Death is in the air on the 408th day of Donald Trump's presidency
The excellent first season of The Good Fight ended with stylish lawyer Adrian Boseman having a late-night drink with Diane Lockhart and reflecting on how insane the world has become. “It’s like something’s come detached,” he said, as the two of them looked out onto Chicago, which was plunged into darkness after a cyber attack. Boseman was obviously talking about how much the world had changed in the first days of Trump’s presidency, which takes up a lot of air on the show. Well, the world hasn’t become any less unhinged in the past year. In fact, the show’s world — now 408 days into Trump’s reign — is even crazier (and scarier) than before.
How unsettling has our world become? Well, The Good Fight‘s second season begins with three deaths. First, there’s legendary civil rights lawyer Carl Reddick, who, as Barbara notes, was born and died when Nazis were marching in the streets. Then, there’s the death of Roger Hill, a lawyer we’ve never met before, who was murdered in a hit-and-run by an angry client. “Death to all lawyers!” yells the deceased attorney’s client. And, finally, one of the court bailiffs has a heart attack in the middle of voir dire. Diane, who was already shaken by the state of the world, finds all of this even more disturbing and has no idea how to respond to it.
Remember, the series opened with our favorite liberal lawyer watching Trump’s inauguration in disgust and surprise that the world had come to this. Alas, she’s even more unsettled in the season 2 premiere because of all of the death that surrounds her, not mention the fact that the daft Howard Lyman, with whom she used to work at Lockhart and Gardner, is now a judge. (In case you didn’t watch The Good Wife, all you need to know is that Howard is a racist, sexist idiot, which means he has had no problem succeeding in the world.) But that’s the brilliant thing about The Good Fight‘s season premiere. While it’s obviously using death to show how unsettling and irrational the world has become in the past year, it also conveys this with smaller developments, like the fact that Howard is a judge now.
While Diane is stuck in court because Howard won’t let her leave since he has a problem with Reddick, the rest of the firm is paying their respects to their deceased and antagonistic named partner. Or at least they’re trying to. Even though this is a relatively important loss, business still takes precedence. When Boseman approaches Liz (Audra McDonald, reprising her Good Wife role on The Good Fight), Reddick’s daughter and Boseman’s ex-wife, to pay his respects, they end up sniping at each other about if the firm can keep Reddick’s name. Boseman wants to, but Liz is against it.
At the funeral, Liz’s boss Wilbur Deacon asks her to take a step back from the Department of Justice because she called Trump a white supremacist in a tweet. But Liz won’t stand for that, and in the middle of her dad’s funeral service, she writes, “I quit” on a program and passes it to Wilbur like she’s back in high school slipping notes. Yet another instance of how the world doesn’t stop for these personal moments.
Boseman, Julius — who returned to the firm after a chaotic four months at Hart’s firm — and Barbara also have more important matters to tend to at the funeral. After Barbara gives a speech in which she admits that Reddick, Boseman, and Kolstadt has failed Reddick, the Obamas’ lawyer Rob Habercour starts to pull his business back from the firm, which was supposed to help settle some issues about the location of Obama’s library. Boseman and Julius assume this is in response to Barbara’s speech, but when Diane arrives at the funeral and meets with Habercour, he says it’s because the Obamas want to follow Liz to wherever she lands. (Next: Diane Lockhart does drugs)