Monday, May 29, 2017

TV on DVD Review: Suits - Season 6

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: More can’t look away drama
Cons: I object to listing cons
The Bottom Line:
Next compelling part
In saga with characters
We have come to love

Consequences and Changes

While it seems like most shows end their seasons with cliffhangers, some get me more than others.  The end of season 5 of Suits was the shot you knew was coming from the beginning of the series, and I was dying to know where they were going to go when season 6 started.  I’m sure it is not a surprise for fans that it was another rollercoaster of a season.

If you haven’t watched this show before or haven’t watched through the end of season 5, stop now.  I will be spoiling the end of season 5 because there is absolutely no way to discuss this season without doing so.

You see, season 5 ended with Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) heading to prison for two years.  He made a deal to serve the time for lying about being a lawyer while the rest of his friends would go free from prosecution.  I thought that they might do a time jump until Mike was ready to be released, but they didn’t.  In fact, the first episode takes place his first night in prison was he meets his roommate and learns there are people in prison who want to use him to get to Harvey Spector (Gabriel Macht).

Meanwhile, Harvey, Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres), and Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) are trying to deal with the aftermath since everyone else has left their law firm.  Louis leases part of their office out, something he might soon regret.  Donna is Donna, doing her part to keep everything afloat while getting a very interesting storyline in the second half of the season.  Meanwhile Mike’s finacee Rachel Zane (Meaghan Markle) deals with how being engaged to Mike might affect her own future as a lawyer.

But it is Harvey who comes up with a way that might get Mike out of prison.  It will mean using the one person that Mike can trust inside.  Will they be able to pull it off?  Is it even worth it?

Mike’s secret about not really being a lawyer has driven the show since episode one.  I almost expect them to end the series with the truth coming out and Mike facing the consequences of his actions, so I wasn’t sure where the show would go from here.  Not that I was too worried, and with good reason.  The writers on this show have consistently done a great job of upping the stakes and giving our characters overwhelming odds to fight.  This season is just the latest in that grand tradition.  For lawyers, they don’t spend a lot of time in court, but yet the soap opera (let’s be honest, that’s what this is) keeps me glued to the screen the entire time the show is on.  There are plenty of twists and turns along the way.

As usual, this show had a split season, and those two halves provided two distinct storylines.  Both were interesting and always made the episodes fly by too quickly.  And that’s all I will say about the second half.

I’ve praised the writers already, but equal praise goes to the actors.  They are wonderful at bringing their characters to life each week and making us care about them.  There’s a lot in these episodes, and I’m sure it is a lot of work, but the cast always makes it look effortless.

Season 6, as usual, consisted of sixteen episodes, all of which are present in wide screen and full surround sound on the four discs in this set.  Extras include the typical deleted scenes and gag reel as well as two featurettes.

It would be hard to jump in here and truly appreciate the story, so if you are new to the series, I highly recommend you back up to season 1.  But fans of Suits who have followed along from the beginning will be delighted with the progression we get in season 6.

Season 6 Episodes:
1. To Trouble
2. Accounts Payable
3. Back to the Map
4. Turn
5. Trust
6. Spain
7. Shake the Trees
8. Borrowed Time
9. The Hand that Feeds You
10. P.S.L.
11. She’s Gone
12. The Painting
13. Teeth, Nose, Teeth
14. Admission of Guilt
15. Quid Pro Quo
16. Character and Fitness

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