You need to grasp the bull by the horns – please excuse the unintentional pun – if you’re going to deal with Covid successfully. You can’t imagine it away. We’ve had a longer than usual time waiting for our favourite television shows to return. First because their last season was cut short, and then because they of necessity had to have a late start; working out what to do, and how to do it.
Bull looks as if it’s got it right. You could see how Bull’s thoughts whirred as he worried about whether he’d have a company to continue his work. How to pay his staff, and how to have trials and for him to perform his magic in them.
And as Jason Bull thinks about his future, you see Michael Weatherly thinking the same thoughts. Or so I believe. Bull is his baby, and after four years seemed to be growing up and doing fine. But can he go on being Bull on the screen? Is it going to be possible?
Well, I don’t know, obviously. But we meet the actors/Bull’s employees as they do nothing all spring/summer/autumn. And they wear masks, just like the rest of us. They don’t know. Neither the actors nor the characters know how this will pan out. Just like the rest of us.
So I liked the realism of the masked people not knowing what to expect from life from now on. And I liked what they did with the first two episodes of Bull, season five. Filming will take longer, there will be more gaps and I assume the whole of season five will be rather short.
But thank you for trying and for making a good job of this uncertainty. We’ll be here waiting for your episodes when they are done. (But please no more John Fogerty/Michael Weatherly soundtracks.)
How could they? I was all poised to say how much better an ending to the current season Bull could offer, when it turned out they couldn’t.
Dead child as the problem of the week, followed by more baby trouble in the office.
While it was fun to see little Benny attack his much larger boss, and while his reasons are admirable, this is not realistic. The same goes for Marissa’s baby plans. Much as I dislike her husband, this was not the way to deal with their baby dreams.
As for Bull and his lady friends, I prefer Diana to the ex-wife. I know they look identical, but everyone needs to grow up. Here’s to hoping the scriptwriters can deal with the cliffhanger nice and quick when September comes. Especially if you consider the child issues and the NCIS finale as well.
Well, that’s what we needed in a cold and dreary December!
After an uncomfortably long break from Bull, there was some pre-Christmas cheer. Not too much, but enough to convey hope. And that’s with them tackling US immigration policies. I could see it had to come, but couldn’t quite see how you’d get a decent outcome without distorting reality.
Two stories that ended up a lot closer to each other than you might have thought to begin with. The main characters were sympathetic people; the official ones less so.
Warming to Gabriel even more. The question is whether he’s a keeper, or if he’s done his bit by now. Bull’s employees don’t have marvellous track records where partners are concerned.
But it was at least a little bit Miracle on 34th Street.
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Yes. A bit, I’m afraid.
I disliked Gabriel from the start of this season’s Bull. Hitting on Danny when she came to Cable’s apartment like that. He was smarmy, and it was annoying that Danny seemed to go along with being ‘wooed.’
When he came to Cable’s funeral, it was clear he was given more room in the show. But even in bed, Danny seemed to be reluctant while Gabriel was forward.
And then, all that was needed was some ‘respectability’ and I change my mind. Except, it wasn’t so much that he turned out to be a doctor in his home country. I believe it was that when Gabriel was called upon to use his medical skills, he suddenly smarmed less and became a real person.
So the writers and directors of Bull have to share the blame with me. I wasn’t snobbish about his day job, looking after the apartment building. That’s as fine a job as any. I simply don’t like smarmy men hitting on Bull’s people. And next time if Danny could dress for dinner as though she hadn’t come out in her underwear?
It will be interesting to see how this evolves. I sense Bull getting involved, but whether the romance is going anywhere is anybody’s guess.
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What an end to Bull! Marvellously done!
Death Sentence turned out to be, well, about death sentences, in more ways than one.
The legal one, I didn’t know about. We are obviously aware that in some states they have the death penalty, but I’d not really understood how such a trial might work. A sort of ‘all or nothing,’ with a ‘quite a bit’ as an option. It’s really pretty dreadful, and I don’t particularly like to think about it.
And poor Bull, feeling not entirely himself, and drinking too much and sleeping too little. It’s not good for you.
I didn’t totally understand where Marissa was coming from, though. She admires him and his work. That much is clear. But was there more? We don’t want more.
Interesting too to see what the ultimate point of Professor Jameson was. There could obviously be more to the man than we’ve seen, but this was some climb-down.
Look forward to next season, hoping it won’t be as short as this one was. I need more than 22 episodes!
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That was a really wise start to the second season of Bull. We’d grown a little complacent, hadn’t we?
Instead of more smooth Bull moves, we are met with a discordant workplace, no money, and a Bull who seemingly teams up with the wrong side of a potential court case. And Chunk wants to leave.
Well, we can’t have any of that, and luckily Bull can still use his psychology to see who’s lying and who isn’t. Except when it comes to his lady friends, but that’s true of many men.
And then it turns out his clients don’t need to be told about his wonderful mirroring jury system, either. But this is Bull, and all will be well.
Bull has been light entertainment this year. But at least it has been entertainment. That’s more than can be said for Michael Weatherly’s last workplace on occasion. One evening recently I returned home late to an empty house, and I made myself lots of tea and sat down to unwind and feel good with the latest Bull. And I did. Bull has that effect.
I didn’t even hate J P Nunnelly these last three episodes. She was meant to be annoying. She was, wasn’t she? But it worked.
There is something relaxing about the way Michael doesn’t take himself seriously. And is Benny supposed to be Bull’s Cary Agos? They are alike both in manner and looks, setting aside that one is dark and one is fair.
I see Bull has been renewed for next season. This was something I didn’t believe in when I started watching. Well, I was barely expecting to continue to watch. It looked as if we’d have a possibly boring row of successful jury outcomes. What has happened is that, yes they are – successful, not boring – but it’s the how Bull gets his results that matters. That, and the fact that when someone goes free, they find the guilty one after a bit.
Here’s to more relaxing evenings with Jason and the gang!
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Put glasses on Michael Weatherly and he will look intelligent. I assume that’s the thinking behind ‘DiNozzo’ as a psychologist. I was – almost – convinced I wouldn’t watch his new show Bull. I don’t exactly need more series to follow.
But curiosity won, and the thing is; if you want to fill the hole left by DiNozzo leaving NCIS, you need Bull. At least for a while. I accept that this show might get boring and samey, but right now I think it’s fun.
Second-guessing juries in trials is an interesting concept. I’m thinking someone went looking for an angle on law to make another Good Wife without it being about lawyers.
What I can’t work out yet, is whether the concept will allow for failure from Bull’s team. If you get a new story every week, but he always wins his cases, some of the suspense will disappear. Or so I believe.
But I’m open to persuasion, so will hang on and see.