All the online speculation and discussion about KalindaGate, what is happening behind the scenes of The Good Wife and why Alicia is so isolated from most of the rest of the cast has been inevitable, given what has happened over the past few seasons, but a part of me really wishes I could go back and just not know anything about it.
I’ve been a huge fan and a big defender of the show and I’ve tried not to let thinking about it get in the way of my enjoyment of it, if you know what I mean but, whatever the truth behind it all is, TGW’s reputation has taken a massive hit, as have the producers’ and Julianna Margulies’. And in turn, I feel like, for those of us who have kept up to date with the prevailing chatter, the entire experience of watching the show has changed, and not for the better.
Two or three seasons ago, I would have been very enthusiastic about “Bond.” I would have said that I wasn’t too keen on the idea of Alicia setting up on her own, I could have done without Canning, and I missed Alicia’s relationships with Cary and Diane, but also that the episode won me over anyway by being very funny (Judge Jane Curtin! Grace the receptionist! The Roomba analysis!) and smart as usual, and bringing the majestic Margo Martindale on board. All that is still true but, two or three seasons ago, I wouldn’t have been wondering why Alicia no longer has any relationships with Cary or Diane, and why she’s starting up on her own and whether it’s to do with story or something behind-the-scenes, and I wouldn’t have felt vaguely uneasy and a little suspicious throughout.
Now, however, whatever the truth of the matter is, all my fretting about the baking process is having an effect on how the cake itself tastes; although I did enjoy this ep a lot, I wasn’t entirely able to relax, suspend disbelief and just accept the story for story’s sake, without questioning everybody’s motives throughout, however unjustified that might or might not be. Which is a real shame and definitely not the way I want to spend the last season of one of my all-time favourite shows.