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The Season 3 Premiere itself is full of ups and downs with twists so far turned that rollercoasters would be green with envy. Things are changing at Pearson Darby, and the name of the firm isn’t as indicative of the new leadership dynamic as it might suggest. The feeling from this premiere is that things are far from settled down and are, in fact, just ramping up. This is appropriate for a season premiere but the pace feels very busy throughout.
The season 2 finale of Suits was a series of jaw dropping reveals and high stakes deals. To Mike Ross, with the memory of an elephant, some of these deals panned out and some didn’t. For one thing, Harvey can’t be very happy that Mike caved under the pressure from managing partner Jessica Pearson. Coupled with the cold war that had been happening with Rachel, what was a guy to do but spill his secret to someone.
Fans were left wondering what the morning after for Mike and Rachel would look like. Would it be a new sexy day at work for this couple, or would they go back to the awkward cold war that pervaded most of last season? With the season now underway, it’s actually a mix of both: this particular relationship is filled with both kisses and scathing remarks from Rachel. Fans will remember that this very practical paralegal had immense test taking fears last season and doesn’t take well to Mike’s Cavalier attitude regarding his degree.
Coming into the line of fire for the Pearson Darby Merger is Louis Litt and alliteration equal Nigel Nesbitt. Both are cut from the same cloth of high maintenance-high expectation men, but Nigel is angry that Louis betrayed him and wants revenge. Louis gets a rude awakening in the aftermath of what he thinks is a win against his rival, only to find out that Nigel is effectively negated a lot of Louis’ power at Pearson Darby. The writing and acting during this scene is so good that you can feel Nigel’s bitterness and Louis’ brief triumph turn horror story.
Louis realizes he made a huge mistake and must now scramble to find purchase among the new pecking order as the firm merges. In a great move that likely changes the future of the show, Louis gives Mike advice in his time of need and thus the two actually become closer knit than expected. This will have a future impact, a brilliant move by writers to change the dynamic of the show. Fans of Louis in particular will remember that though he is a weasel at times, there lurks a good heart somewhere underneath all that ego and ladder climbing.
The next couple on the list isn’t a couple at all, but rather a partnership that is the backbone of the show. Harvey and Mike have always worked well together; it’s no secret that Mike makes life a little easier for Harvey. Yet this time around things are different because Mike is getting the cold shoulder. Harvey’s making deals left and right to secure his own future at Pearson Darby, but that can’t end well if Batman won’t work together with Robin again. As it is, viewers are going to miss their partnership camaraderie. There’s nothing lighthearted about their repartee during this episode where emotions are still running high.
The ending is satisfactory if underwhelming, where Mike proves that sometimes to be a good and loyal friend, you have to be a bad lawyer. And for Mike, that’s okay.
Rated 4/5- For entertaining drama that sets a good stage for the rest of the season. Plenty of secrets to still be revealed, but this time around the episode feels very busy and lacks a sense of calm before the storm. Feeling more like stepping into the upswing of a storm as it picks up, Season 3 is shaping up to be a trial for everyone involved where nothing is the same anymore.
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