Reviews: Franklin And Bash

Pilot review

Frankin And Bash is a new legal show...with a twist! The main characters are quirky! The main duo is two lawyers (seems like they do an interesting mix of cases from personal injury to criminal defense) who have their own firm consisting of themselves, and two assistants: a former convict (I didn't catch what she got convicted of, if it was mentioned) and a multi-phobic nerd who seems like he's from India. The duo, Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) are non-traditional, say what they think, still living out a life like they're still in college. They're somewhat unprofessional in regards to the legal system, but seem to treat their clients well and true to life it doesn't seem like this style helps them win many cases. The pilot shows the team taking on a couple cases and getting recruited to work for a large high-profile law firm after winning a case against them in a non-traditional fashion. Then the duo begins to work their non-conformist methods on their new employers.

The Pilot did have a network TV series pilot production quality feel to it. There were a few funny moments, mostly revolving around Breckin Meyer's interactions with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Malcolm Mc Dowell (the head of the high-profile large lawfirm). Without Breckin Meyer the show wouldn't have nearly the character that it does. Gosselaar carries his own in the court room but he is playing mostly a straight man to Meyer while Mc Dowell plays a little bit of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander with a plan, (like a drunk Jeff Bridges in "How to lose friends and alienate people").

The Main's motivations were laid out nicely and could carry the show through an arc or two as well as some nemeses for the characters to work against (antagonistic judges, reluctant new colleagues, prosecutors histories).

The pilot showed me enough to want to watch it again to see how things develop, but the court logic was a little shaky. They skipped over Bash's closing statement and the bulk of his case was pretty shaky. Also the resolution to the other featured case (not the case from the very beginning, but the secondary case from when they joined the new firm) left me scratching my head as well. All in all it's a pretty typical network quirky lawyer sit-com with potential.