In Justice: Pilot
I didn't set out to watch In Justice, and the last thing I need is another courtroom drama to love. But it was Sunday, all of my favorite shows were in re-runs or supplanted by tedious TV movies or double-length episodes of Extreme Makeover, my boys were all feverish, and I wanted to do nothing for a while. And so, I didn't change the channel from the very dull Desperate Housewives recap.
And look! There's Kyle MacLachlan, who last played Charlotte's impotent Scottish husband on Sex and the City. And hey! That's Constance Zimmer, who I finally identified as the only reason worth watching the insultingly awful Good Morning Miami. And the criminal who is so grateful to be taken in by the Justice Project - that's one of my faves, she played Sela Ward's sister on the fabulous and much-missed Once and Again. (And if you're still wondering where it is you've seen Marisol Nichols - she played Audrey Griswold on Vegas Vacation. *groan* She's still a hottie, though.)
My verdict? I liked it. The initial case is interesting, well-played, sufficiently tear-jerking, and not entirely predictable. My measure for shows like this: have I already seen a case very, very much like it on another crime & courtroom drama? In this case, I haven't, at least not in the recent past (and there have been some major Law & Order marathons on lately, so if it's there, I've probably seen it).
I'll watch again. I'm worried that the show might find it difficult to achieve enough similarly sympathetic and new stories to tell to sustain it. And of course, it's going to be appearing regularly on Friday nights, the place of quick deaths for so many good shows (Medical Investigation, I hardly knew ye!). I actually enjoy McLachlan's character, and I didn't expect to - the scene where the attorneys are all sitting in a conference room flipping contracts and giggling over the change from "(*)" to "(c)," oh, that's truly hilarious. "Oh, and this one is a funny one," says the more-boring-than-thou attorney. Ha! Ha! I love a good contract law joke.
Best of all, is that Brianna, Zimmer's character. I'm glad she found a show that doesn't suck. I hope it sticks around for a while.