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Asked via email to Review a new Steven Bochco series... Volunteered... Received my media kit...


Painted... a couple of the sets... one of the courtrooms... The Public Defenders Office...

Now... Here's My Review...

Set in New York City... the series “Raising the Bar” is about lawyers from the Public Defenders Office and the District Attorney Office. The series shows the relationships between the young lawyers in both offices separately, in the courtroom battling against each other, and after hours the lawyers come together as friends and acquaintances for drinks at a local establishment.
Then there are the authority figures such as an "interesting" judge, the sexist lead District Attorney and the levelheaded lead Public Defender which guide and reprimand the lawyers.

And of course, since the series involves male and female lawyers... there is a mix of romance, hints of sexual tension, flirtatious bantering and there is also the addition of homosexual rendezvous.

This is a courtroom drama series sprinkled with comical moments; many are witty, quirky and delivered with a dry sense of humor. For me, this humor is rather enjoyable.

The sound and music editing in the pilot of Raising the Bar needed some work; the music was too loud and obnoxious and didn’t fit the scenes. The set lighting was too bright and made the series look like a sitcom. However, the special effects between scenes were a nice transitioned; fading people into the picture... bravo!

There are many characters in this series. The pilot did not involve all the characters enough. The interactions between Jane Kaczmarek the “interesting” judge and Mark-Paul Gosselaar the public defender were dominate throughout the pilot.

Luckily for me and for my readers, I was sent a DVD with the pilot and another episode of the series. This second episode completing changed my opinion about this series. The music was corrected and appropriately cued, the lighting more dramatic and there was more character involvement. So my recommendation to you is, watch a few episodes... you just might get hooked!
Raising the Bar Premieres Monday, September 1st

20 comments:

Songy said...

Hi Fifi. Your comment was very amusing. Thank you. here I find another artist. I really enjoy these encounters with artists on the net. It's quite refreshing. :) I really love your vibrant coloured work.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Sounds good!

Gina2424 said...

What a darling blog(s) you have! Thanks for visiting.

Breakaway said...

Hi Fifi,
I received your paintings,thanks they 're really nice.The colors are just so beautiful.

A World in a PAN said...

Thank you FifiFlowers for having sent me the picture I ordered so quickly! They arrived in Paris in less than a week.
I think I had told you I loved peonies and I simply LOVE how you have painted them!
Note the pictures you post of your artwork are very real.
Thank you again.

Sandra Ree said...

It's amazing how you quickly you paint beautiful pictures! Oh to have that kind of talent! :)

please sir said...

That sounds fun - did you also get payed?! Hehe. Another show to get hooked on, oh goodness!

My Petite Maison said...

Good morning Fifi,
I generally try to stay away from anything to do with lawyers (unless it's a spoof with Leslie Neilsen or something like that ;)

Maybe I'll give it a try though since you liked it. It's so funny how your opinion can change just giving things another chance, now isn't it?

Speaking of TV, I would LOVE to see you do Pushing Daisies - well that's my vote for TV. I love the show, it's bright and whimsical ~just like your art!

Happy Labor Day (you lucky duck getting to preview new shows - good thing it wasn't a stinker, huh?)
xo~Tracie

Anonymous said...

Hi Fifi,

Thanks for the heads up I will definitely give this a try I love these type shows. I think Jane is quite talented.

Have a nice Labor Day,
Kathy :)

Love Your Homes said...

FiFi, you are truly a hardworking lady.I so enjoy looking at your drawings, thanks Ingela

design for mankind. said...

You are wayyyy too talented. ;)

CoutureCarrie said...

Aaah the legal world looks much prettier in your paintings than it does IRL!

xoxox,
CC

Rue said...

Hi Fifi :)

It sounds like Boston Legal to me. Have you seen it? Now THAT is a great show :)

I'll check this one out too!

rue :)

teaorwine said...

I so enjoy Boston Legal...Alan, Denny, Shirley and all! I will give this show a try for sure.

Firefly Hill said...

Lovely work!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

How fun to get to review someones work even if it is a TV show which is also art. I like how you painted the sets as well as did the verbal review.

Ronda's Rants said...

I will look for it...thanks for the recommendation!

Mrs.French said...

I am all over this one!

Millie said...

I just love your legal eagle paintings! Thought your review was fantastic - I think you have a 2nd career developing here as a media critic, if you could stand having to mix with all those highly inflated egos!
Millie ^_^

MichelleandWinstontheWestie said...

I watched that legal show last night upon your recommendation- unfort, just wasn't for me. I am totally into the Closer though! Gosh- it's my fav! Thanks for the reco though- you inspired me to try something new!!! :)

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