OK. So it was 6PM EDT instead of 6 days away- can’t blame a guy for trying….;)
OK. So it seemed to me that the CEOs of Time Warner & CBS simply hated each other and would rather die than give an inch. Although I still feel that way, I did a Tarot reading at about 11:25 am on 9/2/2013 to see what the chances of a quick resolution would be. I did a quick three card spread to answer yes or no to “Will the CBS-Time Warner dispute be resolved within the next 10 days?” Surprisingly enough the cards came up like this:
5 of cups – upright, 6 of Wands upright, and 6 of pentacles – upright. Although the upright position of all three cards indicates that it WILL likely be resolved in the next 10 days- that is by 9/12/2013, and with two SIxes involved, probably within six days or by 9/8/2013, it seems that there will be a LOT of disappointment and emotional loss involved – also – CBS will likely get more money, but guess who else will have to pay more? Yes. You and I and the rest of the public will end up paying more- (6 of pentacles). The 6 of wands also suggests to me that some kind of new structure/arrangement has been made between CBS & Time Warner which will impact the larger Television/Cable industry.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…
I know, the Tarot? But with two sides as far apart as CBS & Time Warner, it’s as likely to provide an answer as any other source, regarding when/how this dispute will end.
Well on 8/25/2013 @ about 5pm EDT, I decided to consult my Rider-Waite deck of Tarot cards about the issue. I posed a straightforward Yes or No question – Would the CBS dispute be over by Sept. 9th? – I pulled three cards – from the deck – two were reversed or upside down, and one was rightside up – meaning a qualified no. Then I decided to get a little more information, so I used Eden Gray’s three aces spread – counting out cards into three separate piles, stopping at an ace – the third card I drew was the ace of pentacles- upright, next the ace of swords in the the second pile – the third pile had no ace, but the last card (you’re only supposed to count out 13 cards) was the four of swords reversed.
Interpretation: This is likely to be a nail-biter and a nasty dispute down to the bitter end- with both sides not being fully satisfied about money issues- don’t be surprised if the FCC or another party is brought in to resolve this via binding arbitration. It looks like it will be resolve on or around September 9th, but it’s likely to be a shaky truce with lots of hard feelings and will bring changes to the industry.
It’s been a while since I’ve analyzed an episode and a lot has happened since my last post.
This episode, whose story lines included the court martial of a young female military officer accused of negligent homicide in a drone attack, and an attempt to lobby members of congress in favor of a cheese producers’ guild. The first case is the more interesting of the two, but this show has become more of an ensemble production since its inception, so we got to see fine work from nearly every cast member.
I cannot write another post about this show without commenting on the increasingly acrimonious relationship between Alicia and Jackie. Yes. Jackie’s behavior is definitely provocative and occasionally overbearing, BUT however mixed or flawed Jackie’s motives may be, Alicia has to respect the fact that the elder Mrs. Florrick loves her grandchildren and is a permanent part of their lives. I see Alicia getting angry and lashing out at Jackie, but I don’t see her trying to move beyond the offense of the day or working things through in order to make them better. I also don’t think that turning the children against their grandmother is doing anyone any favors. Alicia seems to think that because her children are nearly adults, that neither she nor they need Jackie any more, but that may not prove to be true in the future.
Diane’s calling Will on the carpet for his behavior with judges and his affair with Alicia was priceless television. It became clear why her name comes before his in the firm’s name. She is older and wiser, and does not suffer fools gladly.
I don’t know how things between Cary,Kalinda & Dana will work out, but sometimes I wish they’d all get a hotel room and get it out of their systems.
Alicia is asked to defend the son of an important client. Assistant D.A. and erstwhile Lockhart & Gardner employee Cary Agos suggest that the son, Jonathan, and his girlfriend, Alexis are initially thought to be witnesses to a sale by the associate of a known drug lord. It becomes readily apparent that Mr. Agos has something else up his sleeve and accuses the pair of murdering a pharmacist.
Neither young Jonathan, nor his girlfriend, Alexis, will turn on the other when offered deals of leniency in exchange for testifying against one another. Jonathan falsely confesses to all in order to spare his pregnant girlfriend time in prison. Alicia watches their final tearful conversation as the law officers carry him away for processing.
Later, Alicia tries to comfort her gay brother after his break-up. They briefly discuss the nature of love, and Alicia states that sometimes the heart needs steering.
We can’t help but wonder whether Alicia envies the love of the young couple and contemplates whether Peter would sacrifice the way Alexis did.
The dark sides of both Cary – and – Blake Calamar are on display this episode. Cary lured Jonathan and Alexis to the D.A.’s office under false pretenses. He’s the oiliest of snake-oil salesmen in this episode. Blake threatening a female witness and tipping her out of her chair to make a point was likewise unsettling. Kalinda’s romantic options don’t seem much better this season than last.
