The Good Fight
The Good Fight, created by Robert and Michelle King, is a legal and political series. The show is a spin-off of The Good Wife, and it has just reached the end of its third season. It begins with Diane Lockhart’s search for a new law firm following a financial scandal which wipes out her savings. Diane joins Reddick, Boseman, & Kolstad, a prestigious African American-owned firm, along with her mentee Maia Rindell who is also reeling from the aftermath of the scandal as her father is heavily involved. The show then tells multiple interesting and diverse stories set in and around the firm, covering topics such as politics, love, race, law, and friendship.
Plot lines (9/10)
The show encompasses a range of timely topics in an informative manner, including censorship, Trump, #ExistingWhileBlack, financial scandals, #MeToo and immigration. These topics, given their regular appearance in contemporary discourse, make the plotlines on The Good Fight especially believable and relatable. Additionally, the informative manner in which some of these topics are discussed, with the introduction of light-hearted, educational short film snippets mid episode in Season 3, adds a unique edge to the show, reflecting its efforts to establishing a connection with viewers. By presenting us with a competitive, high profile African American law firm, The Good Fight normalises the presence of black excellence and attainment, both in society and on our screens.
The incredible wit recurrent in the script makes for intelligent, fast-paced and attention-grabbing dialogue. Each interaction is enhanced by in-depth character development, which enables the viewer to appreciate the subtleties within interactions between characters. The dialogue also enables each character to shine in their own right. For example, we see Marissa’s cunning ability to glean information, and Lucca’s perceptive nature.
The multifaceted nature of each character helps us get to know them on multiple fronts, such as at work, at home, and in other activities in their personal lives such as shooting, axe throwing, and the resistance group Diane and Liz are members of in season 3. This vast scope for displaying variation in acting has been successfully executed by each of the actors, and it keeps us on the edge of our seats as it makes the characters less predictable. The witty, intelligent writing also creates the opportunity for excellent acting; in a particularly notable scene, we see Lucca and Gary Carr, who makes a short appearance, act out a light-hearted, entertaining ‘actors acting like lawyers versus real life lawyers’ segment.
We admire this show’s ability to cover such a broad range of contemporary, relevant issues, and we especially appreciate the show’s efforts to reflect opinions on these issues from such diverse perspectives. This witty, entertaining show provides viewers with the full package, from humour to drama, and with the added boost of an educative experience, the multifaceted nature of this show means that it provides something for everyone.
Written by Emike Ahmed (Twitter & IG @EmikeAh)