Sunday, May 12, 2019

REVIEW: 'The Good Fight' - Maia Begins a New Job That May Hurt Her Friends in 'The One Where the Sun Comes Out'

CBS All Access' The Good Fight - Episode 3.09 "The One Where the Sun Comes Out"

Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart is asked by ChumHum to bring on a specialist, lawyer Brenda DeCarlo, to investigate any remaining misconduct or cultural issues within the firm. Diane begins to question the resistance group's tactics while Blum approaches Maia with an intriguing job offer.

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of CBS All Access' The Good Fight.

"The One Where the Sun Comes Out" was written by Eric Holmes and directed by Brooke Kennedy

This has been an explosive season. All of the characters have made some big moves in the hopes of protecting their lives and the fate of the country. They feel passionate and empowered to act. Of course, there is plenty that they have wanted to keep secret as well. They did so because of the public perception. They understood how things would come across. Of course, they didn't fully realize the scope of their actions either and just how scandalous the various cover-ups could be. And now, the chickens are coming home to roost for the firm. This business has struggled to define its identity this season. The racial tension didn't just break up after a couple of episodes of explosive fights. It is still constantly simmering. All it takes is the right provocation for the entire floor to get into verbal fights with each other. The partners don't even understand the extent to which the firm is still divided in this way. Julius is the managing partner but doesn't know that the associates are segregating themselves in their work environment. That proves that his pursuit of a federal judgeship has compromised his ability to manage the firm. It has also led everyone to suspect that he and Maia are secretly having an affair. That's the most scandalous thought anyone can have as it pertains to why the two of them are spending so much time together. But all of the secrets are being outed here. Blum reveals to the partners that Julius has been plotting his exit for the federal bench. Meanwhile, it's confirmed that Adrian and Liz really did sleep together after he was shot. There was so much suspicion about that night between them as it pertained to her divorce. And now, they could be found guilty of committing perjury. ChumHum brought in this independent investigator in order to diagnosis if there were any lingering sexual misconduct issues with this business. This tech company doesn't want to be associated with a business marred with its own #MeToo issues. But that's not the big issue in the current state of the firm. Sure, it's going to take down the founding partner of this business. But right now, all of the stress and tension is mostly chalked up to growing pains as the business has tried to expand. That may be the easy solution. It's the convenient excuse that allows ChumHum to feel confident continuing to work with the firm. That was always the conclusion they wanted even though the firm and the partners were absolutely terrified about the horrors this investigation could unravel. And yes, it is a grueling couple of days for the firm. But they manage to emerge unharmed for now. That's miraculous. At first, there is still the instinct to cover-up the true extent of Carl Reddick's horrible actions. But it's ultimately appreciated when the firm is fully transparent about the issues they have had in the past with the awareness that they need to do better in the future. Again, it's a simple and neat conclusion. And yet, there is still the lingering threat of despair coming as well.

Of course, that's the feeling that goes along wherever Roland Blum goes. That's the energy he has brought to this season. The firm may finally be taking him down now. His legal career seems bound to end the same way that his mentor Roy Cohn's did. He is being disbarred for suborning perjury. He fights it every step of the way. And yet, that may be the inevitable outcome for this kind of lifestyle. He has long wielded power and the ability to shape the narrative to whatever best suits his interest. He believes he has radically changed who Maia is as a person. And yes, it is fascinating to see her return here with the potential of her becoming more of an antagonist to the central figures at the firm. She feels compelled to take Blum up on his job offer because it's the only opportunity that is available to her. It's exciting and energizing. She has the money to make a new firm actually pop as well. All of this may be dependent on Blum's continued stature in the legal community though. He is her benefactor. He is the one feeding her information that may or may not be true about Carl Reddick. However, she's the one who lures Marissa out into drinks just to get information out of her. She feels bad about it. She feels like she is betraying her friend. She wants to make up for it by saying that it isn't personal at all. And yet, it is personal to Marissa. Her friend disappeared from her life for a little while and has returned as a changed person. Maia is now someone who is working for the man who led to her being fired from the firm in the first place. He just wants to slide past that. But his fate ultimately depends on Maia testifying on his behalf. He sees her as the witness who can save his livelihood while taking down the firm at the same time. She doesn't show up. That is a huge decision on her part that could ruin Blum's entire life and career. But that could only make him more dangerous and reckless as well. This season has explored just how toxic power can be as well. Diane felt emboldened as a member of the book club. But now, she can no longer support the tactics they are willing to use. Sure, she is still horrified by the news every single day. The glut of despicable news is still overwhelming all the time. There are so many heinous stories happening at the same time. It's hard to remain energized all the time. Diane and Liz were trying to form their feelings into actions. But the resistance group was built on a lie. And now, it no longer matters that that's true. Everyone there feels united and justified in what they are doing even though it leads to a man's death. They targeted him for a reason - children dying in the detection facilities he has built and profited off of on the southern border. But it's still this group supporting murder. Diane and Liz can't abide by that. This group has grown beyond their control or redemption. That's what makes it so terrifying when Diane is threatened with her life going to hell if she ever says anything about the book club to anyone. It's a fascinating dynamic about what's the best way to resist in this current political environment and how people clash with those with differing options but the same overall goal. But the audience should definitely be afraid for Diane's safety moving into the season finale.