Suits is a show that a few close friends of mine had highly recommended. This was years ago, and at the time I didn’t want to watch it. Frankly, I couldn’t be bothered and a show about lawyers didn’t interest me.
Fast forward to a few months ago and one dull day I wanted something new to watch and thought fuck it. Maybe a show about high-class lawyers could be interesting. I mean come on; there are a lot of interesting cases which are fought every year. Who knows, maybe the show will have some morally ambiguous cases, some inter-personal dilemmas and some consequences which ripple throughout the character’s world. So I gave Suits a shot and found that I was wrong, incredibly wrong.
So, the start of the Suits introduces an interesting premise; a high level lawyer who doesn’t play by the rules is looking for a new lackey and ends up hiring some random dude who has a photographic memory. Said guy, Mike Ross, is highly intelligent but has made poor choices and as a result was never able to finish law school yadda yadda boring backstory. This presents an immediate moral quandary with probable consequences and a feeling of “how will they get out that jam when the time comes?”
Needless to say, this premise is fairly poorly executed and what I later found out was this would basically be the framework for the entire show. Please don’t get me wrong, I wanted to like this show, I really thought it might have some fresh way of looking and what could be a boring subject; corporate law. As I said earlier it might have presented morally grey cases or some opportunities where bad guys win and the god guys are humiliated. This is not what you get.
Suits, turns out to be a show more closely aligned to Grey’s Anatomy or some generic soap. The entire show revolves around the personal lives of people who make terrible choices and make these same choices over and over because character growth isn’t something which is allowed to happen in this show.
The same “bad guys” come back, several times in some cases. They try to do the exact same thing as they did the previous time. One particular guy, an old boss, reappears to try and tear down this firm so many times that I felt genuinely insulted that the writers had so little care for coming up with original story-lines, in their own show of all places, that it feels more like they’re mocking the viewer for sticking it out that long.
Other “bad-guys” include people that one of the protagonists has screwed over and the final boss-fight, as it were, was resolved in such a baffling way it hurts the soul to think about it. In summary; the show-runners teased the audience with potential character development.
The firm is challenged by a very high ranking lawyer who temporarily takes over as CEO and aims to straighten all the unethical and illegal activities which have been taking place. This sounds god doesn’t it? Finally, consequences are going to come down on those who have wronged so many. From this, maybe people will become humble and develop themselves.
Again, as with so many before her, she fails. She was able to outline everything wrong within the firm but of course she had her own demons etc and basically has to concede defeat to the all-powerful firm that is Harvey Specter. There are no punishments or any loss at all for the firm. I assume that’d be too sad…or something.
One of the single biggest flaws throughout the entirety of Suits is this retarded pretense of “family”. Hey Mr. Character, you’re about to do something illegal, why are you doing that? Because family. The mere utterance of the word ‘family’ clearly gives someone over there the most gnarly of hard ons as it excuses every…single…retarded…choice ever made.
The amount of times someone has done something incredibly out of character; family. Someone does a lot of questionable things getting the entire firm in shit, doesn’t matter; family. Hey there’s this character you’ve only just been introduced to, and she’s a cunt to everyone, but she’s friends with this guy so don’t hate her because; family.
This whole concept is drawn out from the start but only when new characters are introduced or old ones leave does this “theme” really come back to haunt everyone. Just ackh, the thought of it makes me want to smell bile rather than continue the line of thought.
Humanizing the Inhuman
Suits really could have been a great show. It could have allowed for some self-perception, educating on one’s own rights or, I don’t know, humanized an entire industry which is always considered to be scummy.
I don’t know why networks have this hard on for dramas set in a high-profession but instead of that being the cornerstone of the show, it devolves to be about some twats forced together gestating as much interesting drama as a local down a Weatherspoons. Stop, just stop with feigning that these people are interesting or their profession matters in the slightest.
As with all these shows, simulating interesting ideas, the torment of social justice has to appear. This very concept is something that the institution of law makes redundant. There are episodes which are the equivalent to YouTube videos with emoji’s and big red circles. The race card is played, when it’s nothing to do with their race and the gender inequality card is played, when it has nothing to do with gender.
These attempts at appearing ‘woke’ will no doubt have made some viewers happy. I don’t know what sort of viewer that would be. I am certainly glad I am not in their proximity.
There are characters which were once portrayed as beacons of fortitude and honour end up being sociopathic dick heads in the end. The reason for this isn’t character growth or some Illuminati conspiracy theory reason, but because the season was lacking “drama”. The sort of drama a 15 year old tart makes when they don’t get enough attention.
This is primarily focused on Robert Zane, the powerful father of a previously important character; Rachel, who ends up with the genius. Now, for the first few seasons with Robert he’s clearly by-the-book, a force to be reckoned with, knows his shit and isn’t corrupt. As soon as Rachel and genius boy elope he has a more dominant role in the show.
Once Robert becomes a part of the firm, oh boy, the writers absolutely went ham on his character. It was a real shame that they couldn’t have kept him in this role of the personification of integrity. I guess they realized with that type of character they wouldn’t be able to show him alongside any of the other lawyers as he wouldn’t allow any of their shit.
What Does Suits Teach Us?
So what do we ultimately learn about these characters or this particular business when it comes to a close? We learn that you don’t have to grow as an individual over the course of several years. You can cheat, lie, betray and exploit anything and anyone and maybe one day you’ll be the equivalent to them; good looking and rich. Yeah that’s the message. You should pretend to have a moral centre but make sure to fuck over anyone who isn’t under the “family”.
We also learn that while bad decisions can be made, you should never have to ultimately own them as it’ll all work out in the end anyway. Either that or you can simply blame everyone else for issues you have literally caused.
I’ve been racking my head over and over about why I should care about any of Suits’ characters, their relationships with one another or their business. I did to begin with, when there was hope.
I believe my severe lack of empathy for these people derives from the amount of drama each one contributes. For instance, there are only so many times Lewis can act like a petulant child and manipulate people before you start questioning how believable the character is. You can only adhere to the possibility that the CEO of a law firm wouldn’t immediately turn over Mike Ross before thinking that they’d lose everything over fuck all. The list could go on but I won’t.
So, when rattling off in my head as to why I’m meant to care about these people it dawned on me that the main issue of the show is that these people aren’t believable. Not to say I don’t think they couldn’t exist, rather they wouldn’t be in the job they’re in.
Once you start noticing patterns of retarded behaviour you’ll start questioning why, more and more. Why would they not fire this or that person? What client would ever hire them? How would anyone associate with these people or want to be anywhere near them? This being said, looking around at our political leaders at the moment makes me second guess myself; maybe they could exist.
Case Closed: Suits is Over
In any decent story there have to be stakes and there have to be obstacles to overcome. With that in mind I guess it’s time to decide whether these foundations exist within Suits.
The answer is a decisive no. There are no stakes, not really. The firm is targeted numerous times and the “threat” of it being taken away is practically the overarching story for every season. So, again, fatigue sets in where you stop believing it’ll happen. None of the characters are ever really in danger. The loss of any clients or colleagues only ends up serving them because nothing bad happens in the world.
If nothing of value can be lost then was there any value to be found in the first place?
If you like this type of drama then maybe check out Fifty Shades as well.
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