Imagine the ‘Pitch’ – ‘Ok think L.A. Law set in New York – Good-Looking Young Lawyers, Older Warhorse, Younger Buck, Hotty Young Lady Lawyers, this will just ooze s*x and money’. And, it really is as simple as that. The writing and characters just aren’t that likeable or interesting. This may come down to your viewing habits – do you like to be in anyway challenged or would you rather take the green pill, the red one , or whichever one it is? The two storylines in this week’s episode were passable – a pharma company being sued, which of course saw someone in the firm have a personal stake in the action, and a Housing Court case which was a lot more than it seemed. Perhaps some legal friends could correct us on this, but TV rarely does justice to the sheer tedium of the Law – at the end of the day, it’s just another job.
That’s not to say there aren’t things worth looking out for in ‘Suits’ should you be stuck somewhere with nothing else to watch. Running in the States since 2011, and only picked up by RTE recently, ‘Suits’ – a pun on ‘Law Suits’ and the Thousand Dollar-plus pony attire that the lawyers wear, is like Jessica Fletcher for attractive people: comforting, predictable and, at its heart, utterly inconsequential. It is diverting, but its hamburger TV. Some of the actors, and God knows they’re getting handsomely paid for it, do make an effort: look out for the following in particular – Gabriel Macht as the Don Draper figure Harvey Specter and Meghan Markle as a likeable paralegal. And to be fair, the whole premise of the show, how far can a highly intelligent but unqualified guy spoof his way through the Law, is ably carried by Patrick J Adams. Not a ‘Box-Set’ recommend.
“On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City’s best lawyers.” – Suits is on Tuesday at 9 on RTE 2.