The excellent legal drama The Good Wife ended and The Good Fight has come along to fill the void. Created by the husband and wife team of Michelle and Robert King. Ridley Scott is also a producer, so the winners behind this are a plenty. It continues, sort of, the story of The Good Wife. While somewhat different in tone it is as interesting, involving and well acted as its predecessor.
Diane Lockhart (played by Christine Baranski) is dreaming of her retirement home in Provence. Just as she puts in a bid on a property and tells the other partners at her law firm that she is retiring the poop hits the fan. That poop comes in the form of a Ponzi scheme. The scheme involves her good friends Henry (played by Paul Guilfoyle) and Lenore Rindell (played by Bernadette Peters). Her entire savings is wiped out. That means no property in the French countryside and even no retirement. The only problem with the latter is that her previous firm does not want her back and her name within the legal community is mud because of her close association with the accused. Diane is broke and short on options.
Her knight in shining armour comes in the form of legal foe, Adrian Boseman (played by Delroy Lindo). He offers her a junior partner position at his firm. Feeling sorry for the Rindell daughter, Maia (played by Rose Leslie), who is an innocent in the whole scandal, Diane brings her along as an associate to her new firm. Another familiar face at the firm is former employee, Lucca Quinn (played by Cush Jumbo), who has burst onto the scene since leaving Lockhart/Gardner.
Instead of just continuing along the well worn path paved by The Good Wife, The Good Fight ups the ante here a little. With some surprise casting, spicy language and engaging dialogue, we forge ahead. You never know what to expect next (within reason – it is a legal drama after all). Filled with some interesting social commentary and character development, it will have you begging for the next episode.
The amount of New York based character actor/actress talent is deep. All the female characters created here, while each different, is a heroine and relatable in their own way. This is a well rounded cast.
Its only downside so far was that the first season only had 10 episodes. Definitely left me wanting more.
Keep eyes peeled for cameos by Zach Grenier, Bernadette Peters, Denis O’Hare, Jane Alexander, Kevin Pollack, Louis Gossett Jr., Jane Lynch and Jason Biggs.