Mike Ross’ Biggest Crime Isn’t Fraudulent Practice of Law — It’s White Privilege

It’s the show’s biggest unresolved point of tension.

A. Khaled

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Ominously prophetic. Pictured above are Patrick J Adams as ‘Mike Ross’ and Gabriel Macht as ‘Harvey Specter’. Courtesy of NBCUniversal.

Spoiling slight but easily predictable elements of the show was necessary to making this piece. If you’ve missed Meghan Markle becoming British Royalty, too bad.

I caught a cold over the weekend and thought, what better time to finish up a show I’ve been keeping on hold for quite some time. My eyes turned naturally to ‘Suits’.

Something I find quite interesting with this show, is that I started it midway through last year, but I only watch it in bursts sandwiched between regular-sized slices of current network television programming. It manages to grab me, but only in a way that lasts two to three episodes at a time, then I drop it, and come back to it weeks or even several months later. Well this time around, I was able to knock the fifth season in three days and I have a lot of thoughts pertaining to the format of the series, and most intriguingly, a conclusion I think the showrunner Aaron Korsh meant for every fan of the show to eventually reach.

What is the difference between a fake lawyer and an actual lawyer?

The series takes its liberties in trying to answer that question, and throughout the runtime of the show, it explores what the intersection of a job at a top-tier legal firm in the middle of Manhattan, and the bummy livelihood of past a serial weed user has to offer. While the show has never struck me as particularly New York-y-it encompasses the tribulations of professional life in such a busy city to an almost perfect degree.

I think for many fans of the series such as myself, we were absolutely wowed by what the creators of the show had going on at the very beginning. Twelve episodes of pure masterful storytelling, coupled with great character moments, the perfect introduction to the dynamics at the firm-who would become important later on in the show, and it made us the acquaintance of adversaries and key players in the Suits lore that you’d never be able to quite make out as you’re just starting to watch, but will fully understand why as their threat is introduced, episodes, and even seasons later on.

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A. Khaled

Internet culture scribe with an interest in the digital economy, content creators, media and politics.