TOP CHARACTERS OF 2011: Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife

As much as I loved Kalinda’s season 2 storyline for how deeply it showcased Kalinda’s emotions, the surprising depth of her feelings for Alicia, it broke my heart. However, what breaks my heart more is the horrible way the writers have treated her character in the last part of Season 3. She’s been all but erased from many episodes or utterly wasted on the abomination of a storyline with Cary. The storyline with Cary and Dana has reduced my poor Kalinda to someone she would have had no respect for in previous seasons and it’s utterly heartbreaking. I’ve found the show itself in decline by the writers’ complete inability to manage to write either Kalinda or Alicia without the other; they both act yet the viewer is given no reason or emotional explanation of why they acted so without the bond between the two women. I suppose that’s what happens when you have two women so used to keeping their true emotions inside while displaying a different face to the public.

I want Kalinda to be the old Kalinda again in 2012 but I don’t hold out much hope from the teaser trailer that was released. I’ll always love Kalinda, I just wish she’d get her self respect back. 

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discardedtracesoflove replied to your post: I love the way you think. ;P I’m actually glad the writers did this. I know it most likely will cause an outrage from the ‘shippers. (I want to make that distinction since not everyone thinks the show is over now that everything is not roses and wine). the show is about Alicia first and foremost. she needs to be free! and it’s not about who she ends up with! I’m just not sure if Will is really in love with her after that convo with K at the bar… maybe Will is a sociopath. lol.

WELL SAID. after this ep, would you say that last part about K applies to Cary? I know you hate him and all but I do recognize there might be something there. but at the same time I just think it’s a BAD COMBINATION.

In regards to Cary I think that tonight’s interaction with Kalinda was more that Kalinda was annoyed that he caught her. Every interaction she had with Cary over Season 2 related to her wanting something from him and considering how he had thrown himself at her in Season 1, she used his desire to fuck her to her benefit. I literally cannot think of a SINGLE SCENE in Season 2 which wasn’t about her getting some information from him.

Maybe she’s convinced she’s had some feelings for him but that is more bad writing then anything else. Girlfriend should not want to be friends with someone who, while she was at her weakest, was a total shit to her. She was completely falling apart after Alicia found out about her and Peter and all Cary could think about was him getting a leg up with Peter and then insulted her.

I honestly don’t understand why they keep putting Kalinda in scenes with Cary. It makes Matt look like a one note actor and Cary like an asshole. And it completely negates the much more important relationships Kalinda has/had with Will and Alicia.
 
Which is a long way about to saying that I think that Kalinda is unable to make the leap and go for it, but not with Cary because that’s nothing scary. He’s a rich, whiny brat. She could have him in any way she wanted in a heartbeat without risking much of anything. Her inability to make a leap is the same as Will’s, it’s about Alicia. Not necessarily romantic (although I do think that Kalinda is attracted to Alicia a little, and maybe a little in love with her, that is something she would never do) but she won’t push the issue with Alicia, she won’t take the risk and open herself up to Alicia just a little bit more in order to try to get Alicia to forgive her. She’s much more willing to have Alicia be angry at her and avoid her than admit that their friendship was something really important for her, that Alicia’s trust was something that she genuinely cherished. Kalinda can’t do a knowing smile and tilt her head and swing her hips and have all sins be forgiven like she can with everyone else. The only way I can see that she can get Alicia back is to make herself vulnerable to Alicia in a way she probably hasn’t before and certainly hadn’t during their relationship, no matter how she felt internally. My personal feeling is that it’s not something Kalinda feels she’s even capable of anymore.

I used to have a lot of confidence in the writers of the show but now…not so much. I really would like to see them develop Kalinda significantly in that way and not in relationship-with-Cary-OMG-feelings-and-love sort of way. I hate hate hate HATE the ‘difficult woman is redeemed through the love of a good man’ trope because it’s bullshit. I would much, much rather see the journey back to friendship and the importance of that friendship as a defining moment for Kalinda and for Alicia. 

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slybrunette replied to your post: i don’t give a fuck. i really like celeste serrano.

I haven’t seen this ep yet but I actually really enjoy her too.

She’s excellent in this episode. I thought she had some really interesting scenes with Alicia and I ended the episode wanting more scenes with them. I like that she knows stuff about Will’s past because I think that’s a very interesting place to go. I’m not wild about Will/Alicia but I like the way they’ve played it so far and I like the wrench Celeste throws in, though I know a lot of shippers hate that about her. I don’t think she’d be able to break them up but I think she could spill some interesting beans.

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 mareeana replied to your posti don’t give a fuck. i really like celeste serrano.

How can people not like Celeste? She is flawless.

