Friday, July 01, 2011

Legal show "Suits": The Ross character survives with "street smarts", and is very "cute"

I caught episode 2 of the new USA network series “Suits” last night. It looks like the Pilot aired June 23, and last night’s was titled “Errors and Omissions”.

A very cute Patrick J. Adams plays Mike Ross, a brilliant college dropout with a photographic memory, who doesn’t like to behave by the rules, and has to run from a Coen Brothers'- style deal gone bad. He talks a law firm hired by a tricky gonzo Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) into hiring him as a paralegal – fake lawyer.  He figures that Ross’s “street smarts” can "get him business."  Would Donald Trump hire Ross as (the) "apprentice"?

The script moves from one tricky situation to another, showing how the competitive world of law firm work and what it takes to get clients, and to manipulate circuit judges who have their own closet skeletons (straight ones, that is).  Part of the episode has to do with a trademark case where it appears that Ross missed a filing, and then has to out maneuver a client’s competitor to get it back. I’m not sure the USPTO really works that way. But toward the end, there’s a great Skype conference that shows how the practical world of high-tech innovation really works (hint: “The Social Network”).  The Winkelvi wouldn’t get past this law firm.

The show is somewhat intimate, and the script crisp. The men wear suits, often without ties, and there are some locker room and tennis court scenes that heighten Adams’s physical attractiveness (particularly in high def).   Adams doesn’t even show a hint of a widow’s peak yet. This is still the straight world, right?

Other viewers on Imdb call this “the least accurate legal show ever”.  Remember WB’s “Just Legal” that ran only a few episodes?

But it’s good to see USA (“characters welcome”) back with an intriguing series. I miss “The 4400”.

The official site is this.  (I think USA is affiliated with CBS and Paramount.)

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