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by lombo
May 9, 2016 11:52AM EDT
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Seriously thats it? It's rather inconclusive it looks more like a cliffhanger than a series finale to me...
Seriously thats it? It's rather inconclusive it looks more like a cliffhanger than a series finale to me...
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by scotwotContributor
May 12, 2016 11:02AM EDT
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An extended review, I've loved this show from the first episode, so...I might ramble...spoilers... This wasn't the ending I wanted for Alicia but I feel it was true to both her character and the show. I can't say I liked this ending, as it wasn't what I had hoped for, the last moments felt more like the springboard to a new series rather than a finale, but it did also seem to bring together all the elements of the show that I've/we've wondered about that never had any resolution. i.e. Who has Alicia become? Will she ever break free of Peter? Alicia gave up, yet again, her career, her lover, her friend(s) for her loathesome huband. Why? Well, we sortof got the answer... Why, seven years on, is Alicia behaving in this win-at-all-costs way, especially to defend Peter, no matter the collateral damage? We know she'll do pretty much anything to free her client's from their charges but Peter, the man who's betrayed her over and over? Maybe this finale was the King's, the showrunners' telling us exactly who Alicia has become. Cary escaped, Alicia didn't. He looked so happy and at ease, teaching. Alicia sacrificed Lockhart and Cole's marriage, their good marriage, the kind of marriage that we saw her looking at in longing just a couple of episodes ago (at the party) to save a husband she doesn't even like and wants to divorce. Alicia has absolutely lost Diane as a friend, but has she also lost her career? Diane and Alicia have always been kinda frenemies so why would Diane now want Alicia on the letterhead of her law firm? She definitely won't want her as a partner. Again, we're left in limbo. Throughout, we had the exceptional Josh Charles telling us what was going on inside Alicia's inscrutable head. Finally, a look inside this extremely buttoned-up-controlled-at-all-costs (to the outside) woman. Yes, he was the love of her life, but perhaps there was room for someone else who would treat her well? Dashing off to find that Jason had left was not entirely surprising, although sad. I think it might have worked for a time but we all know, she only wants Josh. I wanted Alicia to have her happy ending but perhaps for Alicia, that's not with a man - at this moment. As we know from the one episode where she told us exactly what she thought (the breakdown in the utility room with Cush Jumbo), she doesn't know who she is, what or who she wants. Maybe she needs to come home to a house that's empty except for her, for a while and figure that out. Maybe she needs to not be a lawyer - the Governor's office is calling, it's ready and waiting for her. but do any of us really want that for Alicia? Alan Cumming (whom I adore) standing grinning at the side of the stage at his new potential candidate was difficult to watch as we know what the Governor's office has done to Peter. What would it do to Alicia? At the podium, she thought she saw Jason and froze, The Good Wife, still. Then, as Peter reaches for her hand she escapes his grasp - I can only hope that's once and for all. She's done her time. Diane Lockhart! Whoah. That slap, Baranski went for it, as well she might. It seemed to knock Alicia completely into reality, for once we saw inside her, her insecurity, her indecision, her incomprehension (at who she's become?). Perhaps now she sees herself as we do (IMO) - a lawyer who will throw anyone under the train to get the judgement she wants. I doubt that she will care, though. Much as I would want her as my lawyer, I wouldn't choose her as a friend. It is testament to Margulies acting that I have disagreed many times with Florrick's tactics but until last night, I never actually felt a moment of dislike for Alicia. I loved the series, it could have been called 'The Journey of Alicia Florrick' especially in the final moments when she pulls herself together - we see her nervously adjusting her beautifully tailored jacket, an external rendering of her internal reassembling, composing herself, making ready for whatever may come. The way she did that makes me feel that she is going to continue as usual, not turn and run for the hills with Jason. Crucially, she is facing in the direction of Peter, the press, Eli Gold... From those last scenes, sadly for me, I would imagine she will go back on track, divorce Peter, forget about Jason and run for Governor, and eventually lose completely the doe-eyed naive woman she was seven years ago. I think Julianna Margulies and the rest of the cast have been outstanding throughout the years, at no time was I ever bored or checking my watch to see when it was going to end and I pretty much do that with every show. I'm sorry it's gone but to quote Julianna Margulies reaction, I too thought the finale was, "Brilliant." Desperately sad, but brilliant. Thanks to the King's, Scott Free and all the actors, writers, crew and directors for seven fantastic years.
