a fun one: Christine Lahti’s character on Evil would be very upset about something Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart does — or, rather, pledges to avoid doing — at one point this season.
- And I guess it goes without saying that we love Diane. Even when we kinda want to throttle her.
- Last, but not least, that brings us to Liz. Audra McDonald has some fantastic scenes with Braugher that set up, for me, some of the most grounded and (dare I say) “normal” parts of the storyline. She’s also got some really great moments that are…not on her own, technically. But also…you don’t see the person on the other side of the interaction.
- And then, there’s the heart coming from the professional partnership between Liz and Diane. They’ve come a long way, and it feels warm and fuzzy (kinda like that wine once it’s settled in) just watching McDonald and Baranski do their thing. One (10-ish) last time(s).
- Wherever they end up, here’s hoping it’s not where Diane and Alicia Florrick did. Then again, if we want a good sense of deja vu here…why not?
The Good Fight season 6 premieres Thursday, September 8 on Paramount+. Watch it, and help us pass judgment here.
Cannot believe such a fine actress as Baranski is a set up as a buffoon; very little legal work but instead taking hallucinating drugs and hilariously laughing a lot. The obvious politics aside, a fine cast is made to look ridiculous. Not even close to Margolis and The Good Wife. At least those characters left with dignity.
Not really sure on this whole “obvious politics aside” comment, when the show is, and always has been, very political. Also not entirely certain you watched the same ending for Margulies* on The Good Wife that I did, considering the last image we saw of her was getting slapped by Diane.