Posted: 17 January 2011 at 3:16pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by nureat01
Vasu, waise I forgot to ask you pehle.....what is "The Good Wife" about?
Nice sigs, Anu
The Good Wife is a political/legal series. Basically, Julianna Margulies' character Alicia, is married to a States Attorney Peter Florrick (Chris Noth). As the series begins, the background tells us that Peter had a fall from grace thanks to a number of shady dealings - corruption, affairs with prostitutes, etc.
He makes a very public statement and "apology"; and the title "The Good Wife" comes from the fact that Alicia decides to publicly support her husband rather than denounce him. This isn't because she forgives him or has an ulterior motive; simply that she wants to protect her kids and....well, her character is complex, to say the least. Maybe she stays with him because she fears change or because she thinks its the right thing to do etc. She doesn't forgive him in private though, and he is eventually sent to jail for a while for his mis-dealings.
Then, in order to provide for her family, Alicia goes back to work - she used to be a powerful lawyer, but now she finds herself in a group of young, ruthless, ambitious lawyers who will do anything to get on top. The first season mainly deals with her "war" with another junior associate Carey, who is young, sneaky and has less compunctions about "doing the right thing" - he is far more willing than Alicia to bend rules or the law to get what he wants. They have to fight for the permanent position, which at the end of the season Alicia wins.
It's too simplistic an explanation - since the show is partly legal drama, as in case by case every week, but it is also about the politics - her husband eventually is freed and comes home to try and run for States Attorney again. It's also about how politics and the law often meet, and are murkier and more cutthroat then they might seem. Then of course there is the obligatory romance angle - in that Alicia's boss is her former boyfriend. But it doesn't veer into the nonsensical teenage romance category; if anything, since she is still married to her husband, the very hint that something might happen with her boss (it hasn't but it has come close) is in itself a very shady aspect of the story. Is it morally okay for her to cheat if her husband cheated on her? Will she still be "the good wife"?
Then there's also the excellent Archie Punjabi, who is the law firm's private investigator. This character is shrouded in so much mystery it is unbelievable
and Archie plays her character Kalinda's very limited range of emotions so well, its incredible. The closest comparison I can make is with Lisbeth Salander of the Dragon Tattoo series, though only very superficially in the body language of the character, the secrecy, the solitude etc. Their experiences are nowhere near the same.
And there is one recurring character - Eli Gold - Peter's campaign manager. He is simply the wittiest, most sarcastic, most misanthropic person ever!
You really should check it out if you can - I simply love it. It's not like CSI, or Bones or Law & Order or anything like that. Yes, its a legal drama; but most often its not about the case - its not about whether they win or lose the case...it's what they have to do in order to win it. And how that affects their lives outside as well.