How did you get into it?
J: I remember watching some episodes on TV, mainly the one where he made a midget dress up as a Christmas elf and walk next to him for an entire day so Alan Shore would look more like a Santa, or the one where two adult lawyers were dressed up as Buzz Lightyear and started a fist fight with each other over the fact who was more ‘the Buzz’. Since I found that rather enjoyable I bought the box set of all the seasons and went on to watch the entire thing.
K: I’d never really been interested in it before Joeri kind of…well…coerced me into watching it. Seems like a pattern here, huh? I feel very much under educated with series and movies, haha. Anyway, he coerced me into watching it after months and months. The only reason I never gave it a chance was because I honestly felt like it would have bored me half to death. Well I was sorely mistaken! I practically loved it. I really regret not taking chances on TV series because they ‘look’ boring…I’ve started to watch a lot more because I give them the chance like Boston Legal. I mean, you don’t judge a book by its cover so why should you judge a TV show by its description and pictures?
What’s it about?
J&K: So Boston Legal is pretty much self-explanatory in one respect…it’s a legal drama but with a bunch of comedy stuck in to make it awesome. It follows the exploits of a character named Alan Shore in the legal firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt and is basically a spin-off from another TV show called The Practice where Shore was formerly of Young, Frutt & Berluti. He settles in quite nicely with his new firm and with help from his friend and mentor, veteran attorney Denny Crane, he quickly makes his mark winning cases no one would even consider taking…however he uses a different approach to others when winning these cases and often considers less than honest methods to get the result he needs.
Following his actions he develops a rival in his colleague Brad Chase, who was assigned to the office mostly to keep an eye on the increasingly eccentric Denny Crane. Although Shores questionable conduct makes him a few enemies, he doesn’t let trivial things like honesty or integrity get in the way of winning a case. He is keen on doing things his way and getting the results he needs to win the cases that people often throw away. The little guy always gets thrown in the trash, but with Shore…he may have a chance.
How long is it?
J&K: The series is about 5 seasons long with a “Complete Collection” out there for the people who don’t wish to go box by box. It ran from 2004 to 2008 and was a highly successful chapter of television history. It is a bit of a shame however, as it wasn’t the intention of David E. Kelley to finish Boston Legal but ABC’s decision…and he really had to fight for one last sort season of 13 episodes. This seems to be quite a common occurrence though as all good things have to finish at some point in time.
What appeals to you in the series?
J: James Spader and William Shatner have a real good synergy going on in the series and the humour is silly enough for me to just set everything on zero in my brain to go lazy mode binge watching. I did like the entire Don Quichotte fighting the windmills kind of legal battles nicely done, we all just would like to stick it to ‘the man’ once in a while like they do.
K: The humour of the series really gets to me. It’s something I enjoy completely with TV series and sometimes it’s just so nice to split up the seriousness of one show with another that is highly amusing. I also loved the individual characters of the show, each having their own sort of story…and I especially loved the character Shirely Schmidt. I think the most amusing thing out of it all is that they often broke the fourth wall by talking about how aware they are of being characters in a television show. Not only that but William Shatner, Denny Crane, often made occasional Star Trek references. Overall it was an enjoyable show and well worth the watch!
What did you think of the ending?
J: It had it’s good run and I think they ended it on a good moment, dragging things out will cost the show and take away at what was already before. It’s nice how they could touch such a difficult topic as gay marriage and a very difficult disease like Alzheimer’s, to make it into a loving moment where they all came together and became more like a family, however dysfunctional they are. It gets people talking about these serious topics in a lighter manner, what sometimes makes it easier to talk about. You will always get some people who won’t fully understand or agree on topics but this is where these talks and debates can start, trying to understand each other better trough the viewpoints of these characters can help some people relate better on how a disease can be emotionally difficult for them.
K: The ending was quite fitting for the show and shows that it doesn’t matter how powerful you are as a firm or an attorney, things can turn for the worse and no matter how hard you fight it either gets better or continues down the path as before. No, I enjoyed the ending and really thought it was a nice finisher…after finding out that the creator wanted to continue it further I just wonder what he could have done to make it better and how it would have ended then. Would it have been the same or different? Either way Boston Legal was a brilliant show from start to finish.