Abby: “Firms are for people with a pack mentality.”
“Pilot” and “Chapter Two,” are the episodes part of the two hour series debut of The Firm. If you are unsure whether or not to tune in, maybe this article will help you make up your mind. However this article does contain spoilers, so consider yourself warned. The Firm airs again this Thursday at 9, its normal time, on NBC, channel 12 for Houstonians.
Here is the bottom line for those who want a quick judgment without going into some of the recapping. The Firm is a suspenseful legal drama that will keep you guessing, but you definitely have to pay attention, probably more so if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book (like me). Between the over arching conspiracy theories and the individual cases, viewers will be kept on their toes and interested. In addition, there is a great family element to it, good emotional invoking scenes both case wise and personal, and there is humor. It seems to be a good balance. Now the question will be how much of that balance is maintained on Thursday, when The Firm goes to just being an hour long drama instead of two hours like it was tonight.
Mitch McDeere is a defense lawyer who previously did some time in Witness Protection, after he took down a firm, which had unsuspected mob consequences. He and his family went into WitSec. Now they are out, and Mitch is running his own firm with Tammy, his receptionist who has been dating Ray, Mitch’s brother, for ten years. Ray’s also the Private Investigator of the firm. Turns out, this mob problem is not over yet, even though the main man that was out for Mitch is now dead, just one of Mitch’s problems.
The episode starts out with a glimpse six months into the future. Mitch claims it is happening again, meaning the same thing is happening that sent him and his family into WitSec. Mitch’s source Martin ends up killing himself. Needless to say, the show starts out with suspense. Throughout the episode, the over looming conspiracy/case was in the background. The writers teased enough to build suspense, and just after Martin dies, the writers snap the viewers back to the past, where it all started. Now this is not an unusual set up, but it works really well because the viewers think they have some idea who Martin is: a man who is fearing for his life. However, that is not the case.
The episode ends with a board meeting of Kinross and Clark, the firm that Mitch joins as an association, talking about how their plan is working out almost as they planned. A case, a woman accused of murder, Sarah Holt, whom viewers meet for a minute early on in the episode, is the focus of the firm. They want to keep tabs on what Mitch finds out, and that is why they hired him. The client of this matter is none other than Martin. The writers not only answered a question, but created twelve more. A good sign because this means that the writers are not going to string along the viewers, leaving them without an inkling of what is going on. The writers seem to be revealing things slowly, but those answers will not be entirely satisfying.
Well that is just the background and over looming conspiracy aspects of The Firm. It also had a case of the episode, if you will. This case had an emotional connection to it, and it also had more of an edge than other cases. Really through one case, the writers set up what kind of lawyer Mitch is, what kind of person Mitch is, and the downsides to being a defense lawyer. The dynamics of the team also made the case more interesting. Mitch bounces a lot of things off Abby, who provides another perspective on things. Through Ray’s investigating, the writers were able to show more of the factual evidence of the case. The case was not boring, and there were a lot of different perspectives and influences in on it.
What did you think of The Firm? Are you hooked or do you still need convincing? The comment section is open below for your thoughts! Be sure to hit subscribe up above by my photo!