The Good Fight comes storming back onto our screens with an unapologetically apocalyptic opener: REDACTED is a serial rapist and sexual abuser. In the manner of these things, this manages to be both a massive shock and, given the world we live in, not a shock at all, so there are reactions, recriminations and lots of terrible implications to contend with, and suddenly the very foundations the firm is built on are stripped away. What should they do? How should they do it? And how much did OTHER REDACTED know?
All these complicated questions are explored with the show’s razor-sharp intelligence and wit, underpinned by profound empathy, and peerless acting. A lot of tv shows are trying to cover #MeToo issues but I’m yet to see any of them handle it with the fearlessness, skill and bone-deep understanding of this one. Audra McDonald, in particular, is magnificent this week, and her scenes with Delroy Lindo are terrific. As is almost everything else. I mean – the NDA video! “Diversity in…. abundance”! Lucca, Julius and the breast-pump! You guys!
I do have a couple of quibbles, though. I’m not terribly keen on the very strange scene of Diane talking about how much better “real” men were in the old days (come on, Diane) to a wound on Kurt’s shoulder which talks back in the voice of Donald Trump. Really? You know I adore Diane, Christine Baranski is never less than majestic, and I’m very, VERY glad Kurt turned out not to be doing what it looked like he was doing, but that scene was a bit too bizarre for me. And since we’re nit-picking, even Marissa and a fantastic pair of sunglasses aren’t going to make me interested in wet blanket Maia. But none of that matters. “The One About the Recent Troubles” was absolutely terrific and I loved it. ￼