I almost didn’t watch “Suits” on the grounds that Gabriel Macht was so god awful in “The Spirit” (although, to be fair, so was everyone in that film). Glad I did though – it’s one of the few shows I actually tune in to watch each week (even if Channel 7 is doing to “Suits” exactly what happens to every good US show that appears on Australian TV: it starts at 8.30pm, then gets shifted to 9.30pm, then to 10.30pm, then to some time in the AM. Right now “Suits” is starting at 11pm).
For those who haven’t seen it, here’s a trailer for the show:
One major reason I like “Suits” is that it shows smart characters making mistakes. Mike Ross (played by Patrick J. Adams) has an eidetic memory and is intelligent, but this just makes him good at remembering things and figuring out puzzles. It doesn’t make him automatically right. The same is true of Gabriel Macht’s uber-attorney Harvey Spector.
Too many shows – I’m looking at you “Bones”, “Body of Proof”, “House” and so on – mistake intelligence and memory for making a person foolproof in their opinions. If the genius thinks something in these shows, it has to be true – reality and common sense will re-write themselves to fit. In “Suits”, the characters can think something, find out they are wrong and have to scramble to recover. It’s a refreshing change.
If I have to criticise something about “Suits” is that Spector’s-adversary-in-chief Louis Litt (played by Rick Hoffman at his most rat-like) comes across as incompetent or mistaken in pretty much every scene he appears in. For Litt to actually be a threat to Spector, he needs to be almost-but-not-quite-as-good, and he has to win sometimes.
Let’s hope “Suits” season 2 keeps up the quality and characterisation this show has established thus far.