It's the weekend at last!!!! Last Saturday, I thought I'd be weekend blogging and skipping Fridays for at least a while. That way I could cover a Fringe or Nikita on Saturday. But both shows are on hiatus. I'm not sure if they'll be back before April.
So what I asked was for regular readers to let me know if there was some show they liked that they didn't feel was getting enough attention or that they just wanted me to weigh in on. And I also pointed out that if I didn't like it, I would say so.
For my second show this week, I'm picking up The Firm. It airs NEW episodes on Saturdays on NBC during the second hour of prime time.
It's based on the John Grisham novel and the movie of the same name and picks up ten or so years after. Melvin e-mailed me about this show and said he couldn't stand it until episode 5 and then it became his show. Why did he keep watching?
He only gets NBC on his TV.
I watched the first four when it was still on Thursday night so I caught up with the five I missed. That's where Melvin felt the show got better.
And I agree with him. In the first four, there's too much set-up, too much unclear and just too much. It settles in with episode five and became, for me, really involving with episode seven. If episode nine had been the pilot, I think a lot more people would be watching the show right now.
"Mike, I'd lvoe to watch but I'm not going to watch five or nine episodes."
You don't have to.
I'm telling you what's going on. If I'm wrong on something, it's most likely because there are a lot of mysteries still.
First off, ignore the mob.
I don't think they matter for this season. I think they're being set up with the hopes that in season two they can be more prominent.
So ignore them.
The thing to really focus on is this woman Mitch is defending who is accused of killing this old lady for a nice but not that valuable necklace.
We've slowly learned -- via Mitch's brother Ray (who is an investigator) -- that the woman's claims to have not known the old woman or anything about her were lies. Ray found a computer print up the woman had done on the old lady. She was most likely targeting her. She got the info from the company files from the company she worked at.
Tammy got the laptop of the woman's out of police storage. Tammy is Mitch's receptionist and Ray's girlfriend (though we now know he's going to propose as she has been hinting for him to do). She and Abby (Mitch's wife) were booting it up at the office to see what was on it.
This crooked firm did a wipe on the laptop while Tammy and Abby were looking. But Tammy did manage to get a few files from it uploaded to a memory stick before it was wiped. (Everyone on the show's forgoten about that; however, I think that's going to be hugely important.)
This crooked law firm? They hired Mitch. They wanted him to give up his practice but he refused. He would have given up on their offer but there was a young girl whose mother was injured for life due to a bad heart transplant and that was taking up all their time and resources as they waited for an offer so Mitche agreed to come on with the firm to help with money (to help his family with money).
Mitch thought they wanted him for the heart transplant case. They wanted him for this murder case.
Did the woman kill the old lady? Did she do it on company orders? What was on her laptop that had the woman heading the firm tlaking about 'options' they had with Mitch?
Already a man has jumped to his death (after giving Mitch a list of numbers). There's a lot to absorb. And it's moving much faster.
One thing I would have changed about the show is the timeline. It always starts close to present day -- an episode starts -- and then it falls back four weeks or six weeks ago. It should use linear or stop trying to tell every detail.
So make a point to check it out tomorrow night, it's worth another chance and you may end up loving it.
Now for Idiot of the Week.
This was a close race but in the end John Pilger won.
You may remember his sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton in 2008 (or since). Or you may remember how he demonized and lied about two women who may have been raped. Pilger finally found feminists and just so he could trash them. He's a piece of s**t more and more.
I hope John Pilger is gay because I would hate to think a woman has to actually put up with his sexist crap day in and day out -- talk about Sleeping With The Enemy!
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"