Review Boston Legal: Season 2, Episode 1 - The Black Widow

Before I get into the meat of this review, I want to start out by extending my gratitude to one of the kindest and most dedicated fans of Boston Legal I could have ever hope to meet - Dana. Thank you so much for putting together everything you do over at and thank you for tracking me down and giving me a place to post my reviews of Boston Legal, including my old reviews of S1 and these new ones for S2. I feel lucky to be a part of this and am glad that someone has been reading. ;)

Also, some more housekeeping before moving on to the review of the S2 premiere, 'The Black Widow'; I've already touched on this with Dana in the podcast for this episode (download it at, but in case you haven't listened to that, a big congratulations out to James Spader for winning his Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Alan Shore on Boston Legal and to William Shatner for winning his for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Denny Crane. That's a repeat win for both of them; James Spader won last year for the same role on The Practice and William Shatner won for Guest Actor in a Drama Series, also on The Practice. Maybe this kind of recognition will help boost the ratings...I can only hope.

((OK. Sorry about that. Here we go! Forgive me if this review is a bit rough around the edges; I've been out of practice for a while. So bear with me; thanks for reading!))

They opened up this episode with a crash course on the history of the show, covering most major (and some minor - was Bernie's story really important enough?) storylines from S1 to set up this season. A nice refresher course for those who did watch the show on Sundays last season, and an introduction to the show for those who did not.

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