I know, right? The last two episodes I liked her but I thought her scenes felt a little forced in order for the show to get their money’s worth out of Lisa Edelstein. Now I am absolutely in love with her. Her character would one who could quickly run out of stories as a regular but as a recurring character I think she could work really well so I hope she’s brought back once or twice more. I like having lots of recurring characters with a small core cast, it gives writers more wiggle room to create based on what will create the best stories rather than trying to force a character into every episode. 

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discardedtracesoflove replied to your post: discardedtracesoflove replied to your post: I love…

I still have faith in the writers but I know they fail in certain aspects of the show such as writing Cary and most of the time Kalinda. they’ve neglected A/K right now but I hope they focus on them more later. I agree w/ your solution tho.

I love that you connected this to Alicia in the end. my femslashy heart misses them so much and now you’ve made it worse! I think you have K spot on in regards to their relationship. clearly she’s hurting right now but she’s trying to avoid A.

(frell this reply function) I think the only way they could be friends is to see how much Kalinda genuinely cares (in spite of what happened in the past). and if she opened up again, Alicia will find it in herself to forgive her.

 I think the writers don’t really know exactly what they want to do with those characters so they forced them together. Cay in particular is a character who would not be on the show if this wasn’t a show on a network television channel. If it was Showtime or HBO or whatever, he would be gone because the story doesn’t support Cary in a regular role. So they wrote Cary being petulant and angry that Alicia beat him for more than TWENTY TWO episodes rather than have it be a short, significant storyline followed by actual character growth, as opposed to Cary being the same smarmy jackass to his former bosses that he always had been and the writers calling it ‘mature’. I was actually really shocked that they found it that way.

I too think she’s avoiding Alicia because her first feeling is to avoid emotional pain and while she can put that aside for work, it’s just too painful.

I’d really like Will to play a role in Alicia and Kalinda’s reconciliation. He’s invested in and cares deeply about both of them, I think he knew how important they were to each other. And I think he genuinely cares about them being happy.

As far as Alicia’s concerned, yeah, you’re right, she needs to see that caring from Kalinda. I think Alicia does make a distinction between Kalinda sleeping with Peter since they’ve been friends and Kalinda sleeping with Peter in the past before they knew each other but that she’s associating Kalinda with the type of people, people she considered her friends, who betrayed her. That’s why she’s so very ‘New Alicia’ this season. She changed since the scandal but the revelation about Kalinda and Peter just reinforced how vulnerable she still was to her past. Alicia seems to be so desperately trying to leave that behind this season but I think that her friendship can be salvaged.

There was a betrayal there for sure, but I think that the friendship and loyalty Kalinda showed to Alicia during their relationship is going to matter. At least, I hope it does.

the good wife 3x02
  • Way too much Cary. Especially too much of his smug face.
  • I’m kind of pissed that CBS released the final scene between Will and Diane as a sneak peek. That should have been an emotional climax, leaving us hanging, instead it was completely ruined.

    More spoilery stuff under the cut. 
  • I don’t think that either of them is ‘throwing Alicia under the bus’ by making that deal. I think it’s interesting. Diane is trying to gain the upperhand in something she predicts to be a problem. And Will, though unwilling to give it up, kind of agrees with her, it could be a problem because of Peter and boss/employee decorum and I think it would be unreasonable to expect him to let the firm fall because of him, not when there are so many people who depend on him. Also, I think that Will might secretly want Alicia to no longer work with him because then several all of the obstacles would be removed.
  • As everyone else does, I really like Kalinda and Eli working together. Not necessarily because they’re both badass, though they clearly are, but because they clearly see through most people and are able to read them. It’s part of what gives each of them the confidence they have, they feel separate because they can read situations and people so well. And there’s something intriguing about two people who match like that working together.
  • I didn’t see, did Kalinda respond in some way to the guy saying that he was from Toronto? 
  • I loved Alicia being badass. In fact, I really liked the scene where she discussed a deference to authority with the Irish lawyer. I thought that was a good scene. I liked their rapport and how she found she could be candid with him about how hard she was working to bypass that deference. Although I think she’s been working on it since the beginning of the series and that perhaps she’s noticed that it’s getting easier and easier.
  • Diane/Will brOTP. “It really classes up the joint.” They’re adorbs
  • Diane being stealthy and going to Alicia’s apartment was great. I love the way she want the firm to be perfect and she is constantly thinking of ways that Alicia is a benefit or a liability. I have a lot of respect for Diane and her protectiveness of the firm. I do think she genuinely likes and respects Alicia, she’s just very unsure of how it’s going to play out. 
i don't give a fuck. i really like celeste serrano.

Is anyone surprised? Bitchy, difficult, complicated characters are my absolute favourite. 

If a female character gets in the way of your OTP, if she’s unapologetically ambitious, if she’s snarky or someone you would call ‘a bitch’ then there’s a 95% chance I love her.

Because, let’s face it, if she was an attractive white boy, she would be fucking adored.  

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