Action is so furious in pilot that individual characters aren’t given much definition, or back story, except that Dole is firm’s junior member, straight out of Harvard Law School and, it seems, with an unformed sense of ethics.
Premiere introduces four storylines; one is resolved and three arcs are launched. Bulk of show is devoted to 17-year-old Rachel (Tammy Townsend), arrested for possession of cocaine (it was her brother’s) and defended by Donnell with a closing argument that should cause no end of tittering in real-life law offices the next day.
Other cases involve a flasher (Max Alexander) defended by Young; a man (James Greene) suing a tobacco company following his wife’s death from cancer; and, in a story that, some episodes down the line, takes off from the O.J. Simpson case, a murderer (Greg Wrangler) pleading temporary insanity.
Acting is aces throughout, with particularly appealing work by Linda Hunt as a judge, and Edward Herrmann as Dole’s former law professor, now representing tobacco interests; his suits are definitely expensive.
Tech credits are slick.