TV Review: “Suits” Season 2 – Sleek And Addictive

Written by Jessica Koroll January 17, 2013

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Picking up right where season one left off, “Suits” returns to a law firm threatened by disunity. Alliances are formed early on as the Mike-centric trajectory of last season is abandoned in favour of an expanded focus that, instead, draws on the tensions and shifting hierarchies within the offices of Pearson-Hardman. What results is a struggle for control enriched by some truly surprising performances and clever writing that will not disappoint.

“I don’t play the odds, I play the man.”

Unlike last season, which wholly devoted itself to Mike’s introduction to the firm and its intricacies, season 2 feels firmly secured in the world of law as it prepares to tackle the inter-office politics inherent to such an environment. The increased focus on the power struggles within the firm allow for a greater exploration of the show’s side characters, who are finally brought to the forefront and create a more engaging and dynamic setting that compliments the high stress workplace chosen for the series.

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Most noteworthy in their transformations this season are Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), and Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres of “Firefly” fame). Brought forth as key players in the battle for the firm, both Hoffman and Torres manage to highlight and recreate aspects of their respective characters that were often overlooked last season. In Hoffman’s case, Louis’ inappropriate comments and suspicious actions last season deemed him a major source of second hand embarrassment and absurd comedy. Whenever he would come on screen, it was with a sense of foreboding. This season, however, Louis has become a surprisingly sympathetic character with enough power to affect the inner workings of the firm. Meanwhile, Torres’ role as the firm’s founding partner is finally fully realized as she displays active leadership and a sense of control that pervades each of her scenes.

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“I’m not Bruce Wayne.”

Despite the season’s shift in focus, Pearson-Hardman’s arrogant senior partner, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), and his associate, Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), continue to carry the show as its strongest characters. As one of New York’s top corporate lawyers, Macht comfortably exudes power and confidence that suits the role well. Similarly, Adams embodies the strikingly intelligent, but still young and inexperienced, Mike Ross. Throughout the season, the experiences of each allow for different aspects of the firm to come to light as Mike is drawn further into its ranks and Harvey is forced to defend his high ranking position. Their differing perspectives, as well as their developing camaraderie, allow for many compelling and humorous scenes that break up the season’s more suspenseful moments.

While the season does move away from Mike in terms of focus, as I mentioned earlier, his personal struggles from season one are not yet completely put aside. Interwoven throughout the season is the continuing saga of whether Mike’s on again, off again relationship with Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) will finally stick. Thankfully, with so many other things going on, the show doesn’t focus on this side-plot too much. While as an individual, Rachel is an intelligent and head-strong character, her relationship with Mike is wrought with forced drama and inexplicable problems. Their ongoing disagreements make it difficult to really get invested in anything they do and, at this point, I would rather they either end it or stop dragging it out so much.

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Overall, “Suits” remains a sleek and fun addition to the USA line-up  Never taking itself too seriously, the show’s superb acting, well plotted storyline, and addictive soundtrack make it a welcomed re-addition to Thursday night television.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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About Jessica Koroll

An English student with a taste for the surreal and love for all things science fiction, her thoughts generally linger on Star Trek, lit theory, and recent tv episodes. I'm also @korolline_

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