The confrontation between Will & Diane at the end of the episode was riveting. Will called Diane on her plans to start up her own firm, and Diane asked whether Alicia told him her plans, to which Will replied that he hadn’t realized Alicia knew about Diane’s plans. Will storms out of the office after threatening to have guards posted outside her office if she returns and calling an meeting with the equity partners.
We can only hope that they realize that they’re stronger together than apart.
Each woman on the show had her own relationship issues this week; Diane with Kurt, Alicia with Peter and Will, and Kalinda with Tony and Lana. By episode’s end it seemed that Diane and Kalinda fared better than Alicia, who still has conflicted loyalties. Her “Show me the plan” speech to Will was great, and showed not only her realism, but her yearning to be free.
This week’s case dealt with apparently crooked cops and one amongst them who wanted to enter a witness protection program. It turned out that the one who wanted to enter witness protection wasn’t as clean as he claimed to be and neither was his wife, who stood to benefit from his demise. The distaste for the conclusion of this case was very apparent from Alicia’s demeanor and facial expression. This dovetails nicely with Will asking Diane whether or not they made the right decision by keeping Alicia instead of snake-in-the-grass Cary earlier in the episode when Cary was questioning the wife’s expenses. Season two’s caseload should touch upon whether Lockhart & Gardner is really the right place for Alicia.
Kalinda stated last week that she’s private, and now we more clearly know why. She’s a bisexual who doesn’t want to be pegged as either this or that. She wants to be able to move freely between the gay/straight continuum without having to constantly defend and/or define herself. (I don’t buy her bit about being “confused” one bit – she’s as clear as crystal about her wants and needs).
It must also be said that Kalinda genuinely cares about each of her prospective partners. She didn’t want Tony to be guilty of corruption, nor did she did want him to go down for it. Her feelings for Lana are probably more complicated since the two are likely to have had a past relationship – remember the hand massaging Lana gave Kalinda when this FBI agent first appeared and asked Kalinda to work for her? Kalinda is probably claiming to be confused to keep both lovers in her life. Tony’s discovery of Kalinda’s bisexuality should be interesting – surely Lana’s not the only one who can take pictures? He’ll probably want to take a few of himself joining in…
Mary Beth Peil has been a bit underutilized this season and it was wonderful to see her mettle when she had her tete-a-tete with Alan Cumming’s Eli Gold and then with Gbenga Akinnagbe’s pastor Isaiah Easton. Why isn’t SHE running for office??
Season two will have to focus on the changes in Alicia’s feelings about Peter, his career, as well as her own. Other writers have speculated that Alicia is likely to go up to that podium in season two, and I’m inclined to agree, but not without fallout from Peter after the conference. It’s not like he won’t want to know why she was distracted,who was calling her, or why it was more important to her than showing him her support. So we’re going to wonder whether or not Alicia will wind up with Will in the end, or at least end things with Peter. In addition to the sorting out of these issues,we’ll hopefully get to see more of the inner workings of Kalinda, Will, Diane, Cary, Kurt, Giada, Eli, and the whole incredible family of fabulous characters.
The end of the last episode had Peter released from house arrest and seemingly free to run for office again. Interesting was the way Peter introduced Alicia to some businessmen he knew, by complimenting her as “the lawyer” and a valuable asset to Stern, Lockhart, and Gardner. Her discomfort was clear by Watching her expression. Alicia definitely wants to further her career, but doesn’t want to use her husband’s connections to do it; this was conveyed by her dismay at seeing Cary pathetically attempt to collect his meager belongings and listening to his somewhat valid complaint about how he knew no one in town and only got as far as he did by dint of sheer hard work. This hit a nerve with Alicia, who had to go out for drinks with Kalinda to celebrate in order to snap out of it. (By the way, I’m not sure why Alicia thinks Kalinda might be gay -it’s not like Kalinda has made a pass at her or another woman at the firm – or has she? Are there rumors at the firm or something yet to be revealed?).
When will Alicia truly be appreciated for who she is and not for the connections resulting from her marriage? When will forces stop conspiring to push Alicia back to Peter every time she tries to break away? These are some of the questions we may get inkling to, if not definitive answers in the finale.
Bringing back the Colin Sweeney character was a fun move on the part of GW writers. Dylan Baker plays him with almost hammy relish, but those eyes toward the end of the episode were just so chilling. Just shows that lawyers really do have to put up with some serious poop in their day-to-day lives.
Carrie Preston was also a joy to watch -although I’m not sure how the Kozko character managed to fool the law enforcement establishment of his suicide so easily…