The Good Fight started its life as yet another television spin-off from a successful show. However, from its explosive (literally) credits, where designer handbags and Donald Trump on television are blown up, it is set apart as being no mere spin-off but perhaps the most socially and politically aware show currently being broadcast.
The Good Fight is a spin-off from the highly successful The Good Wife. This series follows Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie, Game of Thrones) who, after a financial scam caused by her father, sees her blossoming reputation as a lawyer destroyed. Maia’s godmother, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski, Mamma Mia), a familiar face from The Good Wife, is the boss; she is also caught up in the financial scam, and loses all her savings. Both of them are forced out of the law firm where they work and, instead, moved to a predominantly African-American law firm, where familiar faces from The Good Wife continue to pop up. But this is a whole new beast of burden, following female characters who work at an African-American law firm, through Donald Trump’s Presidency is fascinating and diverse – from Trump, to the collusion, as well as issues around the #MeToo movement. Whilst other series alludes to this, The Good Fight makes the current themes a centrality to their plots, making it relevant, shocking and even brilliant.
Season three continues to deal with these issues. The official synopsis is that Diane Lockhart tries to maintain her sanity, which has been slipping following the election of Trump, under his administration. Maia is also trying to further her career, and is going toe-to-toe with a new character, Roland Blum (Michael Sheen). If the trailer for season three is anything to go by, the show is going to remain just as politically active, if not more so, as Diane is mobilising to join the fight, and the law firm is preparing itself for the possibility of Trump winning another term as president.
This show has more than earned its 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (correct as of the 29.03.2019) and it seems unlikely that they are going to let that slip. The show is going to remain routed in the current and present. This is a show designed for people who are just as politically charged as the show’s heroines and if you are looking for a satirical, feisty show then look no further.