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