Suits 2×01

Needless to say, Suits was my favorite newcomer last summer and it quickly became my favorite show in general. There are probably a lot of reasons, starting with Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, the esthetics of the show, the clever writing, the word-plays, the boss/employee relationship and by the end, the fact that Suits  is far from boring! I watched the first season about two times and just to be sure, the third time as well. You can’t really do that with shows that are one dimensional and Suits is the kind of series that has so much hidden in itself that every time you watch it, you notice new things.

Waiting for season 2 was not difficult but I am a girl who watches over 30 shows during the fall and spring schedule, so I doubt I will ever wait for something. But as the weeks started counting down to nothing and the day kept getting closer, I felt the excitement! I wasn’t sure what I was looking forward the most, the chemistry between Macht and Adams or the show’s thrilling story lines, but there is no doubt what so ever about te fact that Suits 2×01 delivered everything I could have ever hoped for.

Yes, this is going to be like a short praise for Suits and I’m not even sorry. As my summer tends to be quite uneventful I think I will recap all the episodes but this means you are in for some spoilers from now on. You have been warned and I would also like to say that if you haven’t watched the show, give it a try, so far, everybody who have gotten the recommendation, have liked/loved it.

Last season ended with a big story twist, Mike’s ex-friend walked up to Jessica Pearson and said he had something to tell her, as well as messing things up with Rachel. So, basically, this friend kicked off the two main story lines for season 2 and one of them was on fire in the first episode. The whole 46 minutes had its ups and downs, all hovering over Mike’s status in the firm, one minute we think Harvey is going to fire him, then he is protecting him. True bromance! I am probably gonna use that word a lot to describe Harvey and Mike, but there is no better word to say about those two. They are both nerds who quote movies, annoyingly but awesomely smart and they trust each other. Harvey who put his career on the line for Mike in season 1, is still defending him, even when Jessica finds out that Mike faked his Harvard degree. Obviously Harvey tries to bargain with her after she asks him to fire Mike and he simply can’t do it.

This is all made possible because of the plot twist, there is a new bad guy, Daniel Hardman, in town and he has a grudge! Mainly towards Jessica and Harvey because they were the ones that faced him out of the company when his shady deals and affair surfaced but was kept as a secret for the firm’s benefit. I read that there was an alternative version of the pilot which never ran in US but did in all the other countries that have Suits on TV, which means to some, Hardman is a familiar name but I, as I watched the US version, have never seen him. Based on this episode, I would say he is trouble and he has an ironic name.

Still, despite this new guy who Harvey uses as leverage against Jessica, the first plan to keep Mike in the firm falls on its knees and this means that Harvey has to threaten Jessica that when Mike leaves, he will leave. True bromance moment (as I said, I am going to say this a lot) and what a thrilling scene between these very powerful people. I find it funny or better yet, ironically amusing, that Jessica and Harvey get along well, because they do blackmail each other a lot it seems. But I guess they admire that quality in each other, the need to protect your own and do what ever it takes to do so. For me personally, I am not very sure how this is realistic, in a real world I assume this would never happen but for the purpose of the show this dynamic works extremely well.

Therefore, although the first episode was focused entirely on Mike’s future as a lawyer, there was a couple of moments in the episode when we saw some additional stories evolve. Rachel and Mike, and their seemingly strong sexual tension was cooled down by Rachel, due to the missed call she left but Mike never got. Although, of course, she didn’t know about it and was mad at him. I like how she is basically the only character who doesn’t know about Mike’s big lie. Donna, the adorable and totally fierce Harvey’s assistant knows and she, like her boss, is fond of him but she also gets along with Rachel. So I am interested in finding out if the most clueless person in Mike’s life would catch on any time soon and if she does, there is bound do be some “You lied to me!” stuff thrown at Mike’s face. Until then, Rachel has no idea and everybody else seems to be fine with it.

The first episode ended with Jessica and Mike having an one on one conversation, basically the moment Mike had with Harvey in the pilot episode where he proved himself to be worthy of the job. We probably won’t see any of that actually happen but there might be some clever and ironic, as well as sarcastic remarks about it in the future. So I am pretty excited already because the season will definitely be exhilarating as the whole series has now like the arch-enemy thing going on and the entire season will probably revolve around this mess they are all in, hopefully with some exciting law cases and some romantic stuff will not be absent. All in all, first episode was amazing and witty, just what I expect from the entire season!

