The Good Fight s3 ep 4

After two weeks of the wretched Roland Blum ruining everything, I was beginning to worry about The Good Fight. Lucky then that this week’s ep is the Blum-free “One Where Lucca Becomes a Meme” which not only gives us a break from his gurning, but reminds us, or me at least, of why we fell in love with TGF in the first place. What a fantastic piece of tv this is.

An unhappy collision between Lucca’s sense of humour and a busybody in the park leads to internet infamy, which would have been more than compelling on its own, but turns out just to be the appetiser. The main course is the unflinching, powerful look at the firm’s internal racial politics which it leads to, with Jay at the epicentre (a terrific performance by Nyambi Nyambi) and Maia and Marissa caught in the aftershocks. (Although Maia’s lucky she wasn’t REDACTED long before now, if you ask me, and she more than deserved it. We’ll just see if it sticks.)

The story is brilliantly written – clear-eyed, insightful and brave – and beautifully acted, and it’s not even all since, by way of dessert, we also get an incisive and almost as tremendous look at What Diane’s Resistance Group Did Next, (inspired by this and the history leading up to it) with questions about the ends, the means, and at what point you become as bad as the people you’re fighting writ large throughout. Superb.

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3 thoughts on “The Good Fight s3 ep 4

  1. Jed Bartlet April 24, 2019 / 9:41 pm

    Thank God. At last. Not before time. The best episode of the season so far by a MILE. The way in which the racial politics storyline started with the Lucca incident and became an all-consuming brushfire was quite something, yet wholly plausible.

    • CJ Cregg April 24, 2019 / 11:38 pm

      Agreed. And I was pleased it gave Jay a storyline too. Maybe it was deliberate, but it does feel like he gets sidelined for Marissa on screen a fair bit.

      • Jed Bartlet April 24, 2019 / 11:54 pm

        In much the same way as we would DIE for a Patterson/Rich Dotcom Blindspot spinoff in which they go round the world having adventures, I would watch the HELL out of a Jay/Marissa vehicle. The firm closes down, they’re a boutique political consultancy/oppo research partnership… come ON.

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