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For Summertime fare, this is pretty good stuff
Let's begin by saying you have to be ready to suspend belief, but once along for the ride this is a fun show. It begins with a strong premise. After centuries of abuse, the animals have finally turned on humanity. It begins simply with house cats and dogs and flies off from there.
However, the strength is in the casting. Nonso Anozie as Abraham Kenyatta is a standout. Billy Burke as Dr. Mitch Morgan is the heart of the show. The only weak link is Kristen Connolly as the journalist, Jamie Campbell. The character's attitude stinks but the actress is wooden. Strong characters continue to be added throughout the series- a handsome mercenary, a no-nonsense female army lieutenant, a Army General, a high ranking U.S. government official (who just happens to be Mitch's stepmother.)
They aren't scared of killing off major characters (a la Game of Thrones) and that keeps everything on its toes.
All in all, good summer fare.
Ally McBeal: I Will Survive (2000)
These episodes sure seemed better in the 90's.
Ally's behavior is so extreme, so bitchy, so crazy that no one working with her would be able to do so ethically. She would certainly never make partner in her firm acting like a crazy woman hallucinating in court, screaming in court, etc. And yet, we all know within a year it becomes Fish/Cage and McBeal. I fail to see what we all saw in her back then. She's just mean and insane.... and we celebrated it.
In this episode, Ally believes she is being stalked by Disco. The music follows her everywhere. Fish brings in a new associate with strong criminal law expertise. Ally takes an immediate dislike to Mark. The case of the week, is a murder trial where a wife (the wonderful Loretta Devine) beats her husband to death with his prosthetic leg. Even though a woman's life is in the balance and Ally has little to no criminal law in her wheelhouse, Ally strongly objects to Mark being placed on the case, every time he opens his mouth she about pulls his stomach out of his throat with her bare hands. During court she has a full blown hallucination and passes out in court. The doctors diagnosis stress. She's quickly out of the hospital, back at the defendant's table bitterly complaining and seeing Gloria Gaynor. Of course, they win. End of story.
P.S.- Nelle is planning a coup.