The Unnamed Baddies

Posted by Matt Birchler
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Joshua Rivera: 2022 Was Pop Culture’s Year of Violent Denial

In the final season of The Good Fight, unrest is always present. On one side, there is a crowd protesting. On the other, there is police. Across all 10 episodes, it’s never said what the assembled crowd is angry about. The only thing clear is it’s growing: steadily, constantly, exponentially. Yet inside the office building where the Paramount Plus legal drama largely takes place, it’s business as usual. There are cases to win. The show must go on.

I think this article is a bit too cataclysmic, but I had also noticed this trend of "unnamed enemies" in media lately. Top Gun Maverick was the biggest one where the heroes are named and loved, but the enemies are…well, we don't know anything at all about them other than that we should think they're bad.

I don't have strong feelings about this, but it's always fun to see someone else thinking the same little thing you'd been rattling around in your head for a while.