An extended review, I've loved this show from the first episode, so...I might ramble...spoilers... This wasn't the ending I wanted for Alicia but I feel it was true to both her character and the show. I can't say I liked this ending, as it wasn't what I had hoped for, the last moments felt more like the springboard to a new series rather than a finale, but it did also seem to bring together all the elements of the show that I've/we've wondered about that never had any resolution. i.e. Who has Alicia become? Will she ever break free of Peter? Alicia gave up, yet again, her career, her lover, her friend(s) for her loathesome huband. Why? Well, we sortof got the answer... Why, seven years on, is Alicia behaving in this win-at-all-costs way, especially to defend Peter, no matter the collateral damage? We know she'll do pretty much anything to free her client's from their charges but Peter, the man who's betrayed her over and over? Maybe this finale was the King's, the showrunners' telling us exactly who Alicia has become. Cary escaped, Alicia didn't. He looked so happy and at ease, teaching. Alicia sacrificed Lockhart and Cole's marriage, their good marriage, the kind of marriage that we saw her looking at in longing just a couple of episodes ago (at the party) to save a husband she doesn't even like and wants to divorce. Alicia has absolutely lost Diane as a friend, but has she also lost her career? Diane and Alicia have always been kinda frenemies so why would Diane now want Alicia on the letterhead of her law firm? She definitely won't want her as a partner. Again, we're left in limbo. Throughout, we had the exceptional Josh Charles telling us what was going on inside Alicia's inscrutable head. Finally, a look inside this extremely buttoned-up-controlled-at-all-costs (to the outside) woman. Yes, he was the love of her life, but perhaps there was room for someone else who would treat her well? Dashing off to find that Jason had left was not entirely surprising, although sad. I think it might have worked for a time but we all know, she only wants Josh. I wanted Alicia to have her happy ending but perhaps for Alicia, that's not with a man - at this moment. As we know from the one episode where she told us exactly what she thought (the breakdown in the utility room with Cush Jumbo), she doesn't know who she is, what or who she wants. Maybe she needs to come home to a house that's empty except for her, for a while and figure that out. Maybe she needs to not be a lawyer - the Governor's office is calling, it's ready and waiting for her. but do any of us really want that for Alicia? Alan Cumming (whom I adore) standing grinning at the side of the stage at his new potential candidate was difficult to watch as we know what the Governor's office has done to Peter. What would it do to Alicia? At the podium, she thought she saw Jason and froze, The Good Wife, still. Then, as Peter reaches for her hand she escapes his grasp - I can only hope that's once and for all. She's done her time. Diane Lockhart! Whoah. That slap, Baranski went for it, as well she might. It seemed to knock Alicia completely into reality, for once we saw inside her, her insecurity, her indecision, her incomprehension (at who she's become?). Perhaps now she sees herself as we do (IMO) - a lawyer who will throw anyone under the train to get the judgement she wants. I doubt that she will care, though. Much as I would want her as my lawyer, I wouldn't choose her as a friend. It is testament to Margulies acting that I have disagreed many times with Florrick's tactics but until last night, I never actually felt a moment of dislike for Alicia. I loved the series, it could have been called 'The Journey of Alicia Florrick' especially in the final moments when she pulls herself together - we see her nervously adjusting her beautifully tailored jacket, an external rendering of her internal reassembling, composing herself, making ready for whatever may come. The way she did that makes me feel that she is going to continue as usual, not turn and run for the hills with Jason. Crucially, she is facing in the direction of Peter, the press, Eli Gold... From those last scenes, sadly for me, I would imagine she will go back on track, divorce Peter, forget about Jason and run for Governor, and eventually lose completely the doe-eyed naive woman she was seven years ago. I think Julianna Margulies and the rest of the cast have been outstanding throughout the years, at no time was I ever bored or checking my watch to see when it was going to end and I pretty much do that with every show. I'm sorry it's gone but to quote Julianna Margulies reaction, I too thought the finale was, "Brilliant." Desperately sad, but brilliant. Thanks to the King's, Scott Free and all the actors, writers, crew and directors for seven fantastic years.

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