November 02, 2005

Dear Abby,

I'm at a crossroad. Boston Legal is delightful, but I cannot stand the political stances the writers are taking. In a way, it gets worse when they pretend to be "even-handed," since their hearts clearly aren't in it. And who, exactly, would be the voice of patriotic reason in that series? The main ongoing Republican character is bigoted and befuddled, and a judge "stands up for the military" with a speech that begins by declaring the war in Iraq a "disaster."

Yet I find myself addicted to their fast cuts, sexiness, and moments of surrealism. Not to mention Candice Bergen and William Shatner.

They've really got a hold on me.

Can I talk the show's producers into knocking off the political material, or must I accept this weekly fix as a guilty pleasure, and my one real tie to popular culture? Or shall I begin attending SLAA meetings and shoot my television?

—Addicted to Law

UPDATE, 11/4/05: More ranting at ABC here, with a special plea for reasoned feedback from bright hawks.

Posted by Attila at November 2, 2005 12:01 AM | TrackBack

this was my first episode. The American Princess talked me into watching it.

800 word email later, this OIF veteran who knows a thing or 70 about the war AND recruiting AND wicca and Christianity for that matter was a little more that livid at the stupidity.

that, and it seems that NOBODY on that show knows a thing about law. maybe I just got in on a bad episode.

Posted by: MacStansbury at November 2, 2005 12:40 AM

You most certainly did. My concern is that it may not get any better, and I need to figure out when to cut my losses.

For 4-5 episodes it was divorced from reality--just a self-contained universe of its own. When they try to be topical it doesn't work. And, of course, as you noticed they are outrageously ill-informed about the war.

I'm thinking of sending the producers a note: "love you honey, but it things don't change I'll be moving on."

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 2, 2005 01:02 AM

Was utterly revulsed by last night's episode. I think our worst fears from last week's previews were confirmed.

In my opinion, Boston Legal jumped the shark last night. I doubt I will go out of my way to watch it in the future.

Posted by: MrSpkr at November 2, 2005 02:54 PM

Look at your feet....

If you're not wearing birkenstocks there is hope.


They've got you and are turning you, slowly. This is how they operate. A little memetic engineering wrapped in a sexy, cleverly written spoonfull of sugar to get you to swallow it.
Oh it doesn't hurt...much....just a headache and a few least you won't mind once you're the 'new woman' right? Oh and you won't miss your old friends because you won't even remember them as you ride in the bus watching tapes of Boston Legal as you go from protest to protest burning old glory and crying crocodile tears. Then as the tumors set in and your usefullness declines the new masters will just euthanize you.

(Note: above scenario is worst case)

Posted by: Ken Talton at November 5, 2005 07:20 PM

Ah. You think they might turn me. It's a good deal more likely that I'll turn them.

Even The West Wing got tired of losing viewers, and had to abandon its (implicit) position that Republicans Are Evil (at least, they did for a while, and I started watching; then they switched to Sunday nights, and that's time I spend with my husband, so I've fallen by the wayside).

I used to sell Birkenstocks, by the way. True story. I was good at it, because I was a fervent Believer.

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 5, 2005 07:56 PM

Hey to inform you but Boston Legal is a push the envelope type of show. Last week's war episode was one of their finest ever. The show is a spoof if you will on law but it always makes a point. The mark of an open minded person is to understand both sides of the equation. If you can't do that then you aren't a very bright person. Law is filled with political bias and all law shows have it whether conservative or liberal. Boston Legal is one of the few entertaining shows on television. Personally I hope there are more episodes like last week's.

Posted by: Sandy Scott at November 6, 2005 06:33 PM

The mark of an open minded person is to understand both sides of the equation. If you can't do that then you aren't a very bright person.

That's it! That's exactly how I feel about the BL writers. Except that they are definitely bright. Just a bit sheltered and ignorant.

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 6, 2005 06:47 PM

How about the "Gunz are Good" episode where Denny saved Alan when everyone was dithering around. Good old NRA loving Denny just blew the bad guy away with a specialty gun disguised as something else.

PS.. I think Alan was the voice of patriotism and loyaltiy. If you let what you see as bsf governing escape unprotested you are commiting treason... its in that goofy old liberal constituion.

Posted by: ncanci at November 13, 2005 08:42 PM

We find Boston Legal one of the few TV show worth watching weekly. We like the charactors and the laughs we get from them . A great cast of actors. We hope it has a long run on TV.

Posted by: L & R Moschner at November 20, 2005 07:14 AM

My wife and I appreciate the mature dealings with real life moral issues.

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