The Good Wife Season 5 Finale Review “A Weird Year”

Gamechangers now appear to be the stock and trade of The Good Wife.

This season alone, the show has trotted out to major events that dramatically altered the television series. Between the emergence of Florrick/Agos and Will’s death, the show has not lacked for trips on to the high wire. Yet the season finale suggests there may be another trick up the sleeve of the show for season six. With Louis Canning stomping around like a hostage-taker with a long mustache to twirl, it makes a lot of sense for Diane to jump ship with Will no longer in the office across from her. That move seemed like just the beginning as the season ended with another manic, but tight hour with lots of wonderful moments along the way.

Christine Baranski has been an amazing credit to this series. She possess an amazing amount of gravitas, and her commanding screen presence can’t be ignored. Given everything we’ve seen her deal with this season, Diane is rightly a woman feeling overwhelmed by the moment. As I was counting the number of things they’ve but Diane through this season, they introduced her into the world of Florrick/Agos. It’s an interesting little dynamic that had the chance to make things more interesting for the show next season. However, the show couldn’t resist another curveball with the Alicia for States’ Attorney offer made by Eli. It’s not the worst idea in the world, but Eli is privy to more things than most people would. How can think of Alicia? Does he honestly not think her affair with Will will make the headlines. If he thinks that’s true, I’m asking Eli to contribute to Jay-Z and Solange attempts at a joint business venture.

While Diane’s departure does help their cause, watching Louis Canning do his work on a weekly basis has been an enjoyable treat for the last 1/4 of the episodes this season. To borrow a line from him: He may be a scumbag, but he’s our scumbag. Because of his illness, Michael J. Fox has a certain physicality to him now that seems to work in these situations. David Lee has been his usual bitchy self for the last few episodes, but Fox has found a way to elevate the material while asserting himself firmly in the scene. He’s present and direct in all of his scenes. Hopefully the impending death of Louis Canning does not remove Fox entirely from the question for next season. Given how we ended this season, it’s hard to imagine Fox not returning for at least a few more episodes.

A lot of the episode did raise a few eyebrows, but Zach’s graduation and reception did not move it for me. Long one of the weak points of the series, I’m excited to see one of the Florrick children strike off on their own. Without Zach to worry about the show can give the little added sreentime into the storylines they truly value. Even though watching Alicia juggle personal and professional, I think it’s a good idea to untether one of the Florrick children. Besides, it just allows them to get further away from anything being done by the joint task force of Jackie and Veronica.

It’s been quite a season. I’m not sure you can do network television better than this in 2014. It should be exciting to see where they choose to go now after such a momentous and memorable season.