Anonymous asked: Kalinda or Diane?
Oh, this is a challenging one. But I’m going to go with Diane, simply because the show has written her more consistently and made better use of the character. Kalinda has so much potential, potential that the writers sometimes seem determined to waste, and she’s had so many awful plotlines (okay, two, but they were arcs and they were absolutely terrible). I think she’s a great character, but the writing for her is often lacking. Diane, on the other hand, tends to get better material. And she’s fascinatingly complex (again, this isn’t to say that Kalinda isn’t, just that the writers have done a better job with Diane). As I wrote in my post about Diane and Alicia’s relationship, Diane seems to be motivated by her own self-interest and by a desire to help others and bring about change, and these goals aren’t always compatible. I have a lot more I could say about Diane and Kalinda, but unfortunately, I’m in a huge rush at the moment, so I’m just going to leave it at this. The post I linked to above, in many ways, doubles as my take on Diane, but I’m not sure that I’ve written anything about Kalinda. The closest thing I can think of is this, which is fairly old and also is mostly about Alicia.
Also, to the anon who asked about Friday Night Lights: I’ll try to get back to you ASAP!
What was the second terrible arc? Blake? The only other arc I can think of is from season one where she helped get Peter out of jail. Well, and the time she helped Will avoid an indictment, but neither of those arcs focused on her. So the writers are batting 0/2 with Kalinda-centric arcs. The character has so much potential and the actress is great, but they really need to characterize her using something other than sex and violence. How great would it have been if the writers filled in more of her relationships with Will and Diane and why she respects them and works for them but nevertheless wants to move on and do something else and what that might be in between 5x5 and 5x15?