Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Good Wife Series Finale Review: Did Alicia Live Happily Ever After?

It takes a lot to make me cry. However, when it comes to series finales of my favorite shows I will bawl my eyes out. I did it with Friends, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, and Park and Recreation. Tonight I did it again when I watched the last episode of the stellar CBS series The Good Wife, which stars the stunning Julianna Margulies as top-notch attorney Alicia Florrick. After seven seasons, we finally get to find out if Alicia stays with her cheating husband Peter (the always charming Chris Noth). However, you will have to keep reading to find out!

The verdict is in on whether Peter will be going to prison and it came in quickly. It only took the jury an hour to determine if Governor Florrick will be going to prison. Peter and Alicia decided that he should agree to a two year prison sentence, which is still pretty hefty considering it appeared that Peter was actually innocent this time. In true The Good Wife fashion, there is a twist. The jury did not reach a verdict, they simply have posed a question: They would like to hear a 911 call from the victim. After listening to the call and noticing a clearly audible noise, the jury wants to know what this is before returning to deliberation. Jason (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) quickly figures out the noise is a ringtone. I wonder if Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) would have been able to do that so fast…

And before we enter into the first commercial break Lucca (the talented Cush Jumbo) has an amazing conversation with Alicia. She tells Ms. Florrick that she needs to thank Jason for his help. Lucca also uses this time to tell Alicia that Jason is worried she won’t divorce Peter if he goes to jail and that she usually chooses responsibility over love. It only took 156 episodes for someone to alert Alicia of this very obvious fact about herself! And then while fantasizing what her life would be like with either Jason or her husband, Alicia has a third scenario with none other than Will Gardner (Josh Charles), the man everyone wanted Alicia to end up with until he died and Jason came along and swept her off her feet. In this sequence, Will helps Alicia with Peter’s case and aided her in making a decision about love.

Alicia still needs Cary’s (the underused Matt Czuchry) assistance in order to help clear Peter’s name. If she didn’t need his help, Cary may not have even appeared in the final episode. Jason and Alicia question the missing bullets from the evidence locker and ask if he knows who the phone may belong to with the ringtone that went off during the 911 call. The phone belongs to a woman played by Younger‘s Sutton Foster. Fun Facts: Foster worked with Matthew Morrison on an episode of Younger this season and Morrison’s character Connor Fox is present at the trial where Foster’s character appears. Also, Foster and Matt Czuchry will appear on The Gilmore Girls revival out later this year.

Peter talked to one of his donors and finds out that Eli (Alan Cumming) has urged all of Peter’s donors to begin moving funds over to a campaign that would support Alicia. Eli thinks she would be a great candidate for Governor, if Peter is forced to resign when he is sentences to prison. I couldn’t agree more! That would make for an excellent spin-off watching Alicia tackle the duties of running the state of Illinois. Peter is enraged that Eli is doing this, but Eli proves his point.

The twists keep coming with this awesome episode. The missing bullets have been recovered and not a moment too soon. Diane (Christine Baranski) wants the results shown to the jury before a verdict has been made. But then we find out that the bullets came from Locke’s gun, which means Peter has motive to hide them. When it is announced that Diane’s husband Kurt (Gary Cole) will be taking the stand, all heck breaks loose. Diane refuses to question Kurt, and Alicia reminds her that she has a client to represent. When Diane does not cross examine Kurt, Lucca takes over per Alicia’s request. Lucca asks Kurt if he changed his earlier testimony because he had and affair with the woman who bought his business. This is all too much for Dianne and she leaves the courtroom. When I was wondering how I wanted The Good Wife to end, I always pictured something bad happening to Diane. However, this was too much to watch!

