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“The Whole Truth” Premiere Review

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 23, 2010

The Whole Truth: the second of three legal dramas at 9pm on Wednesdays. And so far, it ranks #2 for me. And Law & Order: Los Angeles hasn’t premiered yet.

This show is different enough from The Defenders that I didn’t feel like I was watching the same show. Well, not the same as The Defenders. But pretty much the same as every other legal drama on television past, present and in re-runs.

Still like Tierney, even with short hair and boringness

Yes, there’s one major difference. The episode is structured so that the viewer doesn’t know the actual truth until the end. And in the meantime, we get to see how both sides of the case prepare and then try to prove their case. So, there’s more that goes into considering a case. But also less time spent on the details. For instance, there was supposedly a big piece of evidence discovered before the 2nd commercial. Immediately after the commercial, the judge threw it out, without explanation or fight. Makes it hard to really invest in the case. Especially when you’re supposed to decide the verdict. (What about a show that follows one case for 13 episodes? Would that work — on cable, of course? I think I’d enjoy that).

But other than that, there’s nothing that makes this show interesting. It’s just lawyers solving cases. The main attorneys (Maura Tierney & Rob Morrow) and the supporting cast are fine, but not extraordinary. Actually, Tierney’s blandness and Morrow’s hyperness is annoying. (By the way…is the same defense team really going to represent every person Tierney tries? That makes sense). Don’t expect any more interesting character development than a typical large-cast procedural. And be prepared to rewind a few times. Fast talking in a show like this can be hard to follow, if you’re a multi-tasker like me. I wouldn’t recommend writing a review while watching. Especially because then we’d be in competition and there’s enough of that around.

As for the future of the show, I can see it catching on…but just as much as either of the other two. The basics for a successful procedural are all there. It’s not blatantly horrible like Chase. It’s not too high brow for normal viewers like Lone Star. And I do like truly not knowing how it will end. Of course, other shows have tried this “both sides of the coin” strategy as well. But not well.

Grade: C

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2 Responses to ““The Whole Truth” Premiere Review”

  1. Mr. Feeny said

    Oh, also, I did like the back-and-forth between witnesses that help each side. But that could also grow old.

  2. CJ Cregg said

    I agree with you, Feeny. I liked this show more than I thought I would, and I did like that we didn’t find out the truth until the end. But, really? No one discovered that piece of evidence? I was interested in the case, and trying to figure out what the truth was was kinda fun. But this is just another procedural. And one with less humor and charm than some of the others.

    The love plot between the two main attorneys is, although not repulsive, predictable.

    The cast is fine, the writing’s fine. They’re definitely going to have to vary the structure though, or this is going to get super boring and predictable.

    But I just don’t see this show going very far.

    Grade: C+

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