In the season premiere of “The Good Wife,” the episode description for “The Line” reads as follows: Alicia is adamant in her refusal to run for State’s Attorney despite Eli’s attempts to persuade her to launch a campaign. Meanwhile, as Diane considers joining Florrick/Agos as partner, an internal crisis threatens to destroy the firm.
Beyond that, there’s not much plot-wise I can divulge in doing a preview of the season premiere and the episode but I can tell you one thing since I was gleefully able to watch the episode early is that it’s damn good television.
1. Better than last season?: Season 5 rocked everyone’s world. Early season betrayals when Alicia (Julianna Margulies) departed Lockhart/Gardner to star Florrick/Agos with Cary (Matt Czuchry), the usual array of guest stars like Carrie Preston, John Noble and more didn’t disappoint and, of course, surprise deaths that nobody saw coming (RIP Will Gardner). After what I would call the best complete season in the show’s history, how could it even attempt to top it? Well, I don’t think they are going to try but, instead, just continue the path they’ve expertly drawn for themselves and the season premiere is a perfect example. Returning faces in the premiere like Lemond Bishop (Mike Colter), Sophia Russo (Kelli Giddish) and Louis Canning (Michael J Fox) spice up the action they’re involved in and besides Alicia’s possible run for State Senator (c’mon, we know she’ll run, right?) there’s a bigger piece that could change the course for several of our characters.
2. Oh, Kalinda… I mean, one of the most fascinating characters on prime time television is thankfully very present in this first episode and, shocker, she’s still in touch with Cary while also taking phone calls from a horny Sophia. The show is far and away from having to explain Kalinda’s sexuality and it’s just a joy to watch Archie Panjabi play the nuances with a seemingly easy finesse. With the only misstep in Kalinda’s journey being the ex-husband who I doubt we’ll ever hear from again, I’m excited to see what’s next with our favorite bisexual investigator!
3. A new coupling?: While it might be too soon to say where things are headed, there are definite sparks between Alicia and Finn Polmar (Matthew Goode) and it only makes sense that we get a slow burn with this potential pairing. Will Gardner may have been killed last season but the fact that Finn was a part of that courtroom shooting makes it an easier thing to accept that this could be who Alicia’s heart opens up to. That said, you’ll see in the season premiere that this relationship whatever it is will be challenged big time based on their jobs. I say, bring it!
4. Alicia running for office? Like Hillary Clinton, you can say you’re not running all you want but I predict this will happen. Whether she’ll win or not, who knows? But it’s a fun journey for Alicia and makes sense with everything she’s endured the past five seasons.
5. Season 6 overall: Without much inside scoop on what we’ll see, I know when people ask me what shows I’m excited about this fall, “The Good Wife” is always one of the titles that falls from my lips. It’s one of the most consistently good shows on the air, smarter than most and still knows how to shock and surprise us one moment, have us wiping a tear the next and then laughing again after that. I predict that quality is not going to change moving forward and I can’t wait for every single episode.
“The Good Wife” premieres season six on Sunday at 9pm on CBS.
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