E: All the interviews and reports promised it: in the season finale, Alicia will finally make her choice! Our notoriously cagey heroine will pick a side, and lordy but it’s been a long time coming. Fans everywhere rejoiced; even the most hardcore shippers have wilted, exhausted by the love triangle and desperate for the uncertainty to end. Move us forward, Alicia!
And so she did, and it was more purely revolutionary than we could have imagined. I have to say, I am pretty damn stoked; I’ve been advocating for that course for months, but I never thought it would actually happen. We have an answer. Shame on us, though, for asking the wrong question.
E: All the important elements are here – great guest stars (Veronica and Owen, how we love you!), internal drama, a twisty case of the week, political maneuvering, and an onion-like episode title (layers!) – but there are some worrisome under-layers, too. Major and minor characters make some pretty questionable decisions and cross a not- insignificant number of lines. (Curious which ones bother me? They might not be the ones you think.) The ramp up to the season-ending gubernatorial election goes epic.
(Also, confess. How many of you read the episode title and couldn’t helping singing this? Wouldn’t you love to know if the cast and crew had the same reaction?)
E: Didja miss me? I’m home from vacation and ready to chat about the last ripped-from-the headlines episode, a sordid tale of computer activists, the internet and our incredibly depressing justice system. Let’s go back in time. Continue reading
E: So, okay, nobody got punched, which is kind of a shame, but I can get behind this episode. Colin Sweeney pulled his usual squirm-inducing shenanigans. Kurt McVeigh was terse and manly in Marlborough Man mode, and Isobel Swift was manipulative, unapologetic-ally sexual and if nothing else, entertaining in her Pin Up Girl/Jessica Rabbit style. I wouldn’t have said it was possible, but newbie investigator Robyn has wormed her way even further into my affections. We got some excellent and underused combinations from the L&G team, which will always get kudos from me: Diane and Kalinda, Cary and Robyn. My favorite new judge from this season reappears; you guys wouldn’t misinterpret my affection as approval, would you? Because that’s not how it is with this show. Really, after last week’s emotional blow out, I simply enjoyed this week’s mostly light, zippy fun.
Oh, and so much for the knock out blow to the love triangle. Prepare yourself for a little temper tantrum.
E: Shut the front door! Did Alicia just give out her final rose? Did she finally, finally, pick a side? I am seriously astounded. Did that really just happen, for good and for ever?
I can’t even believe it, after all this time. Maybe because that episode was a lot more about her emotion for the guy who got discarded than the guy that she picked. Or maybe I’m just mistrustful of the writers? Yeah, there’s no maybe about that, I am straight up mistrustful. Argh! But the emotion of it all! I’m not sure what I was expecting besides more of the actual gala, but what I got has left me walking around with my mouth hanging open.