The return of this outlandishly entertaining legal thriller finds Manhattan super-attorney Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) a wee bit tormented about her behavior in Season 1: She ordered a hit on one of her firm's young lawyers, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne). The attempt failed, and now Ellen has returned to work, secretly recruited by the Feds to trap Patty—who apparently has a long, rich history of stomping all over the law while pursuing justice in big-ticket cases.
Judging from the first two episodes, theirs should be a spikily amusing war of wits. There are also some juicy, high-profile additions to the cast, including Marcia Gay Harden as an unpleasant corporate attorney, Timothy Olyphant as a mysterious fellow insinuating himself into Ellen's orbit, and William Hurt as Patty's new client—a research scientist and whistle-blower. Neither Hurt nor Close give performances that could be called subtle, but why would you want them to? When Close wakes from a nightmare, it's a monstrous snap-to, like Godzilla accidentally roused from a nap. Fun, fun, fun!