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Did you watch "Silk" last night? I enjoyed it, but find it a bit long, at 2 hours per episode. I don't know anything about the workings of major law firms in the United States, but I'm aghast at the short period of time barristers get to prepare for cases on the show, and how they don't seem to have time to breathe (or live)! During this one episode, I think Martha Costello is handed briefs for 3 different cases, when she has to begin presenting in court the next day! The only way to do that .. when you spend the entire day running back & forth between courtrooms & your office, is to take everything home & read it overnight to prepare .. and in one scene, she's fallen asleep over the briefs, it's 5 am, and time to get up & start over again.
I thought it was interesting that she was calling the police to report her colleague/competitor for snorting coke upstairs at an office party, but says nothing when she finds out that her pupil (trainee) pinches a wig from a shop, when he sends the salesman looking for a used one to try on! An article says he's a kleptomaniac, but according to the definition .. that's premeditated theft. Since the incident with her colleague results in a struggle over her phone, and him falling down a flight of stairs & having to go to the hospital, it's amazing that they didn't catch the coke in his system during an intake exam.
We may all speak English, but Britain IS different!
Posted by ASTRAEA
I did watch this last night and really enjoyed it!! I thought it was well written and very believable.. I liked the characters and am looking forward to seeing them again. Two hours is long.. cannot remember if that is normal for Mystery but the time did not drag. It was one event after another.
I do not see how you could have a personal life at all if the time schedule she follows is always like that. I cannot imagine what she would do if she were to go through with a pregnancy with that type of a schedule. Not sure if she believed her student when he told her he pinched the wig.
All in all I was really pleased with the show! even though I had to give up part of Low Winter Sun.
Posted by nyadrn
I am a big Rumpole of the Bailey fan as well. I used to listen to cassette tapes in my car on long drives.
I wonder if the premiere was two hours for introduction purposes? US attorneys can have loads of time to prepare as long as the judge is patient and grants continuances. They must have good reason though...then again, you always have slackers in any profession who are very poor time managers! Most judges will not put up with that!
I liked it...liked the character of Martha and her law "pupil" or clerk or whatever he is. The system of having prosecutors and defense attorneys in the same office is rather odd. It will take me a bit of time to "catch on" to the different scheme of things in the UK. Everything went so quickly, it reminds me of a "docket call" or "arraignment pocedures" here in the US.
The story seems to have all of the necessary elements to make it interesting...crime, sex, substance abuse, jaded old-timers and fresh-faced newcomers, law & order and no-nonsense judges. I will continue to watch...the pregnancy story line is intriguing. As far as the law clerk pinching a wig and robes...there are dishonest scoundrels in every profession. He struck me as someone who really hadn't grown up yet. I really thought the cocaine snorting, clerk-chasing lawyer was far worse. The accused rapist who had studied law was pretty smarmy as well. Martha got the outcome she desired but realized too late that she had been manipulated. At least with the burglar who beat up the old man she knew for sure he was a career criminal. JMO. People always say "how can a lawyer defend someone they think or know is guilty?" Their job is to provide him with a voice and navigation through the legal system and see that his rights as a citizen are not denied..."equal justice under the law." In a courtroom, defendants are presumed innocent and must be proven guilty...not the other way around.
PS: I thought the reference to "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee was a nice touch...