Wednesday, January 25, 2012

QNBS: Suits

As I wait for January 27 (the airing of Chuck's last two episodes), I feel time is running out on me. I have reviewed a lot of series, hoping to find a replacement for Chuck but so far none has come out as the clear winner. So I continue my Quest for the Next Best Series. Many series have been recommended but today, I will write about Suits.

Plot: A twenty-something college dropout decides to stop getting stoned and taking tests for other people, and be responsible on his own by becoming the 'protege' of a thirty-something brilliant lawyer.


1. It was recommended by one of my friends whose taste in books, movies and music I find really good, or is highly similar to mine. Props to Vizzie for suggesting that I try Suits.

2. Mike Ross reminds me a lot of Chuck Bartowski. Twenty-something loser who was kicked out of college because of cheating and has nothing to show for or be proud of in his life. Although Mike is not as endearlingly clumsly or nerdy as Chuck is, he still has that "loser" charm going for him. If you love underdogs or rags-to-riches stories, I think it's safe to say that Mike has, to say the least, a little bit of underdog quality in him. Mike's photographic memory, intelligence and ability to retain tons of information can be paralleled to Chuck's nerdy-ness when it comes to video games and technology. And of course, like Chuck, I expect Mike to get the matter how long the series writers decide it to be.

Rachel: Take notes I'm not going to repeat myself.
Mike: I love you.

3. It's about law. Although I try not to do things related to law when I'm not studying, I'm surprised to find Suits really entertaining. I guess it's always okay to watch things you can relate to. Aside from Marshall from How I Met Your Mother and an occassional mention of issuance of warrants in Bones, Suits is the most law-related show I have watched so far.

4. The characters are interesting, and the actors playing them are very effective. Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter  is perfect. Harvey is like a better-dressed, less condescending but highly cunning Gregory House. Patrick J. Adams is a very believable Mike Ross. Their chemistry is commendable--from the usual sarcastic senior lawyer-junior lawyer banter to the "Because you're afraid you have to admit you're not as smart as you think you are" moments.

Harvey (l) and Mike (r)

The supporting actors Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle and Gina Torres are very strong in their portrayals of Louis Litt, Rachel Zane, and Jessica Pearson respectively. They provide the leads, and the show, the necessary back-up in case they fail to interest enough viewers. Sarah Rafferty as the strong-willed paralegal with her own office is H-O-T. She provides the necessary eye candy for the show. Hoffman as Louis is highly effective as that annoying villain/highly insecure other partner of the firm.

His face is really annoying. Perfect for a villain.

5. The first two episodes reveal enough detail about the characters for the viewers to get interested and yet they manage to make some stories open for clarification or exploration in succeeding episodes. Aside from the obvious Mike-Rachel relationship, I also expect to see the Harvey-Jessica dynamic expounded, albeit in a non-romantic manner (like, how they met, how Jessica helped Harvey etc), and I noticed how the writers laid down the foundation for a Mike-Trevor's girlfriend possible connection/conflict.

And of course, there's annoying Louis and the exploration of why he is how he is and the limit (or lack of limit) of the mean things he can do. I even found the secretary Donna Paulsen (played by Sarah Rafferty) promising.


1. It sends the wrong impression  (to law students or would-be law students) that you can be brilliantly good at being a lawyer without having a law degree. Yes, it may be possible but, as a law student who's trying to find reason and drive to continue learning about the law with the hopes of being a good lawyer, the show does not set a good example. It makes one doubt the necessity of undergoing the rigors of law school.

Oh, photographic memory, law school would have been a lot easier if I had you.

2. It reinforces the popular sentiment that lawyers are liars--very good ones at that.

3. I wish it was funnier. Yes, Louis is funny but he is such in a very annoying manner.

I admit, at this point, Suits looks promising. I can see myself regularly watching it and being entertained by it. But the question is, will it continue to have the "stick-by-it" factor Chuck and The Big Bang Theory have and How I Met Your Mother is slowly losing? I hope so.

You may want to check other QNBS reviews:

QNBS: Game of Thrones
QNBS: IT Crowd 
QNBS: Rizzoli & Isles
QNBS: Community
QNBS: Outsourced
QNBS: Awkward
QNBS: New Girl

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