The Good Wife 6.15: “Open Source” Review


A Television Review by Akash Singh


Open Source is a good episode of television, but it is a fairly mediocre episode of The Good Wife, who had elevated its fifth season to one of the best seasons of the year before stumbling in its sixth. That’s not to say this entire season has been stumbling and certainly there have been gems in the first half. It’s just that the foundations that seemed so shaky in that great first half have now started rotting the core of the narrative. Alicia’s campaign is nowhere near as exciting and dramatic as it had promised to be and now it’s just sort of stalled, as if it were morbidly stuck and there is simply too much mud clamped around its wheels. But it’s not just the main election storyline that is seemingly stuck. Few of the characters are giving any indication their their trajectories are inching towards any semblance of plot progression and they all seem to be set adrift upon a frigid, lonely lake.

Tonight’s case of the week is at least an interesting one, if that’s any consolation. The Good Wife has always managed to find some solid ground with modern technology fueling its judicial subplots and this week is no exception. 3-D printing for lack of a better phrase has exploded in recent memory and in hindsight, it was only a matter of time before the show tackled it in the courtroom through the case of a 3-D printed firearm that misfired. It’s an interesting premise that is exceedingly well-executed, bringing back a host of The Good Wife supporting regulars who arrive on the scene like a breath of fresh air: Nancy Crozier, Judge Abernathy (who’s always a hoot), and Kurt McVeigh. The three of them alone would have made a great episode by themselves, but unfortunately they don’t have the entire episodes to themselves with Diane and Cary in the mix, so that’s a little upsetting.

The main thing about Alicia’s campaign that is beyond frustrating to me on an intellectual level is how utterly pathetic the dick posturing between Johnny and Eli is. Eli, for one thing, works in the governor’s office and while I enjoy Alan Cumming’s performance as much as anyone else who has watched this show, his constant interference in Alicia’s campaign is become really irritating. Johnny’s the campaign manager, let him handle everything. This machismo dance is only threatening Alicia’s chances of winning and my interest in the storyline as a whole. Another irritating gripe is that Alicia vs. Prady has about as much juice in it a shriveled up lemon that’s been lying in the corner of the street for several years. In all honesty, it’s probably the tamest campaign I’ve ever seen on television and considering it’s a campaign run in the city of Chicago only makes that worse. Prady says that he doesn’t want to attack Alicia and instead his campaign finds a not-so-clever clever loophole and attacks Peter. And this supposedly thundering plot development lacks with no excitement. Hopefully next week picks it back up.

Great/Not So Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:

+Alicia’s facial expression when she decides to go after Peter

+Spin-Off Idea: Crozier’’s Company

+“God, handsome men are so weak.”

+“Whenever I think I’m certain about something I’m always surprised.”

+“And this being Chicago there’s never any fraud at the polls.”

+/-The Canning plot development

-This episode was a great reminder in how royally the writers have screwed over Kalinda



*Thank you for patience, dear readers and sorry for keeping this review a bit short. I’ll be back to scheduled reviews from this Sunday on until further notice. My review for the upcoming episode will be longer and preferably the episode will be better, too.

Title: Open Source

Written By: Craig Turk

Directed By: Rosemary Rodriguez

Image Courtesy: CBS


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