I recently discovered the brilliance of Suits.
The show has been steadily gaining steam over the last two years and I finally decided to give it a shot. I was ridiculously impressed, and consequently binge-watched the show’s entire two-season run in record time. Now that Suits‘ third season has arrived, I can finally take the time to properly immerse myself in the show’s intricacies week in, week out. Because let’s be honest, Harvey and the gang are more nuanced than 90% of television on the air. So let’s get cracking…
I really love Mike and Rachel. The chemistry between Markle and Adams is off the charts, and they’re both immensely likeable to boot. They’re obviously the show’s endgame couple (or is that Harvey and Donna?), but the writers have done a great job of injecting genuine drama into their relationship. After discovering the truth about Mike, Rachel doesn’t feel he’s earned his post – which is entirely justified seeing how hard she’s tried to reach his stature. It’s really compelling material, and it’s the kind of complication that feels organic while staying true to the characters (instead of dumping a random love triangle on the twosome).
Words can’t express how I much I adore Gina Torres. With every glance and nuance, she imbues so much into Jessica’s steely demeanor. Her sneaky machinations know no bounds, and I loved how she tried to manipulate Harvey this week out of genuine affection. However, her scheming ultimately culminates in one of the show’s biggest turning points yet: Harvey now wants to take his Managing Partner down. It’s a tragic and unfortunate development (I do love their dynamic) but it effectively supplies the season with a sturdy narrative thrust going forward.
Speaking of Mr. Specter, I loved watching Harvey pour his heart out to Mike, genuinely hurt that his protege didn’t come to him after Jessica’s threats. Their relationship is going to take some healing, and I have no doubt it’s going to be engaging to watch. Gabriel Macht has to be one of the most underrated actors working today, and I do hope he gets his due as the show grows.
I think I laughed out loud when I realized that Game of Throne’s very own Caitlin Stark was the defendant (perhaps I’m too used to seeing her in rags?). While this season’s case of the year isn’t terribly engrossing yet, I have high hopes the narrative will continue to twist and turn as our lawyers face the usual myriad of ethical dilemmas and backstabbings.
– Am I the only one who doesn’t like the show’s theme song? It just never grew on me.
– Some people bribe with cheques, Jessica prefers offices.
– Donna tricking Louis into painting a Hitler-stache along with the hand gesture was awesome.
– I love Abigail Spencer (Scotty), and part of me really wishes she’d stayed in New York. If the airport scene with Harvey was her last, it was surprisingly wonderful.
– It’s worth noting that I have the most enormous crush on Megan Markle (Rachel). My God that woman’s gorgeous. Why isn’t she a bigger star already?
– Louis’ evil moment of the week: ruthlessly kicking the poor lady out of the cafeteria. I also loved him trying to seduce Darby with his favorite tart, a Montblanc, and “the most expensive tea in the world”. His rivalry with Nigel however, I can do without. It’s just tedious.
– Rachel using Code 2 (Richard Gere is in the lobby) to distract Donna was epic.
– Donna didn’t have as many funny lines as she usually does this, but she did get an exceptionally revelatory scene in which she told Mike how betrayed she felt. Dramatic much?
– So I take it, Darby’s gay?
– Mike’s sure got cohones I’ll give him that. He was pretty badass blackmailing Jessica while bringing up her parent’s divorce story. I half expected her to punch through his chest. (Maybe I just have fond memories of Torres on Alias).
– Hardman once told Jessica that Harvey would eventually turn on her. I guess that day has finally come.
Donna: He signed it. He said it was great.
Harvey: I’m not interested in great. I want it to know who its daddy is.
Rachel: (walking into Mike’s new office) I know it’s not my place but you really suck at quitting.
Donna: Is this the story from that The Breakfast Club?
Louis: I’m not familiar with that song.
Harvey: You grew the mustache back. I’ll let you in on a little secret: it wasn’t a success the first time around.
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While The Arrangement isn’t a particularly fantastic episode of Suits, it’s a nonetheless effective and entertaining season premiere.