A few nights ago, January 16th 2005, Boston Legal went up against the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - a daunting task. While James Spader was bested by Deadwood's Ian McShane, William Shatner took honors in the BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION category for his role of Denny Crane on the series. Congratulations to him!
I don't really have a good way to shift gears into my review, but I figured that was worth mentioning. Anyways, this latest installment of Boston Legal was equal parts farewell episode, dark comedy, and socially meaningful legal drama - the story of creationism vs. evolution isn't an old one in our court systems or our television sets (or even the David E. Kelley universe, I'm told) but that doesn't mean it isn't worth revisiting, especially under different circumstances. As Shirley Schmidt (or just 'Schmidt' as she's telling most people to call her) acclimates herself to life in the crazy world that is the Boston office of Crane, Poole, and Schmidt, Nora discovers the lewd game that is working for Alan Shore; Bernard Ferrion returns as the serial tiny serial killer whose only crime was to desperately want to be noticed; and Betty White, reprising her role from The Practice (Catherine Piper) was more of a cameo appearance than a guest spot. Hopefully there will be more from her in the future besides skeeving Alan out by applying for the now vacant assistant's position.
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