TV Review: Suits (Season 8)
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This season of Suits was very much a transition for the show, with lead actors Patrick J Adams & Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leaving at the end of Season 7, this season was the first without the show's main couple and many were apprehensive about the cast changes, including the addition of Katherine Heigl to the cast.
Image Credit: NetflixIt was a little weird at first, coming into Suits Season 8 knowing that Mike and Rachel were no longer going to be there, but it actually didn't take as long to settle into the new show as I thought. Harvey, Donna & Louis are still there, so in that respect, nothing has changed and with the exit of Mike and Rachel, it allowed characters like Alex, Robert and Katrina more screentime, as well as introducing a new character, Samantha Wheeler. It really felt like a fresh start for the show, which it desperately needed, after rehashing the same formula every single year revolving around whether Mike would get caught practising law without a license. I was actually really surprised at how much I enjoyed Samantha Wheeler. I don't always like Katherine Heigl, she tends to play very similar characters in whatever she's in, but I actually enjoyed her more than I thought I would in this, Samantha really shakes things up at Zane-Specter-Litt & it was nice having a different personality around the office, plus it was interesting to see how she integrated in with the rest of the firm, with her eventual friendship with Louis being a surprising highlight. I loved watching Katrina's journey this season, she's been kind of in the background over the last few years, but as a main cast member this season she finally comes the forefront and it was great to watch her grow into her role as senior partner, & especially lovely to see her and Louis' blossoming mentor/mentee relationship. A large part of her storyline this year is a blossoming friendship with her associate Brian. I was actually quite excited for this story, it was nice to see Katrina opening up to someone and they actually had a really sweet friendship but of course Suits had to turn it romantic, and since Brian is married, the whole thing ended with Brian quitting the firm. This kind of frustrated me, because there was so much potential for a good, platonic friendship between Brian and Katrina and the romantic aspect kind of ruined that. The major storyline for the first half of the season is Samantha and Alex playing off against each other for name partner, which is intriguing drama whilst it's happening, but the conclusion is somewhat limp, both end up getting name partner which seemed like a cop-out, not to mention, it's ridiculous that the firm now has five name partners, Zane-Specter-Litt-Williams-Wheeler, I don't know much about law firms but that name definitely doesn't roll off the tongue!
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