Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tank Top Kalinda

Hello, hello. I was going to wrassle up some lovely ladies in tank tops for my extremely, extremely late posting today (I just can’t party all weekend like I used to, kittens). But instead I stumbled upon one Kalinda Sharma in a tank top and had to write about it instead. TVline.com has an exclusive clip of Kalinda and someone I will call and old friend together in the finale tonight. The clip won’t embed, but be aware that it is VERY SPOILERY. In fact, everthing that follows from here on out in this post is VERY SPOILERY. So, you’ve been warned.

Right, so, first things first. That was hot. Also a) Kalinda needs to wear less high-necked tops and show those girls off more because daaaayum and b) I would watch an entire hour of nothing but Archie Panjabi kissing women’s backs – I really would.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a regular “The Good Wife” watcher, which I know I should probably be because it’s a quality grown-up show. So here are a few of my more-than-likely ill-informed thoughts on the matter.

First, while I will take my primetimes hook-ups between female characters on American television almost any way I can get them, I’m always a little disappointed when they’re part of some sort of downward trajectory/shame spiral/reckless period for a character. The perfect example of this is when Thirteen on “House” had her hooking up with hotties phase (when she was also clubbing and drugging, for an episode). Was it hot? Yes. Was there a built-in even if not explicitly intended message that sleeping around with women is reckless. Yes. And given Kalinda’s current fallout with Alicia, I would say she at very least isn’t in the best place emotionally. But, again, I could be off base on this.

Second, I am glad to see however that the realization that she is having yet another affair and potentially hurting another relationship is sinking in. So that seems like growth. And it also suggests that had the lady with the bed head been single, none of this would be a problem and many, many more back kisses would be happening.

“The Good Wife” is a rich and textured show, and I appreciate the slow burn they’ve done while revealing Kalinda’s sexuality. And I also appreciate that as a bisexual character the liking ladies part of her personality isn’t just told in stories about her past or random dangerous hook-ups, as they have mostly with Thirteen.

Man, I wish Jill Flint wasn’t on “Royal Pains” so they could bring Lana back. Now that was some smoking, available, shame-free hotness right there. And, I am not kidding, I could watch Archie kiss women’s backs forever.


obscur-01 said...

I also appreciate that as a bisexual character the liking ladies part of her personality isn’t just told in stories about her past or random dangerous hook-ups, as they have mostly with Thirteen.

This is one of the reasons I love this show...dealing with issues of fidelity, loyalty, sexuality, and ambition with style and grace. Kalinda is one of the best written Bi characters ever, and I love the growth we've seen in her over the season.

Anonymous said...

Here's what I thought when I first watched the clip:

And then I watched it a few more times (like, um, 10), and then I basically couldn't get any work done today.

I am going to save my commentary on the scene (and the show) for tomorrow, because while this isn't a major plot spoiler, the scene is notable for showing (a very consistent, rare for pop culture) character development/arc. Discussion should take place after the episode airs.

But for now, let me just say THANK YOU for dedicating your entire Tank Top Tuesday to Kalinda. She deserves the privilege, and you deserve many kudos for totally and completely making my day.

I highly recommend regular watching of The Good Wife. Along with Parks & Recreation, it's the best damn thing on television. In my opinion.

Anonymous said...

As a big fan of both 'The Good Wife' AND Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma, THANK YOU for this lovely post!

I'm still saddened by the Kalinda/Peter storyline reveal, only insomuch as it messed with the awesomeness of Kalinda and Alicia's friendship which I totally hope returns one day....

While I enjoy seeing Kelli Giddish as Sophia on 'The Good Wife' (and I loved her as Annie Frost on the now defunct 'Chase'), I too miss Jill Flint as Lana and wish 'Royal Pains' wouldn't have messed up what could have been between Kalinda and Lana.

Anonymous said...

AAHHHH!!!! Convince Karmen to open the Hot 100 again. I have made a GRAVE omission in Archie Panjabi.

Michelle said...

You and I seem to have very similar taste in tv and I have to strongly recommend that you catch up on Good Wife over the summer so you can join us all when season 3 begins next fall. This is THE BEST show on TV right now, and I'm including pay cable. Incredibly well written, acted and plotted. Each episode has wonderful and exciting legal plots, fully supported by multiple satisfying character arcs.

XX said...

I think those two have zero chemistry :(

Panty Buns said...

That was wonderful! I do watch the "Good Wife" regularly. (I'm addicted to it as well as to the show "Nikita").
Right from the beginning of the scene tonight I was hoping they would kiss. It looked like they'd been enjoying some satisfying love-making. It's too bad the married thing popped up. so soon after her encounter with Peter made problems. Kalinda's sexuality could use some more unfettered toe curling feminine release. I was glued to the set loving this.
I'll be watching and hoping for more.
If only she'd had to do research at the Dina 2011 in Palm Springs. and been taped there.

cocoro38 said...

Ds, how the person didn't know

before in bed, the another person got marry.

o, this is so!

thanks, I saw the movie and came back.

nice day!

e said...

I am in awe of her ability to roll over repeatedly without showing her breasts! Now, that's some choreography!

Vikki said...

I didn't see it as part of shame/downward spiral for Kalinda. Her lady lovin' ways are well established and she's never seemed ashamed. So, it was just full on hotness in my mind and I did notice that we got to look down her tank top. Ahem.

gin said...

How can you possibly be misanthropic when you post such lovely things as this?

franklin.ea said...

Hmmm...clearly I have been missing out on necessary TV viewing. Must remedy this.

On a tank top note: Anyone seen the first episode of The Closer? Kyra Sedgwick, white tank top, no bra, apparently the room was chilly...that's about where I lost coherent thought...

Acne Free Info said...

I think I've seen this movie once but if you saw the movie Penelope Cruz and Scar lette Johanson did it will blow this away, d'you reckon?

dantzig75 said...

I think both Archie and Kelli did a great and outrageously sexy job in this scene. That was hot and that was not gratuitous.
I prefer Sophia to Lana in terms of character and I find Kelli to be insanely carnal in this scene. I hope we get to see Sophia again in S3, if possible very close to Kalinda's tank top.