The new information regarding the ballistics will not be heard by the jury, so Connor and Alicia try to reach a plea. Connor is offering one year probation as long as Peter ends his reign as Governor of Illinois. Alicia urges Peter to take this offer because she is afraid the jury is too unpredictable. Peter agrees to the deal and asks Alicia to stand by his side one final time. Will comes out of the background and urges Alicia to go to Jason, but not before she tells Will she will always love him. Alicia gives Jason a call and leaves him a voicemail telling him everything is done…

At the press conference for Peter to announce his resignation, Alicia is present but her heart is not in it. She thinks she sees Jason from afar and instead of taking Peter’s hand at the end of the conference, she chases after Jason. Sadly, its not him. Plus, when she turns around she gets slapped in the face by Diane. Alicia did not get the happy ending we all wanted, she is sad and alone. She doesn’t have Peter, Jason, or her job at the new firm she and Diane were going to create. For that reason, I had to shed a tear for Alicia and the series I have loved for the last seven years.

What did you think of the final episode of The Good Wife? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Once Upon A Time Review: “Last Rites” Are Read, But For Whom?

Before the two-hour season finale next week, Once Upon A Time delivered some serious blows in this week’s antepenultimate installment (technically, because there are two episodes next week). It seems as though, instead of introducing a new villain or story for next season, our heroes (or what’s left of them) may be facing adversaries that are already quite familiar to them. But I guess we’ll have to wait and find out, huh? What a heart-breaker this episode was, wasn’t it? *insert crying face emoji*. Once Upon A Time will be looking to cap off what has been a stellar season, and the lead in episode was a strong one.

This week on Once Upon A Time: An escaped King Arthur, murdered by Hades, lands in the underworld, and helps Hook find what he needs to help Emma stop Hades. Above ground, Robin and Regina work to convince Zelena that Hades is playing her and needs to be stopped. Emma, Snow, Charming, and Henry all work above ground to stop Hades. Rumplestiltskin tries to make a deal, first with Belle’s father, and then with Hades. Hades deals a devastating blow. Hook receives his reward.

I found this episode to be heart-wrenching, sad, and exciting all at the same time. I wasn’t expecting the Hades conflict to come to a head so soon, but I’m glad it did. I’m certain that the conflict isn’t finished resolving, as there will be unresolved feelings, especially about the upcoming two spoilers I’m about to mention, so if you haven’t watched look away in 3…2…1. Hades murdered Robin Hood, and Hook was rewarded for his role in Hades’ demise by being returned to Earth by Zeus. Now, I was pretty sure the show wasn’t going to kill off two characters, and rumors have been swirling for some time that Sean Maguire was leaving the show. But, the show was able to present all this in a way that was still surprising and believable, and watching all of it go down sure was heart-wrenching.

Robin’s death was in the worst way. He was protecting his child and the woman he loved from Hades’ wrath. I was suspicious that he would be the one to go for some time, but that didn’t make it any less hard to watch. The funeral scene was nothing short of heartbreaking, especially seeing Roland put an arrow on his father’s casket. But, perhaps what really caused my tears to flow was the previously undone naming of Robin and Zelena’s daughter. Who has now been aptly named: Robin. Though a little strange, it was both beautiful and a heartfelt moment from the show. It was a fitting farewell to a character.

I’m glad that Hook has returned, but I’m afraid of the fallout. Of course, Emma got what she wanted and Regina and Zelena are both heartbroken. I love the Killian Jones character, but I wouldn’t have been mad if two characters had departed this season. Mostly, the stakes would’ve been higher for Emma AND Regina going forward, and honestly, this show has too many characters. But, I’m happy with the way it turned out, and there was a nice emotional payoff for Emma and Hook. I don’t think she’ll be taking him for granted again.

I get the feeling that lovesick Rumple and Regina will be returning to their villainous ways in the near future. What’s great about this show is that no one is truly a villain, and their motivations are not always clearly black or white. Gray areas are some of my favorite things to explore, and I’m excited for the show to move in that direction. Surely, of course, these characters will one day get what’s coming to them, and the optimist in me hopes that those endings will be happy.

What did you guys think? Are you upset about the bait and switch? Are you sad about Robin? Let us know in the comments!

Once Upon A Time’s two-hour season finale airs Sunday, May 15th at 7/6c on ABC

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