The addition of Ben has basically saved this show. I and many others did not care for Fairly Legal in its first season because the focus was too one-dimensional on Kate, the relationship with Justin was endearingly sweet but not passionate enough to inspire more than a 'nice couple' scenario, and it was all-together more boring than captivating in its plot arcs, and all served as a backdrop to Kate's good-hearted yet almost-on-the-edge of irritating behavior. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. The show was non-distinguishable from the other expected character relationships, pratfalls, and heroine acts. The great qualities of what make Kate a wonderful and amusing person, the buildup of the secondary characters, and the cases themselves should remain the same and at the heart of what you were going for -- the execution just had to be changed a bit in order to improve the overall scope of the show.
The addition of Ben has made the show go from monotony to an obsession for your influx of viewers. This second season has exploded on the internet, with the majority being Ben and Kate fans online. I can't miss an episode now. Ben is a hilarious ass and his non-caring shtick is getting taken down little by little. He actually challenges Kate and they have more chemistry than she ever had with Justin. The sexual tension is insanely good. I really hope they're not dumb enough to remove him from the show. Make this character long-term so we can delve more deeply into their partnership, relationship, and altogether more multifaceted world involving Ben, Kate, Lauren, and Leo rather than cases featuring only Kate as it was before. Plus, as much as people like Justin, it pales in comparison to the intensity between Ben and Kate. Great guy, but lackluster expectation of their ex-marriage. Justin would be a safety net to return to whereas Ben poses what Kate perhaps needs most in the opposite sex. A partner, lover, friend, and fighter. Moreover, Ben and Kate have a chance to better one another and learn from each other's insecurities and bravados. It's an amazing relationship to watch them bicker, regret, get confused, fight their instincts, and eventually unfold.
Also, go on Tumblr, YouTube, SpoilerTV, FanForum, and many, many, many fan-related and media-press sites. Search the Fairly Legal tag. Kate/Ben has EXPLODED into a phenomenal fan favorite beyond USA's expectations. So many fan gifs, videos, and all. He is the perfect ying to her yang who can call her out on her surreal humanism while she makes the Russian Doll grow a heart. Well done, writers. Well done.
Edited by cheriemorte, 07 May 2012 - 10:10 PM.