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SUITS Series Premiere Review

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SUITS Series Premiere Review

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If you came to “Suits” thinking it might be an obtuse reference to superheroes (i.e. “Powers”) you aren’t entirely wrong.  Of course, there are no implicit caped crusaders, but the men and women of “Suits” are theoretically fighting for truth and justice, they do so in $2,000 Armani suits in back office deals and courtrooms.

If you came to “Suits” thinking it might be an obtuse reference to superheroes (i.e. “Powers”) you aren’t entirely wrong.  Of course, there are no implicit caped crusaders, but the men and women of “Suits” are theoretically fighting for truth and justice, they do so in $2,000 Armani suits in back office deals and courtrooms.

Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht, “Love and Other Drugs”) has just made senior partner at his law firm, working for Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres, “Firefly”), and needs a new associate.  He’s sick of the carbon copy drones being cranked out by Harvard Law School, but must hire a Harvard grad (apparently the firm has no problem skirting employment laws to only hire from one school).  Fortune smiles on Harvey as Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams, “Extreme Movie”) stumbles into the law school cattle call, as Harvey interviews the latest batch of Harvard clones.

Suits Cast USA Network

We meet Mike as he takes the bar exam, so at first glance it seems Mike could be qualified to work for Harvey, except for one big problem; Mike took the bar exam for someone else.  Mike has never been to Harvard, let alone law school.  Mike is a genius, in many ways a super-powered savant who not only has a photographic memory but the ability to comprehend and process everything he reads.  He’s read law books, so therefore he understands the law as well as, if not better than anyone else.  He’s saddled with more than the stigma of no law degree, but also his best friend Trevor, who sports Armani suits too, but affords them from being a mid-level drug dealer.  Trevor convinces Mike to help him out with a drug deal (“just this once”) and Mike obliges because he needs the cash to keep his grandmother in a decent hospice.

Long story short, Mike discovers his drop for Trevor is a set up and finds his way into working for Harvey.  The premise is fairly thin and pretty unbelievable – Mike’s photographic memory would be incredible enough; the fact he can absorb and digest what he’s reading, which makes him a powerful lawyer stretches credulity.  There’s good chemistry with Macht and Torres, but far too little of it in the pilot.  Harvey (Macht) and Mike (Adams) are meant to form one super lawyer, Harvey is slick, resourceful and has the pedigree while Mike has the youth, brain and empathy for the clients, whether they be big faceless corporations or pro bono cases.  At least in the pilot, the integrity of lawyers isn’t completely restored (if it ever can be) but they certainly do try to balance the deviousness with some amount of decency.

“Suits” is the kind of show that would probably not command much of an audience during the fall or winter months, but could be a welcome diversion for those who are fans of other USA shows such as “Covert Affairs” or “Psych” here during the summer (note: fans of the long and dearly departed “Firefly” will be happy to see Torres in a weekly series again, though she deserves far more screen time and character development than she has thus far received).  There’s certainly nothing particularly wrong about “Suits” and as legal shows go, it makes more sense than most.  The biggest flaw of the series is the implausibility of just so much amazing super prowess packed into these two leads.  The flaws are hard to see or are covered a little too well.  It’s not a show I plan to keep an appointment for, but if the ratings are strong and the series quality improves, I wouldn’t mind checking back in on it for some light entertainment.

“Suits” series premiere on USA Thursday June 23rd at 10/9c.

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