Crucial info about season one: Mike Ross, an unemployed young man with an incredible ability to memorise facts, is taken on at law firm Pearson & Hardman, a firm that only hires Harvard Law graduates. Mike didn’t graduate from Harvard, in fact, he didn’t graduate from anywhere but when he accidentally stumbles into the interview room for first years at Pearson & Hardman, he manages to impress the firm’s hot shot lawyer, Harvey Specter, and earns himself a job.
I didn’t think it was possible, but Suits Season 2 is even better than Season 1. Whilst Season 1 focused a lot on the cases and the law suits, Season 2 gets personal. David Hardman (Yeah, Hardman as in ‘Pearson & Hardman’) is back and he means business. Hardman left the firm years ago after he was caught embezzling company money, something Jessica (Pearson) kept quiet as long as he left the firm, but after the death of his wife, he’s back, claiming that he’s a new person. Whilst Harvey and Jessica remain skeptical of this ‘new’ Daniel, the rest of the company seems to have been won over by him and rumours of takeovers start to arise.
All the main characters have got issues going on both at work and in their personal lives so there’s so much more drama in season two. Harvey, Mike, Jessica, Rachel, Donna and Louis all face hardships and there’s a lot of tension between characters as people start choosing sides between Jessica and Daniel. I felt that the plot was much, much better in season 2 because the added element of each character’s personal lives made the show even more interesting to watch and made sure that season 2 stepped it up a notch from season 1. That said, the majority of the action still takes place in their working environment and the plot has been cleverly crafted so that both the personal and the professional are seamlessly interlinked so there’s not risk of this descending into a soap opera type drama.
Despite the fact that things get a lot more serious in this season, this show is still really funny. There is a brilliant fusion of humour and drama here so you find yourself either gripping the edge of your seat or chortling to yourself. The fact that there is an element of humour to this show is definitely one of the reasons that it’s so successful as it lightens the serious tone ever so slightly. I don’t know how the scriptwriter has done it but the tone of the entire show is kept perfectly balanced so that it doesn’t become too melodramatic or too comic.
The cases in each episode are all really fascinating so if you’re someone that’s interested in law this show has a sort of extra learning element to it too. Prior to watching Suits I had absolutely no interest in the law or becoming a lawyer but now I am. You find that you learn a shockingly large amount about the law and how court cases work by watching this show as it doesn’t shy away from using professional and technical language. That said, this doesn’t alienate those that don’t understand these terms as each scenario is set up in such a way that it’s obvious what’s going on.
Fans of Mike and Rachel will go gaga this season as their romance heats up. Mike and Rachel’s relationship goes up and down like a yo-yo which although slightly irritating, keeps fans on their toes. The sexual tension between the pair is undeniable and everyone knows that they’re going to get together at some point, but the question of when and how is something elusive. This season is definitely sexier than the first with lots of different character finding themselves in romantic situations. The romance has by no means become a major theme of this series or anything, but it is a steady plot strand that runs throughout.
Harvey is just as sexy as he’s always been, flirting with anyone that’s caught his eye, but you see a completely different side to Harvey as we learn about his personal life. There is definitely another dimension to Harvey and he proves that is not always work, work, work, but don’t worry, hard-as-nails Harvey who doesn’t take cr*p from anybody is still there.
The acting is still phenomenal and thoroughly realistic. With emotions running high in this series, each and every actor demonstrates his/her broad range of talents in a variety of different situations. Each character feels so real, and I could totally imagine all of them existing in real life. Harvey, played by Gabriel Macht, is most definitely the star of this show with his cool exterior and suave suits. He is the reason why most people start watching the show and continue to watch it after that.
If you’re a fan of good drama and good acting, then this is the series for you. If you loved season 1, then Suits season 2 is a must-watch as things get personal and there are even better cases.