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Suits…Season 1 was great but Season 2 has been phenomenal.

28 Apr

I think the satellite channel Dave has landed a winner with Suits. With the weekly episode regularly pulling in over 700,000 viewers across multiple showings, it has been a  hit for the comedy channel.

We are two episodes away from the end of Season 2 and to say the series has grown on me is an understatement.  What has really been fantastic about this show is how the characters and the interaction between them have grown and evolved since Season 1. In Season 1 it was mainly a comedy set in a legal firm,  but in season 2 it has grown into a more of a character driven drama with moments of light and dark humor. The characters have all grown.

Mike Ross (Patrick J Adams) – He was the smart kid with all the answers, but the questions have became more complex and the answers not as pat in Season 2. Pearson Hardman is under fire and neither he, his mentor Harvey nor the firm’s boss Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) can see an easy way out. His love life is a mess and he has lost the one strong constant in his life – his grandma. He has simply become more like a mere mortal.

Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) – Harvey uber-confident, self assured and suave in his Tom Ford suits he is New York’s best closer. This season we find even Harvey has his weaknesses. His legal and personal battles with his ex-Senior partner Daniel Hardman (David Costabile) has sought seeds of doubt about his relationship with Jessica. He wants Pearson Hardman to be Pearson Specter, but is Jessica ready to let go of control and bring him as an equal? We get glimpses into what has made Harvey, we visit his childhood and find out it holds memories he’d rather forget, we see his relationship  with Zoe Lawford (Jacinda Barret) end as family tragedy tear Zoe away. Incidentally Jacinda is Gabriel Macht’s wife in the real world.

Jessica Pearson – Like her protege and right hand man Harvey, she is self assured and suave, but beneath that veneer she is a woman facing an onslaught on her firm. A firm that has become her life is reeling, the battles with Daniel Hardman have left both her and the firm vulnerable.  Her relationship with Harvey is bruised as they find out that their interests are not 100% aligned and she needs all the loyal troops she can find right now.

Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) – Louis was the man you loved to hate, weasily, devious and unethical. Was that the real Louis? In Season 2 the one dimensional villain from season one has morphed in a a more rounded character with many aspects to him. We see that his deep insecurities exploited by Harvey, Jessica and  Daniel Hardman and there are points you actually get to feel sorry for him.

Other main characters Donna Paulsen (Sarah Raffetty) and Rachel Zane (Merghan Markle) have also developed in season 2. Donna ever loyal to Harvey had cause to question if that Loyalty was misplaced and Rachel’s “will she, wont she” relationship with Mike continues to meander along but is unable to come to any conclusion as circumstance and choice keep them apart.

The least two episodes  for the season are going to be very, very interesting

Dave…If you’re not watching Suits on Dave I want to know why?

7 Mar

If all TV programmes were like Suits I think I would probably never leave my house. Suits started off brilliantly on Dave last year but has only got better. It is like a fine wine from an award wining vineyard and as time goes by matures into a from just being great to exquisite.

Over the top praise? I don’t think so. A lot of  high concept episodic dramas come to our screen with a single underlying narrative. Recently for instance we had Homeland  with a underlying theme as to whether a prisoner of war had been turned into a terrorist. The challenge for these dramas is sustaining and developing the narrative particularly after a very successful first season.

This is something that Suits has done spectacularly well, the character and plot development has been phenomenal. We have seen the characters develop in believable and engaging ways.  Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) has gone from a infallible legal demigod strutting across the floors of his firm Pearson Hardman to a more humane and somewhat vulnerable man reduced in stature by a change in his fortune as his past coming back to haunt him.

Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams)  the young smart know it all, still smart and still a bit of a know it all but he’s has gradually come to realise  that life isn’t just about what you know but your relationships.

There is Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) smart, sexy and blossoming and she gains higher regard in the firm.  Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) Harvey’s loyal right hand woman finding  that when reputations and careers are at stake there is always collateral damage. Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) so used to be being the top dog at her beloved firm now finding herself in a war of attrition in which losing may mean losing everything she has fought for.

It all seems to be coming to a head. In tonight’s episode we see Harvey narrowly escape a law suit that could have left him disbarred and the firm mortally wounded. The price to be paid though is higher than he might have wanted his friendship with Donna seemingly dead, his reputation as a ruthless focus legal rotweiller torn to shreds. and Jessica in a perilous position as her nemesis Daniel Hardman (David Costabile) attempts a coup d’etat

So the question remains if you aren’t watching  why aren’t you watching? If you missed it you can catch up with Season 1 on DVD. Thank me later

Dave…Suits…Why can’t Mike Ross just not say anything to Rachel?

7 Feb

Mike Ross has everything going for him, he is clever, has a great job, more money than he knows what too spend it on, and a woman (Rachel) he is in love with and who also clearly loves him.

He does have one problem though, he had the opportunity for a relationship with Rachel and walked away, why because he can’t hide the truth from her and the particular truth he wants to hide – that he didn’t go to Havard – a prerequisite for working at the law firms of Pearson Hardman.

So that is dilemma, so why is this is a problem? Why does Mike have this overwhelming urge to tell Rachel the truth. He is pretty much living the lie every day. Even if she found out much later in a relationship she should understand why he would have been hesitant to share it.

I love suits but this does not make sense to me.

On another minor note is Season One of Suits was about Harvey Specter and Mike Ross, but I can help but think that in Season 2 the focus seems to be shifting more to Harvey. Is anyone else feeling this or is it just me?