The Lincoln Lawyer

Lincoln Lawyer





Kennedy Unthank

TV Series Review

Lawyer Jerry Vincent was shot and killed in his car while leaving his office. That’s bad news for Trevor Elliot, the famous video game company CEO on trial for allegedly murdering his wife and her extramarital lover.

Fortunately for Trevor, however, is that a mere 10 days before his murder, Jerry filed a motion with the court to transfer his entire legal practice into the hands of Mickey Haller—one of the, if not the, best attorneys around. And though Mickey hasn’t worked a case since his surfing accident, he’s primed to get back into the business.

But the case is a big one, and Mickey will be taking a lot of risks in order to defend Trevor. For one thing, the evidence implicating the gaming magnate is pretty solid. And as we mentioned before, Trevor’s last lawyer was murdered and had his laptop stolen, so it’s extremely likely that whoever initiated that killing will be looking for Mickey, too.

It’s likely that the outcome of Trevor’s case will cement whether Mickey truly is the best of the best—and whether he lives to stick it on his business cards.

What is a “Yute?”

Michael Connelly’s Lincoln Lawyer book series follows Los Angeles attorney Mickey Haller—the Lincoln Lawyer himself, named such for working out of his Lincoln Town Car. Through his many books, Connelly engages his readers with Haller’s clever escapades as he navigates complex legal battles and dangerous ne’er-do-wells.

In 2011, Connelly’s first novel by which the series gets its name was turned into a movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei. Now, 11 years later, Connelly’s second book in the series, The Brass Verdict, has been turned into a Netflix series.

Like its earlier counterpart, The Lincoln Lawyer dives straight into the murky waters that only the best of lawyers—Mickey Haller included—can safely navigate. Mickey isn’t afraid to work as many angles as he can in order to ensure his clients get off with little more than a warning wag of the finger. And though his methods aren’t always conventional (and occasionally morally dubious), no one can say he never put up a fight for his defendants—even if those fights are literally life-and-death.

Of course, that’ll mean that we, the viewers, also have to join him as he wades through the dangers of his profession.

The main case Mickey argues involves a double homicide occurring in the middle of an affair. People are shot dead, and nude corpses are also seen (though a man’s rear is the most we see). Harsh language is commonly used, and drugs are often referenced. Additionally, Mickey’s new hire, Izzy, is a lesbian.

The Lincoln Lawyer brings us right into the middle of Mickey’s climb back into prominence following a traumatic surfing accident. The middle of this Netflix series, however, may provide enough content concerns for some parents to preemptively draw their own guilty verdict beyond a reasonable doubt.

Episode Reviews

May 13, 2022—S1, Ep1: “He Rides Again”

When lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered in his car, Mickey finds that Jerry’s legal practice has been given to him—including an infamous court case regarding a famous video game developer.

Flashbacks show Mickey in a surfing accident. Mickey mentions being previously addicted to painkillers, and he talks about his addiction with his new hire Izzy, who mentions having been addicted to heroin. Mickey showers, though nothing is shown.

Izzy is on trial for stealing a diamond necklace and allegedly assaulting a woman. Mickey’s assistant, Lorna, references DUIs. Lorna asks if Mickey is sleeping with a judge. Jerry is shot and killed in his car. A naked man and woman are found bloodied in a bedroom, and we see the man’s rear. Mickey’s client Trevor mentions that his wife was cheating on him.

The f-word and s-word are heard five times each. “P-ss” is used three times, and we additionally hear “a–,” “h—” and “d–n.” God’s name is misused six times, and Jesus’ name is abused once.

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Kennedy Unthank

Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. His favorite movie is La La Land.

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