A Great Speech in an Odd Place

Over at Crooks and Liars they have a clip from a TV law drama, Boston Legal, in which one of the lawyers makes a nearly pitch-perfect speech about the ways in which this adminsitration has lied, screwed up, and trampled on dissent.

Alan Shore (James Spader) from Boston Legal gives one of those great monologues that we all wished would be said by somebody other than a great actor. … Video-WMP Video– QT longer version 5 min  (video appears to be a little choppy)  Audio–MP3

This clip raises so many questions:

  • Who knew they let you say this stuff on TV?
  • If it’s going to be on TV why in fiction?
  • And why not on, say, a Sunday talk show? (Oh, that’s why?)
  • If the writers of this show are going to make a dramatic political point, why have it be in service of so dubious (and unrealistic) a cause — trying to get jury nullification for a (strangely photogenic) tax protestor?
  • If stuff like this becomes a staple of TV shows, does that mean the Rove show has jumped the shark?
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One Response to A Great Speech in an Odd Place

  1. RedWolf says:

    Coming home from work around late prime (dead tired), I can tell that most 10-11 shows make political and social statement in almost every episode. The 9-10 episodes are not far behind.

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