How well Boston Legal handles characters with mental illness, the differently-abled, and phobias?
Alan Shore is one of the most confident masters of law I have seen in pretty much any court drama series. He is unafraid of calling out bigots on their bullshit to their face, willing to go completely out on a limb for a friend, stands by his morals, and has won seemingly impossible cases because of his talent with words as well as playing to the sympathies of the jury.
He also has night terrors, and is afraid of clowns.
His fear of clowns is completely inexplicable, as well as debilitating. Unlike what his co-worker, Brad Chase, believed, it was not because he was molested by a clown or any of the popular explanations for that phobia. He is simply afraid of clowns. Phobias do not have to be linked with a traumatic event, sometimes they are simply unexplained and develop on their own, and people do not need to name some traumatic event to justify having them.
Not only this, but one of the other best lawyers the firm has is Jerry Espenson. Not only did he become a junior partner at the firm, but won a great deal of seemingly impossible cases despite his own issues with anxiety and fear of social occassions. If that wasn’t enough, he also struggles with Asperger Syndrome and Tourettes, giving him some “unusual” ticks. However, at no point does the show claim that he is actually ill or that these issues need to be resolved. The few times that he tries to combat his issues are not because of pressures given to him by his co-workers, but through his own personal choices to do so. Towards the end of the series he still does not triumph over his ticks, but his personal successes prove that he never actually had to.
There are so many other examples from the show I could name but I just don’t have the time now, but one prominent example is that Boston Legal was the first show that ever exposed me to the jist of how Alzheimer’s disease effects the mind. No other show I have encountered discusses the issue nearly as often or clearly.
I can not recommend this show more to people. I love it so fucking much.
Tomas’s symbol was in fact the dragon. Self-important, but self-chosen… It’s what we bastard born do, as technically we belong to no one. Leaving me to choose the lion for myself.
Does father want this?
Why shouldn’t he want it? You’ve always been his favorite.
And you’ve always said we’re his favorites because we never ask him for anything.
You are not family. You are a complication of Henry’s lust that they endure!
That’s the sort of talk that gets bastards and mistresses beheaded.
The real warning is that there are people who matter more, and people who matter less. Those who will be remembered, and those who will be forgotten.
I still can’t quite believe it. King. Me. King. Of France.
She’s beautiful Kate. She looks like you. Probably not as damaged.
You being back with us here, now. That’s everything. (1.4 x 4.16)
75 Signs You Are Gay (Sterek Edition)
Sterek all the way!
We’re like Batman and Robin
B99 rewatch: Halloween (01x06)
“As painful as it is, our goodbye was left unsaid.”— 10 word story
-Although sometimes I wonder, are they chasing me as an excuse to get near each other? I mean, get a room already.
loneliness: destitute of sympathetic or friendly companionship, love, support, etc…
#i have a lot of loneliness and bonnie feelings#she’s so alone#she has nobody who has the gentleness for her that the other girls have#nobody who puts her first#who cherishes her#i’m not saying i want a hundred love interests#but i want to see the show show her as an 18 year old girl who’s about to die TWICE#and lived in excurciating pain#i don’t care if she’s strong#or doesn’t need anyone#but i want to see her be human#not powers#she has feelings#and it’s not healthy for a teenager to be calm about death#it’s sick#and it’s disturbing