Of course this isn’t the best way to discuss an episode but I had some time and I needed to rant about something I love, and despite all things, I love Suits and this feeling will not go away any time soon!

Image from Suits’ Facebook page.

# 221 – A Love Song For Bobby Long

While Suits was running and making my weeks a whole lot of better than they would’ve been without it I was looking for more Gabriel Macht. Since A Love Song For Bobby Long was a movie my dear friend had recommended me countless of times I finally took the time to see it. I need to be very mentally in a right place in order to watch a serious movie, I just can’t manage to connect with deep movies while I’m tired which is a lot lately. But not to gonna make this post about me and I’m just gonna tell you what I thought about this movie that by the end had given me mixed feelings.

A Love Song For Bobby Long is a story about three people that come together because of a serious situation and have to tolerate each other. John Travolta and Gabriel Macht portray the more beat down characters, alcoholics who try to manage with each other while they try to keep themselves together. Travolta as a previous teacher and Macht as a writer was an unexpected duo kind of worked but was disturbed by Scarlett Johansson who had some good moments but still didn’t win me over.

The story was about pathetic people were supposed to be run down by life itself but looked the opposite to that. This iss my problem with it, all though it was great to see Macht in a different role as somebody who was on the lowest bar of the life-ladder I kept seeing him as somebody much better. Trying not to think about the actors, the story on its own was very decent. I like all the movies which refer to writers especially those who struggle to write (just the other day I watched Finding Forrester again – still love it). Apparently others like these types of movies as well cause it has a 7,1 score on IMDb and I’m giving it a solid 3 out of 5. I feel like it should get much more but I think it could’ve been much more as a movie as well. But to give you an idea what A Love Song For Bobby Long is all about I added few stills to the post.

# 214 – Suits (TV-show special)

Best show ever! This might be hard to believe cause there have been countless amount of TV-shows but I really think this one is by far the best in a very long time. Not only the best show this summer, not only the best new-comer but frankly a very great show in the midst of other shows that have aired and are still airing.

Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter

Suits started this Summer and had 12 episodes on USA network – it returns next Summer with 16 episodes and it will be a very long wait for those who have already seen the shows final cause it left a very awesome cliff-hanger (it’s a complete torture but still awesome). Aaron Korsh is the creator behind Suits (also a writer and the producer), he has a lot of experience with writing for sitcoms, something what he uses very brilliantly in Suits. A rater dramatic show has this comedic shadow that makes it more enjoyable. It shares a 35-38th place on IMDb’s best TV-shows list: with Game of Thrones they are the newest shows in that list. (Haven’t seen Game of Thrones yet, cause I was planning to read the books first, we’ll see.)

Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross

The main characters are Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) who is New York’s best closer who needs to hire a new lawyer who happens to be Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) – a lawyer who has actually never graduated from law school. With other main characters such as Harvey’s assistant Donna (Sarah Lafferty), a paralegal Rachel (Meghan Markle), junior partner Lewis (Rick Hoffman) and the boss Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) a very professional cast is formed. Adding to the mix the perfect atmosphere in and outside the office (the show was filmed in Toronto, Canada) and the sharp clothes (mostly suits as you might of figured) Suits becomes a beautiful show. Visually and writing wise it is a clean cut, sharp and elegant show that has great story-lines, nice twists and turns plus a very interesting relationship between Harvey and Mike. Like I already said the ending of the first season was such a thrilling cliff-hanger that an applause is probably the only thing I can do at the moment. Actually I will applaud for the entire season – well done Suits, well done!

# 59 – Love and Other Drugs

Five reasons I want to see this movie: 1. Jake Gyllenhaal! – ever since Brokeback Mountain I have loved him! 2. Anne Hathaway! – she seems so carefree and fun in this one! 3. Based on the trailer it seems to be a decent romantic comedy – since there hasn’t been a good one for a while I have set all hopes on this one! 4. Good writing – based on the scenes in the trailer the script doesn’t look stupid, hope the whole movie has the same feeling. 5. Gabriel Macht – he isn’t in the trailer but I hope he has a big role in the movie because ever since Because I Said So  I have loved him!

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