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The Good Wife: Season 6
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Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) stood by her husband (Chris Noth) on his tumultuous path to the governor's office, but now she's entering the world of politics on her own terms by running for state's attorney. As Election Day approaches, Alicia must balance the demands of her firm and campaign as she supports her partner Car (Matt Czuchry) during shocking developments that could end his career… and life as he knows it. Juliana Margulies returns in the role that earner her two Primetime Emmy Awards, and stars with Archie Panjabi, Christine Baranki, Alan Cumming and a roster of stellar guests in Season Six of the gripping series that critics call 'TV's best drama' (Slate).
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 7.2 Ounces
- Director : Multiple
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 15 hours and 56 minutes
- Release date : August 25, 2015
- Actors : Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Matt Czuchry, Chris Noth
- Subtitles: : English, Portuguese
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B00YSBFCGE
- Number of discs : 6
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This, of course, is the penultimate season of the show. It split the season into two big story arcs, involving Cary and Kalinda, with the major arc of the state's attorney race going throughout most of the season. I will not spoil any of the plot lines, although chances are anyone reading this by now already knows how the season played out. There are a lot of great guest stars again, some of the usuals like Michael J. Fox and Mike Colter (who plays a larger role this season that he has in the past seasons) as well as new ones such as Ed Asner.
The season also had more cast turnover. Matthew Goode would come on as a series regular after being introduced midway through season five. At first, it seemed like he was going to be a replacement for Will in Alicia's life, but I think the choice the writers took with the character was better, although by the end of the season his arc was pretty much played out. The more controversial departure was that of Archie Panjabi. As most know, there was some kind of friction between her and Julianna Margulies, which resulted in her either leaving voluntarily (which was the party line) or forced out. In the bonus material, everyone was cordial about her leaving, and kind of hilariously made it seem like Kalinda and Alicia's final scene together was some great acting chemistry between Panjabi and Margulies given that it is now pretty well known that they did not film it together. I think the circumstances of her leaving the show were unfortunate, but I do think the writers gave the character a good sendoff. Christine Baranski also had a pretty good story arc as well with her character having to pick up the pieces of the law firm after the death of Will.
The DVD extras include deleted scenes for every episode, and then on the final disc, about an hour's worth of making-of and behind the scenes material, a couple of promotional character shorts for Diane and Alicia that ran on CBS, and a gag reel. Pretty similar to what has been included in the prior seasons.
Overall, the season was good. I think they did a good job with the evolution of the characters and gave everyone in the ensemble cast something to do. They also did a good job keeping up with current legal cases with shows that dealt with issues like the second-amendment, freedom of religion versus gay rights, etc. While the show definitely had a liberal bent, I think they did a good job with the counter-point by adding conservative characters like Diane's husband, and a new client for the firm played by Oliver Platt. Chances are if you liked the prior seasons you will like this one. If you were not all that big on the show in the earlier seasons, then there is probably not anything about this one that is likely to change your mind.
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Often leaves the usual TGW format of each episode centering around a new court trial, albeit that everything becomes resolved in the course of a few days when we know that such actions can take months to finalize. We accept that, it is only television and a resolution gives us the viewer satisfaction and closure.
The main thread of this season is Cary's (Matt Czuchry) prosecution and his attempts to avoid disbarment and prison. Also a run by Alicia (Julianna Margulies) to become state attorney, her campaign orchestrated by characters who didn't come up to the high standards set by Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) when he was chief of staff of Peter's (Chris Noth) run to become Governor. In my opinion.
Highlight of the season for me was the 'romance' between the flamboyant but ditzy Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston) and Josh Perotti (Kyle MacLachlan) which was beautifully played out over several episodes and showed the genuine comedic genius of both actors. The scents of baby lotion and 'Old Spice' play their parts. In my opinion.
The usual favourites are all there including Louis Canning (Michael J Fox) once again scene-stealing on every occasion he is in shot of the camera. The writers know what they've got in this National Treasure and know how to use him. If it gives this disabled actor work I'm all for it. It's a long way from 'Casualties Of War' & 'Back To The Future'.
A hint at the end that Alicia may team with Fox in the episode 'Wanna Partner?'????? Just my opinion.
22 episodes, 900 plus minutes, each of the 6 discs have special features not viewed by this reviewer (I buy a dvd for the show not special features so I would never denigrate a product for lack of special features), English subtitles for the hearing impaired. A warning on the dvd jacket about 'strong sex' ---- probably a reference to Kalinda's (Archie Punjabi) activities who is in and out of bed with both sexes. I've never been sure how much that adds to the show.
Topicality is awesome. At one point a plot so resembles an actual event, an announcement had to assure viewers the episode concerned had been written and produced before an unarmed black man was gunned down by white police. Also chillingly exposed is illegal Chicago police activity currently taking place.
22 episodes. Much that is good, equal to the show at its best. As ever, it fascinates to see the detailed delving into legal and political processes . A corrupt State's Attorney is about to be ousted, Alicia and her opponent Prady both representing integrity (David Hyde Pierce excellent). The two hope for a clean campaign, but are subjected to mudslinging, dirty tricks and lies (all reminiscent of electioneering this year both at home and abroad).
Sadly the show meanders after the Election, far too much attention paid to Kalinda's problems. Although a popular character, the emphasis on her seems to throw everything off balance, the result not really satisfying.
To dwell, though, on the positive! Often scripts are great, the cast on fine form. As Alicia, Julianna Margulies is superb as the good wife with a dodgy husband (Peter still up to his tricks). Sympathy grows for Matt Czuchry's Cary, especially as a guilty verdict seems increasingly likely. As Diane, Christine Baranski continues to impress. Humour abounds, often provided by highly manipulative Alan Cumming's Eli, he now with a daughter equally adept at scheming - sometimes against him, which adds to the fun.
Illuminating bonuses are well worth a look.
Overall? Still quality fare, but in need of a firmer sense of direction.
(By the way, learnt in passing: be very careful what you put in emails!)