Now that was probably the strongest season premiere of the fall season so far. The Good Wife is at its best when it mixes Alicia’s personal and professional lives to maximum effect and their collision in this hour was beyond fantastic.
What started out as a simple traffic cop encounter for Alicia and family, soon transformed into a potentially awesome long-running arc for the season. I adored Alicia banding together with her son to try and handle the problem only for Peter to get involved and really complicate things. Alicia’s commitment to solve the matter without her husband’s “name” was also quite endearing and only served to deepen my love for this wonderful protagonist.
And for the first time in a long, long time, I’m extremely fascinated by Kalinda’s subplot. She was just such a badass in this one from wielding a hammer in the teaser to that brutal encounter with Nick (from the elevator to the parking lot). Both of them just pop on screen and if I’ve heard correctly, things between them are about to get even more intense this year.
In addition, I enjoyed Kristen Chenowith’s minor appeaarance. Her special brand of venom fits perfectly within the show’s world and I’m hoping we get to see more of her (although I heard about the injury she got on set so that might be a long shot unfortunately). The new trustee however is particularly amusing and I very much enjoyed his scene with the ever hilarious and sneaky David Lee.
And finally, that end scene was a tender little thing as Diane and Will celebrated with a drink together while Alicia watched on in secret. What I love about The Good Wife is that it doesn’t play the love traingle card (and I hope it never will). These characters are mature adults and its always refreshing to see them act their age.
All in all, a marvelous little hour that capably sets the stage for a great comeback season (after a slightly disappointing third year). Excellent.