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July 25, 2006

You Guys Watch Boston Legal? Nah, Me Neither

Sure, it's got William Shatner -- or as I call him, "O Captain, My Captain" -- but the show is a preachy, screechy liberal fantasia.

The blog that has TWO f'n' cool names -- "Fort Awesome," and "Dirty Centaurs" -- rips into this hackneyed liberal-lawyer-saves-the-world dream-quest.

Alan is having a quiet moment the night before he's to make his closing argument, and gets confronted by Denny. Denny and Alan are great friends (their continuing and unlikely friendship is in fact the warm, beating, and hilarious heart of the show), despite the fact that Alan is a strident liberal and the increasingly-demented Denny is a lifelong Republican. Denny gets angry at Alan for defending the girl who won't pay her taxes:

Denny: "Do you have any idea what would happen if all the little people stopped paying their taxes?"

Alan: "The rich people would have to start paying theirs?"

Denny (without a trace of irony): "EXACTLY!"

Somehow, a Boston law firm manages every week to take on a case cutting at the heart of the Bush Administration. NSA wiretapping, Abu Ghraib, people suing over dead soldiers who'd had their tours "fraudulently" extended by the military in a "backdoor draft"... who knew so much big-shakes constitutional law was being made in Boston?

Alan Shore is the worst lawyer in the world. Every week he delivers a preening, alienating political message to the jury often having very little at all to do with the actual case. But, you know, he enjoys saying it.

And that's the important thing.


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