Five Reasons I Don’t Want to See the Love Triangle in Season 5
Well, here we are again. I really, truly thought the Peter/Alicia/Will love triangle was over, but, from recent interviews, it seems like it’s not. Before I get into the reasons this greatly disappoints me, I want to note that I’m aware that interviews, spoilers, and promotion tactics are often vague and misleading, and acknowledge that I’ve gotten unnecessarily worked up over quotes just like these in the past. Anyway, with that disclaimer out of the way, here are the top five reasons I don’t want to see the love triangle in season 5:
I wrote this six months ago and far too much of it is still relevant.
What upsets me even more than this is the insinuation that Alicia left Lockhart/Gardner to get away from Will. No - she left because she did not like the company, and so she could have more control of her life. If this was just about Will, she never would have left.
I also really don’t like the idea of Alicia having to be with anyone. She’s her own person, there’s no Will vs Peter, she can arrange it however she wants. I’d so rather the show focus on Alicia’s non-sexual relationships (not to mention Kalinda’s, but this seems to be a more general problem the writers have with their female characters and it is so unnecessary) with everyone around her, especially her partnership with Cary. There are so many story lines the show has yet to explore, including building a relationship between Alicia and Cary, comparing/contrasting the how Alicia and Cary started their firm to how Will and Diane started their firm, doing more with the contrast between Cary (a nice guy who can act like an asshole when necessary) to Will and Peter (assholes who can play the nice guy if necessary), exploring the fact that the split meant there’s a lot of knowledge that can’t flow back and forth, and how that affects clients and how people like Kalinda and Robyn get around it (this would be a great, non-sexual way to go with the Cary and Kalinda relationship, and it could also be a way to get Kalinda and Alicia interacting again).
I hate that I like my ideas and those I read on tumblr much more than the writer’s.
gretamaya asked: Wow, I can't get over how awful the good wife writers saying Cary "handled" Kalinda is. Wow. It explains so much.
It really does.
The writers don’t respect or value Kalinda as a character at all anymore. She has existed this season merely to be kicked around, manipulated and taken advantage of by, to name a few; Alicia, Eli, Damien, Jenna and now we can add Cary to the list.
Whether she actually did miss him or not; Kalinda had no business apologizing to Cary in last night’s episode. She didn’t, as he accused her, initially pretend to be leaving L/G with him only to use it against him. Kalinda was genuinely considering leaving with them, in the middle of salary negotiations (she had offered to take a flat percentage of the firm’s first year profits and he’d told her he’d take that to the group and get back to her) when she found out from Robyn that Cary had made her an offer, thus clearly moving on from their negotiations without even having the decency to let her know. Kalinda was hurt by those actions to the point of confronting him and telling him to go to hell. It was in retaliation to THOSE circumstances that she posed as wishing to join F/A and then reported the location of their office space to L/G. Cary even got her back again shortly thereafter by having her deposed and used against L/G. There is an expected back and forth between them, that, when done right, I’ve actually found enjoyable. However, previous to last night’s episode I wouldn’t have expected either of them to owe the other an apology and if one were to be made it certainly shouldn’t have come from Kalinda.
Beyond that, apparently what we saw last night wasn’t just more of the same back and forth even though Cary pulled the cellphone sabotage and then Kalinda showed up at his apartment seductively asking him to go for drinks. That was Cary “handling” Kalinda and we’re not only supposed to “love” seeing that but to believe the Kalinda we’ve come to know is honestly turned on by being “handled” in that matter to the extent of seeking out more of it rather than the far more likely scenario of her working on a long-con style revenge of her own? SMH.
In the last few seasons the Kalinda I love has been DESTROYED by the very same writers that created her and allowed her to be so brilliant in the beginning. Just thinking about it makes my heart hurt.
I think Kalinda owed Cary an apology because her reaction was out of place - he had every right to get the best deal on an investigator just as Kalinda had every right to get the best deal as an investigator. I didn’t like that scene because I didn’t see where Kalinda’s reaction came from - why didn’t she just shrug her shoulders and say it wasn’t surprising Cary couldn’t afford her? Ugh, it’s just more of the same bad writing with Kalinda. The most recent episode was an attempt to fix that, and it came across okay on screen, but not because Cary “handled” Kalinda! UGH THE THOUGHT OF THAT IS SO GROSS SHUT UP WRITERS. Here’s what happened and why it worked: Kalinda was trying to be friends with Cary but couldn’t help looking at his phone, which was a dick move, and Cary’s response was basically telling Kalinda to stop being a dick, that’s why you don’t have any friends asshole (only in actions not words). He didn’t handle her, he just pointed out to her what she was doing, and that’s why she responded the way she did. (The writers do the same thing with Alicia by insisting that she left L/G because of Will - shut up writers that’s the grossest interpretation.)
I’m actually rather pissed off in an ongoing sort of fashion over the post on the Good Wife Writer’s Instagram suggesting that we should all love seeing Cary “handle” Kalinda.
That’s just a mess for far too many reasons to go into at this hour.
No wonder the writing for Kalinda is so terrible. I don’t mind Cary pulling a fast one on Kalinda because with the number of times she pulls fast ones on people it’s bound to happen to her every now and then, but “handle” Kalinda? Can we fire all the writers and have new writers? Because that shit is terrible. As is nearly all the shit they do with Kalinda. Who at this point apparently only deserves a storyline based on who she is having sex with!