In the first picture of The Good War, Christine Baranski, as Diane Lockhart, is staring at her television, her eyes set on her mouth. He is bewildered, amazed by what he is watching, as if his body is bewildered. Forget “fight or flight;” he is worried until he is quiet.
On his TV, Donald Trump is inaugurated as the president of the United States.
The event began five years ago, less than a month after the inauguration took place in real life. Famous, The Good War creators Robert and Michelle King rewrote and shot the pilot based on the shocking election results. That quick pivot injected the series with what would become its defining characteristic and that of our general existence in the following years: disbelief.
After six years, The Good War completed its incredible run this week on Paramount+. (Its final episodes are titled “The End of Democracy” and “The End of Everything,” to give a sense of how the series dealt with the reality of the world and its obvious evil.) I can’t tell you how relieved I am to spend these years with Christine Baranski, we connect because of that disbelief.
Each of Diane Lockhart’s heavy sighs made sense to me. Audra MacDonald, who plays Liz Reddick, Diane’s partner at the law firm, is compared to her stammering skills and shaking her head in disbelief. I felt seen. There’s the way Sarah Steele’s Marissa Gold, the detective-attorney, scoffs at him, frowns at him, and sends his eyes rolling out of their sockets. they are like looking in the mirror every time he is on screen.
That’s not all The Good War wrote Trump’s presidency into the show, while other drama series have done so. It is that it has also reinforced the anger and the obvious fear surrounding those years with complex feelings of frustration, confusion, bewilderment and bewilderment. When a person cannot understand how the reality around them can happen, they feel uncomfortable. With its kind gesture of embracing those emotions no other series or news program could, The Good War he assured us again.
Robert King recently joked to me in an interview: “What’s bad in the world is often good for our show. It was a trick, but it certainly wasn’t a lie. An important explanation is that The Good War it never took advantage of its penetration into the great darkness of life. No real world story was exploited for some kind of emotional response. If anything, the image of the display of unrelenting fear that we have begun to wear like a second skin has been generous. Maybe it’s even recovering, though the series never had such a schmaltzy goal.
Now that The Good War it’s over, after a flawless run of six seasons, I’m not sure where to turn for that service.
A program that I felt a similar connection to Full Front with Samantha Bee. The talk show, which allowed Bee to rant every week about the dire political situation, was the closest thing we had to screaming—a release that we all cried out for. we needed it. However, the show was recently cancelled.
Russell T. Davies’ Years and Years it was worth watching for its unflinching drama of the impact of the present climate on the future; and it was so confusing that, after one episode, I had to turn off the television to vomit. And the Lord knows The Handmaid’s Tale it has since been transferred to its reception as a necessary cautionary tale. There are many series that use human studies to show what life is like for certain people in unprecedented times – even Roseanne spin off The Conners is a good example of that. But they have no direct conflict with the modern surreality The Good War it was.
One thinks that going back to the “good look” may be a last resort, to have a positive attitude that made them feel comfortable. Schitt’s Creek, Ted Lassoand The Great Britain Baking Show such diseases during pregnancy. I’m not against that. (From this year, I recommend What We Do in the Shadows and Eva’s girls just for laughs, and Where is the person? and Better Things to hear all opinions.)
But I don’t think pure distraction is healthy. The thing is: I’m not sure there are many shows I can do search dealing with world affairs in that way The Good War did.
In a recent episode of the podcast Las Culturistas, host Abbi Jacobson used the word “trumpet” as a verb, then refrained from repeating what she was trying to say—horrified to hear Trump’s name coming out of her mouth as a collection of words normal. I get that. Consider if Modern Family or This is us he suddenly made plans with Kellyanne Conway. No thanks. It is the same as seeing this epidemic happening in the series written in 2020 and 2021 is useless. (The Good War(ironically, it’s one of the few shows that embraces this epidemic beautifully.)
It’s an impossible situation to be in. Neither series seems equipped to do what The Good War did. But pretending that those issues don’t exist, doesn’t make sense either.
These past years passed as if there was a security line that bound us to reality, but someone cut it when we stopped looking. Now we’re floating in space, watching purity, grace, and dignity fade away as we pit ourselves against other people who have had the same experience.
It’s not a great strategy to ignore the fact that you’re falling. There is a natural, unpleasant conclusion to that tactic. Watching The Good Warnow, it has been like releasing a series of emergency parachutes, at least to slow down the fall.
To talk about a popular plot on the show, it was like microdosing catharsis. I will miss that trip.